• Coffee and Dessert

  • Coffee and Dessert

Following a kidney-friendly diet doesn't mean you have to skip dessert. Follow these recommendations for how to enjoy dessert and coffee the smart way.

Healthier Choices

Fresh fruit included in your meal plan

Fruit-filled pie

White or yellow cake or cookies without nuts or chocolate

Regular coffee or espresso

Mini desserts in a shot glass at some restaurants - These may be decadent, but the reasonable portion size means you can indulge a bit

Small portion of sorbet or sherbet (TIP: Count this as fluid if you are limiting liquids.)

Choose Sparingly

Share dessert with the table, limiting yourself to one or two bites to satisfy your craving. Share one dessert among the table.

Chocolate, pecan or cream pie because these have more potassium and phosphorus; note that pie crust is a "hidden" source of fat and sodium

Specialty coffee drinks such as mochas, frappes and flavored lattes can contain lots of "hidden" fat, sugar and calories; milk-based coffee drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos add phosphorus and potassium. Specialty coffee drinks can contain fat, high calories, sugar, and ingredients high in phosphorus and potassium.

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