How Can CKD & Dialysis Patients Enjoy Late-Night Snacks Without Guilt & Negative Consequences?



Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients often find themselves maintaining strict diets as a means to improve their quality of life and limit their health complications. While there are many books and resources that help Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients abide by their recommended diets, what happens when a patient gets a late-night craving? Should Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients have something to eat or refrain?

Snacking is alright for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients as long as they make the right choices. Although, it is true that late-night snacking is not ideal, there is no need to deny yourself a late-night snack if you’re feeling hungry. In fact, "it's a good idea not to go to bed hungry," said Lifehacker. According to the Sleep Medicine Center, "Low Blood Sugar before bed can prevent you from getting to sleep quickly and make it difficult to wake feeling your best."

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Therefore, when eating late do not just dive into the nearest, tastiest looking item in your refrigerator. The following foods are easy to digest, can be eaten in small portions and can be kept under 200 calories. "Plus, they'll help curb your hunger craving until breakfast," noted Lifehacker:

  • Fat-free yogurt has dietary protein, probiotics and beneficial nutrients. 
  • Chicken and turkey meat digest slowly, have very low insulin release and contain nutrients which aid in breaking down stored carbohydrates and fat for energy. 
  • Cottage cheese is listed as a healthy snack option for most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients by the large Dialysis Organization, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.
  • Crackers with apple slices may be just enough to satisfy Chronic Kidney Disease patients until breakfast. 
  • Renal and Diabetic diet friendly vegetables like cucumber and broccoli are filling, low in calories and provide complex carbohydrates that break down slowly so you feel full. 
  • Bananas are loaded with potassium which can relax muscles and help Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients sleep. Still, it should only be eaten by patients who do not have strict potassium restrictions ( for this item in particular, check with your Dietitian first). 

Also, when snacking late, patients should avoid sugary, greasy, high carbohydrate, spicy foods as well as red meat and big portion sizes. As always, it's a good idea to talk to your Nephrologists and Dietitians about finding the best dietary options that work for you. 

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