Summer Picnic Ideas for People Living with Dialysis
One of the best parts about summer is going outside and enjoying the warm weather. Picnics in the park with family and friends are memorable highlights of any season. Don’t let a renal diet keep you from tasty options at these gatherings. Here are some tips and recipes to try when preparing for your summer picnic!
Picnic Perfect Meals
We all want quick, simple, and fuss-free meals that are still fun and delicious. Here are three great options:
- This fresh and vibrant strawberry and spinach pasta salad is delicious and perfect for sharing.
- Try this bow-tie pasta salad which is easy, flavorful, and satisfying.
- For a bit of crunch, try these turkey taco lettuce wraps. To keep it fresh, pack the filling and lettuce leaf separately.
Sweet and Savory Snacks
Summer brings a number of fresh and delicious fruits. Before enjoying, however, be sure to know which are high in potassium. If you have been advised to limit your potassium intake, try fruit skewers with low potassium fruits such as apples, berries, grapes, and pineapples.
Watch Your Fluid Intake
Being out in the hot sun for too long can cause excessive thirst. Set up your table in the shade and stay away from salty foods to control your fluid intake. When thirsty, take slow sips and try to savor the drink as much as possible. For a refreshing summery drink, try this watermelon lime refresher. Be mindful that summer staples like popsicles, juice, Jello, and most fruits should be included into your daily fluid total since they are mostly water.
Reach out to your dialysis dietitian with questions about your picnic food ideas. They are here to assist you plan the perfect picnic getaway!
Contributed by Eunice Kang, Nutrition Services Intern
University of California, Berkeley
B.S. Nutritional Sciences – Physiology and Metabolism