Let The (Super Bowl) Party Begin! Safe Foods & Tips For CKD And Dialysis Patients



It is that time of the year again. The climax of the Football season with one of the most watched events on television, the Super Bowl. With over 114 million viewers and countless Super Bowl gatherings, most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients will likely find themselves swept up into the frenzy. According to the Journal of Renal Nutrition (official journal of the Council on Renal Nutrition of the National Kidney Foundation), "Attending a Super Bowl party is associated with adverse changes in several nutritional parameters." In layman's terms: Things can get pretty out of hand during Super Bowl events as well as other festivities, and if patients are not armed with the right tools, it could have a big negative impact on their health outcomes. Hence, what can patients do to prevent this from happening?

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Many patients find themselves in the hospital after holidays or festive gatherings because they frequently do not have appropriate dietary options and they do not want to feel left out of the fun. Specifically, the Journal of Renal Nutrition found that blood pressure, phosphorus levels and weight all went up after Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients attended Super Bowl events. Although patients should not be discouraged from attending holiday and special event meals, they must be alert. 

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Whether you are a Chronic Kidney Disease or Dialysis patient yourself or for those of us with friends and family members on Dialysis, prepare a meal or horderves that meet the Renal Diet restrictions - low in potassium, phosphorus, salt and saturated fats. KidneyBuzz.com has compiled a list of simple recipes that are sure to make your entire party feel happy, full and included regardless of their Chronic Kidney Disease status:

  • Super Bowl Finger-Licking Chicken Pepper Bacon Wraps Tailored For Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis And Diabetic Patients (click here)
  • Stuffed Crispy Jalapeno Poppers For Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients (click here)
  • Asian Beef Kabobs (click here)
  • Kidney Friendly Homemade Pizza (click here)
  • Boneless Buffalo Wings (click here)
  • Dialysis-Friendly Moist And Rich Banana Bread (click here)
  • Cauliflower Ranch Chips (click here
  • High Protein Piña Colada (Non-Alcoholic) (click here)
  • Peach Ginger Spice Smoothie (click here)

For hundreds more CKD tailored recipes please visit KidneyBuzz.com (click here)

Combine these recipes with the below healthy Super Bowl party tips (provided in part by Thedailymeal.com), and you’ve got yourself the formula for a perfect game-day party:

1. Drinking: You may want to enjoy Renal Diet friendly beverage choices such as 7UP®, Sprite®, ginger ale or Barq’s® root beer. Coffee and tea are also good choices. However, avoid beer as it is high in phosphorus. 

2. Stick to low-stress/simple recipes: Foods that use simple ingredients and tools will let you spend less time cooking, and more time watching the game.

3. Make a grocery list and read food labels’ nutrition facts: Advance planning and careful shopping can help you avoid making poor choices in football food.

4. Provide salt-free snacks: To satisfy your guests’ crunchy cravings try salt-free, light butter popcorn.

5. Remember the basics: Don’t forget to take your phosphorus binders when you eat.

Try employing the strategies to avoid complications after your Super Bowl fun. What meal would you share at your Super Bowl party? Also, share your favorite part about the game of the season with the over 35,000 friends who have liked us our Facebook page (click here). Moreover, visit KidneyBuzz.com every day for tailored daily news and information which teaches those with Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, and High Blood Pressure how to better manage and improve their lives.

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