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Pantry Staples for People with CKD

Pantry Staples for People with CKD

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Pantry Staples for People with CKD by Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian Who Has Time to Grocery Shop Every Day? A variety of non-perishables such as canned and dried goods, frozen fruits and vegetables, fish and meats can be stored easily for extended periods to make planning and prepping meals easy.  Knowing what to purchase is important if you have CKD and may need to watch your sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and/or sugar intake (if you’re diabetic). Planning Ahead Keep your life simple, save time and plan ahead.  When making your next grocery list, be sure to add some of these kidney friendly pantry staples to keep on hand.  By keeping your kitchen stocked, you will always have ingredients readily available to make quick, healthy, tasty CKD friendly snacks or…
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Strawberry Delight

Strawberry Delight

low potassium, recipes
Is your sweet tooth craving a tasty, fruity dessert?  Try this light and fluffy strawberry cream pie! This dessert is perfect for anyone needing to watch potassium and/or phosphorus in his or her diet.  The base of this treat does contain 1/3 cup of nuts (high in potassium and phosphorus) but only enough to give it some crunch and some great flavor. Each serving only has 132mg potassium and 37mg phosphorus per serving! Mix it up and use raspberries or blueberries instead of strawberries the next time you make this recipe! Ingredients 1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/4 cup butter1/4 cup brown sugar1/3 cup chopped pecans1 tbsp. lemon juice7 ounces marshmallow cream16 ounces thawed frozen strawberries1 cup whipped toppingFresh strawberries for garnish Preparation Preheat oven to 325° F. Mix the flour, butter, brown sugar…
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Common Complications of CKD and How to Reduce Your Risk

Common Complications of CKD and How to Reduce Your Risk

Kidney Disease
Marika Wamback, R.D., Registered Dietitian There are many potential complications of chronic kidney disease (CKD) depending on the stage and treatment required.  Listed below are common complications that can impact your health, well-being, and treatment. Reducing risks can help improve CKD management, reduce stress, and improve your quality of life. Malnutrition Malnutrition is a common risk in renal disease.  If you have CKD and need to restrict your diet to manage your disease, you are at risk for malnutrition.  Needing to restrict the diet in any way can lead to poor nutritional status and increases your risk for illness and infection. Being malnourished can impact how you feel and negatively impact appetite and energy levels. You may not feel like shopping for, prepping, or cooking food.  This can lead to…
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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
Double your antioxidant buck with this light side salad.  Strawberries are a great source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals.  They are lower in potassium — a great CKD friendly addition to salads, desserts or just eaten by themselves as a snack!   Spinach is rich in beta carotene and is a good source of many vitamins and minerals, including potassium.  If you have CKD, this recipe, when eaten in the suggested serving size is a perfect addition to your meal. If you’d like to reduce the amount of potassium in the suggested serving size, substitute 1 ½ cups of spinach in the recipe with 1 ½ cups of iceberg lettuce.   Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients 3 cups fresh spinach1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced¼ cup red onion, sliced1 tbps.…
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Smart Snacking for the CKD Patient

Smart Snacking for the CKD Patient

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
By Stephanie Legin RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian snacknoun\ ˈsnak  \ : a light meal : food eaten between regular meals Many people’s schedules are so busy these days that snacks are an essential part of everyday life.  Ideally, meals are eaten every 4-5 hours to keep blood sugars in check (especially for individuals with diabetes / hypoglycemia) and energy levels up, but sometimes schedules don’t allow and you need a little snack to get you through.  Snacks are technically just a couple of bites of food, approximately 100 calories, and are meant to sustain you to your next meal. If you’re like most people in a hurry, you reach for whatever is quick and easy and may not consider the quality of the snack you choose.  Food is fuel and the type of fuel you…
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Four Principles of Food Safety for Individuals with CKD

Four Principles of Food Safety for Individuals with CKD

Kidney Disease
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D., Registered Dietitian Who doesn’t love good, tasty food?   Good nutrition is important at any age and stage of life, and food is essential for it.   When there are health issues and/or compromised immunity, nutrition and food safety become even more important.  Contaminated food can result in illness, can exacerbate current health issues, and can increase risks and mortality in immunocompromised populations.   The World Health Organization states that 600 million people per year get sick from contaminated food and 400 thousand of them die.  With a global food system, there is a risk of contaminated food due to different regulations, handlers, transportation needs, and growing methods. In Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is our federal agency that ensures the safety of our food supply.…
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Shrimp with Basil Lemon Butter

Shrimp with Basil Lemon Butter

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
Including shrimp into your CKD diet is a great way to get very lean, good quality protein in your diet.  Not only is it naturally low in saturated fat and calories, it is a great source of selenium, vitamin D and  omega-3 fatty acids (great for the heart!). Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 3 tbsp. finely chopped shallots ½ fresh lemon 1 lb. raw, peeled shrimp 2 tbsp. fresh snipped parsley 2 tbsp. fresh chopped basil 2 tbsp. grated lemon peel Preparation In a saute pan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add in shallots and cook until soft.Add in shrimp and cook until done.  Approx. 5-7 minutes.Add juice from ½ lemon, parsley, basil, and lemon peel.  Stir until hot.Serve with cooked pasta. Nutritional Information (per 4oz serving): 248kcal, 275mg sodium, 175mg…
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Chronic Kidney Disease and Potassium — Beyond the Basics

Chronic Kidney Disease and Potassium — Beyond the Basics

Kidney Disease, Potassium, Renal Diet
by  Stephanie Legin RD, LDN This article helps to add to the knowledge acquired from the article, Chronic Kidney Disease and Potassium — A Guide for the CKD Patient.   For the most accurate measure of potassium amounts in food or to identify if potassium has been added to a food product, it requires knowledge of how to read and understand the nutrition facts label and ingredient list. The Newly Revised Nutrition Facts Label for the U.S. and Canada The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires a Nutrition Facts Label on most packaged foods and beverages.  The label has recently been revised and updated. Some food manufacturers have already started using them on their products; however, they are not required by the U.S. FDA to use them on packaging until January 2020.…
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Spritz Cherry Limeade

Spritz Cherry Limeade

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
Spritz Cherry Limeade Let’s celebrate National Nutrition Month & National Kidney Month — make a toast to your kidneys with this refreshing Spritz Cherry Limeade!   Cherries are a great source of antioxidants!  They are known to have anti-inflammatory properties that may promote health as well as help control blood sugars, blood pressure, arthritis and other health issues. Learn about some other superfoods you can incorporate in your daily life. Ingredients ½ cup sugar 1 cup water 5 limes (juiced) 1 1/2 cups frozen (or fresh pitted) dark cherries 3 cups ice 2 cups unflavored seltzer Preparation: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water to make a simple syrup.  Heat mixture until it comes to a boil, turn off heat and allow to cool.  Puree frozen cherries in a…
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Top Ten List for Thriving with Chronic Kidney Disease and / or End Stage Renal Disease Including Dialysis

Top Ten List for Thriving with Chronic Kidney Disease and / or End Stage Renal Disease Including Dialysis

Kidney Disease
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian Managing chronic kidney disease is no easy task.  There’s a lot of time required for it, a lot of things to learn, and a lot of information to absorb. Appointments, team members, medications, diet, dialysis regime; it can be overwhelming. Simple management tips can help you feel in control of your health.  That is the key to thriving. Often, patients will say ‘just tell me what to do!’ To help increase your confidence, and to help you regain control of your health, the following tips may help: 1. Consider vaccination.  Vaccines are meant to prevent serious illnesses that can cause long term effects and/or increase mortality.  When you have chronic kidney disease, your ability to fight infection is compromised. If you are on dialysis,…
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