Ring in the New Year with Kidney-Friendly Party Snacks

Counting down the New Year with your favorite friends usually includes a few tasty treats and a glass of bubbly. Enjoying special times while having to watch your kidney diet can be a challenge, but thanks to DaVita® dietitians, you can serve up some mouthwatering snacks and still eat renal-friendly foods.

When speaking with people on dialysis about their renal diet, many times the focus is on what cannot be eaten. There are, however, many delicious foods that are perfectly acceptable on the dialysis diet. The trick is finding ways to prepare these foods so that you don’t feel deprived. DaVita.com has wonderful, kidney-friendly recipes that focus on the “what you can have.” Each week DaVita dietitians share their personal stories and provide tasty selections for you to enjoy. The best part is if you’re cooking for others who are not on dialysis, they’ll be able to eat the same foods as you and not think they’re eating “diet” food because it’s all so tasty. 

As you begin a new year and you start making your resolutions, please remember to visit the recipe section of this website for menu selections designed to keep your lab results where they need to be. Remember, in addition to eating the right foods, portion control is important, as well as discussing your food choices with your doctor or dietitian.

We’ve planned the menu for your New Year’s gathering with 10 easy-to-follow appetizer recipes along with a comprehensive grocery list to help you enjoy this festive time of year.

Let your family and friends know there’s a wealth of renal-friendly recipes right at their fingertips at DaVita.com.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year appetizer menu



Happy New Year appetizer grocery list

Baking Goods

  • canola oil
  • olive oil
  • grape jelly, 6 ounces
  • popcorn, unsalted (to make 11 cups)


  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 12-ounce can 7 UP®
  • 8 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup liquid or frozen fruit punch concentrate
  • 1 liter diet lemon lime soda

Bread, Cereal, Crackers and Pasta

  • 7" pita bread rounds
  • low sodium crackers
  • 24 matzo cracker miniatures (or other low sodium crackers)
  • 1 box low sodium cornflakes
  • 1 box corn cereal squares
  • 1 box rice cereal squares
  • unsalted tiny pretzel twists
  • unseasoned bread crumbs

Dairy and Nondairy

  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • 8-ounce wheel of Brie cheese
  • small carton liquie nondairy creamer
  • 8-ounce carton sour cream
  • margarine
  • unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs

Frozen Foods

  • 1 pint sherbet lemon or lime flavor
  • ice


  • 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 strawberries, stems attached


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 pound ground turkey (7% fat)
  • 2-1/2 ounces cooked shrimp

Seasonings and Spices

  • Dijon mustard
  • Heinz® bottled chili sauce
  • honey
  • sugar, or Splenda® granular
  • brown sugar, or Splenda® brown sugar blend
  • ketchup, no salt added
  • mayonnaise
  • Tabasco® sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • ground ginger
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground cinnamon
  • allspice
  • Mrs. Dash® lemon herb seasoning
  • onion powder


  • 2-ounce jar diced pimento
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 medium onion