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Making Holiday Meals Kidney-Friendly
Holidays are a magical time of the year. Sticking to a kidney-friendly diet can be challenging. However with a few changes, it is possible to enjoy holiday meals and celebrations with your loved ones.
Planning Holiday Meals
Planning ahead can make a stressful time easier. If you are cooking, you will be able to control what you are eating. Cooking from scratch is the best way to ensure that your food is healthy as possible. In place of salt, use herbs and spices. Potassium can be reduced in potatoes and other vegetables by double-boiling. This video and article “Lowering Potassium in Potatoes” explains the process.
Gravy can be made from the turkey drippings. The gravy will be less salty then gravy made from mixes and jars. The DaVita Diet Helper meal planning and meal creations features are helpful in planning kidney-friendly holiday meals. In addition, there are many kidney-friendly holiday recipes on DaVita.com. If you are visiting friends and family, bring along a dish that is healthy for you and can be shared by all.
Shopping for Holiday Meals
Shopping for food can be challenging. However, with the right ingredients you have a good start for healthy holiday meals. Some of these ideas and substitutions can help to put you on the right path.
- Choose apple cider instead of eggnog for a renal-friendly beverage choice
- Buy a fresh turkey. Frozen turkeys may be injected with sodium and phosphorus additives
- Count cranberry sauce as a fruit serving if you are counting carbohydrate choices
- Select fresh ingredients when possible. Instead of using canned vegetables, try fresh or frozen to reduce the amount of sodium in your recipe
- Make your own stuffing. Boxed stuffing mixes contain high amounts of salt and phosphorus
Eating holiday meals is one of the best parts of the celebration! Some suggestions to enjoy your meal and sticking to your diet are listed here.
- If you are on a high protein diet eat high protein foods, such as turkey first. Try to get in 4 to 5 ounces to start your meal
- Enjoy a kidney-friendly beverage and sip slowly if you are on a fluid limit
- Avoid added salt and limit salty foods
- Remember to take phosphorus binders with your meal
- Use a smaller plate to help control portions sizes
- Choose a small slice of lower potassium fruit pie, or use a kidney-friendly recipe for pumpkin or sweet potato pie
Remember to enjoy the holidays and holiday meals with friends and family.
Additional Kidney Diet Resources
Visit DaVita.com and explore these diet and nutrition resources:
DaVita Diet Helper online meal planner and tracker
Kidney Smart® Classes taught by kidney experts in your area
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.