Ginger:: This root has an Analgesic, Sedative, Antipyretic and Antibacterial properties. It is a good source of Vitamin B6, Magnesium & Manganese. It mainly treats the joint pains and also reduces nausea. In the raw form, it is added to Tea or made pickles. It is either powdered or in a paste form to be used in curries. It gives a different aroma and flavor to the food.
Apples: Apples have been known to reduce cholesterol, prevent constipation, protect against heart disease and reduce the risk of cancer. High in fiber and anti-inflammatory compounds, an apple a day may really keep the doctor away. Good news for people with kidney disease who already have their share of doctor visits. Apples are a versatile fruit that you can eat raw, make them into applesauce, or drink them as apple juice or apple cider.
Cherries: Cherries have been shown to reduce inflammation when eaten daily. They are also packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals that protect the heart. Eat fresh cherries as a snack or make a cherry sauce to serve with chicken/ fish. Cherry juice is another way to consume this tasty food.
Red grapes: Red grapes contain several flavonoids that give them their reddish color. Flavonoids help protect against heart disease by preventing oxidation and reducing the formation of blood clots. Resveratrol, a flavonoid found in grapes, may also stimulate the production of nitric oxide which helps relax muscle cells in the blood vessels to increase blood flow. These flavonoids also provide protection against cancer and prevent inflammation. Buy grapes with red or purple skin since their anthocyanin content is higher. Freeze them to eat as a snack or to quench a thirst for those on a fluid restriction for the dialysis diet. Add grapes to a fruit salad or vegetable salad. You can also drink them as grape juice.
Coriander:: In various forms, it gives an aroma &flavor to food, either by garnishing in leaves form or in the seeds and powdered form in the seasoning of foodstuff. It is a good source of Vitamin A, C, B2 and K. It provides enough minerals in terms of calcium, selenium, iron, magnesium, manganese and also a good source of fiber.
Walnut:: It has different names like “Brain food”, “Hair Food”, “Skin Food”, “Heart food” as it really helps in maintaining the health of all the systems and functioning of our body. It has anti-inflammatory properties to lead to early healing. It maintains the Immune System and also prevents many diseases related to Heart, Brain and Cancerous growth. It is taken in a whole form or crushed or powdered form, to garnish various foodstuff like coffee, ice- cream, cakes, salads, pasta, etc. It is a good source of Vitamin B, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Zinc, Omega 3 & 6 and also Phosphorus.
Strawberries: Strawberries are rich in two types of phenols: anthocyanins and ellagitannins. Anthocyanins are what give strawberries their red color and are powerful antioxidants that help protect body cell structures and prevent oxidative damage. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and a very good source of fiber. They are known to provide heart protection, as well as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory components. Eat strawberries with cereal, smoothies, and salad, or slice and serve them fresh or top them with whipped topping. If you’d like a more elaborate dessert, you can make strawberry pudding or sorbet, or puree and sweeten them to serve as a dessert. Talk to your renal dietitian about incorporating these top 15 foods for a kidney diet into your healthy eating plan. Keep in mind that these foods are healthy for everyone—including family members and friends who do not have kidney disease or are not on dialysis. When you stock your kitchen with delicious, healthy, kidney-friend foods that’s one big step to helping you do well on your kidney diet.