It’s almost summer—sunblock, towels, water, and that fantastic time of year when fresh produce abounds. 

Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are often hesitant to jump in and grab their favorite fruits and vegetables because they are concerned that it does not meet their Dietary Restrictions. 

While they want the great nutrients from fruits and vegetables, patients can often feel their hands are tied due to the high potassium levels of various summer produce. Some foods may boost the performance of the kidneys, while others may place stress on them and cause damage.

Watermelon for CKD and Dialysis patiens

Watermelon (1 cup per day) is one of the good choices of fruits that most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients can enjoy in the summer. Nutritionally, watermelon is a good source of vitamin C, beta carotene, and lycopene, a phytochemical with antioxidant activity.

When consumed in small portions, it is also low in potassium and naturally very low in phosphorus and sodium. We have created this quick and wholesome recipe for you to get refreshed this summer and feel the Watermelon Power.

-Ask your nephrologist and renal dietitian before preparing and consuming this recipe. Every person has different needs.-


You can also download the FREE FKP recipe book with 13 KIDNEY-FRIENDLY DELICIOUS SMOOTHIES that can be enjoyed with the whole family we created in collaboration with the Renal Dietitian, Chelsea Couceiro, RDN, LDN.

Watermelon Power

Two portions

Ingredients

2 CUP OF FROZEN WATERMELON.
1 MEDIUM CUCUMBER, PEELED AND SLICED
2 MINT SPRINGS, LEAVES ONLY
1 CELERY STALK.
A SQUEEZE OF LIME.

Preparation

Peel the cucumber, and cut it into slices.
Cut celery stalk in squares and ready for the blender.
Add cucumber and the frozen watermelon into the blender. Add the two mint springs leaves.
Add to your mix the squeeze of lemon.
Blend until smooth and have a desire smoothie texture!
Ready to drink!

NUTRITION FACTS
2 servings per recipe

Calories 143 (599kJ)
Protein 4.1 g
Carbohydrates 35.2 g
Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 41.1 mg
Potassium 887 mg
Phosphorus 115 mg
Calcium 85.4 mg
Fiber 3.4 g
Serving Size 645 g

Diet Types
Renal Diet

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 2 reviews
Jun 1, 2021
 by Danielle on Florida Kidney Physicians

Delightful drink and so refreshing. Thanks!

Jun 1, 2021
 by Michael Resnik on Florida Kidney Physicians

Very refreshing!