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7-Day Meal Plan for Kidney Disease and Diabetes: Breakfast Recipe Edition

We get it – the thought of overhauling your diet is daunting. But listen, it doesn’t have to be so hard. In fact, small changes to your daily meals can make a big difference in how you feel and manage your diabetes and/or kidney disease.

We’ve put together five easy-to-prepare breakfast recipes that can be incorporated into a 7-day meal plan. You’ll find easy substitutions so you can still savor all those flavors while keeping your blood sugar and kidneys in check. Ready to eat better and feel better? Let’s do this!

Before we jump in, we want to remind you that portion control is key. Even healthy foods should be eaten in moderation. Measure out servings to stay within your target calorie range and keep portions in check. Make sure to actively monitor your blood glucose levels using your Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). If you don’t have one, we at Medically Modern can deliver one to your door, covered by insurance!

Below we introduce 5 delicious breakfast recipes that provide balanced diabetic and kidney-friendly meals with a variety of flavors. Best of all, these recipes are simple, budget-friendly and delicious.

1. Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • A single cup of either greek or Icelandic yogurt (non-fat)
  • A single cup of berries or mixed berries (frozen)
  • A single tablespoon of any sweetener
  • Two tablespoons of milk (nonfat) which can be switched out with cranberry juice or cherry juice

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender or a container for an immersion blender
  • Process until smooth (15 – 30 seconds)

2. Fruit Dip – Cinnamon “Sugar” (High in protein)

Ingredients:

  • Four ounces of plain low-fat cream cheese
  • Half a cup of plain Greek yogurt (low-fat)
  • Two tablespoons of maple syrup
  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Half teaspoon of almond extract
  • Half teaspoon of cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Blend all ingredients for 15 – 30 secondsFour ounces of plain low-fat cream cheese
  • Make sure all the sides are scraped down (and process again if needed)
  • Enjoy with fruit, cookies or crackers.

3. Oats And Berries

Ingredients / Instructions:

  • Single cup of oats
  • Single cup of almond milk
  • Half a cup of berries
  • Two tablespoons of walnuts (chopped)

4. Breakfast Quesadilla

Ingredients:

  • Quarter cup of green chiles (canned)
  • Four eggs beaten
  • Quarter teaspoon of black pepper
  • Tortillas (whole wheat 10-inch)
  • One and a half cups of reduced fat cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  • Lightly spray a small skillet.
  • Sauté green chiles with beaten eggs until set.
  • Spray a second large skillet, cook tortilla until slightly bubbly, flip, and cook.
  • Spread half of the cheese on tortilla.
  • Layer bacon and egg mixture, melt cheese.

5. Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (500 mL) blueberries, fresh or frozen (no need to thaw)
  • 3 cups + 1 Tbsp (765 mL) whole wheat flour, divided
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda
  • 10 Tbsp (150 mL, or 1¼ stick) softened butter
  • ¾ cup (185 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) plain yogurt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F and prepare muffin tin with liners or grease.
  • Toss blueberries with 1 Tbsp flour in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk together remaining flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy in a large bowl. Add eggs one at a time, then mix in vanilla and lemon zest.
  • Alternate adding dry ingredients and yogurt into the butter mixture, avoiding over-mixing. Fold in blueberries.
  • Scoop batter into muffin cups, filling nearly to the top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

7-Day Meal Plan for Kidney Disease and Diabetes FAQs

You may have some questions about following a meal plan for kidney disease and diabetes. Here are some common FAQs to help you get started.

What types of foods should I focus on? Focus on whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins. Limit processed foods, sugar, and red meat. Some good options include:

• Colorful salads with beans, nuts or grilled chicken

• Oatmeal with fruit for breakfast

• Lentil or vegetable soup

• Grilled fish with broccoli and wild rice

Do I have to cook all my meals from scratch? No, but home cooking does allow for the most control over nutrition. When time is limited, choose high-quality frozen or pre-made options with limited additives. Watch out for high sodium, especially in canned soups and frozen dinners.

How much should I eat? Portion control is key. A good rule of thumb is to fill half your plate with non-starchy veggies, a quarter with lean protein and a quarter with whole grains or starchy veggies. Eat until you’re satisfied but not overly full.

What about snacks? Healthy snacks in moderation are fine and help prevent overeating at meals. Some options include:

• Yogurt with fruit and nuts

• Veggies and hummus

• Trail mix

• Cheese and whole grain crackers

• Apples with peanut butter

Drink plenty of water and other non-caloric beverages like unsweetened tea to stay hydrated. Limit high sugar drinks, fruit juice and alcohol which provide extra calories but little nutrition.

With the right balance of nutritious foods and proper portion sizes, a 7-day meal plan can help you manage kidney disease and diabetes. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any diet changes, and ask them or a dietitian for more specific nutrition recommendations based on your conditions. The key is making lifelong changes at a pace you can stick with long-term. You’ve got this!

Conclusion

So there you have it – a 5 delicious kidney- and diabetes-friendly breakfast recipes to get you started on eating right and feeling great. Meal planning takes a bit of effort upfront, but it pays off big time in simplifying your life during the busy week. The recipes are simple, tasty, and nutritious. With a plan in place, you’ll worry less about what to eat each day. You’ll gain confidence in your ability to manage your health conditions through food. And you’ll feel empowered knowing you’re nourishing your body and taking good care of yourself. Eating this way will become a habit before you know it. Get cooking and enjoy!

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