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Eating well starts at home

Cooking healthy dishes can help you manage kidney disease.

Making healthy choices

Eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods is always a good idea. If you have been diagnosed with kidney disease, your kidneys can’t process nutrients like they used to. That's why what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do.

Learn how certain foods can impact your kidneys to make it easier for you to plan healthy, delicious meals. Be sure to also connect with a renal dietician or talk to your nephrologist (kidney doctor) to help you make a plan that best meets your needs.

Setting a kidney-friendly table

A healthy meal begins with nutritious ingredients. You’ll need to become mindful of the foods you bring to the table, so you can help slow the progression of your kidney disease. Some of those ingredients to avoid are sodium, potassium, phosphorus and extra fluids.

Too much sodium can raise your blood pressure. We’re sharing this handy guide so you can avoid the foods where sodium is hiding.

Identify and avoid hidden sodium

Excess potassium in your blood can cause an irregular heartbeat or lead to a heart attack.1 We’ve made a list of what you can and can’t eat so you can better manage your kidney-friendly diet. 

Keep track of your potassium for better kidney health

Extra phosphorus in your blood can weaken your bones over time.2 Learn how to read a label so you can look out for foods with added phosphates.

Nutrition label basics for a healthier you

When you have kidney disease, your kidneys can’t remove extra fluids from your blood, which can lead to other health problems. Learn how to manage your thirst so you can stay healthy.

Balancing your fluids

If you prefer a less restrictive diet, consider choosing treatment in the home—one of its many benefits is more relaxed rules around what you can eat or drink, compared to in-center dialysis. This is because you’ll have longer, more frequent dialysis treatments.

Home-first treatment

Let’s get cooking

A well-thought-out meal plan can make all the difference when preparing for the busy week ahead. We’re here to help you get ready—and excited—to plan your meals for the week.

Explore our collection of easy-to-make recipes for you, your friends and family to enjoy. To find the right recipe for your needs, we’ve made it easy for you to search by meal type, health considerations, dietary restrictions and more:

For people with CKD, eating and drinking right can make all the difference in your health and well-being."

 

For people with chronic kidney disease or C-K-D, eating and drinking right can make all the difference in your health and general well-being.

Because your kidneys don’t work as well as they should, avoiding certain foods may make their job easier.

Having stage three or four C-K-D requires some special attention to stay healthy and feeling well. A good place to start is to limit potassium and phosphorus and stick to a healthy diet.

Take in less salt, choose the right amount of protein, mostly from plant-based sources, and eat heart-healthy foods. Together, this may help you manage your C-K-D … Oh, and don’t forget, limit your alchohol.

If you haven’t already, put together a menu for the week. This can help you start on the right path to maintaining your kidney health, deliciously. We’ll share some simple ideas to get you started on a healthy menu plan.

You can also ask your doctor to recommend a dietitian who can personalize a menu just for you.

One serving of a berry and nut breakfast parfait, with one slice of whole wheat toast and one tablespoon of unsalted almond butter. Enjoy a coffee with two tablespoons of half and half, milk or soy milk.

One serving of rigatoni with sautéed eggplant and tomatoes. For a salad, try one cup of green leaf lettuce, one sliced radish, and four slices of cucumber and dress it with two teaspoons of olive oli, one teaspoon of red wine vinegar, and pepper to taste.

Enjoy two tablespoons of hummus, with one half of a whole wheat pita.

One serving of a loaded bell pepper with one cup of brown rice. Dessert could be one cup of baked apple with cinnamon. Have an iced tea with lemon.

Bon appetit! Enjoy nutritious, healthy recipes that you can easily follow every week. You’ll not only manage your C-K-D, but it will taste great doing it.

 
 
 

1National Kidney Foundation. Potassium and Your CKD Diet. June 2020. Accessed February 15, 2022.

2National Kidney Foundation. How to Be a Phosphorous Detective. June 2020. Accessed February 15, 2022.