Here are some tips on enjoying your time at a restaurant while keeping close to your individual nutrition plan.
Better choices – Cooked vegetables, unsalted chips or crackers
Limit/avoid – Soup, juice, potato skins, guacamole, cheese
Better choices – Lettuce salad, cucumber, onion, radish, green pepper, macaroni salad
Limit/avoid – Creamy or cheese dressings, avocado, pickles, olives, potato salad
Better choices – Grilled or broiled steaks, chops, roasts, ground meats, turkey, chicken, fish
Limit/avoid – Meats with breading, cheese or tomato sauces; processed meats (hot dogs/sausage/bacon)
Better choices – Any cooked vegetable without sauce
Limit/avoid – Beans, legumes, sauerkraut, avocado, vegetables with sauce
Better choices – Rice, noodles, pasta, macaroni salad
Limit/avoid – Pasta/noodles with tomato sauce, rice with soy sauce, baked potato, potato salad
Better choices – White, wheat, French, sourdough, bun, bagel, unsalted
breadsticks, English muffin, croissant
Limit/avoid – Salted crackers, salted roll, salted breadsticks
Better choices – Canned fruit cups, sorbet or gelatin (count in fluid allowance), angel food or white cake
Limit/avoid – Anything with chocolate, coconut, nuts or molasses
Better choices – Coffee, brewed tea, non-cola soft drinks (decaf or regular count as fluid allowance)
Limit/avoid – Fruit juices, milk, vegetable juices, cola-based soft drinks, flavored tea
Your kidney doctor may order a medicine called a phosphate binder for you to take with meals and snacks. This medicine controls the amount of phosphorus your body absorbs from the foods you eat.
There are many different kinds of phosphate binders – pills, chewable tablets, powders, and liquids. Some binders also contain calcium, while others do not.