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July 30, 2015

Thirst Quenching Flavored Water for Hot Summer Days

By guest blogger DaVita Dietitian Kara Hansen, MS, RDNiStock_000047085042_Small Rasp Water

Summer is here and so is the heat! Nothing quenches thirst like an ice cold beverage. If you are a kidney patient who’s watching fluid intake, always be aware of how much fluid you are drinking, especially in the summer when tempted to drink more because of the heat. It’s a good idea to check with your dietitian to find out how many ounces or cups are allowed each day for fluid.

If you are not limiting fluids, you may be concerned about potassium, phosphorus and sodium content of the beverages you drink. It’s important to know the ingredients in chosen beverages, as many bottled drinks and powdered mixes contain phosphate additives that can raise blood phosphorus levels. Commercially prepared beverages may contain high potassium ingredients or additives, and some even have hidden sodium.

Some common tips for thirst control include avoiding salt and other high sodium foods, measuring and keeping track of liquids, and sucking on frozen fruit like grapes and blueberries.

DaVita.com has six new kidney-friendly flavored water beverage recipes that will help quench thirst, contain no phosphate additives, and are easy on the budget. Try one of these easy, refreshing beverages today!

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January 12, 2012

Kidney Diet Food Budget for the New Year

The beginning of a new year is a great time to assess and plan your food budget. When it comes to buying food for a kidney diet, some people express concern over spending more money on special products to help reduce sodium and phosphorus intake. For example, the low sodium version of canned tuna and canned veggies costs more than the regular salted canned products. Low sodium condiments like no salt added ketchup and low sodium salad dressings also carry a higher price tag, not to mention the probability of containing potassium chloride, a salt substitute that kicks up the potassium content. Read more…

March 19, 2009

Kidney diet on a budget: Stretching produce food dollars

Last week I wrote about making a PLAN for stretching your food dollars when following a kidney friendly diet. I hope you tried some of those suggestions. This week I want to zero-in on produce to help you find ways to save on your fruit and veggie budget. Read more…

March 13, 2009

Kidney diet on a budget: PLAN to stretch food dollars

Most of us are trying to find ways to save money and stretch our food dollars these days. With chronic kidney disease or dialysis there’s the added challenge of staying within your diet goals for protein, sodium, potassium and phosphorus. I’ve often heard patients complain about how expensive it it to follow their special renal diet.

Over the next few weeks I’ll focus on some ways to stretch your food dollars. The best advice I can give you starting off is to PLAN as much as possible. Read more…

July 28, 2008

Tips for saving money on a kidney diet: Make a grocery list and shop for grocery sale items

Grocery listHigh gasoline prices are contributing to rising food costs. Since many people on dialysis are unable to work full-time due to treatment time or disability, the increased cost of living calls for new measures to save pennies whenever possible. Start to control food costs by deciding what  to buy before you leave the house.

Grab your diet plan and grocery flyers and start making a grocery list. You can identify the lower potassium, sodium and phosphorus foods on sale by referring to your kidney diet guide while browsing through the grocery ads. Studies show that shoppers who use a list are less likely to buy impulsively. Grocery flyers help guide you to the sale specials and this can make a big difference.

For example, in one store’s ads this week Read more…

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