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November is Family Caregiver Month

By Kathi Niccum, EdD, Education Director of DPC Education Center

Let’s celebrate our caregivers this month! Hopefully, we will tell them often how much they mean to us and how much we appreciate their help, yet November is a time to make it “extra special.” For some, their caregiver is a spouse, a daughter or son, a sibling, or a special friend. Our informal caregivers (unpaid folks who assist with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks) help with so many tasks including transportation, medication reminders, doctor visits, coordination of health care, advocacy, and they provide personal emotional support. Caregivers make life easier for the caregivee (person who needs assistance and has healthcare needs).

Spring Breakfast

English muffins are a breakfast classic.  Usually they are topped with jelly and butter or eggs and cheese.  This English muffin alternative is a great spring breakfast when you want something simple, refreshing, and filling. You can fill up on some healthy fresh produce with this quick on-the-go breakfast.  So whether you can barely get yourself out of bed in the mornings, or you greet the sun with a smile, this one is for you!

Kidney Friendly Deviled Eggs Just in Time for Easter!

Boiled eggs are no stranger in our fridge with Easter this month.  What better way to enjoy all those boiled eggsthen whipping up some simple deviled eggs to snack on!  Don't just stop at a simple deviled egg either.  Deviled eggs are a simple enough so you can add all sorts of dynamic flavors to fit your fancy.  We tried three new flavors for our deviled eggs: smoked paprika, curry, and fresh garden herb.  All of them were fantastic although all very very different one from another.  Alternatively you could use any of these same seasoning to make a delicious egg salad.

A Tomato Free Cinco de Mayo!

What is Cinco de Mayo without a little bit of  chips and salsa? “But, I can’t have tomatoes!” you say.  And that is where this magnificent creation comes in, because you "can have" chips and salsa even without tomatoes! This wonderful low potassium recipe will make you forget that tomatoes ever existed in pico de gallo.  This recipe is sans-tomatoes.  Nada. Zip. Zilch. Even better, it is low in sodium!  It pulls its flavor from fresh lime juice and cilantro and little bit of crunch from some fresh jicama.

Pressed Vegetarian Picnic Sandwich


Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  20 mins Total time:  40 mins
Serves: 4 SERVINGS

2-9" French baquettes
1 cup green beans, trimmed
½ c roasted red pepper, sliced (can by packed in vinegar or make your own in oven)
1 medium eggplant, sliced into disks
1 Tbsp low sodium black olives (~5)
3 eggs, hard boiled and sliced

Summertime S'mores

Nothing is more iconic of summertime and family time then s’mores.  "But," you say,  "s’mores have…shhhh [whisper] chocolate." No worries here though! Chocolate never shows up on the “Do Have” renal diet list, due to its high phos content.  A classic s’more with two graham crackers, 1/2 bar chocolate, and one large marshmallow has 97 mg phosphorus, 128 mg potassium, and 151 mg sodium. This does not mean that s’mores are out though.

Make Your Own Super Cider

Fall temperatures have arrived in the DC area and many places around the country! This can only mean one thing... toasty warm apple cider is at the ready! Jessiana from provides a great kidney friendly recipe for those who want to enjoy the best flavors fall has to offer.