Conventional nutrition information suggests lots of dark leafy greens like spinach and kale. While these are extremely healthy foods, they are also high in potassium and therefore not recommended on a renal diet. Arugula is a great alternative. It is both low in potassium and high in vitamin K, manganese, and calcium. It also contains nitrates, which are known to lower blood pressure, another important consideration for people with kidney disease.
One cup (20 grams) of raw arugula contains:
- Sodium: 6 mg
- Potassium: 74 mg
- Phosphorus: 10 mg
Again, your doctor will give you specific guidelines for your diet with kidney disease, but we hope we have given you a good idea of some whole foods and ingredients that can combine into healthy, flavorful meals. Most packaged foods contain way too much sodium, but it can feel really good to stretch your culinary talents and prepare fresh kidney-friendly meals from scratch. Go for it, you won’t be sorry!