Kidney Diet Tips

Memorial Day Backyard BBQ and Picnic Recipes

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives to serve our country and fight for freedom. It is also a day to spend time with our friends and loved ones. Often our gatherings involve food. Maybe you are hosting a barbeque or picnic. Or maybe you want to bring a dish to a gathering. A person with kidney disease may be wondering “What can I make that everyone will enjoy, plus help me stay within the kidney diet?” Well, look no further. Check out these recipes ideas that can be found on


Quenching thirst while staying within your fluid limit can be a challenge, especially when your focus is on fun, not fluids. Try one of these beverages to chase away your thirst.


Try one of these kidney friendly appetizers to nosh on before your main meal. Take note of the serving size and enjoy!

Main Entrée

Monitoring protein can be challenge on a kidney diet. can help you filter recipes between chronic kidney disease (CKD) non-dialysis, dialysis, and even diabetes. These are examples of recipes that fit within all those diets.


You can still enjoy pasta, rice, grains, salad, and vegetables while on a kidney diet. Give these a try!


For those with a sweet tooth, try these kidney and diabetes friendly desserts!

Try out these recipes or get inspired by other recipes found on Also, check out the Today’s Kidney Diet Cookbooks for more recipe ideas. Some favorite cookbooks are the “Summer Picnic Recipes” and “Sandwiches, Burgers, & Pizza.” Be sure to check out the newest TKD Homemade Condiments cookbook for recipes and tips for flavoring food without the extra salt.

I am wishing all of you a happy Memorial Day! Enjoy those around you and as you eat together and share this special day!

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.

Iris M. Pacheco MS, RD, LD/N

Iris M. Pacheco MS, RD, LD/N

Iris M. Pacheco is originally from the Bronx, NY, and now resides in Wake Forest, NC. She has been a registered dietitian for 6 years, specializing in long term care nutrition and renal nutrition, plus acute care experience. Iris has worked at DaVita over 2 years. She enjoys helping patients improve their nutrition. In her free time, Iris likes surfing the internet, reading and cooking, as well as her new interest in gardening.