Thu, 03 May 2012

Spring is here!

After a winter that never really seemed to happen (in Ontario anyway) it is wonderful to see the spring!  This seems to be an exciting time in kidney nutrition with a lot of new resources for people dealing with kidney disease. 

  • The Kidney Community Kitchen website (www.kidneycommunitykitchen.ca) has new recipes, meal plans, grocery lists and lots of information for kidney patients.  Kidney patients and their families are some of the most often overlooked sources of advice for dealing with kidney diets. If you have a recipe or diet tip that helps you manage your kidney diet, consider submitting it to the Kidney Community Kitchen. Our team will analyze your recipe and post it for everyone to benefit!
  • There’s a new cookbook and a brand new website available at www.myspiceitup.ca with six new kidney friendly recipes for you to try.
  • Kara’s Kitchen – Kara Dawson is a Toronto dietitian and chef who is a regular contributor to the Kidney Community Kitchen and who runs cooking classes for kidney patients.  Check out Kara’s website: www.karaskitchen.ca.  You’ll find information about her classes and some amazing kidney-friendly recipes.  Attending Kara’s classes has the added benefit of letting you actually make and taste the recipes yourself!  I would love to hear about and share similar initiatives that are happening across the country.  If you know of cooking classes or seminars in your community please share them with us so we can help get the word out! If you are interested in starting a program like this, the above resources are a great place to find recipes.

Now that the warm weather has finally come, it’s a great time to get outside and get active. Along with a healthy diet, physical activity is important for maintaining almost all aspects of your health.  Don’t believe me?  Check out this short little video that is as educational as it is inspiring:


Now that the weather is warming up, I start to get tired of soups, stews and casseroles and start looking forward to barbecuing and eating fresh produce!  Here’s a lovely and quick marinade that’s great on chicken. I usually marinate the chicken breasts or thighs for 1-2 hours but even if you only have ½ an hour to marinate your chicken, you’ll still have lots of flavour. This is a quick go-to dinner after work that I usually serve with a salad and rice.  

Dijon Marinade
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1lb chicken (breasts or thighs)

Mix all ingredients together. Marinate your chicken for a minimum of 30minutes.  Grill on med-high heat for about 20 minutes (turning once) or until no trace of pink remains.  Enjoy!