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Candy Cane Puffs

Candy Cane Puffs

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‘Tis the season for cookies!   Who doesn’t enjoy a festive holiday cookie?   If you have kidney disease, many cookies made with nuts, chocolate, and high potassium fruits may be off limits due to their high potassium and phosphorus content.  Luckily, there are so many other delicious seasonal cookies you can enjoy and still stick to you CKD diet.   Candy Cane Puffs Ingredients 4 ½ cup all-purpose flour ¼ tsp. salt ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 1 egg ½ tsp. peppermint extract ½ tsp. vanilla 8oz white chocolate baking pieces, melted ½ cup finely chopped candy canes Preparation 1.In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt.  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.  Beat in egg. Beat in peppermint…
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“Overhauled” Green Bean Casserole

“Overhauled” Green Bean Casserole

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“Overhauled” Green Bean Casserole Recipe Ingredients 16oz frozen green beans, thawed Crunchy Topping: 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 ½ Tbsp. minced onion ¼ cup unseasoned breadcrumbs 1 tsp. lemon juice Creamy Sauce: 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter 2 Tbsp. flour 1 tsp. black pepper 1 cup non dairy creamer 3 oz cream cheese Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Microwave green beans until crisp but tender.  Set aside. 2. Topping: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.  Saute garlic and onion until soft. Add breadcrumbs and lemon.  Cook about 2 minutes, stirring frequently until breadcrumbs are golden.   3. Sauce: In saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.  Blend in flour and pepper. Whisk in non-dairy creamer.  Cook and stir until bubbly and thick. Reduce heat. Blend…
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Let’s Talk (Renal Friendly) Turkey

Let’s Talk (Renal Friendly) Turkey

Renal Diet
Stephanie Legin RD, LDN Registered Dietitian Let’s Talk Renal Friendly Turkey Whether you celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in October or American Thanksgiving in November, the guest at everyone’s main feast is traditionally turkey.  When preparing for the holiday, we usually go to the grocery store, grab a frozen turkey from a bin and take it home to defrost in the refrigerator for a few days before the roasting begins.   Most of us never ask questions about turkey.  How was it raised, what did it eat, how was it processed, or was anything added to my turkey?  We just assume the turkey we purchase is unadulterated and is a great source of lean, high biological value protein. For the health conscious individual or for those of you with chronic kidney disease (CKD),…
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Tasty “Turkey Time” Turkey 

recipes, Renal Diet
It’s turkey time!  Don’t fret over your Thanksgiving bird this year.  Simplify your life without sacrificing flavor this holiday season.  This recipe uses aromatic vegetables and herbs and spices to flavor up your turkey with minimal seasoning which makes it the perfect main dish if you have renal disease.  The best part? No oven and easy clean up! Tasty “Turkey Time” Turkey Ingredients 4 pound bone in turkey breast 3 medium celery stalks 1 medium onion, diced ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. each of oregano, sage, thyme, paprika 2 tsp. salt free seasoning blend Preparation Combine the dried spices in a small owl and rub the mixture all over the outside of the turkey and under the skin.  Layer the celery, onion, and…
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How to Enjoy Social Situations and Manage CKD

How to Enjoy Social Situations and Manage CKD

Emotional Issues, Kidney Disease
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian How to Enjoy Social Situations and Manage CKD Social situations can seem daunting when trying to manage CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease).  It can be overwhelming to think about what to eat, how much to eat, what to drink, how much to drink, if you need to avoid anything, and how to handle advice.  You need to be able to have fun and enjoy life! With a little planning and preparation, you can! Try some of the tips below to help you enjoy any social situation. 1. Bring renal friendly food:  Bring a renal friendly dish to the event that you know you can enjoy.  Try Chicken and Fruit Pasta Salad, Lemon Herbed Pasta Salad, or the ever popular Cheese Ball (low sodium recipe). 2. Avoid…
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Setting SMART Goals That Work

Setting SMART Goals That Work

Goal Setting, Kidney Disease
Hot Topic: Setting SMART Goals That Work Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian Setting goals that work creates success and confidence.  Unfortunately, poor nutrition information is everywhere with many claims of ‘quick fixes’ to help you lose weight quickly, get in shape quickly, and fix health issues.  Many of these claims are not evidence based, are lacking a balanced approach, and are not realistic.  They can lead to many failed attempts at improving health which is very discouraging and frustrating.  Due to this, many people give up. Therefore, goals that work need to be set to make long term changes to your lifestyle.  After all, who wants to keep doing the same ineffective thing? How to Set SMART Goals To set goals that work, start by identifying your priority and…
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Gluten Free Diet: Health or Hype for CKD Management?

Gluten Free Diet: Health or Hype for CKD Management?

Gluten Free, Kidney Disease
Hot Topic Gluten Free Diet: Health or Hype for CKD Management? Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian The gluten free diet has become very popular recently due to the perception that it is healthier and can help with weight loss.  These are false claims not supported by evidence.  There is also no evidence that gluten free diets will improve your CKD management. A gluten free diet for life is necessary for people with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that misidentifies gluten as a ‘foreign body’.  One percent of the population has Celiac Disease. People with Celiac Disease can have an increased risk of health issues such as malnutrition due to nutrient malabsorption, permanent digestive tract damage, constipation and/or diarrhea, , miscarriage and infertility, and  skin and joint issues.  The diet…
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Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheese Pie

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheese Pie

recipes, Renal Diet
Try this delicious kidney and diabetic-friendly remake of pumpkin cheesecake!  Enjoy a decadent slice of fall flavored cheesecake without any of the guilt.  Each slice is under 150mg potassium which qualifies as low potassium. Bonus:  So easy to make you don’t even need an oven to make it!   Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheese Pie Ingredients Crust 1 ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup unsalted margarine, melted Filling 8 oz cream cheese, softened ½ cup pumpkin puree 17 packets sugar substitute  2 eggs  1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. nutmeg Topping 12 packets sugar substitute 1 cup water 2 drops red food coloring  1 Tbsp. cornstarch 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 cups fresh cranberries Preparation In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and margarine.  Press into the bottom and…
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Understanding the Kidney Disease and Gout Connection

Understanding the Kidney Disease and Gout Connection

Gout, Kidney Disease
Understanding the Kidney Disease and Gout Connection Stephanie Legin RD, LDN Registered Dietitian How are Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and gout related?  If you are prone to gout, you have an increased risk for developing kidney disease.  If you have CKD, you have a higher risk for developing gout. GOUT⇆ KIDNEY DISEASE What Is Gout? Gout is a chronic form of arthritis that has no cure.  Approximately 4% of the American population has gout.  Acute episodes of gout are called “flare-ups” and cause joints to become red, swollen, and extremely painful.  Preventing flare-ups and controlling symptoms of them are important for the management of gout.  What Causes Gout? Purines.  Purines are chemical compounds made by the body and found in certain foods.  The body metabolizes purines in the liver. The…
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Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

recipes, Renal Diet
Nothing makes it feel more like October than some pumpkin and pumpkin spice!   Unfortunately, for many of you with kidney disease, enjoying pumpkin may be limited in your diet.  Pumpkin puree is high in potassium and pumpkin seeds are high in potassium and phosphorus. Fortunately, there are plenty of fruits that pair well with pumpkin.  Many recipes combine them, requiring less pumpkin. Less pumpkin = less potassium, allowing everyone to enjoy some comforting fall baked goods!  Make your home smell amazing and feel warm and cozy this fall with this pumpkin cranberry bread.  Enjoy! Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Ingredients 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 2 tsp. baking powder 2 eggs 2 cup sugar 1 ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree ½ cup vegetable oil 1 cup…
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