Our Renal Diet Food List for CKD Patients

Let’s get straight to the point...

A lot of you have been asking, “OK, I know which foods to avoid now, but what about the foods I should eat?” And so, due to insistent public demand, here is our big renal diet food list for CKD patients. Enjoy!

Meat / Protein Foods

  • Beef (fresh, lean cuts)
  • Chicken
  • Eggs / egg substitutes
  • Fish (fresh)
  • Lamb
  • Pork (make sure to use fresh, lean cuts only)
  • Shellfish (clams, lobster, crabs)
  • Tofu
  • Tuna (canned in water)
  • Turkey
  • Veal

Fruits

Note: serving size = medium-sized fruit or ½ cup, fresh. If canned, make sure there is no added sugar.

  • Apples / applesauce
  • Apricots (canned)
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Figs (fresh)
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Grapefruit (½)
  • Grapes
  • Lemons
  • Limes / Lime juice
  • Lychees
  • Peaches (canned) 
  • Pears (canned)
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon

Vegetables

Note: serving size = ½ cup, cooked, no added salt (especially for green leafy vegetables).

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Bean sprouts
  • Beets (canned)
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chili peppers
  • Chives
  • Coleslaw
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Gingerroot
  • Green beans
  • Hominy
  • Jalapeños (fresh)
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peas (English)
  • Pimientos
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Seaweed
  • Kelp
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet peppers (green, red, yellow)
  • Tomatillos
  • Turnips / turnip greens

Bread, Cereals, and Grains

  • Bread (white, French, Italian, rye, soft wheat)
  • Bread sticks (plain)
  • Cereals (dry or cooked, low salt)
  • Couscous
  • Crackers, popcorn, or pretzels (unsalted)
  • Dinner rolls
  • English muffins
  • Hamburger buns
  • Macaroni
  • Melba toast
  • Noodles
  • Oyster crackers
  • Pita bread
  • Rice cakes
  • Spaghetti
  • Tortillas (flour)
  • White rice

Dairy and Dairy Substitutes

Note: serving size = ½ cup or 1 ounce a day

  • Non-dairy creamers
  • Non-dairy frozen desserts and toppings
  • Rice milk, unfortified

Beverages

Note: consult your physician and keep your fluid restriction in mind.

  • Fruit punch
  • Ginger ale
  • Juices (apple, cranberry, grape)
  • Nectars (apricot, peach, or pear; ½ cup servings)
  • Root beer
  • Soda (cream, grape, lemon-lime)
  • Tea (herbal)
  • Water

Fats

  • ​Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salad dressings
  • Sour cream
  • Vegetable oils (preferably olive oil)

Seasonings and Spices

  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Bay leaf
  • Caraway seed
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Cumin
  • Curry
  • Dill
  • Extracts (almonds, lemon, lime, maple, orange, peppermint, vanilla, walnut)
  • Fennel
  • Garlic powder
  • Ginger
  • Horseradish
  • Lemon juice
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Pepper (ground)
  • Pimientos
  • Poppy seed
  • Rosemary
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Sesame seeds
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
  • Vinegar

Desserts, Snacks, and Sweets

Note: for people with diabetes, please use with caution and with recommendations from your dietitian.

  • Animal crackers
  • Cakes (angel food, butter, lemon, pound, spice, strawberry, white, and yellow)
  • Candy corn
  • Chewing gum
  • Cinnamon drops
  • Cookies (ginger snaps, shortbread, sugar, vanilla wafers)
  • Corn cakes
  • Cotton candy
  • Doughnuts
  • Fruit ice
  • Graham crackers
  • Gumdrops
  • Hard candy
  • Lollipops
  • Marshmallows
  • Sherbet / sorbet

A friendly reminder:

This list should NOT be taken as absolute and applicable for every CKD patient. Some people, especially those in the most advanced stages of CKD, might need to significantly limit or entirely avoid a few of the entries in this list.

Our recommendation is to always consult your nephrologist and/or dietitian for the appropriate foods to eat with regards to your CKD stage.