It’s officially March. Which means it is Kidney Awareness month. Which means it is quiz time.
(Don’t stress. I know you’ll kick butt).
We talk a lot about low-sodium food. But let’s take, say thirty or so days, to explore kidney-friendly ingredients. And let’s begin with this simple question…
What is red and sweet and low in both potassium and sodium?
If you said peppers (without noticing the picture at the top of this page), then you are totally correct. And a total kidney-smart rockstar.
For many kidney patients, tomatoes–and all their accompanying sauces and such–are too high in potassium for the kidney-friendly food list. But that doesn’t mean those on a low-sodium and low-potassium diet can’t enjoy pasta, meatloaf, or french fries drenched in a creamy red sauce.
You just have to be creative and kidney-friendly educated to fin of a satisfying solution.
Like this tomato-free red sauce (also known as red pepper ketchup):
And don’t discount all the other wonderful things peppers can do. Like make the perfect vehicle for a meaty appetizer (if you can handle a little protein).
Or stand alone and be eaten on their very own…with a little help from sesame oil and garlic.
Or even star as the base of a very silky, very flavorful, very creamy Green Pepper Posole Soup. Which we will get to next week.
When you start focusing on what you CAN eat versus what you CANNOT, the possibilities and recipes and meals are endless. (You’re welcome heart and kidneys. And sorry in advance, waistline).
And for those of you eager to see what kidney-friendly foods await your and your belly, there are plenty of resources right at your fingertips to help you discover everything you CAN enjoy.
Like DaVita Dialysis and their amazing website.
Full of tools and information, the team at DaVita is here to help you live. Like, really live. Like, really live really well.
They don’t just want you to trudge through a bland diet or stressful doctors appointments. They want you to do it all with ease and gusto. And red pepper sauce.
So this month, join DaVita and me as we explore the world of kidney-friendly and patient-pleasing diets. Find us on FACEBOOK or chatting away on TWITTER. And if you chime in on the conversation, be sure to use the hashtag: #kidneysmart so all your fellow renal buddies can read what brilliant things you have to say.
into unforgettable meals.
Chow on. And get #KidneySmart!