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After Halloween (and all the diet pitfalls that holiday brings), it seems there’s an array of foods tempting us to overindulge. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Year’s Day all seem to revolve around traditions that include food. Because diet is so critical for people with kidney disease who are on dialysis, DaVita® dietitians have come up with a list of 11 holiday eating tips especially for renal patients. There are also some suggestions on food choices that would make up tasty and healthy holiday meals.
You can put together a delicious holiday meal for the entire family and still select foods that are acceptable for a kidney-friendly diet. Remember to prepare foods with herbs and spices in place of high sodium seasonings. Reduce or replace high potassium and high phosphorus ingredients. You can find recipes for some of the items listed below, as well as many others, in the recipe section of DaVita.com.
Try any of the following for your holiday entrée:
Your choice of side dishes can include:
Garden vegetables and fruits you can choose from:
Mouthwatering desserts that make good choices:
Wondering what to do with that leftover turkey? Try these suggestions for a high protein lunch or dinner:
Hopefully these suggestions will help you create enjoyable holiday dinners this season that also will let you stay on course with your dialysis diet. You can find more ideas and recipes for people with chronic kidney disease, diabetes or those on dialysis at DaVita.com/Recipes. As a final word, remember, moderation is the key.
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