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Healthy Halloween Tips for Kidney Diets

Halloween and healthy are not  often paired, but a new mindset around food and health has prompted families and food professionals  to focus on ways to make our everyday and holiday habits healthier.

Food Day, described as ” a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food” was observed for the second year across America on October 24th. This celebration kickoff is an opportunity to focus on healthy eating, beginning with this week’s Halloween festivities. One of the resources provided on the Food Day website is a handout packed full of ideas for healthy Halloween treats. I really love the fun foods included on this year’s handout. To assist with your kidney diet I have analyzed 3 of the  fun foods that I consider kidney-friendly. Click here to download the Food Day 2012 Healthy Halloween handout with pictures and preparation instructions for these fun foods:

Apple Bites (1 each): 38 calories, 0.5 g protein, 5 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 61 mg potassium, 18 mg phosphorus, 1.3 g fiber

Goblin Grins (1 each):  20 calories, 0.7 g protein, 1 g carbohydrate, 1 g fat, 1 mg sodium, 45 mg potassium, 18 mg phosphorus, 0.6 g fiber

Edible Eyeballs (2 each):  30 calories, 0.5 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate, 2 g fat, 60 mg sodium, 84 mg potassium, 14 mg phosphorus, 0.8 g fiber

In addition to these treats, has many Halloween Recipes that are low in sodium, potassium and phosphorus.  Here are some all-time favorites:

Checkout past Kidney Diet Tips Halloween blog posts for more ideas for your Halloween celebration.

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Have a happy, safe Halloween from Kidney Diet Tips. We invite you to share some of your favorite tips for the kidney diet.

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Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara is a renal dietitian with over 20 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 currently 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.