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The Kidney-Friendly Garden

The Kidney-Friendly Garden

The Kidney-Friendly Garden

By Sharon Khalifa, RD, Satellite Healthcare Santa Rosa

Summer is upon us and it is time to plant our gardens! If you are short on space, try container gardening on your porch, patio or windowsill. You can even look for a community garden in your neighborhood.

Here’s a tasty tip: Try adding fresh herbs to your favorite recipes instead of salt. A note on phosphorus: All fruits have about 40 mg phosphorus per ½ cup, and most vegetables fall into the range of 15-60 mg phosphorus per ½ cup.

Check out these ideas to get your low-potassium Kidney-Friendly garden growing.

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Spicy Baked Corn on the Cob

Serves 4


4 ears (5 ½” - 6 ½”) fresh corn on the cob

4 tsp peanut butter

4 tsp margarine

½ tsp chili powder


1. Remove husks from corn.

2. Mix peanut butter, margarine and chili powder together. Spread on corn.

3. Wrap each piece in foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350F.

Analysis: Calories 129, carbohydrates 30 g, protein 3.8 g, sodium 93 mg, potassium 240 mg, calcium 5 mg, phosphorus 86 mg

Diabetics count as 1 medium potassium vegetable and 2 starches

Source: Judy Boccanfuso RD, Satellite Healthcare Windsor

This article was posted on August 15th, 2014