Eating a healthy, kidney safe diet is the most recommended treatment for chronic kidney disease. Although there are medications that can help with the symptoms of kidney disease, nothing seems as effective for treating the uncomfortable symptoms and helping stop the progressive damage of kidney disease.
You can find great kidney safe recipes just about everywhere, from magazines and books to the Internet. It seems, however, that many of those recipes are focused on dinner meals with very few options for breakfast. This is a shame, because breakfast is obviously a very important meal, and a lot of people tend to make poor choices when it comes to breakfast due to being in a hurry. Also, it’s hard not to love all of the sweet, salty, greasy options breakfast can have to offer.
Starting your day with a healthy, kidney safe breakfast can set the tone for your entire day. A good breakfast, of course, gets your blood sugar leveled and gives you the energy you need to get started. It also helps sustain you until your next meal.
With chronic kidney disease, you likely have dietary restrictions that need to be followed closely. If you are unsure about what you can and cannot eat, you should talk to your doctor to get a list of foods he or she recommends, including restrictions.
Here are some breakfast recipes for pre-dialysis kidney disease that are easy to make and enjoyable:
Omelets are great, delicious, easy options for a pre-dialysis kidney diet breakfast. You can use whole eggs if your doctor is okay with it, or egg whites for a healthier version. The trick is using non-dairy creamer instead of milk. You can use just onions and peppers, or you can add in your favorite vegetables.
2 tablespoons non-dairy creamer
Diced onions and bell peppers
Fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese
Prepare a small non-stick skillet with some non-stick spray. In a bowl, beat eggs, spices, and non-dairy creamer until frothy. In the pan, heated to medium, saute your onion and peppers until cooked through. Pour egg mixture over onions and peppers. Tilt pan to allow egg mixture to move and cook evenly. Allow to set halfway before sprinkling with cheese. Once omelet has set, fold in half and serve with a slice of toast.
You can still have some of your favorite sweet beginnings, too. The secret is making the right substitutions and omissions to keep your meal as healthy as possible.
2 slices white bread
2 egg whites
1 tablespoons non-dairy creamer
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
¼ cup fresh berries
Prepare a skillet with non-stick spray and heat to medium. While the pan is heating, beat the egg whites and creamer with cinnamon. Place bread in egg mixture and allow it to coat both sides of each slice. Place coated bread on the skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides. Drizzle with maple syrup and top with fresh berries such as blueberries or strawberries.
There you have two very different examples of popular breakfast foods that are kidney safe. With simple substitutions you can make almost every recipe kidney safe.
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