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What side dishes can I order when eating out and on a kidney diet?

If you're on a kidney diet and eating out, the type of side dish you should order depends on the amount of potassium you should eat each day. Fried, baked and hash brown potatoes are higher in potassium than mashed or boiled potatoes. You might also consider asking for a lower potassium substitute like rice or noodles. If the cooked vegetable is not a good choice for you, order a salad or ask for a substitute vegetable.

Choose:
  • Lower-potassium vegetables such as green beans, corn, cabbage, asparagus, green peas, eggplant, carrots, cauliflower and squash
  • Plain rice, pastas and noodles
Avoid:
  • Higher-potassium vegetables such as spinach, potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms and winter squash
  • Baked beans
  • Sauerkraut
  • Vegetables in sauces

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