Holiday classics with a kidney-friendly twist

The holidays call for nostalgic classics that are timeless and tasteful. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) should not stop those affected from indulging in what brings us all together: good food. The following kidney-friendly holiday menu may be enjoyed by anyone and help those with CKD stay on track with nutritional guidelines to help manage kidney health. Visit for more holiday-themed kidney-friendly recipes and to download the latest cookbook, Holiday Gatherings.

Breakfast – Holiday Morning French Toast

Begin your day celebrating the holidays with this delicious French toast. With apples and cranberries as a topping, this breakfast dish will really put you in the holiday mood.

To Drink – Hot Wassail (Cider)

There is nothing better during the chilly, holiday weather than some hot cider. Spice up traditional apple cider by adding a little cranberry tanginess. This kidney-friendly recipe will quickly become a holiday favorite!

Appetizer – Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini

Impress your family with this sophisticated and tasteful appetizer. It’s simple to make and the savory and sweet combination is delicious to eat.

Appetizer – Are You Kidding Me Artichoke Dip

You can never go wrong with an all-time classic crowd pleaser, such as artichoke dip. Make it even more kidney-friendly by rinsing canned artichokes to help remove sodium. Hot sauce can be added for a low-sodium, spicy kick.

Dessert – Pumpkin Layer Cheesecake

Nothing kicks off the holiday season like pumpkin-flavored everything. Indulge in this kidney-friendly cheesecake, with the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor that will keep you coming back for more.

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