Corn Bread Muffins by Jackie from North Carolina

Corn bread has been enjoyed in this country since Native Americans first began drying corn and grinding it into corn meal. Jackie, a DaVita renal dietitian from North Carolina, improves upon basic corn bread with a Corn Bread Muffin  recipe that is tasty and versatile enough to be served with a variety of dishes, everything from scrambled eggs to chili. Jackie's Corn Bread Muffins fit in perfectly with a renal diet, but family and friends are also sure to love these moist, delicious muffins. Jackie uses rice milk as an alternative to high phosphorus dairy milk and liquid egg substitute instead of eggs to turn a basic recipe a kidney-friendly treat. And because they’re single-serve muffins, they provide built-in portion control.

A native of North Carolina, Jackie studied at East Carolina University in Greenville. Her interest in the science of nutrition led her to a career in Dietetics. “I started working in a small hemodialysis clinic about 15 years ago. The flexible hours allowed me to balance my career and family life, " Jackie explains.

Today, Jackie has a busy schedule working as a renal dietitian at three dialysis centers in North Carolina. She’s been with DaVita for 5 years and enjoys the company’s team approach. “I’ve learned that DaVita really is the provider, partner and employer of choice,” Jackie says.

With the many demands of her job, Jackie has perfected the art of juggling. "The most challenging aspect of my job is time management. Covering three clinics can be difficult at times," Jackie explains. But Jackie enjoys her work and says fulfillment comes from interacting with her dialysis patients and their families. “The smile on a patient’s face when they have a ‘Good Nutrition Report Card’ is so rewarding. “

When asked how she makes a difference in dialysis patients’ lives, Jackie says she knows that “teaching patients to make healthy food choices will improve their health and well-being.” And what greater gift is there than better quality of life?

The key to improving health, though, ultimately lies with the patient, and Jackie advises each of her dialysis patients to be an active participant in their own health care. During her career as a dietitian, she’s developed tools she uses to encourage her renal patients’ involvement, such as yummy, kidney-friendly recipes. “I’ve found that patients enjoy trying new recipes. The High Protein Gelatin Cups on DaVita.com received rave reviews, for instance. My patients also enjoy playing ’Phosphorus Bingo’.” By turning learning into a game, Phosphorus Bingo helps her renal patients more readily understand and remember which foods are high in phosphorous.

When working with her renal patients, Jackie focuses on consistent follow-up and reinforcement. By providing tools and encouragement, she’s able to empower her patients so they can successfully handle their renal diet challenges.

One recipe in Jackie’s tool box is her Corn Bread Muffin recipe. It’s a good, down-home recipe that she’s jazzed up for a fresher, moister take on traditional corn bread. Jackie’s Corn Bread Muffins complement many foods, make a great snack on their own and are tasty enough to satisfy even fussy eaters. See for yourself how Jackie’s Corn Bread Muffins can brighten up your next meal.

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