Here are some of the best renal diet breakfast ideas for your kidney health. Breakfast can help you get a healthful start to your day and set you up to meet your nutrition goals.
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 Foods
In general, a renal diet 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 and stage of kidney disease.
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 like
- Pancake and waffle mixes
- Packaged breakfast sandwiches
- Flavored oatmeals
- Packaged biscuits
If you love sausage for breakfast, check out this low sodium sausage recipe.
Renal Diet Breakfast Ideas
Here 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. They’re a great base to add on nutrient packed kidney-friendly foods to round out your meal. 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
- Avocado toast with berries. Try Everything but the Salt seasoning sprinkled on the avocado!
- Bagel with cream cheese and grapes
Oatmeal, grits, and cold cereal are 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, top them onto toast, saute vegetables and make an omelet or this recipe for healthy breakfast hash.
Looking for a plant-based kidney-friend alternative to eggs? Try these recipes!
Smoothie/Smoothie Bowls/Yogurt Parfaits
Smoothies can be part of the renal diet breakfast ideas. Start with a base, usually milk. You can use plant milks instead of dairy milks if you choose. Add in some frozen fruit, a handful of greens, and a tablespoon of peanut butter or chia seeds.
Freshly brewed coffee or tea are kidney-friendly and have no additives. Be aware that many coffee creamers have added phosphates that you’ll want to avoid. When it comes to juice, stick with 100% juice to the added sugars.
Discover the best juices for kidney disease here!
There are many healthy options when it comes to renal diet breakfast ideas. 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 and you’ll have a fantastic start to your day.
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.