A chilled seafood dish such as Fiesta Tilapia Ceviche from DaVita renal dietitian Cheryl from New York is the perfect way to get your taste buds humming. Ceviche is a dish that’s popular in coastal regions of Central and South America. Cheryl’s version uses broiled tilapia rather than the traditional uncooked fish. Tilapia is a good source of protein, and Cheryl’s recipe is kidney-friendly so even folks with kidney problems can indulge in this scrumptious dish.
Fiesta Tilapia Ceviche begins with fresh tilapia that’s broiled and then mixed with a delicious concoction of cilantro, pineapple, red bell pepper, red onion, black pepper and olive oil. The next step is to pour fresh lime juice over the fish mixture and let it marinate in your fridge so that the flavors can blend to perfection. Before serving, the ceviche can be garnished with unsalted crackers, plus some fresh cilantro leaves. Even if you’re landlocked, one taste of Fiesta Tilapia Ceviche and you’ll feel like you’re on a beach in Acapulco. A native of Queens, renal dietitian Cheryl attended Queens College and New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury. Cheryl says she decided to become a dietitian to help the public reduce the risk of disease through nutrition therapy. The idea to work in the renal field was first suggested by her internship preceptor.
In her job as a DaVita renal dietitian, Cheryl enjoys the connections and camaraderie she shares with her patients and teammates. And job satisfaction comes from seeing her patients put her teachings into action. “What I enjoy most about working with my patients is the rapport we develop. And when they improve their nutritional status and outcomes, it is very rewarding,” Cheryl explains.
Cheryl says that patient adherence is the top challenge she faces in her work as a DaVita dietitian. She believes that she makes a difference in her patients’ lives “through my work ethic and kindness to all of my patients and teammates.”
To put her patients at ease, Cheryl makes it a point to put the emphasis on the positive. “I’ve found it’s effective to have fun while learning. Having fun with games, awards and lobby days has been effective with my patients,” Cheryl relates. “It’s all about fun! Fun! Fun!”
Often it’s the patients themselves who inject a little humor into Cheryl’s workday. “For the past few years, one of my patients, Georgie has always had a funny joke to share. He makes me laugh and brightens up my day,” states Cheryl. “Go, Georgie!”
Although it’s not easy living with kidney disease, Cheryl counsels her patients to empower themselves. She believes that the single most important thing patients can do to improve their health is to “take control with confidence and be disciplined with happiness.”
After working with DaVita for almost 12 years, Cheryl appreciates DaVita’s mission and core values. “The most interesting thing I’ve learned while working with DaVita is the importance of how we all share a common purpose to pursue our mission,” Cheryl explains.
Cheryl loves working at the DaVita center in Garden City, New York. It’s close to her home, which is helpful since she’s a working mom. And she says that the great communication with teammates and staff make it a really special place.
“Garden City has been my second home for 9 years. I am blessed to have wonderful patient and teammate relations,” Cheryl proclaims. “I wouldn’t trade it in for the world!”
Kick off your next gathering with an appetizer that’s sure to get the party started. Cheryl’s Fiesta Tilapia Ceviche is filled with flavor but low in saturated fat, calories, carbs and sodium. And since it’s renal-friendly, everyone can indulge in this great-tasting seafood cocktail.