How to Make the Holidays Kidney-Friendly: Easy Tips for a Healthier Season

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun! However, for many people the holiday season can be stressful. Sometimes, people with kidney disease find it difficult to navigate food, social gatherings, and the expectations this season brings. To help, we compiled 3 easy tips to make the holidays more kidney friendly.

1. Limit your sodium or salt.

Most Americans eat too much sodium. Too much sodium is damaging to the kidneys.  Continue to be diligent in watching how much salt you eat, even during the holiday season. Cheese, stuffing, and gravy are commonly high in sodium. Make sure to enjoy these in moderation.


  • Try a salt free seasoning blend.
  • Compare labels.
  • Look for “No Salt Added” or “Low Sodium” products.

2. Eat fruits and vegetables with every meal.

Fruits and vegetables provide us with nutrients that help our bodies function optimally. Filling up on a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables helps protect your kidneys, blood vessels, and heart. Make sure to find fruits and vegetables you enjoy, and if you haven’t found any yet, keep looking!


  • Try different cooking methods (baking, steaming, roasting, sautéing).
  • Eat the rainbow of colors.
  • Balance high and low potassium fruits and vegetables.

3. Enjoy your meals!

When you choose your food, include dishes you enjoy. Remember, you can have anything you want, just not everything.  Just like one salad isn’t going to make you healthy, one cookie is not going to make you unhealthy.


  • Practice mindfulness.
  • Include foods you like.
  • Balance your plate.

We hope these tips help you have a happy holiday season! If you want more holiday tips, join us for our free community class “Healthy Holiday Makeovers” on December 19th , 2024 at 2pm, sign up here. From all of us at PSKC, we wish you the very best holiday season!