Add These 9 Simple Snacks to Your Dialysis-Friendly Diet
You’re hungry. It’s a couple hours before your next meal Do you tough it out? Or is it OK to have a snack when you’re on dialysis?
Enjoy a snack, says renal dietitian Kelly Welsh. Just be mindful of what you’re eating, and how much. Here are nine simple snacks you can enjoy as part of a Dialysis-Friendly diet.
These snacks are low in potassium and phosphorus, help ensure you’re getting enough calories, and help improve blood protein levels.
- Chicken salad
- Deviled egg
- Egg salad
- Hard candies
- Animal crackers
- Jelly beans
- Unsalted pretzels
- Red bell peppers
You might be able to find a chicken salad, deviled egg or egg salad at a convenient store. But the better and less expensive option is to make it at home. The other snack foods on this Dialysis-Friendly list should be easy to find at most grocery stores.
When you’re shopping for Dialysis-Friendly snacks, remember the basics about eating to protect your health. Choose foods low in sodium and aim to eat less than 700 mg per day. Limit potassium to less than 700 mg per day. And eat foods low in phosphorus, less than 350 mg per day.
Healthy snacks will help you get the calories you need, protect your health, and help prevent toxic levels of sodium, potassium, and phosphorus your body can’t remove on its own.
Grab a snack to hold you over until meal time. Then you’ll be wondering what to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. No worries. You can choose from a list of 70-plus meals for people on dialysis made by our team of professional chefs, including some of our most popular Dialysis-Friendly meals: