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Top 10 Unusual Foods in Kidney Disease Diet

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People with chronic kidney disease have to focus on a low protein, potassium, phosphorus and sodium –and- low fluid intake while balancing to maintain nutrition in their kidney disease diet. Given our society that is filled with the constant marketing of ‘food’ and prepackaged meals, a kidney disease diet is a daily struggle.

Kidney Disease Diet

A patient diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) must examine their kidney disease diet at an even deeper level. A diet for polycystic kidney disease involves ensuring the kidneys do not go into addition distress due to the cysts on the kidneys. Polycystic kidney disease should be carefully reviewed with your physician and nutritionist, with emphasis on fewer larger meals replaced with a larger number of smaller food intake.

Some of the surprising and creative foods that have made the top ten unusual lists for the :

1. Buffalo Wings

Comfort foods are important to all of us. This is one of the most difficult parts in any diet, but especially for those on a diet for kidney disease. Change the standard buffalo wing recipe with low sodium ingredients – and bake (not fried).

2. Cilantro chutney

Kidney disease diets require that they read every label of every item they eat. Protein replacement can be a mystery – buy replacing meats with plant based proteins isn’t that difficult. Cilantro chutney is a super replacement and can be added to a number of food items as a topping: made with cilantro, green chili, red onion, garlic, cumin seeds and lemon juice.

3. Cranberry Salsa

The recipe can be found on the Oceanspray site, combining whole berry cranberry sauce, green onion, jalapeno, cilantro, cumin and lime juice. Change the ingredients to your liking and eat with unsalted chips. This is a “keeper” for those on kidney disease diets.

4. Deviled Eggs

These are great as deviled eggs or egg salad: made with tofu, mustard, pepper, honey, celery, turmeric and onion powder!

5. Grilled Cheese

Dairy Delicious makes kidney friendly products. Using their cheddar cheese and unsalted butter or margarine, you can have a great tasting grilled cheese, like Mom used to make!

6. Strawberry Bruschetta

Kidney disease diets present a challenge when trying to satisfy your sweet tooth. This is a great food for any time of the day: baguette French bread, sliced strawberries, strawberry jelly and a little cream cheese.

7. Stuffed jalapeno peppers

Be creative! Take your favorite approved ingredients and stuff those jalapenos. This can include onions, cloves, cumin and oregano. Mix a bit of low sodium chicken broth to hold the ingredients together. Bake at 400 degrees or until tender.

8. Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberries are high in antioxidants and pancakes…well…they are one of the best comfort foods. Make sure you use no-salt butter and non-bleached flour. By far, one of the best foods no matter what time of day.

9. Egg white omelet with asparagus and goat cheese

This should pass, even for the diet for polycystic kidney disease: Use egg whites and only 1 large whole egg, Dijon mustard, transfat no-salt margarine, thinly sliced green onions, asparagus – sliced into half inch pieces, dill and crumbled goat cheese.

10. Cranberry Pineapple Parfait

Every kidney disease diet has to have at least one cranberry dessert! Combine fresh or frozen cranberries, unsweetened apple juice, sugar substitute. Bring to medium boil until berries pop and soften. Put into a metal pan and place in the freezer. Puree pineapple chunks and more unsweetened apple juice. Put in another metal pan and place in the freezer. Scrape each pan every 20 min to get firm but slushy mixtures. Layer into cocktail glasses and top with a spring of mint.

Always consult with your primary physician and dietician regarding any foods or supplements you add to your standard kidney disease diet or your diet for polycystic kidney disease

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One Response to “Top 10 Unusual Foods in Kidney Disease Diet”

  1. sheila Kramer says:

    My questions are more about eating in restaurants as we are older and we eat out more than in, what is suggested for eating out? Any help appreciated.

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