Kidney Diet Tips

Best Breakfast Choices for Dining Out on a Kidney Diet

French Toast with BerriesEating breakfast out is a special treat for some and a daily routine for others.

Knowing the best choices for a kidney diet helps you stay within your goals to keep intake low in sodium, potassium and phosphorus. Here are some tips to help keep a kidney-friendly breakfast.

  • Order poached or fried eggs. Scrambled eggs may have added milk and salt. Request no added salt.
  • Low cholesterol egg product is lower in phosphorus compared to eggs. Request it instead of scrambled eggs, or to use in omelets.
  • Choose omelets made with lower potassium vegetables such as onion, bell pepper, mushrooms. Go easy on the cheese or request cream cheese to replace American, cheddar or Swiss cheese.
  • Avoid avocado, chili, salty meats and cheese as omelet fillings.
  • Limit bacon to 1-2 slices occasionally. Avoid other higher sodium meats like sausage, ham, Canadian bacon and lox.
  • Use caution when ordering fast food breakfast sandwiches. English muffins or sourdough toast are much lower in phosphorus and sodium than biscuits. Omit the cheese.
  • Limit high potassium breakfast foods like hash browns and orange juice. One small hash brown patty with a small amount of ketchup may be ok occasionally if other potassium sources are limited.
  • Choose apple, grape or cranberry juice. Order a small glass if fluids are limited or request fresh berries instead.
  • Pancakes and waffles are high in phosphorus and sodium. French toast is a better choice.
  • Decline refills on coffee, tea or water if fluids are limited.
  • Ask for nondairy creamer for cereal instead of milk.

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Sara Colman, RDN, CDCES

Sara Colman, RDN, CDCES

Sara is a renal dietitian with over 30 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 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.