Kidney Diet Tips

Food Facts Friday: Strawberries

Springtime means the arrival of delicious, juicy bright red strawberries. For those following a low potassium kidney diet, this is great news.

Health Benefits of Strawberries

Like most berries, strawberries are low in potassium. These bright berries are also rich in antioxidants, such as anthocyanins. These help protect cells against oxidative damage. Like other fruits and vegetables, strawberries may help fight inflammation, a condition often experienced by dialysis patients.

Nutrients in Strawberries

A serving, which is 6 medium or 4 large strawberries, contains approximately 23 calories, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 mg sodium, 110 mg potassium and 17 mg phosphorus. In addition, strawberries are high in vitamin C, manganese, and provide over 1 gram fiber per serving.

Serving Ideas

Everyone has a favorite strawberry dish. The all-time favorite and easiest may be simply eating the berries without additions. A few easy ways to serve fresh strawberries are dipped in brown sugar or topped with whipped cream. Make a strawberry smoothie or strawberry and mint flavored water for a thirst-quenching beverage.

Storing Fresh Strawberries

The way you store fresh strawberries can make a difference in how long they last. Instead of washing or removing the stems, line a flat container or tray with paper towels. Arrange berries and cover with plastic wrap before refrigerating them. When you are ready to eat or prepare the strawberries, rinse then remove the stems.

Frozen Strawberries

Frozen fresh strawberries are great for a quick smoothie, to add to cereal, or to make pudding, mousse, sorbet or muffins. Stock up on  fresh berries while the price is low. To prepare for freezing, wash and dry the berries and remove the stems. Place on a parchment-lined tray and freeze. Remove and store frozen berries in freezer bags or freezer-safe containers.

Strawberry Recipes has a variety of strawberry recipes to fit many of your spring meals. Check these out, and for more recipes do a search for “strawberries” on the website.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consult your physician and dietitian regarding your specific diagnosis, treatment, diet and health questions.

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.