Kidney Diet Tips

Staying on Track with Your Kidney Diet

So far February has been packed full of holidays and events. Super bowl XLIX, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Chinese New Year and even the Oscars. Everyone has something to celebrate!  We’ve been tempted by chocolate candies, jambalaya, King cake, Dim Sum dumplings and chicken wings. These temptations can have an impact on how you feel and your lab results. As February winds down this week, it’s a good time to refocus on healthy eating for your kidney diet.

Here are 3 ways to get back on track, plus a 1-day menu to get you started.

  1. Clean up:  Get rid of the extra candy, cake and holiday foods that tempt you.
  2. Make a plan: Plan a menu for 3 days using kidney-friendly recipes.
  3. Stock up:  Take a trip to the grocery to stock up on staples and ingredients for your favorite renal diet meals.


Kidney Diet Healthy 1-Day Eating Plan


Cran-Apple Oatmeal Plus Egg

This one dish meal is a healthy and satisfying way to start the day. If you need more protein add an extra egg white. Cook fresh berries with the oatmeal instead of the cranberries if you prefer more fresh fruit. Complete this meal with toast, jam or fruit spread, and your favorite breakfast beverage. You can make a triple batch of the oatmeal with fruit and refrigerate the extra servings. The next day heat a serving of oatmeal and add the egg as instructed in step # 3.


Hawaiian Chicken Salad Sandwich ChickenSaladHawaiian-1914

Complete with high quality protein, fruit and bread, this island sandwich is tasty and nourishing. Adjust the portion to meet your protein goal. Select a lower sodium flatbread or crackers instead of tortillas or sandwich bread to keep sodium lower. Complete this meal with a side salad or serve the chicken salad on salad greens with crackers on the side. An extra dish of pineapple, plus water flavored with your favorite flavor enhancer drops make the perfect lunch.


Southern-Style Stuffed Peppers

Perfect for a weeknight dinner, stuffed peppers help you meet your vegetable quota and give a nutrition boost to the meal. This flexible dish can be made ahead then baked or reheated, plus you can adjust the amount of ground meat to meet your protein goal. Try different colors of peppers, couscous or barley instead of rice, or ground turkey instead of beef.  Add a dish of strawberries with whipped cream and iced tea to round out this healthy dinner.

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Suggested Snacks

Honey Maple Trail Mix makes enough for snacks all week long!

Fresh chilled Gala apple (or your favorite variety).

Easy Salt-free Seasoning Dip paired with raw veggies or low-sodium crackers.

Add your favorite go-to kidney diet meals or select more kidney-friendly recipes from to finish a 3-day plan. Keep a go-to meal plan on hand to get back on track and refocus on a healthy kidney diet.

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Sara Colman, RD, CDE

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.