Recipes for Kidney Disease and Diabetes
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Living with impaired kidney functions and diabetes creates an urge to plan your foods and eating habits so as to balance those essential nutrients needed by your body, which are vital in bringing about an improvement in your kidney functions and diabetic health. And in the process of food planning, it is essential to manage your sodium, potassium, phosphorous and protein intake levels. When kidneys are unable to function well, these nutrients and their waste products might build up to dangerous levels. Controlling portions are also another important step in kidney-diabetes-smart eating.  Recipes for Kidney Disease and Diabetes

  • SODIUM: Increased sodium in your food increases blood pressure, fluid retention and swelling and hence, limiting it should be an important part of your meal planning.
    Eat these in small amounts: Restaurant meals and packaged foods, where layers of sauces, food preservatives, and salty flavorings add up to sodium overload.
    Try these: Season foods with fresh herbs, zest, citrus juice and flavored vinegar.
  • PHOSPHOROUS: This bone health mineral is found in a number of foods, especially those that are high in calcium
    Eat these in small amounts: Dairy products, dried beans, enriched cereals, sodas (especially brown colas), and nuts, which are high in phosphorous.
  • POTASSIUM: Increased potassium in your blood can cause damage to your heart. Since it’s found in fruits and vegetables, key foods in a diabetes meal, people with kidney disease must include such foods which are naturally low in potassium. Lower potassium produce has less than 200 mg per serving. Recipes for Kidney Disease and Diabetes
    Eat these in small amounts: Bananas, potatoes, avocados, and tomatoes, as these foods are high in potassium. Try these: Broccoli, berries, asparagus, cherries, kale, plums, red bell peppers, red cabbage, red grapes, and spinach.
  • PROTEIN: It is known to be a type of macronutrient that helps build muscles and repair tissues, but due to the damaged kidney functions, it becomes difficult for the protein waste products to be filtered and excreted. However, on dialysis, protein needs may increase.
    Eat these in small amounts: tree nuts, beans, cheese, as these are high in protein.
    Try these: Good sources of reduced-fat protein are fish, eggs, soy milk, tofu, and lean meat


Here are few explained Recipes for Kidney Disease and Diabetes you might try at home

  • MUSHROOM AND ONION TACOS: It is a vegetarian diabetes-kidney friendly dish.

Ingredients: 2 tablespoon olive oil; ½ large red onion thinly sliced; 1 small jalapeno pepper seeded and minced; 3 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed, caps wiped clean and thinly sliced; 6 inch diameter corn tortillas; 2 tsp hot or mild chilli powder; 1 tsp ground cumin; ½ tsp dried oregano;  ¼ tsp sugar;  1/8 tsp cayenne pepper; 1/8 kosher salt; 1/8 ground black pepper; 2 tsp water; 1 cup finely shredded green cabbage; ¼ cup fat-free sour cream; 1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro.

Directions to prepare:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, heat the oil in the medium, add onions and saute well for 3 minutes, add jalapeno pepper and saute well for 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and saute well, until they are soft.
  2. Wrap the corn tortillas in a square of aluminum foil and fold the edges to seal. Heat the tortillas in the oven for 5 minutes. Recipes for Kidney Disease and Diabetes
  3. Combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Add this mixture of spice to the onion-mushroom mixture and saute for 1 minute. Add the water and simmer on low heat for 1 heat.
  4. To serve, fill each warm tortilla, with some of the onion-mushroom mixtures. Divide the sour cream, shredded cabbage, and cilantro among the tacos.
  • SUMMER CHICKPEA SALAD: It is a vegetarian Kidney and Diabetes-friendly Diet.


Ingredients: 1 1/3  cups canned, saltless chickpeas; 2 large carrots – peeled and diced; 1 large red pepper, cored, seeded and diced; 1 small cauliflower florets; 2 scallions sliced; ¼ cups raisins; 1 oz feta cheese crumbled dressing; 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice; 1 tbsp dijon mustard; 1 tbsp honey; 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/8 kosher salt. 1/8 ground black pepper. Recipes for Kidney Disease and Diabetes

Directions to prepare:

  1. Crumble the carrots, chickpeas, cauliflower, red pepper, and scallions in a salad bowl. Fold in the raisins and feta cheese.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, and honey. In a thin stream, slowly whisk in the olive oil until it is emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Add the dressing to the chickpea salad and toss gently.