A Delicious Start: Kidney Disease-Friendly Breakfast Recipes

Published on 
February 1, 2023
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Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day, and for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), it's crucial to make sure it's a well-balanced and healthy meal. CKD is a condition in which the kidneys are unable to function properly, and as a result, it's important for those with the disease to pay attention to the foods they eat and its nutrient intake. So whilst eating pancakes, muffins, french toast, waffles, and bagels might be tempting. We have some healthy alternatives!

One of the key things to consider when planning a breakfast for someone with CKD is the amount of protein they are consuming. Protein is an essential nutrient that helps to repair and build the body's tissues, but for people with CKD stage 3-5 (non dialysis), it's important to limit the amount of protein they consume. This is because the kidneys are responsible for removing excess protein from the body, and if they're not functioning properly, this may put extra strain on them.

Healthy and delicious breakfast options for people with CKD

The options do not include those people who require a potassium and phosphate restriction for high blood levels. Some healthy breakfast options include:

Scrambled eggs with tomatoes and mushrooms: Eggs are a great source of protein and can be a good option for people with CKD. 

Oatmeal with berries: Oatmeal is a great alternative to cereal for people with CKD as it has beta glucans which are good for cholesterol levels. Adding fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, are high in fibre and good for gut health make a delicious and healthy topping.

Greek yogurt with berries, honey and nuts: Greek yogurt is a good source of protein. Adding honey and nuts, such as almonds or walnuts give it a rich mineral profile and, makes for a delicious and healthy breakfast.

Avocado toast with smoked salmon: Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, and an alternative to high salt foods such as ham, bacon and sausages. Smoked salmon is a good source of protein but is salty so have in moderation.

In conclusion, breakfast is an important meal for people with chronic kidney disease, and it's important to pay attention to having good quality foods that are rich in nutrients. It's always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet.

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Author - Ruth Kander

Ruth Kander is a highly experienced dietitian with 26 years of service in both the NHS and private practice. She holds registrations with the British Dietetic Association and the Health and Care Professions Council. Ruth graduated from King’s College London in 1995 with an honours degree in Nutrition and a post-graduate diploma in Dietetics. Specializing in kidney medicine for the past 23 years, she currently works as a specialist kidney dietitian at a large London teaching hospital. Ruth has also been involved in several community projects, including healthy eating in schools and clinical governance in care homes. An accomplished lecturer, she has received awards for her education programs and patient care. Passionate about helping people with chronic kidney disease to be healthy and feel well, she is dedicated to providing support and guidance to help individuals make the best food choices for themselves.