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Superfoods—Health or Hype?

Superfoods—Health or Hype?

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian | HOT TOPIC:  Superfoods—Health or Hype? What is a Superfood? What are ‘superfoods?’  What does ‘superfood’ mean?  The term ‘superfood’ is a marketing claim given to a nutritious food, usually a plant food, like gogi berries, to promote its sales.  It is not a claim given by health experts.  Many plant foods are nutritious; they contain antioxidants, healthy fats, and fibre.  A ‘superfood’ is no better than any other nutrient dense food.    Do I Need to Eat Them? Your overall health and well-being will not be compromised if you don’t like or eat foods labeled ‘superfoods’.  What’s important to ask is: does my diet include a balance of all of the food groups (like Canada’s Food Guide or Guidelines for Healthy Eating for…
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Plant Based Eating: What It Is And How It Applies To CKD

Plant Based Eating: What It Is And How It Applies To CKD

Kidney Disease
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian | Plant Based Eating: What It Is and How It Applies To CKD Plant based eating has been growing in popularity.  There is an increasing amount of plant based foods available for consumers.  As the awareness of plant based foods grows, so does the confusion and questions about what a plant based diet really is.  Although there is no definition of ‘plant based eating’, it has been described as a diet comprised mostly of plant based foods with small amounts of animal proteins, or substituting all animal proteins with plant based proteins.   A vegetarian diet is a loose term that encompasses different kinds of vegetarian diets.  Typically, if you follow a vegetarian diet, you may choose to include eggs and dairy (lacto ovo), or…
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Easy Vegetables with Lemon and Garlic

Easy Vegetables with Lemon and Garlic

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
If you have CKD, finding ways to liven’ up your vegetables without adding salt can be challenging.  This super easy to make vegetable side dish pairs well with the ‘Herb Topped Fish’ recipe posted earlier this month.  It uses lemon juice and fresh garlic to give the vegetables a punch of flavor. Refer to  KidneyChef article “Love and Care for your Heart and Kidneys: Tips to Cut the Sodium in your Diet” for some useful tips to cut the sodium in your diet.   Easy Vegetables with Lemon and Garlic Ingredients 2 cup fresh cauliflower florets 2 cup fresh broccoli florets 2 tsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tsp. parsley, chopped Preparation Steam cauliflower and broccoli florets for 10 minutes or until tender.  In a…
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Love and Care for your Heart and Kidneys:  Tips to Cut the Sodium in your Diet

Love and Care for your Heart and Kidneys:  Tips to Cut the Sodium in your Diet

Heart health, Kidney Disease, low-salt
By Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian | February is National Heart Month Love and Care for your Heart and Kidneys:  Tips to Cut the Sodium in your Diet Sodium Consumption Did you know that our taste for salt is acquired?   We are not born with an affinity for salt. As infants grow and are fed foods that contain salt, their taste for salt develops.   As children continue to mature and consume more and more foods high in sodium (sodium is found in salt), their preference for these foods increases.    By adulthood, the average American consumes ~3400mg sodium per day.  This is well above the American Heart Association’s recommendation to limit sodium to 1500mg per day.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more that 2300mg (which is…
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Artificial Sweeteners: Can They be Consumed With CKD?

Artificial Sweeteners: Can They be Consumed With CKD?

Kidney Disease, Sugar
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian | Hot Topic: Artificial Sweeteners: Can They be Consumed With CKD? Artificial Sweeteners: The Evidence Artificial sweeteners have been a very controversial hot topic over the years.  There remains a lot of skepticism over whether these products contribute to many health issues like Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity, and inflammation. What does the evidence say?  Are they safe? How much is safe?  Do they really cause the problems that the alarmists say? The evidence shows that artificial sweeteners are safe to use.  They are in some food items in very small amounts, they are not toxic when used appropriately, and do not cause severe health problems. They have been studied extensively and are approved for use by Health Canada and the FDA.   The following websites contain…
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Herb Topped Fish

Herb Topped Fish

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
February is National Heart Month.  Learn to love and care for your heart and kidneys this month with this flavorful, low fat, lower in sodium, CKD friendly dish.  Learning to use fresh or dried herbs and spices in your cooking is a great way to avoid using unwanted salt in your diet and help keep you on track with your renal diet.   Later this month, look for a delicious, easy to prepare side dish to accompany this savory fish recipe.    Herb Topped Fish Ingredients 24 oz white fish (halibut, cod, tilapia) ½ cup low fat mayonnaise  ½ cup low fat or fat free sour cream  ¼ cup parmesan cheese 4 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped (or 2 Tbsp. dried chives) 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley chopped (or 2 Tbsp. dried parsley) ½…
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A Dietitian’s Role In Helping You Manage Your Health and CKD

A Dietitian’s Role In Helping You Manage Your Health and CKD

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Stephanie Legin RD, LDN Registered Dietitian | A Dietitian’s Role In Helping You Manage Your Health and CKD The Role of a Dietitian I have filled many roles as a registered dietitian over the last 23 years.  The areas of nutrition I have worked in may have changed over the years; however, the mission and goals have remained the same.  The objective, for all dietitians, is to educate people about food and its impact on health. Part of an RD's assessment is to recommend what to eat and what not to eat for your individual health needs. This builds the foundation on which to base your goals.  Taking that knowledge and incorporating it into your lifestyle can be the tricky part.  Your dietitian can help give you the tools and…
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All-Purpose Coating Mix

All-Purpose Coating Mix

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
Need something to jazz up your meat, poultry and fish but don’t want to add a bunch of sodium and preservatives to your dish?  Try making your own versatile “shake and bake” coating! If you have CKD, you’ll want to make big batches of this low sodium, potassium and phosphorus crispy breadcrumb coating mix to have on hand and spice up your meals!  All-Purpose Coating Mix Ingredients 1 ½ cup dry fine plain breadcrumbs 1 cup all-purpose flour 4 Tbsp. dried parsley 1 Tbsp. paprika 2 tsp. onion powder 1 ½ tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. black pepper 1 Tbsp. marjoram 1 Tbsp. thyme 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil Preparation 1. Combine breadcrumbs, flour, parsley, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, marjoram and thyme.  Stir to mix evenly. 2. Add…
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Managing Food Costs with CKD

Managing Food Costs with CKD

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian | Managing Food Costs with CKD I often hear from my clients that they struggle with healthy eating due to the cost of food.  This is especially prevalent with clients with CKD. It can be overwhelming to manage a chronic condition and the costs that can go with it.  In Canada, food costs are set to increase by 4-6% in 2020. Approximately 35% of the Canadian household grocery budget goes to eating out. Below are some simple and easy tips to help you manage your nutritional needs by cooking at home, planning ahead, choosing healthy renal foods, and managing your budget. 1. Focus On What You Can Have: I often tell clients to focus on the foods they can have to manage their nutrition…
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Turkey Vegetable Chili

Turkey Vegetable Chili

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
Looking for recipes to help keep your New Year’s weight loss resolutions and keep you full and satisfied?  Try this scrumptious and healthy turkey chili! Ideal for anyone trying to lose weight but also a perfect meal if you have CKD.  The aromatics and blend of spices gives this recipe so much flavor there is no need to use the salt shaker!   Turkey Vegetable Chili Ingredients 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 lb. lean ground turkey ½ cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cup zucchini, chopped 1 cup frozen corn 14 oz no salt added stewed crushed tomatoes 2 tsp. chili powder 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin 1 ½ tsp. cayenne pepper ¼ tsp. black pepper Preparation 1. Heat large skillet to medium high, add oil.  2. Saute ground…
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