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Love is in the Air: Kidney-Friendly Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your friends and family a little extra love. We often show love and kindness to one another through food or yummy sweet treats. This Valentine’s Day keep your valentine healthy and on-track while also showing your love and appreciation. Here’s a couple of safe and kidney-friendly Valentine’s Day ideas.
Try New Flavors for Valentine’s Day
Valentines sweet treats that include chocolate, nuts or peanut butter can pack a hefty potassium and phosphorus punch. Try a vanilla-flavored treat such as sugar cookies or vanilla wafers for a lower phosphorus content. Also, substituting chocolate or peanut butter candy with hard candy or gummy candy ensures a lower potassium and phosphorus content. Simple changes like these may help your body healthier in the long run.
Check out sugar-free options
It seems that every year brings new types of Valentine’s sweet treats. The good news is there are more sugar-free options than ever before. If you have diabetes, choosing a sugar-free option might be easier on your blood sugar. Check the sugar-free section of the candy isle to see if any of your favorite candies are available in a sugar-free variety. A note of caution: sugar-free items often have sugar alcohol sweeteners which could cause diarrhea or bloating, especially of you eat too much.
Try one of these lower-sugar Valentine’s treats:
Mix it up
Mix it up this year with a savory treat. Savory snacks might have less potassium, phosphorus and sugar depending on how they’re made. After the Christmas holidays, a savory rather than sweet snack might be welcomed. Check out the savory snacks below for an alternate to the usual sweet Valentine’s treat.
For more recipes read “Eat What You Love: 10 Kidney-Friendly Valentine Treats“.
Happy Valentine’s Day!