DaVita.com Kidney Education http://www.davita.com DaVita provides a complete range of dialysis treatments and support services for patients living with chronic kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease, or ESRD. Pumpkin Layer Cheesecake http://www.davita.com/recipes/desserts/pumpkin-layer-cheesecake/a/4964

Imagine a holiday desert that's good and good for you. As crazy as it sounds, the ingredients in our renal-friendly Pumpkin Layer Cheesecake have been shown to actively improve your health. For starters, cinnamon is believed to help lower blood sugar levels and -- along with nutmeg -- can reduce cholesterol, aid with digestion and stimulate circulation. And both cloves and cinnamon are well regarded as powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents. Carey, a DaVita dietitian from North Carolina, has adapted this recipe to make it even more kidney friendly by subbing in Splenda® and cream cheese, and limiting the pumpkin which reduces both the carbohydrate, potassium and phosphorus content of this holiday delight.