Breakfast for dialysis patients

Breakfast For Dialysis Patients

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The following are some of the best breakfast ideas for dialysis patients. Breakfast can help you get a healthful start to your day and set you up to meet your nutrition goals.

Additionally, if you have other health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, a healthy breakfast can help keep your blood sugar stable and blood pressure under control. If you’re new to the renal diet or just need some fresh ideas to get your day going, these ideas will help you know what to choose. 

Choose the Right Breakfast Foods for Dialysis Patients

In general, dialysis patients follow a renal diet which focuses on sodium, potassium phosphorus, protein and fluids if needed. These nutrients and minerals of focus on the renal diet are important for people that have kidney disease. The renal diet should be individualized based on the person’s unique nutritional needs. 

The best renal diet breakfasts will be low in sodium, adequate potassium, and low in added phosphorus. The amount of protein needed on a renal diet depends on the individual.

Luckily, many of the most enjoyed breakfast foods are kidney-friendly such as oatmeal, eggs, and fresh fruit. 

Foods to Avoid

Some breakfast foods can be high in sodium and additives. Avoid high sodium breakfast foods such as the following:

  • bacon
  • sausage
  • ham
  • pancake and waffle mixes
  • packaged breakfast sandwiches
  • flavored oatmeal
  • packaged biscuits

If you love sausage for breakfast, check out this low sodium sausage recipe.

Breakfast Ideas For Dialysis Patients

The following are some great renal diet breakfast ideas, resources, and links to recipes.

Whole Grain Breads

Toast, English muffins, and bagels make an easy breakfast on the go. No only are whole grains a great base to add on nutrient packed kidney-friendly foods to round out your meal, they also provide lots of fiber in order to keep you feeling full and satisfied. Finding the right bread for the renal diet can be overwhelming. Find out what the best bread for kidney disease is here

Some other ideas are:

  • Peanut butter on an English Muffin with apples slices
  • Bagel with cream cheese and grapes

Breakfast Cereal For Dialysis Patients

Oatmeal, grits, and cold cereal provide quick, satisfying and high fiber ways to start your day. Add in some nuts or seeds and fresh fruit to give your kidneys the nutrients they need for lasting energy. Here are some ideas for the best cereal to choose. 

Try these recipes to get your day going.

Eggs or Tofu

Eggs are a great choice that provides a good source of protein. Wrap them up into a breakfast burrito, make an egg casserole, top them onto toast, saute vegetables and make an omelet or breakfast hash.

Looking for a plant-based kidney-friend alternative other than eggs? Try these recipes!

Smoothie/Smoothie Bowls/Yogurt Parfaits

Smoothies first start with a base which is usually milk. You can use plant milks instead of dairy milks if you choose. Then, add in some frozen fruit, a handful of greens, and a tablespoon of peanut butter or chia seeds. Many dialysis patients are on a high protein diet so add a scoop of protein powder if you need an extra protein boost.


There are lots of kidney-friendly beverages such as coffee, tea, and juices. Freshly brewed coffee or tea are kidney-friendly and have no additives. But be aware that many coffee creamers have added phosphates that you’ll want to avoid. So make sure you read the ingredients list to make sure there’s no added phosphates.

When it comes to juice, stick with 100% juice to the added sugars. 

Discover the best juices for kidney disease here!


Certainly, there are many healthy options when it comes to breakfast ideas for dialysis patients so you don’t have to give up your favorite breakfast foods when you have kidney disease. Keep in mind to choose low sodium, high fiber, and adequate potassium and protein that is right for you so you’ll have a fantastic start to your day. 

In addition, if you have kidney disease and need more guidance on what is the best food for you to choose on a renal diet, book a call with me or find a local Renal Dietitian here.

More breakfast recipes for dialysis patients here.

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