Make a List. Check it Twice.

When you’re picking up food for kidney-friendly meals, it’s always good to make a shopping list. Grocery lists help you cut down on impulse foods you should probably take a pass on, as well as help keep your food bill in line. It’s also smart to shop after you’ve eaten. When hunger is a factor in your shopping decisions, kidney-friendly meal plans can go out the window.

7 ways to shop for a dialysis diet

  • Adapt favorite recipes.

    Adapt favorite recipes
    so that you can eat foods you like—you can reduce or cut salt from most recipes.
  • Cook ahead.

    Cook ahead for the week
    and put meal-sized portions in the freezer.
  • Read all food labels.

    Read food labels carefully
    —some convenience foods may fit into your meal plans.
  • Mix and match kidney friendly foods.

    Mix and match from the kidney-friendly food lists
    you get from your renal dietitian.
  • Keep a list of kidney friendly recipes.

    Keep a list of dialysis-friendly meal ideas
    to eat in a hurry (like omelets).
  • Keep rice and pasta on hand.

    Keep plain rice and pasta on hand
    for a tasty starchy addition to any meal plan.
  • Store herbs, spices and salt-free seasoning.

    Store a variety of herbs, salt-free seasoning mixes and salt-free spices
    like lemon zest, paprika, curry powder, cumin and chili powder in your pantry.


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