Best Lunch and Dinner Choices for Dining Out on a Kidney Diet
Grabbing a fast meal on the run or going out for a nice dinner may be more challenging when following a renal diet. Here are some tips to help kidney patients keep sodium, potassium and phosphorus in check.
- Choose grilled, broiled or roasted beef, chicken, pork chops, fish or seafood. Avoid breaded items—these add extra sodium and fat.
- Kabobs or fajitas are usually made from fresh meats and vegetables. Ask for sauces or toppings on the side.
- Buttered noodles, plain pasta with olive oil and garlic or steamed rice are lower in potassium compared to potatoes and tomato sauce pastas.
- Checkout the fresh vegetables available. Make lower potassium choices like green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, summer squash or carrots.
- Go for a grilled or broiled chicken, fish or hamburger on a bun with lettuce, onion, mayonnaise, mustard or tartar sauce. Limit ketchup to 1 packet. Forget the high sodium pickles and processed cheese.
- For sandwiches, choose turkey, roast beef, tuna or egg salad instead of cured and heavily processed meats. Top with onions, lettuce, a thin tomato slice, bell peppers, cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts and a small amount of mayonnaise, mustard or oil and vinegar.
- Choose a side salad with dressing on the side, macaroni salad or coleslaw instead or potato salad, chips or French fries.