With a recipe for shrimp stuffed with crab meat, at first glance one might think this is a case of too much of a good thing. After all, shrimp is so delicious by itself, how could the addition of crab meat add to the taste experience? One taste of this easy to prepare dish will answer that question.
With the motto “All foods fit,” DaVita renal dietitian Danielle from Nevada strives to find ways to include favorite foods in patients' diets. “Believe it or not, I often help them to liberalize their diet, so they can still enjoy foods that they like. They always seem to feel better when I tell them that they don't have to avoid everything they like.” Portion control is the key to keeping this recipe kidney-friendly, but since this dish is so rich and satisfying, portion control is easier to manage.
A DaVita veteran of over eight years, Danielle was drawn to dietetics with her interests in healthy eating and physical fitness when she was in junior college. After receiving her degree at Loma Linda University in Southern California, Danielle found the renal field while working at Manor Care in Hemet, California, or more accurately, the renal field found her. “I would call the renal dietitian once a month, and one day he asked me if I was interested in a job opportunity,” she explained. “I've never looked back. I absolutely love my job.”
That love is most evident to her patients at her Nevada DaVita centers, where she finds the most rewarding aspect of her career to be “...getting to know patients and treating them like family.” Danielle is always quick to add a friendly personal touch to her patients' lives by “taking an extra moment to say 'hi' or help out when they need it, whether it's getting them ice, walking them to the scale, covering them up with a blanket or holding their hand.”
With her office located near the treatment floor, Danielle can easily keep in touch with what's going on. “I enjoy hearing the interactions between teammates and patients. Sometimes I have to leave my office to find out what all the laughing is about,” she stated.
Danielle aims to motivate her patients to be proactive when it comes to their health. When asked to name the single most important thing patients can do to improve their health, Danielle emphatically says, “Listen to the advice of your health care team: doctor, dietitian, nurse and social worker – whether it's diet, fluid, financial issues, etc. and act on it.”
You can act on Danielle's good advice and try her Crab-Stuffed Shrimp dish for one of your next meals. Keep in mind you'll want to eat the proper portion, which keeps your meal kidney friendly and allows you to splurge on a higher cost meal from time to time.