Sweet and Sour Cucumbers by Sandy from Colorado 

Crunchy cucumbers in a sweet vinegar marinade make a light snack or a piquant side. Sandy, a DaVita renal dietitian from Colorado, shares her grandma’s recipe and says this quick and easy salad is even suitable for gift-giving — just fill a canning jar and tie with a ribbon. Sweet and Sour Cucumbers are low in sodium and potassium and recommended for a dialysis diet. 

Originally from Wisconsin, Sandy graduated from Colorado State University and settled in the state. She says she became a dietitian because, “I enjoy food, nutrition and love the idea of nutrition prevention. Twelve years ago I was recommended for a job in the renal field.”  

Sandy admits that the most challenging part of her job is serving patients who do not comply with their diet and or health care plan. But the reward, she says is, “Seeing the dialysis patient work hard and receive good results. I’m not sure that I make a difference in patients’ lives, but I listen to them. They have great ideas too. I can learn from them.” 

The best way Sandy says she can describe her working approach with kidney patients is “using honesty.” She comments, “The most important single thing that can improve a patient’s health is good communication with caregivers. I have worked for DaVita going on thirteen years and truly enjoy the spirit of team work and the patients. Team work is everything!” 

Finally, Sandy says her dialysis center has a great team, a great facility administrator and wonderful patients. “It’s close to my home, and I can commute by bike to work. Oh, and we put on some awesome pot lucks,” she adds. 

For a snappy snack or side salad, Sandy has the right kidney-friendly recipe that’s easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy. Try Sandy’s Sweet and Sour Cucumbers today.


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