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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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April 10, 2014

DaVita Diet Helper “How to” Part 2: Meal Planner Pre-planned Meals

The Meal Planner feature in DaVita Diet Helper provides pre-planned meals, or allows you to create your own meals. The pre-planned meals, or DaVita suggested meals, provide kidney-friendly menus and recipes for 3 meals and 2 snacks each day. These meals are designed to meet daily nutrition targets for protein, sodium, potassium and phosphorus selected in the meal plan settings.  The meals are on a 2 week rotation, plus additional meals are available in the “Substitute” list.

DaVita Diet Helper Meal Planner 2You can view meals for a single day or a whole week by toggling between the “View Day” and “View Week” links.  A photo gives you a glimpse of each meal. Click on the meal name below the photo to see the recipe, complete meal components, nutrients, helpful hints, food choices, and carbohydrate choices. Click on Daily or Weekly Recipes to print menus and recipes, unless you prefer to pull them up on your tablet or laptop when preparing meals. Select ” Monthly Meal Plan” to print a menu for the month, or click on “Nutrition Facts Weekly Summary” to see daily totals for 10 nutrients.

Meal Planner SubstitutesIf you prefer a different meal, look for the substitute icon (the one with blue arrows) to open a list of all the meal choices. There are 18 breakfast meals, 21 lunches, 20 dinners and over 30 snacks to choose from in planning your meals. Any of the meals or snacks selected can be designated as a “My Favorite” by clicking on the white heart icon which will turn red.

After you have selected the  meals that appeal to you, use the “Add Item” feature to add additional foods desired.

Whether you’re planning meals for a day, a week, or a month, DaVita Diet Helper meals take away the worry about what to eat. You can be assured your renal diet meals are meeting daily nutrition targets you select for protein, sodium, potassium and phosphorus. For additional Meal Planner help, refer to the “How to Use the Meal Planner”  link found at the top of the Meal Planner section.

Next week: How to Part 3: Using the Meal Planner to plan meals without the DaVita suggested pre-planned meals.

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April 3, 2014

DaVita Diet Helper “How to” Part 1: Account Creation and Daily Nutrition Targets

DaVita Diet Helper is an online meal planning and tracking tool created specifically for kidney diets. You will benefit from using this tool if you are concerned with:

  • eating healthy for kidneys and tracking nutrients
  • limiting sodium for blood pressure control
  • balancing carbohydrates for diabetes control
  • reducing intake of phosphorus
  • getting the right amount of potassium

This “How to” blog series aims to  help you get started, and teach you to use the new features in DaVita Diet Helper.

Part 1:  Account Creation and Daily Nutrition Targets

The first step is to go to the DaVita Diet Helper promotion page at www.DaVita.com/DietHelper . On this page you can watch a short video to see an overview of the features. Next, click on the “Get Started Now” button to go to the account registration page. After completing the form click “Create My Account”. Be sure to record your email address and password for later reference. If you forget your password, use the “Forget your password?” feature to create a new one. If you already have a myDaVita.com account, click on “Sign in Now” to access your account and activate DaVita Diet Helper.

Meal Plan SettingsNext is the “Meal Plan Settings” page where you select your daily targets for protein and potassium, and a diabetes plan if needed. Unsure about your targets? There is a Daily Nutrient Target form you can download and print to take to your doctor or dietitian to confirm your daily targets.  All of the DaVita Diet Helper pre-planned meals are low in phosphorus and sodium. Studies show that limiting these two minerals may be beneficial in slowing chronic kidney disease progression, even in  early stages.

After selecting protein and potassium settings, click “Create Meal Plan”. You will be directed to a dashboard to begin using DaVita Diet Helper. You are a click away from the Meal Planner, Nutrition Tracker and Shopping List, in addition to several accessory features that make planning and tracking easier than ever.

I invite you to post your comments here or use the Feedback button within DaVita Diet Helper to ask questions and let us know how you are using this tool for your renal diet.

Next post:  Using the Meal Planner and DaVita suggested preplanned meals.

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March 26, 2014

Updated: Online tools for the kidney diet

Today I am re-posting an earlier  post on online tools and resources. I plan to follow this post with a series  to help you learn about the new features and get started using DaVita Diet Helper to easily plan meals and track nutrients for your kidney diet.

Online tools for the kidney diet

Knowing what to eat on a kidney diet can be complicated, so it’s good to know you can go online for helpful tools and education. DaVita.com offers education about kidney diseasedialysis treatments as well as an entire section on the chronic kidney diet, including hundreds of kidney-friendly recipes. Whether you’re pre-dialysis, on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis (PD), you’ll find articles to help explain the kidney diet for where you are and healthy recipes that you can enjoy.

Welcome to DaVita Diet Helper

Besides educational articles, DaVita.com offers the DaVita Diet Helper to help you plan your meals and keep track of your kidney diet. This invaluable tool was recently  updated with new features and functions. If you haven’t used DaVita Diet Helper recently, sign in on your computer, tablet or smart phone and check out the new look. Use it to plan meals, download DaVita suggested menus, create your own recipes and meals, create your own database of favorite foods, and track your daily food intake to see how close you are to your goals for potassium, phosphorus, sodium and protein.  Now you can access all the DaVita.com recipes directly in DaVita Diet Helper to easily build meals around your favorite recipes. Over the next several months I’ll show you these new features and how to use DaVita Diet Helper on the Kidney Diet Tips blog.

In addition to DaVita Diet Helper, checkout the Food Analyzer that helps you manage your kidney diet by finding values for 13 nutrients including potassium and phosphorus. You can also try the Phosphorus Challenge to learn about the important role phosphorus plays in the kidney diet. The Phosphorus Challenge includes games, quizzes, polls, articles, videos, recipes and more.

Whether or not you have a renal dietitian to help you with your renal diet, you can rely on DaVita.com for online tools to help you navigate the kidney diet.

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March 21, 2014

Tips for keeping a healthy potassium level

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Potassium is a mineral that keeps your heart beating at a normal rhythm as well as controlling the body’s other muscles. Therefore, because people with kidney failure can’t effectively eliminate excess potassium, it is usually limited on the dialysis diet. So how does someone on the dialysis diet keep potassium at a healthy level?

Generally, people on peritoneal dialysis are able to eat as they normally would because the peritoneal dialysis treatments are performed daily. People on home hemodialysis usually do dialysis treatments 5-6 times a week, making it easier to keep a normal potassium. People who are on in-center hemodialysis generally have 3 treatments a week, leaving more time for potassium levels to rise between treatments. Instruction on how to better control their potassium through the hemodialysis diet is helpful in keeping normal potassium.

People with chronic kidney disease who are not on dialysis may experience high potassium levels. Learning about which foods in their usual diet have the most potassium and making some adjustments can help keep potassium in the normal range.

 

 

Some tips for managing potassium include: 

Following these tips can help people on dialysis keep their potassium at a healthy level.

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March 12, 2014

March Celebration and Awareness: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and World Kidney Day

Registered DietitianHappy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day to the thousands of dedicated nutrition professionals committed to improving nutritional status and health in communities and individuals.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are experts at translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions you can apply toward living healthy. Their nutrition expertise helps guide individuals to make positive lifestyle choices through healthy food choices, exercise and life balance. RDNs work in hospitals, health clinics, long-term care facilities, fitness centers, schools and universities, grocery stores, research, private practice and dialysis centers. With over 1,700 renal dietitians, DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. is the employer of choice for one of the largest renal dietitian groups in the USA, and now expanding to include international dietitians.

If you have a special dietitian, take a moment to recognize them by sending an E-Card, a phone call or email message today. The theme celebrated throughout National Nutrition Month® in March is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”, a focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create and embrace healthy meals today and every day.

For people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease or those on dialysis, a dietitian who specializes in renal nutrition is an invaluable resource to help set up an individualized eating plan and provide education on nutrition for kidney patients. The best ways to find a dietitian are through a doctor referral or go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website to find a dietitian by location and specialty.

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 In addition to National Nutrition Month, March is also National Kidney Month and tomorrow is World Kidney Day, a worldwide recognition of kidney disease and the need to identify those at risk. There are three simple things you can do tomorrow to participate:

1.       Start your day by drinking a glass of water, a symbolic gesture to recognize the importance of healthy kidneys.

2.       Go to DaVita.com and take the Kidney Disease Risk Quiz to learn about your risk for kidney disease.

3.       Attend the World Kidney Day Google+ Hangout at 8:30 PT/11:30 ET on March 13th for a 30-minute session dedicated to global kidney disease awareness.

Share these events with family and friends, and join me in celebrating Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and increasing kidney disease awareness throughout the month of March.

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February 10, 2014

Kidney Diet Double Ps -Potassium and Phosphorus

SONY DSCPeople on dialysis have heard more than once to watch their phosphorus and potassium consumption on the kidney diet. When it comes to Potassium, Phosphorus and the Dialysis Diet, this may be the biggest challenge for many dialysis patients. First, remembering the difference between the two Ps. Read more…

January 23, 2014

Online tools for the kidney diet

Knowing what to eat on a kidney diet can be complicated, so it’s good to know you can go online for helpful tools and education. DaVita.com offers education about kidney disease, dialysis treatments as well as an entire section on the chronic kidney diet, including hundreds of kidney-friendly recipes. Whether you’re pre-dialysis, on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis (PD), you’ll find articles to help explain the kidney diet for where you are and healthy recipes that you can enjoy.

Welcome to DaVita Diet HelperBesides educational articles, DaVita.com offers the DaVita Diet Helper to help you plan your meals and keep track of your kidney diet. This invaluable tool was recently  updated with new features and functions. If you haven’t used DaVita Diet Helper recently, sign in on your computer, tablet or smart phone and check out the new look. Use it to plan meals, download DaVita suggested menus, create your own recipes and meals, create your own database of favorite foods, and track your daily food intake to see how close you are to your goals for potassium, phosphorus, sodium and protein.  Now you can access all the DaVita.com recipes directly in DaVita Diet Helper to easily build meals around your favorite recipes. Over the next several months I’ll show you these new features and how to use DaVita Diet Helper on the Kidney Diet Tips blog. Read more…

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…

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