Elaine from Texas decided she wanted to be a dietitian in high school. “I went on a mission trip to a Guatemala orphanage where they fed the children beans and rice three times per day and chicken twice a week. They did this so the children could get enough complete protein, and I've been fascinated with nutrition ever since,” shares Elaine.
After completing her undergraduate degree at University of Texas at Austin, Elaine went on to Texas Woman’s University for graduate school and worked at a dialysis unit right out of school. “I found I really enjoyed working in the renal field,” states Elaine.
It is rewarding for Elaine to see positive changes in her dialysis patients’ health. She regularly encourages her patients to be their own advocates for their health by asking questions and taking control of their renal diet, taking their medications as prescribed and showing up for scheduled dialysis treatments. Elaine says she’s found that working with dialysis patients is most effective when she, “listens to where they are, never judges and is creative with finding dietary solutions.”
While Elaine is not a fan of spending time on the computer at work, we're happy she took a few minutes to email her recipe for Grilled Salmon with Herb Crust. Fish provides high quality protein and is low in sodium, fat and cholesterol. Being high in omega-3 fatty acids that are shown to protect against heart disease, adding salmon to your weekly diet could be good for your health. Salmon is a little higher in potassium and phosphorus than other fish, so talk to your renal dietitian about choosing low potassium side dishes and whether or not you should adjust your phosphorus binders when enjoying it.
Perk up your salmon with flavorful herbs cooked on the grill or in the oven. The delicious herb crust on Elaine’s Grilled Salmon with Herb Crust will delight your taste buds while providing a good amount of protein and omega-3 fatty acids for your health.