Plant-Based Meal Plan For Kidney Disease: Vegetarian Foods To Eat Daily For Kidney Diet

Following a plant-based meal plan with kidney disease has shown to reap many benefits. With all the research and studies around vegetarian diet plans for kidney disease, there are countless options if you are on a vegan or vegetarian diet with kidney disease. In this video, Robert emphasizes the importance of a plant-based meal plan for kidney disease. A vegetarian kidney meal plan also allows room for kidney-friendly vegetables that are rich in fiber and low in sodium and phosphorus. Vegetable sources of protein tend to put minimal stress on the kidneys as compared to animal sources of protein. Many studies have also concluded the reduced loss of kidney function with the help of a vegetarian or vegan diet.


Plant-Based Meal Plan With Kidney Disease

In today’s video, we’re going to do a quick recap of a study and then we’re going to talk about a sample of a one-day vegetarian diet for kidney disease. This study that we’re recapping is from the Journal of Nutrition, June 4th, 2021. It’s titled “A plant-centered diet and markers of early chronic kidney disease during young to middle adulthood”.


What Was The Study About?

What this study looked at was they looked at people who tested with early stages of chronic kidney disease and they observed them over the course of 10 years and what they found is what we know because of so much research coming out now what’s better for your kidneys is that a vegetarian diet slowed the loss of kidney function over time a vegetarian diet is really a great and one of the best diets for kidney disease. We’re talking about a vegetarian diet or a plant-centered diet, we’re talking about no animal products. It’s all plants. There are different types of vegetarians so maybe to be more clear vegan diet, is more alike this is a sample day all right of what this diet would be like.


What’s Inside A One-Day Vegetarian Meal Plan For Kidney Disease?

You would start the day with a smoothie berry. A smoothie berry can be any type of
smoothie with berries that you like and when I say a smoothie, that implies that you’re blending all the ingredients you’re not juicing it, juicing it implies that you’re leaving some of the fiber that comes out in a separate part of the machine. Usually, collect it in a cup or it shoots it out into a container so you are blending. You’re blending the entire part of the plant so you can use kidney-friendly milk like rice milk, oat milk, almond milk. Lots of different types of plant-based kinds of milk out there that are kidney-friendly if you’re wondering we have more videos about all these topics especially milks then you can put in any type of berries blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, frozen or fresh and so that could be for breakfast and then you go to lunch.


For lunch, you can do something like two cups of mango lentil salad so actually, this menu plan is going to be on our website. It should be below in this video too so you can take a look at it. So this would be you making some lentils and when it comes to plant-based proteins mainly it’s lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, and depending on if you want to use soy seitan these other types of plant-based proteins. So you can do a mango lentil salad with half a cup of lentils you can add in their lime juice coriander-cumin any salt-free seasonings or combinations of salt-free seasonings like the Mrs. Dash line olive oil, cilantro, onions, and then one mango you can cut up, put it in the salad and then mix it all up. Plant based meal plan can be a great way to reduce stress on your kidneys. That can be your lunch. After that, you can do a snack of one apple with one tablespoon of almond butter, now that snack can also be part of the lunch you can just make it one big lunch.


It all depends on how you like to eat in a day and what works for your schedule so you can take these foods and mix them up and put them however you want. Following a healthy plant-based meal plan with kidney disease will ensure you get enough fiber for the day. Some people like to eat two big meals a day so you can just take all this food and have it into two big meals from there you can do the one apple with one tablespoon almond butter okay so then that you can do as a snack with lunch then you can go to uh for dinner you can do two bean burritos you can use some pinto beans, garlic, oil, onions, cilantro, salsa, vegan or non-vegan dairy, cheese-like have a lot of vegan dairy-free cheeses out there which are low in protein. Just be mindful of the sodium so you can do two bean burritos the wrap you get just to look for a wheat-based rice-based wrap you can do other types of wraps all depending on your diet.

You can do a corn wrap I always look at the sodium and the potassium content if you can depending but we’re going to talk about potassium but you can get any type of wrap just make sure it’s low sodium that you find if you’re trying to go lower protein you would go more towards like a corn wrap and then you can on the side you could have a small salad. You can have maybe one-fourth to half an avocado with a quarter cup. A plant-based vegetarian diet for kidney disease can also help with inflammation as certain vegan foods have anti-inflammatory benefits. That’s a very small amount. That’s two ounces of cut-up tomatoes or two tablespoons of a salad dressing that’s salt-free or you can make your own.


You can put any type of seasoning you want on there dry or fresh and then as a snack later you can do one ounce of almonds or you can include the almonds with the dinner so this would be a sample vegan plant-based menu plan for the day. Now the issue with eating this way is potassium but we find that overall people can control their potassium pretty well because you get other properties from these vegan foods from all the fruits and vegetables that help actually help balance out the potassium so so it’s actually not bad for most people always watch your potassium get it checked to make sure it’s good range monitor it because you might have to reduce some of these and maybe you have to take things to help lower your potassium. You can check out other videos, certain cooking methods that we have here but that would be a sample one-day plant-based vegan diet for kidney disease.


Thanks for watching everybody like, comment, subscribe, and remember it’s individualized for everybody so make sure you have your potassium levels checked you know what’s going on before you do any major diet changes alright so your best kidney health. Bye.


Here are the recipes and nutrition facts for all meals covered in the video for kidney disease:


Nutrition Content For The Day
Calories: 1593
Fat: 54.5 g, 5.6g saturated
Carbohydrates: 253 g
Protein: 49 g
Potassium: 2406 mg
Phosphorus: 513.1 mg


Very Berry Smoothie

12 oz rice milk
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen raspberries

Directions: Blend all ingredients together and serve.


Mango Lentil Salad

½ cup dry lentils (about 2 cups cooked)
2 tbsp. cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp. ground cumin
Juice of 1 lime
1 mango, peeled and diced
½ red onion, chopped
2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish

Directions: Put the lentils in a fine strainer and pick through them, discarding any bits of stone that may be present. Rinse under cold running water. Place in a pot and cover with 3 to 4 inches of water, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Check lentils after 15 to 20 minutes; they should have a slight resistance to the tooth — you want them al dente. Remove from heat, drain and place under cold running water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled slightly, combine the lentils with mango and onion in a large bowl.

In a small jar or bowl, combine the olive oil, coriander, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro leaves. Pour over the lentils, mango, and onion. Toss to combine. Garnish with some more cilantro leaves.



Sliced apple with 1 tablespoon of almond butter



Bean Burritos

Serves: 4

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
½ medium green bell pepper, finely diced
3 cups well-cooked pinto beans
One 4-oz. can, chopped mild green chilis
2 to 4 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro, to taste
1 tsp. ground cumin

Remaining ingredients:
8 burrito-size (10-12 inch) flour tortillas

1 cup firmly packed cheddar-style non-dairy cheese
Shredded lettuce for garnish
Black olives for garnish

Directions: Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until it is translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute before adding the green pepper. Continue to sauté until the onion is lightly golden. Add the pinto beans along with the remaining filling ingredients and enough liquid to keep the mixture moist. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

With a mashing implement, mash about half of the beans. Make sure there is enough liquid in the mixture to form a thick saucy base. Cook, covered, for another 5 minutes.

Spoon some of the bean mixtures onto the centers of each flour tortilla. Sprinkle with some grated cheese, if desired, and top with a spoonful or so of salsa. Fold the burritos as directed in the illustration below.

Arrange 2 burritos on each dinner plate. Garnish with shredded lettuce and black olives. Pass around extra salsa. Serve at once.



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