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April 18, 2014

Recycling Easter eggs for a protein boost

Deviled Eggs by DaVitaHappy Easter! It’s a wonderful time to celebrate life with family and friends and share a meal and fun activities. No doubt many of us are boiling, coloring and decorating eggs in preparation for Sunday’s Easter egg hunt. But what do you do with  the leftover hard-boiled  eggs?  Here are some kidney diet tips for recycling this tasty, high quality protein source.

  • Chop hard boiled eggs and add to a veggie salad as a protein source.
  • Make deviled eggs from a kidney-friendly recipe for Deviled Eggs or Deviled Eggs for Parties or Shrimp-Stuffed Deviled Eggs.
  • Make pickled eggs. Boil the liquid from a can of low-sodium beets (not pickled) with 1/2 cup distilled vinegar and 1/4 cup sugar. Add peeled eggs and store in the refrigerator 1-2 days before eating. Keeps up to 2 weeks.
  • Add chopped eggs to chicken, pasta or potato salad. Try Cool ‘n’ Crunchy Chicken Salad, Rotini Salad, or Picnic Potato Salad.
  • Stir up a bowl of egg salad (eggs, mayonnaise, pickle relish and mustard) for a stuffed pita, sandwich or wrap.
  • Pack an unpeeled egg for a snack at work or dialysis.
  • Visit DaVita.com for more kidney-friendly egg recipes.

Nutrition-wise, hard boiled eggs provide high-quality protein. Each large hard-boiled egg contains 80 calories,6.5 g protein, 6 g fat, 213 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium, 6 mg potassium and 90 mg phosphorus. If you discard the yolk, one egg white provides 16 calories, 3.6 g protein, 0 g fat, 0 g cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 55 mg potassium and only 5 mg phosphorus.

Practice a few food handling rules to keep your egg experience safe. Check uncooked eggs and discard those with cracks. If eggs are fresh from the chicken coop, wash thoroughly. When selecting hard-boiled eggs for the above suggested uses, avoid eggs that are cracked and possibly contaminated. Always wash your hands and sanitize surfaces used in preparing egg dishes.

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January 8, 2014

2014 Trends for Kidney Diets

iStock_000027651101XSmallA new year represents new beginnings, reflections on the past, resolutions, changes, and a positive outlook on what the future will bring. For people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those on dialysis, 2014 will bring even more focus to quality of food and nutrition selections, an aspect many renal dietitians already embrace and continue to incorporate into their practice.

In my quest to create helpful resources and tools for people and families dealing with kidney diets, I like to imagine possibilities for the future.  Today I’m sharing eight kidney diet and nutrition trends I predict will continue to gain momentum this year and into the future. Read more…

December 20, 2013

Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes-a Sweet Kidney Diet Tip

holiday cookiesFive days until Christmas, which means you have time to make some of your favorite holiday cookies. Imagine the aroma of fresh baked cookies filling the house! I’ve selected 5 of my favorite holiday cookie recipes from the DaVita kidney-friendly recipe collection. In addition, consider these 5 reasons to make a batch of cookies Biscottitoday! Read more…

November 25, 2013

5 Kidney-Friendly Diet Tips to a Healthy Thanksgiving

By guest blogger DaVita dietitian Susan Lupackino, MHS, RD, LDN

DaVitaTurkeyRoast-6021I love this time of year. Falling leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange, brown, gold and yellow. Farmers’ markets are selling seasonal pumpkins and winter squash, coffee shops are serving spiced coffee and tea, and there’s a cool, brisk, and invigorating nip in the air. Apple Pie and Cornbread Muffins are baking in the oven and the swirl of colors and smells come together to make Fall a magical season. Read more…

November 22, 2013

Preparing for a Kidney-friendly Thanksgiving

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This weekend many of us are pulling out favorite recipes, making our grocery list and planning for Thanksgiving Day celebration. For kidney patients, having foods that limit sodium, phosphorus and potassium (if restricted) is vital to staying on track and feeling good throughout the holiday season.

Take advantage of the kidney-friendly holiday recipes on DaVita.com. Start by downloading the DaVita Kidney Diet Delights holiday cookbook, a fabulous collection of holiday recipes.

Revisit our past Thanksgiving Kidney Diet Tips and look for new holiday tips coming early next week.

Happy Thanksgiving shopping!

DaVita Dietitian Sara

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October 30, 2013

Favorite Kidney-friendly Halloween Recipes

Happy Halloween!



Time to stir up a pot of chili and make a special treat or two to enjoy as you enjoy the string of funny and scary trick-or-treaters visiting your neighborhood. My new favorite Halloween recipe is Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars by DaVita dietitian Maryann from Virginia. Check the ingredient list and below and get ready to fix this kidney-friendly treat. Read more…

August 21, 2013

Summer cookout recipes for a kidney diet

iStock_000016880339XSmallLabor DayThe end of summer is approaching, and August  and September weekends are best times to stay out of the kitchen and plan a few last summer cookouts. One great way to stick to your kidney diet and still enjoy a backyard cookout is to host it at your house. Read more…

July 2, 2013

Favorite 4th of July Kidney-friendly Picnic Recipes

Fireworks, outdoor games and friendly gatherings are a great way to kick off the first holiday of the summer. Naturally, when people get together there’s bound to be food. It can be a challenge to stick to a kidney-friendly eating plan when attending 4th of July picnics and cookouts. To help with planning, here are a few picnic-favorite recipes—including muffins, salads, chicken and cookies—to bring along so you can enjoy the festivities and not pay for it by feeling bad later. Read more…

April 22, 2013

Kidney Diet Tips for Celebrating Earth Day on Meatless Monday

Today is Earth Day, an extra special reason to plan a  Meatless Monday meal.  

Eating meatless for one day has a positive impact on your health by lowering your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. If you already have one or more of these diagnosis, a meatless day can potentially benefit you by decreasing saturated fat and calorie intake. This is a healthy step for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or those at risk for CKD, because heart disease and diabetes are risk factors for kidney disease. Another plus for going meatless at least one day a week—less meat consumption is friendly to the environment. The more livestock we raise for meat sources, the more we use natural resources and produce waste that adds to land pollution.

If you are following a kidney diet, you may be limiting protein if you are in stages 3-5, non-dialysis. Many people with CKD find incorporation of meatless meals helps them stick to a lower protein diet.

 If you are following a dialysis diet, you may be eating more meat or high protein foods as your protein needs must replace protein lost in dialysis treatments and provide extra for your body. You can still participate in Meatless Mondays by choosing a non-meat entrée that  provides a healthy serving of high quality protein, or add a high protein shake or protein supplement to your meal.

Celebrate Earth Day and Meatless Monday by considering one of these kidney-friendly vegetarian recipes today or any day.

Armando’s Chiles Rellenos

Asparagus Cauliflower Tortilla

Confetti Omelet

Couscous with Vegetables

Crunchy Tofu Stir Fry

Eggplant Casserole

High Protein Berry Shake

Omelet with Summer Vegetables

Quick Pasta Primavera

Tempeh Pita Sandwiches

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