Summertime Kidney Diet Picnic Ideas

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis from a physician.

Looking for something fun to do with family and friends? Look no further because you don’t need a special occasion for a summertime picnic or potluck. Pick a theme, dig up a few favorite recipes and send the invitations. To help you get started, we’ve sorted through the recipes for some tasty suggestions that always keep the kidney diet in mind. You can easily save these recipes when you sign up for

Wrap up a kidney-friendly entrée salad with flatbread

Easy to make and no fork required, make wraps out of these recipes: Chicken Apple Crunch Salad, Fruited Curry Chicken Salad, Tuna Veggie Salad or Turkey Waldorf Salad. Serve on a flour tortilla, chapati, lavash or pita bread; your kidney-friendly salad is ready to wrap and pack in no time.

Doll up your poultry

Make a combination plate of grilled and fried chicken complemented with Cucumber Dill Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Sofrita or Mango Chutney. These flavorful seasonings are a great replacement for salt or high-sodium seasonings.

Create couscous side dishes

A grain-based couscous dish is a great choice for picnics because it can be served hot or cold. Choose from one of the flavorful DaVita recipes, including Crunchy Couscous Salad, Couscous with Vegetables or Lemon-Flavored Couscous with Zucchini.

Chill out with your favorite beverage

Watermelon Summer Cooler, Minted Lemonade or Strawberry-Lemonade Slush will quench your guests’ thirst and cool them down from the inside out. If you are limiting fluids, stick to a 6- to 8-ounce serving.

End a picnic on a sweet note

Bake a batch of cookies or muffins for dessert. Try Angel Cookies, Apple Bars, Lemon Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Blueberry Dream Muffins, Cranberry Muffins or Zucchini Muffins.

Don’t forget the entertainment

In addition to food at your picnic, get your guests moving with games like lawn bowling, ping pong, horseshoes, bocce, Frisbee® toss, croquet, ring toss, or just a walk around the park.

Take time this summer to spend it outdoors picnicking in the park or at the beach, or hosting a potluck at home with friends and family. DaVita has a host of diet tools to help you stay on track with your kidney diet while you enjoy the warm season.