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.…
Read More
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…
Read More
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.…
Read More
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…
Read More