By the Registered Dietitians at 2YourHealth
Even with diabetes and CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease), you can still enjoy delicious food especially when preparing a meal for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day. It’s much easier to cut back on sodium, sugar, and processed foods when you have healthy herbs and spices along with fresh fruits and vegetables to add to your meal.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading cause of CKD in the United States (About CKD, 2013). Diabetes is the inability to properly regulate blood sugar levels in the body. Either our body does not produce any insulin at all and we need to give ourselves insulin (Type I) or we do not produce enough insulin or our bodies don’t know how to utilize the insulin properly (Type II). The primary function of our kidneys is to remove wastes and water to produce urine. If our kidneys are not functioning properly, we are unable to filter waste, building up in our system, and damaging our kidneys.
It is time for us to be advocates of our own health!
Diet is one of the most important treatments in diabetes and CKD. Remember, it’s always best to keep it fresh! Try fresh herbs, spices, and table vinegar instead of salt to flavor food. Lemon also adds great flavor to main courses and vegetables. Check out the menu below to prepare the perfect 3-course meal for your sweetheart on that special day.
- 3 – 3 1/2 lb whole chicken, fresh, no seasoning
- 1 onion, quartered
- 1 onion (cut in half)
- 1/4 cup chopped rosemary, fresh
- 2 tsp sage
- 2 tsp thyme
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 lemon
- 3 tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Remove chicken from package and rinse well.
- In a 9X13 pan, place onion that is cut in half and place chicken on top.
- Stuff chicken with lemon, butter, garlic, and onion (quartered)
- In a small bowl, mix rosemary, sage, and thyme together and sprinkle over chicken
- Place in preheated oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- Dash of black pepper
- Heat broiler. On a baking sheet, roll asparagus in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Sprinkle with black pepper and arrange asparagus evenly on pan
- Cooked until tender (approximately 6-10 minutes)
Strawberry and Pear Salad
- 1- 5 oz bag spring mix
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 2 cup fresh strawberries
Mix spring mix, walnuts and strawberries together and combine with the pear vinaigrette. Recipe provided below.
Tart Pear Salad Dressing
- 1 cup white balsamic vinegar, pear infused
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 lime, fresh
- Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly prior to use and set aside to dry.
- In medium bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar and ground ginger and whisk together. Add juice of one lime to salad dressing mixture.
- Place in salad dressing server and refrigerate for 6-8 hours for flavors to blend. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to use and serve.
- Sugar free instant vanilla pudding
- 1 tbsp cocoa
- 8 oz. Sugar free cool whip
- Mix SF instant vanilla pudding powder, cocoa, and cool whip in medium size bowl.
- Place in refrigerator 1/2 -1 hour before eating.
National Kidney Foundation: Kidney Disease. (2013). http://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/aboutckd.cfm