If your kidneys aren’t functioning at peak, your diet restrictions may be limiting your choices for healthy, low calorie foods. What can you snack on that won’t wreck your diet? Focus on foods that are not high in calories, have lots of chewing satisfaction and help provide bulk in the stomach, as these foods will keep you from getting hungry again in a short time. For anyone on a low potassium and/or low phosphorous restriction, try these suggestions after the break (for specific dietary concerns contact your doctor or dietitian).
Low potassium vegetables (1 cup serving size): iceberg lettuce salad, raw cabbage, cucumbers, cauliflower, onions, bell peppers, radishes, celery, carrots, and Chinese pea pods.
Low potassium fruits: apples, mandarin oranges, grapes, pineapple (in its own juice if not fresh), pears, blueberries, strawberries (limit 1 cup a day), blackberries, raspberries and fresh plums (limit 2 plums a day). Keep in mind that canned fruits and fruit juices don’t provide much chewing satisfaction and don’t provide as much bulk in the stomach, so you may feel hungry again in a short period of time after eating them.
Low salt crackers will give some crunch without the higher salt, higher fat content of chips. Three cups of popped popcorn (air-popped or microwaved, without salt and fat) is only about 100 calories and can really be filling.
If you are on a limited fluid allowance, try saving some of your fluid allowance to have with your snacks to provide more of a feeling of fullness.
Special thanks to Linda M. Ulerich, RD, for providing these tips.