One of the best parts of Spring and Summer is getting outside and enjoying the warmer weather. Beach parties, barbeques, and relaxing picnics are a staple of these sensational months of sunshine. So get out your picnic basket and head to the park, because the seasons are too short to be spent indoors.
If you have chronic kidney disease, you might think that you cannot enjoy food like you once did, and that a picnic wouldn’t offer you many choices on what you could eat. Just because you are on a renal diet, however, does not mean that there aren’t delicious picnic choices for renal diets available to enjoy. There are many picnic perfect options that will fit right into your kidney safe diet.
Delicious picnic choices for renal diets:
Grilled To Go
A basket full of chicken has been a picnic staple for almost as long as picnics have been popular. Some delicious grilled chicken makes a perfect entree for any picnic. You can have it plain, or dress it up with low salt barbeque sauce or other renal friendly options. Or, try a delicious homemade marinade made with one part olive oil, one part balsamic vinegar and spices such as rosemary and thyme.
Pita pockets are one of the best inventions since sliced bread. You can put just about anything into a pita pocket and turn it into an easy to carry delicious alternative to a sandwich.
Chicken or tuna salad along with some lettuce, shredded carrots, and some diced celery for crunch fit perfectly into a pita pocket to take along on your picnic. For the best results on your kidney safe diet, make your own chicken or tuna salad at home using simple ingredients such as mustard, mayonnaise, sweet relish, pepper, and some green onion. When using canned tuna, make sure to get the kind packed in water that is unflavored as you want to avoid any added salt.
Wrap it Up
Wraps are another delicious and fun picnic choice for renal diets. Whether using a tortilla or flat bread, wraps are easy and the possibilities are endless.
For your picnic at the park, try this easy and delicious wrap idea: 6 or 8 medium grilled shrimp brushed or tossed lightly with low sodium Teriyaki sauce, romaine and iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, and diced red and yellow peppers all wrapped up in a piece of flat bread. For a little extra pop of flavor, squeeze a lime wedge over the greens.
When you are on a renal diet, you might have fluid intake limitations. Depending on the strictness of your particular diet, though, you can still enjoy some of your favorite beverages as long as you do so in moderation.
For a fun and delicious picnic beverage, try adding a few crushed mint leaves to your lemonade. The twist of mint gives the usual lemonade a refreshing twist.
Picnics at the park can still be enjoyable even when you have diet restrictions due to kidney disease. There are so many options still available as to what you can still eat and even drink. Just remember to keep moderation in mind and stick to low sodium options.