Low Potassium Recipes

I have recently been diagnosed with mild Kidney disease and was told that I need to limit Potassium in my diet. This means that anything 201mg of Potassium (per 1/2 cup) are things I cannot eat. Some of these items are potatoes, tomatoes, cooked spinach, and strawberries and bananas. To make this even harder, I also need to limit sodium and sugar (husband is a diabetic).Quite frankly, we are struggling to put good food on our table. The most important item to manage is the Potassium so I am looking for recipes that taste good but are lower in Potassium.

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  1. Cat says

    Hey Maggie,

    Got the same problems it sounds like, only it’s me that’s diabetic AND having problems with high potassium. I also have heart problems which really is making it hard to find ANYTHING I am allowed to eat. One diet say to eat one thing while another restricts you from eating the same thing. Was worried about my weight as well, but heck, since I can’t eat much of anything, I guess the weight issuse will solve itself!

    I found Mrs. Dash’s web site to show recipes that are low in sodium, low in potassium as well as low in fat. etc. You might want to look there. Good luck to you and yours. Hope you’re you successful in your search and that your health inproves each and every day.

    • Beth says

      Be careful re: Mrs. Dash site!!! Items labelled low potassium include tomatoes, beans, potatoes, mixed veggies, and spinach!!! That site doesn’t look low potassium to me.

  2. Maggie says

    Thanks for the info on Mrs. Dash. She and I are old friends since I need to eat low salt, too. I’ll look at the website for some recipes.

      • geekbearinggifts says

        Mrs. Dash’s blends are not salt substitutes in the way you are thinking. They are blends of herbs and spices which add flavor without adding salt, and they don’t taste salty. The three I have at home right now have 10 mg of potassium per 1/4 teaspoon. I also have a big jar of Tone’s no salt Garlic & Herb seasoning (from Sam’s Club) and it also contains only 10 mg potassium per 1/4 teaspoon. I read the labels on all four seasoning blends, and none added potassium in an attempt to taste like salt (it is naturally occurring in the herbs and spices.)

    • Bwanabon says

      Davita.com has recipes that show potassium content. At least around here (New England) Da Vita runs dialysis centers. Some of the recipes seem pretty good. We are just starting to deal with this and I agree there is a lot of conflicting information, and unfortunately food labels don’s usually show potassium content unless it is quite high and the want to market it as a “good source of potassium”

      • Kelly says

        bwanabon I love Davita. My mother has dialysis at a Davita center and they are always putting out recipies around the holidays. Makes things easier. Their on line recipies are are good too.

  3. husqy says

    FYI I recently found out I have the same problem. High Potassium due to as the Dr. describes lazy kidneys. I have lost about 20 pounds due to excercise and watching my portions but I really need to cut out the Potassium now. I am a very active person and I need to eat on the go a lot so what would be a fast low potassium dinner lunch etc? Any advice would be great.


  4. Debra says

    My husband is a diabetic and has recently been diagnosed with renal failure and has started dialysis. You are right, the diet choices are crazy. I have been doing searchs on the internet for the diets and have found several sites..one is kidneytimes.com. That site actually breaks out the recipes by meal or type of food. Also the Mrs. Dash site has a lot of recipes. Me is right though, be careful with the salt substitutes, they are much higher in potassium and you really have to watch your measuring habits. I am hoping with the websites I have that maybe we can have some food that has flavor!

  5. Roberta says

    Wow – there are others out there! My husband was recently diagnosed with chronic kidney disease after kidney cancer as well as a heart bi-pass and we’re now on a low sodium, low potassium and low phosphorus diet – sugar is about all he can have! I’ve been combing websites, wishing for cookbooks that specifically deal with all three issues and have started creating my own list of low potassium foods. A website I often go to for recipe ideas is http://www.davita.com. I’m going to check out the kidneytimes.com – thanks for the tip!

  6. Roberta says

    Found a great tip on another site that I’m stunned over – all my lists are out the door. Go to the USDA National Data Base for Standard Refrence (18). I clicked on the (A) for alphabetical food sorting and there are 26 pages of EVERYTHING! For both phosphorus and potassium. The site that gave the tip stated they printed, laminated and put the list in a binder for their mother to use while cooking. I can’t believe I haven’t seen this before on any of the websites I’ve gone to and I’ve been on a ton. No recipes but there are so many “lists” out there of food do’s and dont’s that I’m leary of some recipes and their nutritional info. Hope this helps!

  7. Jazzy says

    Hi, I had a kidney transplant about 5 years ago, and one of the side effects of my anti rejection drugs is high potassium. It is a struggle since most foods low in potassium are things like white bread and white rice. I do soak potatoes over night (at least 12 hours)…but I only eat them once a month. I switched to fat free mocha mix since milk has a lot of potassium. I have a list that I got from my Dr. about foods that have low potassium as long as you follow the amounts suggested. I’m always looking for low potassium recipes and want to thank everyone for their input. Blessings.

  8. Janet says


    I enjoy cooking for my father who has kidney disease. The best resource I’ve found by far is Davita.com. I think Davita is dedicated to kidney care and they run dialysis centers.

    The web site has a recipe section that can be filtered on “dialysis”, “CKD non-dialysis” and “diabetes”. They have an extensive list of recipes.

    Under their “tools” section on the web site, they have a “food analyzer”. This tool is incredibly useful. There is an extensive list of foods, including fast foods, raw vs. cooked, and prepared dishes (which I think are less reliable,since they can be prepared many ways, e.g., shrimp scampi and pizza). The analyzer has a search engine that returns a list of foods that match your search. When I search for cabbage, this is what is returned:

    Cabbage: boiled, 1 dry cup
    Cabbage: red, cooked, 1 dry cup
    Cabbage: red, raw, chopped, 1 dry cup
    Cabbage: shredded, boiled, 1 dry cup
    Cabbage: shredded, raw, 1 dry cup
    cabbage – boiled, with salt
    cabbage – red, boiled, with salt
    cabbage – savoy, boiled, no salt , 1 dry cup
    cabbage – savoy, boiled, with salt , 1 dry cup
    cabbage, savoy, fresh, shredded , 1 dry cup
    Chinese cabbage: boiled, 1 dry cup
    Chinese cabbage: raw, chopped, 1 dry cup
    Stuffed cabbage rolls: each
    japanese cabbage – pickled , 1 dry cup
    Napa/Nappa cabbage: cooked, 1 cup

    When you click on one of the choices, the analyzer shows 13 nutrients including potassium, sugar and protein. Since I love to cook, this tool is what I use every day.

    I hope this helps. Wishing you all good health and good food!


  9. Becky B. says

    Kidney disease only worsens over time. Diet can contribute to how quickly it declines. May I s uggest you make an appt. w/ a Registered Dietitian (RD) for a consultation? He/She can tailer a way of eating to accomodate both you and your husband’s restrictions, and they are indeed vast, as you’ve discovered. Ask your doctor for a referral to an outpatient dietitian at a local hospital or clinic. You can also call the American Dietetic Assn (http://www.eatright.org ) for a referral to an RD in yoru area.

  10. Diane says

    So what do you do when the person doesn’t like squash, mushrooms, okra, eggplant or beets? Kind of limits one’s choices in an already restricted field, doesn’ it? This is hard!

    • CharlieAnn says

      I have stage 3 kidney failure or CKD. The Davita.com sight has really good recipes that my guys even like. They don’t even sprinkle on extra salt of there own. An the sight list all the nutrients and even has helpful hints at the end of each recipe. I have made quite a few recipes from the sight and they taste really good.

    • Sherry says

      I thought beets were high potassium. I don’t like them anyway but I thought I saw them on the high list. I have looked at so many lists and some things are the same while so many foods differ! What’s a person to do?

  11. Lesle says

    I also have stage 3 kidney disease and diabetes. I am finding I have to cook a whole lot different these days. I really dont want to cook 2 separate meals for hubby and i and he says just cook whatever and he will eat it :). Bless his heart. I miss potatoes and i have been really wanting a baked sweet potatoe. But I just read that canned ones are already leached so I might settle for a small serving.

    I will be checking back for new recipes. Good luck Margaret. XOXO

  12. Patty says

    I only have one kidney and it is low-functioning. I’m 57 and weight 82 lbs My doctors want me to eat a high calorie, low potassium diet. Does it exit? I’ve looked at tons of web sites, like what I find on DaVita, use the USDA and NKF sites as resource, but find that many web sites give conflicting information. I need help finding other helpful sites or some cookbook suggestions. Question: I asked my doctor if I can have any salt at all. He said I can have salt with sodium, not potassium. Which salt do you suggest?

  13. Robin Smith says

    I found sparkpeople.com has some good recipes for low potassium and low salt. I just came from there looking for recipes for my brother who has kidney problems.

  14. says

    My husband’s lung transplant medications have given him poor kidney function. I guess you have to decide which is worse, not breathing or not eating. We have to stay on low potassium foods now and the list they gave us is so limited. I’m very confused and now I hate to cook because it is so scary.

  15. Elizabeth says

    OMG this so much hits home…Going thru all this stuff with my mom, but as all of you I just don’t understand it. I have been trying to do the best for my mom, but she just got out of the hospital, and while she was in there they gave her pop, coffee anytime she wanted it and she had potatoes and tomatoes just about every meal. So now that she’s home she thinks she can have something to drink 24/7 so freaking confused now. So moderation I suppose is the way to go??????????? She has a lot of other medical things going on, with one being lung cancer and heart problems, so dr says her heart would probably get her before the cancer, so I want her to live her life the happiest she can. God Bless each one of you and maybe one day we can find a cure..

  16. Patricia says

    OMG – this site is a Godsend! My husband is a diabetic with high cholesterol, and stage 3 kidney disease.
    To see soooo many other people with the same problems, same cooking dilemmas, being extremely helpful to one another actually made me well up. It’s hard. Diabetes? No white food. Kidney problems?
    No wheat. Huh???? And I have a daughter who is vegan AND just announced she’s now eating gluten-
    free.I also have a son who only eats beef, and a handicapped sister who needs to gain weight. It gets
    very overwhelming at times. I love this site though and am sending up prayers for all of you fighting the
    same medical problems. Your tips and helpful ways are testimony to your character.

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