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April 24, 2012

The Delicious Dietitian: A new line of kidney-friendly seasonings and vinegars

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.

If you are interested in trying these flavor enhancing products, visit The Delicious Dietitian website or download the TDD Flyer.

 

What are your favoite ways to use seasoning blends and vinegars?

 

 

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September 15, 2011

Flavored oils and vinegars: low sodium flavor for kidney diets

Do you ever find a new food or ingredient that you absolutely fall in love with and want to always have on hand? I had such an experience earlier this year when I attended a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Afterwords with some free time to explore, I discovered Outrageous Olive Oils and Vinegars, a wonderful shop that specializes in high quality extra virgin olive oils, flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world. I immediately thought how perfect for adding new and exciting flavors to a kidney diet or for anyone limiting sodium intake. Read more…

August 4, 2008

H is for Herb and Spice Mixtures—a great way to season a kidney diet

SpicesLow sodium is one component of the renal diet recommended for people with chronic kidney disease and those on dialysis. Salt is an acquired taste. This means people who follow a low sodium diet can readjust to the flavors in food with very little or no salt over time—but there is an adjustment period. Herb and spice mixtures are a wonderful way to add extra flavor to foods without extra sodium.

Many commercially prepared herb and spice mixtures are available. Mrs. Dash® seasoning blends are readily available in a variety of flavors, and no sodium or potassium is added. Be sure to read labels because some seasoning blends, like Lemon Pepper may contain salt. Other low sodium blends may contain potassium chloride as a replacement for sodium chloride.

Create your own mix of favorite herbs and spices. Place the blend in a shaker on the table so it’s always visible and in reach. Add seasoning blends to marinades, homemade salad dressings and sauces. Sprinkle over meat, poultry or fish before cooking. Add to salads and vegetables for extra flavor.

You can easily make your own herb and spice seasoning blends to help add new flavors to your kidney diet. For best results, crush or grind herbs and spices together before placing in a shaker. For more ideas on using herbs and spices check out DaVita.com’s easy seasoning blends and recipes that incorporate seasoning mixtures.

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