Kidney Diet Tips

Summer Solstice Celebration

Summer solstice is upon us. It usually falls on the 21st of June and is also known as midsummer. The solstice occurs when earth’s rotational axis is most inclined towards the sun. This happens twice a year, once in June and once in December. The sun reaches the highest point in the sky during the solstice.

Solstice Celebrations around the world

Cultures around the world celebrate the solstice in various ways, be it a holiday, festivals or rituals. Some worldwide celebrations that are associated with summer solstice include, the Day of Private Reflection (Ireland), International Yoga Day, Midsummer (Northern Europe), Fremont Solstice Parade (Seattle, WA) and World Music Day. Dancing around the may pole is often included as part of the fun.

Depending on the weather, for some parts of the US, the solstice marks the start of the summer. For other parts of the country, summer may be in full swing. Either way, it’s warm outside or it’s time to celebrate the season of summer. Warm weather usually means barbeques and picnics!

Summer Solstice Celebration Foods

So what types of dishes are served during summer solstice celebrations? There are no hard rules, but in general dishes that include the first fresh foods of the season are served. Visit your local farmer’s market for some fresh produce. While you’re there pick up some fresh flowers for decorations. Wreaths and flower headbands are popular for solstice events.

Kidney patients can enjoy solstice celebrations but use caution to ensure that foods eaten are kidney-friendly. Be aware of which vegetables and fruits are high in potassium if a low potassium plan is needed. There are many lower potassium choices such as berries, cherries, peaches, asparagus, corn, green beans, lettuce, radishes and summer squash to name a few.

Despite limitations, kidney patients can enjoy food and beverages while enjoying time with friends and family. has over 1,000 recipes to choose from that are appropriate for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and/or kidney disease.

Recipes for Summer Solstice Celebrations

Below are some recipes that would be perfect to prepare for a barbeque. They are so good that the recipes don’t need to be changed for your family or friends—all will enjoy!

Here are some kidney friendly ideas taken from

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Spicy Summer Vegetable Blend

Deviled Eggs for Parties

Home-style Macaroni Salad

Creamy Fruit Salad

Chicken & Summer Vegetable Kebabs

Brewery Burger Lower Protein

Peach Crisp

Kara Hansen

Kara has been a dietitian for over 11 years, spending her entire career with DaVita. She enjoys family time, cooking, soccer, hiking and traveling.