Kidney Diet Tips

DaVita Diet Helper can help with 2010 diet resolutions

iStock_000002829546XSmallCouple at computerJanuary is a great time to make positive lifestyle changes. If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD) or are a dialysis patient, consider resolutions around eating better to keep your nutrition up and manage potassium, phosphorus, sodium and fluid the best you can.

Among the DaVita resources, several tools are available to help you stay on track. There are Diet and Nutrition articles, kidney-friendly cooking videos and my favorite, DaVita Diet Helper.  All of these resources can help you stick with your 2010 kidney diet resolutions.

Sign up for DaVita Diet Helper an online kidney meal planner. This one-of-a-kind planner uses your diet prescription for protein and potassium to create several weeks of kidney-friendly meals including recipes, what to serve with the recipe and what to snack on in between meals. A shopping list makes it convenient and easy to put it all together. Best of all, there’s no charge for this wonderful tool.

Over the past several months the following new Quick and Easy meals were added to existing two weeks of meals in DaVita Diet Helper:
Breakfast Smoothie
Egg Muffin Sandwich
Quick Fluffy Eggs in a Mug
Easy Overnight French Toast
Beefy Taco Salad
Chicken Broccoli Pasta Toss
Fish Sandwich
Grilled Hamburger
Spicy Brunch Wraps
Turkey Burger
Crunchy Tofu Stir Fry
Grilled Pork and Pineapple Kabobs
Honey Glazed Chicken with Squash
Italian Style Stuffed Pepper
Lemony Chicken with Pasta and
Rosemary Roasted Salmon

The recipes are included in a complete meal that puts the renal diet together for you based on the diet prescription you select. The meal includes sides and beverage in addition to the main entree recipe. Food choices, carbohydrate choices and a nutrition profile is included with each meal.

You can also add your own meals, recipes and foods to DaVita Diet Helper, so this tool can easily become your online resource for planning, tracking and storing your favorite kidney-friendly recipes and meals.

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Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara is a renal dietitian with over 20 years experience working with people with diabetes and kidney disease. She is co-author of the popular kidney cookbook "Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook". Sara is currently the Manager of Kidney Care Nutrition for DaVita. She analyzes recipes and creates content, resources and tools for the kidney community. In her spare time Sara loves to spend time with her young grandson, including fun times together in her kitchen.