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We know that the traditional Thanksgiving dessert that everyone looks forward to is pumpkin pie! Well, as kidney patients you’ve probably been told 100 times by your renal dietitian to “stay away from the pumpkin pie!”

Pumpkin Pie has high levels of sodium, phosphorus, and potassium which are heavily told to be monitored and consumed mindfully as these are essential nutrients for our body but our kidneys have a difficult time filtering out the excess.

1 slice of a pre prepared pumpkin pie has the following amount of sodium, phosphorus, and potassium 1

For a Serving Size of 1 slice of pre prepared Pumpkin Pie (133g)

Sodium: 317.9mg

Potassium: 222.1 mg

Phosphorus: 107.7mg

So instead of the pumpkin pie this year, lets shake things up with crunchy and flavorful oatmeal bakes for kidney friendly Thanksgiving!

Oatmeal is a great source of fiber which everyone needs and is essential to supporting gut health!

When choosing oatmeal for these recipes avoid prepackaged and instant oatmeal’s. These oatmeal’s can have phosphorus additives which are 90% to 100% absorbed into the bloodstream compared to natural phosphorus which only 40% to 60% is absorbed into the bloodstream 2

While oatmeal is higher in phosphorus and potassium than other cereals, you can still make it a part of your kidney friendly diet. A 1/2 cup serving of cooked oatmeal has 80 to 115 mg potassium and 90 to 130 mg phosphorus 3. But because the phosphorus is bound naturally to the oat grains, it is not fully absorbed into your blood stream 3!

Kidney Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bake

Apples are traditionally part of fall festivities and fit in perfectly with Thanksgiving flavors! Apples are a great source of fiber because they contain pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower cholesterol and glucose levels4 so they make this list for a kidney friendly Thanksgiving.

1 cup of diced apple holds 5: Phosphorus:13.8mg Potassium:134mg Sodium: 1.3mg

Directions:

  1. Core apples and dice, put 2 tbsp. of water into frying pan and 2 tbsp. of butter and cook apples until on medium for about 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Once cooked place into a bowl and add the sugar and cinnamon then mix.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together oatmeal, milk, and vanilla. Once mixed, add apple mixture and mix again.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F and bake mixture for 20 – 25 minutes in a 9X9 pan.

Looking for more of a cobbler? Instead of mixing the fruit with the oatmeal layer it!

“Pumpkin Pie” Oatmeal Bake

We know we said pumpkin pie should be avoided, but this recipe is for those who cant help themselves! Make sure to use pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. You can also make the pumpkin puree yourself and reduce the amount of potassium in the puree by almost half, see tip below!

Home Made Pumpkin Puree Tip: Cut your pumpkin into small chunks and soak them in a pot of warm water. The minimum amount of time suggested for soaking is 2 hours6.

1 cup of canned pumpkin puree contains 7: Phosphorus: 85.8mg Potassium: 505mg Sodium: 12.3mg

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl mix sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and milk.
  2. Once mixed, add oats and mix again.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F and bake mixture for 20 – 25 minutes in a 9X9 pan.

Blackberry Almond Oatmeal Bake

Another great source of fiber are blackberries! Naturally they provide vitamin C,K,A and calcium, magnesium and potassium 8.

1 cup of blackberries contains 9: Phosphorus: 31.7mg Potassium: 233mg Sodium: 1.4mg

Directions:

  1. Rinse blackberries and chop in halves.
  2. Once in halves put 2 tbsp. of water into frying pan and 2 tbsp. of butter and cook blackberries until on medium for about 5 minutes.
  3. Once cooked place blackberries into a bowl then add sugar and mix.
  4. In separate bowl mix together oatmeal, milk, almond paste, and almond extract. Once mixed, add blackberry mixture and mix again.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F and bake mixture for 20 – 25 minutes in a 9X9 pan.

Looking for more of a cobbler? Instead of mixing the fruit with the oatmeal layer it!

If you make these desserts or make any modifications let us know how they turn out by posting in the comments below or tagging us on Facebook!

If you are looking for more Thanksgiving tips visit our article : HAVING A HAPPY AND KIDNEY-FRIENDLY THANKSGIVING

Have a healthy and happy kidney friendly Thanksgiving!

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References:

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