What is a sample menu for people who are on hemodialysis?

The following is a sample menu if you are on hemodialysis:

  • Cranberry juice, 4 ounces
  • Eggs (2) or 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • Toasted white bread, 2 slices, with butter or tub margarine or fruit spread
  • Coffee, 6 ounces
  • Tuna salad sandwich made with 3 ounces tuna on a hard roll with lettuce and mayonnaise (Other good choices for sandwiches include egg and chicken salad, lean roast beef, low-salt ham and turkey breast.)
  • Coleslaw, 1/2 cup
  • Pretzels (Salt-free or low-salt varieties)
  • Canned and drained peaches, 1/2 cup
  • Ginger ale, 8 ounces (Cola drinks are high in phosphorus. Choose ginger ale or lemon-lime beverages instead.)
  • Hamburger patty, 4 ounces on a bun with 1-2 teaspoons ketchup
  • Salad (1 cup): lettuce, cucumber, radishes, peppers, with olive oil and vinegar dressing
  • Lemonade, 8 ounces
Aim for at least 2-3 fish meals each week. Many fish are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Tuna and salmon (rinsed or canned without salt) and shellfish are excellent heart-healthy protein choices.

  • Milk, 4 ounces
  • Slice of apple pie
This meal plan provides 2,150 calories, 91 grams protein, 2,300 milligrams (mg) sodium, 1,800 mg (46 mEq) potassium, 950 mg phosphorus and 38 ounces of oral fluid.

Continue Learning about Dialysis


Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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