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November 20, 2015

Preparing for Thanksgiving

08964-COMM-WP-Google+Hangout_Facebook_InstagramHalloween kicked off the fall holiday season with sweet treats and fun. Fast forward a month and here we are at Thanksgiving—the savory food, family and friend-focused holiday. In addition to reflecting on what we are thankful for, Thanksgiving brings more food choices with bigger than usual meals, yummy tempting desserts and leftovers.

For anyone following a special diet—for kidney, diabetes, or heart health—this food-focused holiday can be stressful and even cause health issues related to dietary indulgences. That’s why it’s important to prepare ahead and arm yourself with a plan for this 4-day holiday weekend.

Join me and DaVita Dietitian Matt Rymond at the upcoming Google+ Hangout DaVita Kidney Diet Tips–Holiday Edition to hear about our best tips and tricks for healthy holiday eating. The live event is on Tuesday, November 24th at 1:30 PT/4:30 ET. Register and send in your questions now to join the conversation. If you can’t make it, register anyway and you will receive a playback link after the hangout.

A Google+ Hangout is an interactive video chat that’s free to join and open to anyone. All you need to participate is Internet access and to RSVP before the event here.

Check out delicious kidney-diet Thanksgiving recipes from DaVita.


July 1, 2015

Red, White and Blue Recipes for Independence Day

PieRWB-whole-698Celebrate Independence Day with the colors of freedom!  DaVita dietitians put together red, white or blue salad and dessert recipes  to complement your July 4th decorations. Pick one or more to include at this weekend’s barbecue, picnic or social gathering.

Recipes made specifically for the kidney diet can help you limit sodium, potassium and phosphorus while still enjoying great food with family and friends. Read more…

May 20, 2015

Outdoor Living: Tips for Barbeques and Picnics

By guest blogger DaVita dietitian Cheryl Hathaway

Happy Memorial Day!Family on vacation having barbecue

Break out the barbeque and pack the picnic coolers!  Warmer weather brings wonderful opportunities for outdoor living and great food. Whether you prefer a sizzling steak from the backyard grill or cool picnic sandwiches at the park, here are some tips to keep your outdoor celebrations fun and full of flavor.
Tips for Grilling:

  • Barbeque rubs are a simple and fast way to add flavor to grilled meats.  During grilling, the rub forms a savory crust that helps seal in the juices to keep meats moist and tasty.  Many commercial rubs are high in sodium.  However, you can easily combine salt-free spices that you have on hand at home to create a kidney-friendly rub customized to your taste preferences.
  • For those who like flavor with a little “zing”, try this recipe for “Zippy Barbeque Rub”:

Read more…

January 5, 2015

Kidney Diet Tools and Resources for a Healthy 2015

iStock_000049493440SmallNew Year 2015Post by guest blogger DaVita dietitian Geri Hipple, RDN, LDN from Illinois.

Does your New Year’s resolution have anything to do with getting healthier in 2015? All too often resolutions are made only to be broken weeks, days or even hours later. Although there are many reasons resolutions fail, not having the tools and resources to succeed can be one of them.  When dealing with kidney disease and diet and nutrition issues, these resources can be a big support.

The following are just a few examples of the resources available at your fingertips on DaVita.com to help you achieve your health goals in 2015. Read more…

December 17, 2014

Tips for Making Your Holiday Recipes Kidney-friendly

iStock_000030628724SmallChristmas2014Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

By this time in December most of you are bound to have a few favorite holiday recipes in mind. The challenge is to stick to the kidney diet and still prepare favorite dishes to serve and share during holiday events.  Some substitutions and ingredient reductions, such as using rice milk instead of cow’s milk, reducing nuts to ¼ cup instead of 1 cup, can make a big difference in potassium and phosphorus content of a recipe.

The DaVita Dietitian Team created a handout of tips to help you modify recipes to make them more kidney-friendly. For even more ideas check out the DaVita.com holiday recipes. Read more…

November 26, 2014

Kidney-friendly Thanksgiving Meal Suggestions

iStock_000020733713Small_TG2014Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Each year we follow some of the same traditions for Thanksgiving, but when times are more hectic  shortcuts to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family and friends are welcomed. Here are some kidney-friendly tips with quick, easy recipes for a Thanksgiving menu that can be enjoyed by all.


Turkey Tips

If you haven’t bought and thawed your bird, consider buying turkey parts to cook separately. You can purchase turkey breasts, thighs and legs to roast. Read more…

October 31, 2014

Halloween Candy Tips for Kidney Diets

SONY DSCHappy Halloween! Today and throughout the weekend you are likely to be tempted by Halloween candy treats. Limit temptations and stay in control of your kidney diet with these ghostly Halloween candy tips. Don’t be tricked into letting your potassium, phosphorus, blood sugar or waistline float out of control! Read more…

August 29, 2014

Easy Labor Day Snack Recipes

These days people are so busy and constantly connected. Here’s a reminder to take full advantage of a day of rest from usual work tasks this Labor Day. Kidney patients who work often have even more to do because they are juggling work with doctor appointments, clinic visits, ordering medications, checking health records, and other health-related tasks. Unplug and focus on doing what you love, visiting family and friends, or even sleeping in this coming Monday.

When you get ready for a snack, try one of these easy-to-make kidney-friendly recipes from DaVita.com. Share one with a friend who’s also taking advantage of a labor-free day.


Addictive PretzelsArtichoke Relish with Pita Chips
Artichoke Relish on Toasted Pita
Deviled Eggs
Easy Summer Fruit Dip





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May 1, 2014

Renal Diet Recipes for Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Fiesta RollUpsSoftTaco145Cinco de Mayo is celebrated throughout the US on May 5th. According to Wikipedia, “It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War,  Read more…

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. Read more…

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