Italian food has been called, “the world’s favorite food,” and frittatas are an example of the popularity of food from the region. The original frittata was made before the first cookbook was written, but its delicious, nutritious and portable characteristics live on. Individual Frittatas can be served hot or at room temperature, and eaten as a finger food. DaVita renal dietitian, Kimberly from Virginia, reminds dialysis patients to soak the hash browns used in the recipe for at least four hours to lower potassium content.
Kimberly’s hometown is Charlottesville, Virginia, ranked in 2004 as the best place to live in America by Sperling and Sander. Charlottesville was also home to three U.S. presidents, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. Kimberly attended West Virginia University and went on to graduate school at Marshall University. “I became a dietitian to help educate people about proper nutrition,” she says. “The renal field was an outpatient setting where I could get to know patients and try to help them change their eating habits.”
The most challenging aspect of being a dietitian for Kimberly is motivating her dialysis patients to change how they eat. Rewards come when people feel better because they follow their kidney diet and are healthier. “To make a difference in my patients’ lives, I teach ways to include the foods they like in their diet,” she says. I really enjoy getting to know people on a personal level. Open, honest discussion about their diet challenges is the best way I know to motivate change.” Kimberly adds that taste tests have also proved popular and helpful for introducing patients to kidney-friendly foods. This job has also taught me to pay attention to reading the ingredients in foods and not just the nutrition label.
Maintaining a positive attitude is the single most important thing patients can do to improve their health according to Kimberly.
“I have been with DaVita for 1 year, working at two clinics, and really enjoy the variety of work involved in my position. I love the family-like atmosphere at DaVita and am excited that we are getting a new clinic soon so we will have a larger lobby to do food demonstrations.”
Individual Frittatas make great snacks or a quick breakfast. Use Mrs. Dash® Herb Seasoning to add more flavor without unwanted sodium or potassium. A low-cholesterol egg substitute such as Egg Beaters® also works well in the recipe. As a sit-down meal or on the run, Individual Frittatas deliver solid nutrition and deliciousness.
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