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Christmas and Dialysis

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

What can you eat at Christmas if you are on Dialysis and need to watch the Potassium, Salt and Phosphate?

Kidney Health Australia has put together a short guide to help you make the best choices and the following suggestions shouls help you stay on your dialysis diet and enjoy a Christmas meal with the family.

Instead of This

Try This

Fruit Cake

Panettone or Shortbread

Christmas Pudding or fruit mince pies

Pavlova, Cheesecake, apple or pear tarts, strudel or pies or trifle made with low potassium fruit

Nuts or Potato Chips

Pretzels, popcorn or cornchips



Mango, banana, apricot, peach or nectarines

Fresh low potassium fruit eg: Strawberries, blueberries, green grapes or watermelon

Dried fruit

Fresh lower potassium fruit


Green bean salad, rocket salad with roast capsicum or pear and rocket salad

Potato Salad

Creamy pasta or rice salad


Roast turkey, pork or chicken, fresh prawns and fish

Gravy made from powder

Home made gravy with flour and pan scrapings, cranberry sauce and apple sauce.

Be careful with soups as they often have high salt.

Be mindful of fluid volumes in foods as they can add up with the addition of drinks when socialising.

Homemade stocks can be made with the bones, vegetables for flavour and using herbs and pepper in place of salt


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