Key Lime Squares

Key Lime Squares

recipes, Renal Diet
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this citrusy dessert.  These tart and creamy squares are low in sodium, potassium and phosphorus and will fit perfectly into your CKD diet.   It’s a yummy and refreshing addition to any summertime meal! Key Lime Squares Crust: 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar ½ cup margarine, softened Filling: 2 tsp. lime zest ½ tsp. baking powder 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 Tbsp. lime juice Sliced limes and non-dairy whipped topping for garnish Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix flour, confectioner’s sugar and margarine.  Press into ungreased, 8x8x2 inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes.  Using an electric mixer, beat the filling ingredients on medium speed until light and fluffy, then pour over the hot crust.  Bake just until no indentation remains…
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Starfruit: The Forbidden Fruit for Individuals with CKD

Starfruit: The Forbidden Fruit for Individuals with CKD

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Stephanie Legin RD, LDN Registered Dietitian Individuals living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) know the renal diet is one of the most complex diets to follow.  Depending on your level of renal function and lab results, your diet can be extremely restrictive, having to avoid or limit portions of many foods and beverages.  On occasion, however, your doctor and dietitian may give you some flexibility with food choices. There is one food that your renal care team will never grant you an exception to consume—that is the Starfruit (Carambola). What Is Starfruit? The Starfruit is a tropical fruit originating from Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.   A popular fruit in most East Asian countries, it is becoming increasingly popular and more available in grocery stores in North America.  Tropical parts of…
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Chicken & Fruit Pasta Salad

Chicken & Fruit Pasta Salad

Kidney Disease, recipes
  Not in the mood for a hot cooked meal on a hot summer day?  Try this light and refreshing all in one pasta salad.   For anyone watching their potassium intake, you’ve probably been advised to avoid oranges due to their high potassium content.  This recipe calls for mandarin oranges, which happen to be lower in potassium than fresh navel oranges. A ¼ cup of canned mandarin oranges provides approximately 64mg of potassium as opposed to 119 mg in a ¼ cup of fresh oranges.   So enjoy a little bit of (mandarin) orange in your diet with this cool, summertime recipe.   Ingredients 2 cups (8oz) uncooked small shell pasta 3 cups cooked chicken, cubed 1 ½ cups celery, sliced 1 ½ cups seedless red grapes, halved 1 fresh apple,…
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Eggs—Cracking the code on protein in the renal diet

Eggs—Cracking the code on protein in the renal diet

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
by Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian Over the years, eggs have been a very controversial food.  The media has generated a lot of mixed messages based on different research causing everyone to question whether eggs are healthy or not.  The center of the controversy is the high cholesterol content of the yolk. If you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which increases your risk for heart disease (and vice versa), it begs the question, can you manage your CKD and still eat eggs?  How many? How often? Can they be consumed at all? Below is the latest evidence to help you meet your protein needs, manage your CKD (at any stage), and protect your heart. Eggs and CKD Management Eggs are a nutritious protein option to help you manage your CKD. …
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