This week has been an interesting week. We did not follow the menu exactly due to some food preferences, and dislike of some of the choices I made. At any rate, I will go over each meal and how I made them more CKD friendly. Some of these we have not eaten yet, as the week ends on Saturday.
Sunday the 1st- Breakfast for dinner. This is pretty self-explanatory. I had two eggs, whole-wheat toast, and fruit. If you have issues with phosphorus eat white bread only. If you need to control potassium levels choose low potassium fruits such as apples or berries. I have only been buying fruit in season, except apples. No one seems interested in apples.
Monday- Miracle Pasta. No one wanted this recipe. Instead, I just made plain pasta with butter and garlic salt. Use low salt butter and salt-free garlic for CKD friendly pasta. I also made baked pork ribs with no-salt seasoning. A side salad and fruit rounded out the dinner. Skip tomatoes in your salad if potassium is an issue. Also, skip the cheese in your salad. Cheese is high in sodium and phosphorus. The darker green lettuce is the more potassium it has. I use Iceberg.
Tuesday: No cream Italian pasta was on the menu. We actually had a ton of leftovers, so that is what we had. I added a side salad for more veggies. The Italian pasta recipe will be moved to next week.
Wednesday: Menu not followed today either, my son treated to take out.
Thursday: Mac n Cheese, steamed cauliflower, fruit, and chicken. My kids like Kraft so that is what I made. I don’t generally eat this. It has a lot of sodium and phosphorus. I did not have any last night. I did have cauliflower with butter and garlic. Pan-fried chicken cooked in olive oil and spices, mixed in with the cauliflower was delicious. I also sauteed onions in with the chicken added tons of flavor. I also had a banana. If you have high potassium skip the banana and have berries or an apple instead.
Friday: Grilled cheese and tomato soup. If you can tolerate it have low sodium soup option. If not have just a serving and avoid adding saltine crackers. Add a side salad or fruit to round out the meal. If you have issues with potassium have chicken noodle soup instead of tomato.
Saturday: Tomorrow we will be having ground orange chicken with brown rice and broccoli. Making your own orange chicken will keep sodium and phosphorus levels lower than take out or store-bought prepared. I buy the whole grain brown rice and put it in the instant pot. Brown rice is higher in phosphorus than white rice, so use with caution. Broccoli is high in potassium, so if this is an issue for you, choose cauliflower instead.
That’s it for this week. Take care of yourself and watch your diet to help keep your kidneys as healthy as possible. A note about the protein above. I parboil chicken, and eat only 3 to 4 ounces per meal. If you would like help in learning about how food choices can help keep CKD more stable, use the contact form below to message me.
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