April 24, 2012
How about some new flavor blends to spice up your every day meals?
I’ve discovered a new line of spice blends and vinegars created with the kidney diet in mind. Jen Neese, CEO and Founder of The Delicious Dietitian, once worked as a dietitian in the renal community, plus her grandmother was a hemodialysis patient. Jen took her passion for flavor and her compassion for kidney patients and created a line of kidney-friendly spice blends and wine vinegars. Each unique blend is intense in flavor, adding depth to vegetables, meats, salads, dressings, sauces and just about any other dish you want to try.
- Seafood: a blend with lemon zest, sweet paprika, onion and ginger
- Creole: Rich, warm Lousiana Bayou cooking flavors, including garlic, onion and thyme
- Italian Mediterranean: a hearty balanced blend of basil, oregano and thyme
- Southern All Purpose: a hint of French flavors with lavender
- Southwest: savory south of the border taste
- Thai: exotic Asian curry, ginger, garlic with additional herbs to balance the flavors
I tried the Southern All Purpose blend on sliced eggplant, sauteed in olive oil until tender–excellent and tasty, no salt needed. If you have low potassium greens, like kale or turnip greens, add a splash of one of the fruit wine vinegars and a sprinkle of the Thai blend. For blackened fish or chicken, try the Creole. One word of caution–go light on the seasonings because a little bit goes a long way with these intense flavors!
The wine vinegars are produced from apple, muscadine and blueberry, giving a fruity mild flavor that lingers on the taste buds. I mixed the red muscadine wine vinegar with extra virgin olive oil and the Italian Mediterraneon blend and served over spring mixed greens.
Jen is aware of the importance of regulating sodium, potassium and phosphorus in the kidney diet. Her products are not only free of sodium. There’s no potassium chloride or phosphate additives either. In addition, this dietitian made sure many people dealing with health issues could benefit from her product line. There’s no sugar, gluten, MSG or fillers added to any of the spice blends or vinegars.
What are your favoite ways to use seasoning blends and vinegars?
Kidney diet resources from DaVita.com
- Discussion Forums
- Monthly Recipe Alerts
- DaVita Diet Helper
- Phosphorus ChallengeTM
- Food Analyzer
- DaVita Cookbooks