Kidney Diet Tips

Frozen Desserts: Kidney-Friendly Summer Treats

Summer is finally here, time to enjoy the sun, beach and grilling. It’s hot outside and it’s time to cool off with some delicious frozen desserts. Sorbets, flavored ices and slushies are a great way to address that sweet tooth. Check out Luscious Low-Potassium Frozen Fruit Treats or see some of the recipes below. These dietitian approved sweet treats will hit the spot and impress your guests. Created for those with chronic kidney disease or dialysis, they are not only satisfying to your taste buds but they are low in potassium and phosphorus too. 


In the mood for ice cream? Frozen treats like ice cream, milk shakes and other milk-based recipes are often times limited on a dialysis diet because they are high in potassium and phosphorus. So we have provided a collection of mouthwatering recipes that have low phosphorus ingredients to replace milk. Give them a try and let us know what you think! 


Did we mention that these recipes can also be worked into a diabetes meal plan? There’s between 13 to 36 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Enjoy one of these irresistible frozen desserts while still monitoring your sugar intake this summer.


Are you watching your fluids or on a fluid restriction? Sometimes this is challenging. Remember any frozen food that becomes liquid at room temperature counts as fluid. Monitoring portion sizes is key. You can also try freezing berries or grapes and enjoy them as mini ice pops. Or making mini flavored ice pops by adding lemon or lime to individual ice cubes.

Regardless of your preference, we have something for everyone to enjoy. Following your kidney diet may be easier than you think. So sit back, relax and enjoy a frozen kidney-friendly treat with a recipe. Download the newest Today’s Kidney Diet Summer Cooldown cookbook to have a whole collection of recipes to try his summer.

Additional Kidney Diet Resources

Visit and explore these diet and nutrition resources:

DaVita Food Analyzer

DaVita Dining Out Guides

Today’s Kidney Diet Cookbooks

DaVita Kidney-Friendly Recipes

Diet and Nutrition Articles                                                      

Diet and Nutrition Videos

Kidney Smart® Virtual Classes

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.

Stephanie Suhai, MS, RD

Stephanie Suhai, MS, RD

Stephanie Suhai, MS, RD has been a dietitian for 10 years, working in acute care, sub-acute rehab, and long term care and now works in dialysis with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients. She holds a passion for clinical nutrition research, counseling and education. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, staying active and spending time with her family.