Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  150
  • Protein  5 g
  • Carbohydrates  30 g
  • Fat  1 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  7 mg
  • Potassium  87 mg
  • Phosphorus  91 mg
  • Calcium  15 mg
  • Fiber  3.0 g

Multigrain Hot Cereal

Tired of bland and mushy hot cereals on the renal diet? Try this tastier alternative. Multigrain Hot Cereal is a cooked cereal mixture of whole and refined grains with an appealing flavor and texture.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created by DaVita patient Ted and submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Lynn from Maryland.

Portions: 2     Serving size: 3/4 cup


  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons old fashioned grits, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon bulgur, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon roasted whole buckwheat, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon steel-cut oats, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons plain couscous, uncooked


  1. Boil water in a 1-1/2 quart covered pot.
  2. Add grits; stir briefly.
  3. Add bulgur, buckwheat, and oats; stir briefly.
  4. Reduce heat to a vigorous simmer; liberally spray nonstick cooking spray on simmering surface.
  5. Cover pot; simmer for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove pot from burner; stir in couscous.
  7. Let pot stand covered for 8 minutes, then serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 starch

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • If desired, drizzle with honey or your favorite sweetener. Add unsalted margarine or butter, blueberries or dried cranberries before serving.
  • Makes a thick cereal. Thin by adding water or milk substitute in 1/2 ounce increments.
  • Refrigerate extra serving and reheat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds for a quick breakfast.
  • You can buy smaller amounts of grains if you shop at a market that offers grains in bulk containers. Find a variety of grain products at supermarkets, natural food stores and on the internet at,,

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