Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  134
  • Protein  5 g
  • Carbohydrates  19 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  15 mg
  • Sodium  219 mg
  • Potassium  162 mg
  • Phosphorus  50 mg
  • Calcium  9 mg
  • Fiber  1.6 g

Great Way to Start Your Day Bagel

Wake up to a Great-Way-to-Start-Your-Day Bagel with tasty tomato and onion sliced on top of a bagel seasoned with lemon pepper. Come to think of it, this delicious, easy to make treat is not just for breakfast but anytime it calls for a great, kidney-friendly dish.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe from DaVita patient Gretchen and submitted by DaVita dietitian Arlene from California.

Portions: 2     Serving size: 1/2 bagel with toppings


  • 1 bagel, 2 ounce size
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2 tomato slices, 1/4" thick
  • 2 red onion slices
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium lemon pepper seasoning


  1. Slice bagel and toast until golden brown.
  2. Spread cream cheese over each bagel half. Place onion slice and tomato slice on top and sprinkle with lemon pepper.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • For variety try different types of bagels and flavored cream cheese.
  • Some brands of lemon pepper contain salt. Check the ingredients and select a brand without salt.

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Great Way to Start Your Day Bagel

GeorgeBeury says:


Love bagels with tomato, cream cheese and a hint of onion. Thinking about making this a staple of my dialysis diet, i.e. DD.

Sep. 13, 2013, 9:43 AM - Inappropriate review?

Great Way to Start Your Day Bagel

JasonEdwards38 says:


To further reduce potassium, use a couple 1/8 inch slices of tomato, or one 1/4 inch slice. Still tastes good.

Sep. 12, 2013, 6:54 AM - Inappropriate review?

Great Way to Start Your Day Bagel

Taylorqueen says:


Plain bagel? Some are more in sodium than others. Great breakfast includes coffee ! Dietitian comment:Plain bagels are sometimes higher in sodium than flavored so it's best to check the label and compare brands and options. Watch out for the supersized bagels[INVALID]almost 700 mg sodium in one bagel!

Jul. 02, 2013, 9:49 AM - Inappropriate review?

Great Way to Start Your Day Bagel

TEXAN62 says:


I think Basil would be good also,a Basil leaf, & tomato, & onion.gonna have to try it.

Jul. 18, 2012, 5:45 AM - Inappropriate review?

Great Way to Start Your Day Bagel

cjung says:


I was told tomatoes are the worst thing u can eat with kidney failure??? Moderator: True tomatoes and tomato products are high in potassium. Small amounts of tomato can easily be worked into kidney-friendly recipes. It's the total amount per serving that matters. The 1/4 inch tomato slice in this recipe contains 45 mg potassium.

Jun. 26, 2011, 8:55 PM - Inappropriate review?

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