Kidney Diet Tips

Citrus zest to intensify flavor


Add extra flavor to your next kidney diet dish by adding zest from lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit. Zest is the colored portion of the citrus skin. It contains aromatic oils and adds loads of flavor to cooked or raw foods.
To remove the zest, use a citrus zester, paring knife or vegetable peeler. Avoid the white pith between the zest and fruit–it is bitter.

What about potassium? One tablespoon of citrus zest contains less than 10 mg potassium.

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.