The CKD Diet: How to Keep Your Food Tasty With Less Sodium

Mar 9, 2020

Managing Sodium and Your CKD Diet

We all love salt. Why? It’s simple — it just makes food taste better. However, if you live with chronic kidney disease (CKD), you know sodium isn’t your friend. Not only can too much sodium mean too much fluid in your body, but it can also cause other health problems, such as high blood pressure, swelling, and shortness of breath. While it may seem like those with CKD have no choice but to eat bland food, that’s not the case! Here are some ways people looking to limit sodium can still enjoy a tasty meal.

How To Reduce Sodium In Your Diet

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends we consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Limiting salt can be difficult since many foods you find at the grocery store are loaded with sodium. Reading labels before adding any food to your cart can help us make healthier choices. Avoid the following:

  • Salt seasonings
  • Sauces (barbeque, steak, soy, or teriyaki)
  • Chips
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Cured foods (ham, bacon, and pickles)
  • Deli meats
  • Processed foods (pre-packaged cheese and meats)
  • Canned foods (vegetables and soups)
  • Frozen dinners
  • Fast foods

Many of these foods may have low or no salt versions. It’s still important to read labels. To be sure a food is right for you, check in with a registered dietitian.

Ways You Can Spice It Up!

Whatever your taste, there is a plethora of flavorful herbs and spices that pair well with beef, poultry, fish, or vegetables. Add a sprinkle or dash of these tasty flavors to your food:

  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • Dill
  • Ginger
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Tarragon

When it comes to CKD and nutrition, it’s crucial to have an open dialogue with your doctor and dietitian. If you are concerned about keeping a kidney-friendly kitchen, your care team can guide you in the right direction.

Looking for ways to spice up your CKD diet? Check out Satellite Healthcare’s many delicious recipes that your kidneys will love!
Categories: Kidneys