Hot Topics: CKD Pantry Staples: Be Prepared During the Pandemic

Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D.
Registered Dietitian

CKD Pantry Staples: Grocery shopping has become an increasing challenge during this pandemic. When you have CKD, wondering what to buy when food supplies may be limited can be overwhelming. Buying staples that fit your CKD needs while maintaining your budget can be challenging. This tip sheet will help you with some ideas if you can’t get fresh or frozen items.


  • Whole oats for oatmeal.
  • Low sodium or no added salt canned vegetables such as carrots, corn, green beans, and peas.
  • Canned fruit such as peaches, pears, oranges, or fruit cocktail. (Canned in it’s own juice or water).
  • White bread, bagels, pitas, and wraps.
  • White pasta, white rice, egg noodles.
  • Mustard.
  • No added salt dried herbs and spices.
  • Mayonnaise.
  • Cooking oil or non-stick pan spray.
  • Canned fish such as salmon or low sodium tuna.
  • Canned shellfish such as low sodium crab or lobster.
  • Low sodium or salt-free canned chicken or turkey.
  • Corn or rice based cereals such as Cornflakes, Rice Chex, and Rice Krispies.
  • Plain cookies such as Arrowroot cookies, vanilla wafers, sugar cookies.
  • Tea.
  • Coffee.

When using canned items for pantry staples, be sure to wash the tops of the cans thoroughly before opening. Drain and rinse canned vegetables to remove sodium (if you cannot purchase low sodium or no added salt items). These pantry staples are nutritious and can help you stick to your diet restrictions during this pandemic. Ask your renal dietitian if you have questions!


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