Kidney Diet Tips

A Backyard Father's Day Celebration

Father’s Day, Sunday June 18th is a day to celebrate and have fun! Make great memories with the dads in your life this year in your own backyard or a local park. A picnic or barbeque is always a family favorite, especially when you are serving dishes the whole family can enjoy. For the family member or friend following a kidney diet, including suitable dishes is sure to be appreciated.

Planning a Kidney-Friendly BBQ

First, decide on the main course. DaVita offers recipes for a variety of low sodium, low phosphorus and low potassium grilled entries. A simple but flavorful option is Grilled Marinated Chicken.  If you would like a few more grilling tips, be sure to watch the DaVita Chef’s Tips video below.

While the grill is hot, go ahead and grill a side dish or two as well. A simple, colorful option is the classic recipe for Grilled Multicolored Peppers and Onions. To save room on the grill, you might want to make Pineapple Rice for a side dish. This recipe is a fun, fruity twist on classic white rice and pairs great with grilled vegetables. For dessert, consider a simple sliced watermelon or the easy to make Watermelon Summer Cooler. Just remember if you are following a fluid restriction or you are on a low potassium diet, it’s a good idea to limit your watermelon intake to a one cup serving, as fluid and potassium can easily add up.

More Fun Activities

For a touch of nostalgia, it may be fun to bring out the red and white checkered throw, a classic family board game after dinner, or share a family photo album to prompt the exchange of favorite memories.

No matter how you decide to celebrate Father’s Day, there are recipes to help make Dad feel special while keeping the meal kidney-friendly for those who need a renal diet.

Melanie Wierda, RD, CSR

Melanie Wierda, RD, CSR

Melanie is thrilled to start her blogging journey with DaVita. She has been a dietitian for over three years. In her free time, she enjoys running, visiting the local farmers' market and volunteering with a local nutrition education program.