3 Ways To Build A Dialysis Friendly Salad
Are you hungry? Before you grab a bite to eat, being on dialysis means you need to be smart about your food choices to protect your health.
Knowing what to avoid is a good place to start. If you’re on dialysis, it’s important to avoid or limit sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.
So what should you eat? How about a salad. You can build a Dialysis-Friendly salad in just three easy steps, and there’s lots of fun salad ideas for diabetics out there..
Step 1: Choose a salad base
This is your main ingredient. All salad greens are low in sodium with minimal protein, just what you need when you’re on dialysis. Leafy-greens are also a good source of fiber to support digestion. And some are high in other vitamins and nutrients.
Check out these popular leafy-greens for a salad base:
- Iceberg lettuce
- Romaine lettuce
Step 2: Choose plant-based add-ons
Just plain leafy greens might get a little boring if you eat a lot of salad. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are lots of plant-based add-ons you can mix with your base to add flavor, texture, and nutrients to a Dialysis-Friendly salad.
Here are some tasty plant-based add-ons for your salad:
- Nuts and seeds
- Red bell peppers
Step 3: Choose your dressing
If you build a salad with a leafy-green based and plant-based add-ons, chances are pretty good it meets the criteria for a Dialysis-Friendly meal.
Here’s the thing. The wrong salad dressing could change all that. Many off-the-shelf salad dressings are high in sodium and some contain phosphate additives. Both things you need to avoid to protect your health.
So what kind of dressing goes with a Dialysis-Friendly salad?
Here are a few examples:
- Salad dressings made with olive oil
- Low-sodium vinaigrette salad dressings
- You can find Dialysis-friendly dressings at the grocery store IF you read the food label.
- Or you can make your own. Check out these Dialysis-Friendly salad dressing recipes.
There’s just three steps to building your own Dialysis-Friendly salad.
- Choose your base.
- Pick healthy add-ons.
- Top it off with low-sodium salad dressing
Easy, right? If you’re hungry for a little more than just a salad, check out the complete menu of Dialysis-Friendly meals made with fresh ingredients and low in sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.