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Favorite Swaps: Spaghetti Squash for Acorn Squash

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Hi Prenovaters,

Squash season is officially here. As you read through the delicious recipes and ingredient substitutions that involve winter squash, why not choose the best types for your kidney diet?

Acorn Squash topped our search engine list last week. Perhaps it is such a popular addition to rich sauces and pan-fried veggies because its sweet flavor offers a subtle contrast to those sometimes bitter foods. Yet, 1 serving (1 cup, chopped) would contribute nearly half of your daily potassium intake- not ideal for someone on a low-potassium kidney diet of about 2000 mg per day. 

Meanwhile, 1 serving (1 cup) of Spaghetti Squash qualifies as a low-potassium food, delivering less than 10% of that daily potassium limit. The next time you see an irresistible acorn squash recipe, try turning it into a more kidney-friendly faux pasta dish by subbing spaghetti squash for its higher-potassium cousin.

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Favorite Swaps: Rutabaga for Beets

Hi Prenovaters,

What's better than a beet salad in autumn? Perhaps, a more kidney-friendly alternative? For all you beet-lovers who are determined to stick to your chronic kidney disease diet this winter and fall, rutabagas could be your new best friend. 

While Beets deliver their savory flavor with high levels of antioxidants (vitamins A and C), they also carry a potassium punch. As little as one half-cup of cubed beets could provide more than 10% of your daily potassium if you are on a potassium-restricted diet. 

Meanwhile, Rutabagas deliver a similar texture in recipes, and one half cup qualifies as a low-potassium food without depriving you of the other nutrients your body needs.

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Favorite Swaps: Hand-Tossed for Deep Dish Pizza

Favorite Swaps: Hand-Tossed for Deep Dish Pizza

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Hi Prenovaters,

With all the talk about performance-enhancing drug use in the Olympics, we thought we'd explore a different type of cheating: eating junk food. You read right- we're going to show you how to have the most awesome cheat day ever...and still not break your kidney diet. 

Pizza is always fairly high in our Food-Grading Engine searches. So, we compared a Domino's Pepperoni Deep Dish Crust pizza to a regular Domino's Cheese Hand-Tossed Crust. The Cheese hand-tossed pizza won by a head, and it's easy to see why. It's so much lower in three of the main nutrients you need to limit with kidney disease: sodium, potassium and protein.

This makes sense if you recall the standard rules we've discussed in the past:

1) Adding meat means more salt (sodium) and protein. 1 slice of deep dish pizza contains about 60% of your daily sodium limit. 1 slice of the cheese pizza is closer to 30%.

2) Adding more bread, cheese and tomato sauce (in a deep dish pizza) means more potassium. 

Who doesn't like comfort food? Making simple tweaks to your cheat meal will let you indulge without falling short of your daily kidney goals.


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Favorite Swaps: Apple Juice for Coconut Water

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Happy Thursday, Prenovaters. Coconut Water is all the rage this summer- both on internet search results and in the Prenovate Food-Grading Engine. This refreshing juice poured from whole coconuts is lauded for its low-sugar and high-vitamin content. However, the same high potassium levels that make coconut water a healthful part of a general diet also make it a potential no-no for the strict renal diet. 

If your doctors and dietitians have told you to limit your potassium intake, you might want to fall back on an old faithful: 
Apple Juice. Although apples don't have the exotic reputation that coconuts have in North America, your kidneys will thank you for their lower potassium and sodium levels.

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Favorite Swaps: Fruit Bars for Fruity Ice Cream

Favorite Swaps: Fruit Bars for Fruity Ice Cream

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Hi Prenovaters, hope you're enjoying your summers. Whether you're working or enjoying a vacation, we'll bet you've found a favorite food or drink to help you cool off. In fact, you all have shifted our Food-Grading Engine search results to frozen treats over the last couple weeks. Recently, Strawberry Ice Cream topped the charts.

Despite what we've taught you about the high phosphorus content in dairy-based foods, this smooth treat is relatively low in phosphorus and potassium. Still, if you're committed to a strict low-phosphorus diet, you might want to try
Frozen Juice Bars instead. A 100% juice bar will not only give you lower phosphorus, but also lower saturated fat and likely sugar

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