Diet is incredibly important for kidney disease patients. What you eat can cause, prevent, or even help alleviate pain and symptoms. Dieticians can help determine a diet that is specific to each patient, but there are a few foods that are packed with nutrition, low in potassium, taste great, and are fabulous for everyone. So, if you want to make a difference for yourself or for someone you love who is struggling with kidney disease, go ahead and cook them a great meal, lend a listening ear when they need to talk, or even donate your car forcharity. You’ll be helping them to feel better.
With abundant phytochemicals, this cruciferous vegetable is filling and nutritious. Good in soups, salads, or even alone with just salt and pepper.
2. Red Peppers
Also low in potassium but high in flavor. Including red peppers in your recipes can add flavor and nutrition.
High in vitamin C, folate and fiber, cauliflower helps your body fight off toxins. Raw, steamed, or in soups, this superfood tastes delicious. Steam and mash for a kidney friendly alternative to mashed potatoes.
Low in potassium and high in antioxidants, these sweet berries work as an anti-inflammatory food that just happens to taste delightful.
5. Egg Whites
As a low potassium source of protein, egg whites are the perfect option for kidney patients looking for a way to still get in an omelet or a deviled egg occasionally.
When your diet is limited for health reasons, spices are one of your best friends. Garlic is a tasty as well as nutritious addition to your menu, with anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to lower your cholesterol.
High in Omega-3 fatty acids, fish are an excellent source of protein that also boosts your heart health.
8. Red Grapes
The red pigmentation in grapes comes from a substance called flavonoids. These flavonoids help to reduce the risk of blood clots. Grapes can be frozen and eaten as a thirst-quenching measure for patients on a liquid restricted diet.
9. Olive Oil
Naturally rich in oleic acid and polyphenols, both anti-inflammatory, extra virgin olive oil has long been considered a healthy food.
Low in potassium and high in vitamin C, manganese, and fiber, strawberries don’t just taste good, they really are good. This natural “candy” feels like a treat when your diet is restricted for health reasons.
What’s your favorite food with these ingredients in it? Tell us your favorite kidney friendly food.