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Watermelon Summer Cooler

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Beat the heat this summer with this cold, refreshing drink!    Watermelon is lower in potassium than other melons like cantaloupe and honeydew, which makes it a better fruit choice for anyone with kidney disease.   Watermelon is also packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene making this tasty drink a healthy choice for anyone this summer! Ingredients 1 cup crushed ice 1 cup seedless watermelon cubes 2 tsp. lime juice  1 Tbsp. sugar (or sugar substitute) Preparation Place all ingredient in a blender and blend for 30 seconds.  Pour, serve and enjoy! Makes 2 servings. Nutrition Information (per serving): 52 kcal, 1mg sodium, 96mg potassium, 9mg phosphorus Recipe used with permission from ARA  
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CKD Tips for Enjoying Summertime Food

CKD Tips for Enjoying Summertime Food

Renal Diet
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D., Registered Dietitian Summer is here and barbeque season has begun!  Camping, trips to the cottage, barbeques, bonfires, and other fun events can be exciting and can be stressful at the same time if you have chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Worrying about what to eat and how much to eat can take the fun out of enjoying food at a summer event. Planning ahead and coordinating event menus with friends and family may be helpful.   Here are some simple tips, tricks and swaps to help you enjoy all kinds of wonderful summer food. Hamburgers: Hamburgers are the epitome of bbq season and they’re so easy to make and prepare.  Make your own burgers using lean ground beef, herbs, and spices. This ensures you’re getting a good quality…
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Get the Facts on Phosphorus Additives

Get the Facts on Phosphorus Additives

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by Stephanie Legin RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian Get the Facts on Phosphorus Additives Food Additives What are they?  They are substances that food manufacturers add to food during processing to give them flavor, preserve taste and texture, enhance color or appearance, and increase their length of freshness.  They have revolutionized the food industry over the last several decades to accommodate the increasing demands of everyday life for fast, convenient, prepackaged/pre-prepared, shelf stable snacks, meals, and beverages.  Food manufacturers have responded to that demand and we now have thousands of convenience, additive packed items from which to choose.   What’s the Big Deal? The evolution and advancements in food technology has affected our lives greatly — but for better or worse health outcomes?  It’s these “hidden” substances that most of us don’t…
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Lemon Herbed Pasta Salad

Lemon Herbed Pasta Salad

low potassium, low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Need a kidney friendly side dish for all your grilled food this summer?  This colorful pasta salad goes great with whatever meat or poultry you are serving.   Make this low sodium, lower potassium side dish the next time you grill out or go to the next picnic! Lemon Herbed Pasta Salad Ingredients 1 pound rotini or penne pasta, cooked according to package directions 1 medium red pepper, chopped 1 medium green pepper, chopped ¼ cup red onion, chopped 1 medium cucumber, chopped ½ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup olive oil 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced 2 tsp. Italian seasoning 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. lemon zest ½ fresh lemon Instructions: Combine cooked pasta, peppers, red onion, and cucumber in a large bowl.In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil,…
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10 Summertime Treats and Beverages for CKD Patients

10 Summertime Treats and Beverages for CKD Patients

Renal Diet
10 Summertime Treats and Beverages for CKD Patients Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D.Registered Dietitian Summer is upon us!  The management of CKD is constant regardless of the season; however, summer can have its unique challenges. Summertime food and treats are everywhere. This can present unique challenges to managing your fluid restrictions and renal diet needs.   It can be overwhelming to keep wondering ‘what can I have?’ It can also be isolating when you feel like you can’t have something. When it’s super hot out, plain water is ok but sometimes you want something more refreshing and exciting. Try some of the ideas below to put some fun and variety in your summer and not sabotage managing your CKD. Remember, all of them count as fluids, so be sure to include…
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Basic BBQ Rub

Basic BBQ Rub

low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Basic BBQ Rub Grilling season is upon us!  Aside from being a quick & easy way to cook meats, grilling is a very heart healthy cooking method.  If you have kidney disease, this versatile spice mix is perfect to flavor up all kinds of meats & poultry without any salt.   Kidney Friendly Tip:  Use this spice mix when you make chili in the fall! Ingredients 1 ½ tsp. chili powder1 tsp. garlic powder½ tsp. oregano¼ tsp. ground cumin Preparation Combine all the ingredients.  Before cooking, rub and cover meat or poultry with the seasoning mixture.  Do this the night before if you want a more intense flavor. Store extra in an airtight container. Makes enough to season 2 pounds of meat.   Recipe used with permission from ARA Photo…
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Chicken Asparagus Feta Pasta

Chicken Asparagus Feta Pasta

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
One of the sure signs that spring has sprung is the sight of asparagus shoots! Asparagus is low in calories and a great source fiber, folate and vitamins A, C and K.  It’s a great CKD friendly vegetable due to its low potassium, phosphorus and sodium content. Using a small amount of feta is a great way to add a punch of flavor without adding too much sodium to the dish.   Next time you make this recipe, try shrimp instead of chicken! Chicken Asparagus Feta Pasta Recipe Ingredients 1 pound asparagus spears, cut into 1” pieces (approx. 2 cups)8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes16 ounces penne pasta, cooked, drained5 tablespoons olive oil1/4 teaspoon black pepper1/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth1 garlic clove, chopped1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese Preparation Warm…
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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

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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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