Snacking is definitely okay and often recommended when on a kidney diet. If you make healthy choices, it may help to curb your appetite and prevent you from overeating at your next meal. For example, rather than eating a small bag of potato chips, which is high in sodium, a better option for mid-morning or afternoon snacking would be a piece of kidney-friendly fruit.
In addition to being aware of what you eat, always remember to consider how much you are eating. A very normal side effect of kidney disease progression is decreased appetite and intake. If your physician encourages you to try to increase your calorie intake, your renal dietitian can help you determine your best options. Snacking is also a great way to compensate for low-calorie intake when your appetite is not so great, and to keep you satisfied if you feel that your diet is fairly restricted.
Below is a small list of fruits and vegetables that are low in potassium and great choices for a kidney diet. Not only are these foods good for kidney health, but they also provide benefits for overall health. If you are on a potassium restriction, be sure to limit the number and size of servings of fruits and vegetables to those recommended by your dietitian.
- Apples – High in fiber; good for the digestive system
- Blueberries – High in antioxidants
- Carrot sticks – High in beta-carotene
- Cherries – Inflammation-reducers
- Dried, sweetened cranberries – Helps to protect against heart disease
- Grapes – Contains resveratrol to improve blood flow
- Raspberries – Rich in ellagic acid; helps neutralize free radicals in the body to prevent cell damage
- Red bell peppers – Good source of folic acid and vitamins C and A
- Red leaf lettuce – Contains antioxidants beta-carotene and lutein
- Strawberries – High in vitamin C
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