What you eat and drink affects your health. Eating healthy portions of foods that are low in salt and fat help keep you at a healthy weight and a healthy blood pressure. Find simple recipes in Kidney Kitchen, and use these tips to get started: 

  • Eat less sodium
    • Do not add salt to your food when cooking or eating. Try cooking with fresh herbs, lemon juice or spices.
    • Choose fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned. If you do use canned vegetables, rinse them with water before eating or cooking to remove extra salt.
    • Shop for items that say “reduced-sodium” or “low-sodium.” If you have kidney disease, check that these items do not contain potassium instead of salt.
    • Do not eat processed foods, such as frozen dinners and lunch meats.
    • Limit fast food and salty snacks, such as chips, pretzels and salted nuts.
    • Limit foods that are pickled or preserved, such as pickles and olives.
  • Eat less fat
    • Choose lean meats, like chicken, turkey or fish. Remove the skin and trim the fat off your meats before you cook them.
    • Bake, grill or broil your foods instead of frying them
    • Shop for fat-free or low-fat dairy products, salad dressing and mayonnaise
    • Try olive or canola oil instead of vegetable oil
    • Choose egg whites or egg substitute instead of whole eggs