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Our Dialysis Friendly Meals and the Ease of Ordering

Chicken & Apple Curry With Jasmine Rice & Broccoli
Chicken & Apple Curry With Jasmine Rice & Broccoli- a Dialysis Friendly Meal

Generally speaking, we all should monitor what we put into our bodies, but for dialysis patients, diet is of critical importance as they must limit their intake of sodium, potassium and phosphorus and ensure they consume enough protein.  If you are a dialysis patient, you probably have other things on your mind than tracking how many milligrams of phosphorus you consumed over the past day.

Not to worry, we here at MagicKitchen.com can perform that chore for you while providing you with appetizing dialysis friendly meals at the same time.  And ordering them is as easy as “point and click.”

Our dialysis friendly meals all have reduced amounts of sodium, phosphorus and potassium, and the exact milligram information is provided with each meal.  We provide 40 different entrees to choose from, as well as breakfast and six vegetarian options.  We also offer six different meal packs to choose from.

Shrimp & Vegetable Linguine
Shrimp & Vegetable Linguine

Each meal pack consists of seven different meals to cover your entire week and if you order two or more you can receive a $10 discount.  And, as always, all your meal selections will be delivered, frozen, to your door.  You simply place them in your freezer and then re-heat them in your microwave to enjoy at the time of your choosing.

We have also streamlined our ordering process to make it as quick and easy as possible.  The process goes something like this:

  1. From our homepage at MagicKitchen.com, click on “dialysis friendly meals” to bringup our menu page.
  2. Click on the meals or meal packages you desire to add them to your cart.
  3. Once you’ve selected your meals, click “checkout.”
  4. Then, add any gift certificate or promo codes you might have.
  5. Next, input your 5-digit zip code to calculate your shipping costs.
  6. On the next screen, simply choose from your delivery date options.  Of course, the sooner you’d like your meals, the more FedEx will charge.
  7. Chicken Marsala With Rice & Peas & Carrots
    Chicken Marsala With Rice & Peas & Carrots – another dialysis meal from MagicKitchen.com

    Almost done…now, add your shipping address and payment info, click “submit order,” and expect your delicious, dialysis friendly meals to be delivered on the day you selected.

And if you ever get “lost” just click our “how to start” button from our home page and we’ll walk you through the ordering process from the beginning.  Finally, if you’re internet averse, simply call us at 877-51-MAGIC (877-516-2442) and we’ll discuss your meal options with you and answer any questions you might have.
Bon appetit!

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Eat This, Not That Holiday Guide for Dialysis Patients

Stuffed_BellPepperManaging your diet is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health when you’re on dialysis. But that’s harder to do during the holidays when you’re more likely to attend a party, go out to eat, or have dinner with family and friends.

Need a little help? Check out our Eat This, Not That Holiday Guide for Dialysis Patients for tips on controlling potassium, phosphorous, sodium, and fluids, what to eat, and what to avoid.

Potassium

Watch out for foods high in potassium like potatoes, pumpkin pie, squash, and dried fruit. Plan ahead and leach potatoes to lower potassium levels. We’ve got several Dialysis-Friendly Meals that include mashed potatoes that you’ll enjoy. Or instead of potatoes, try side dishes like green beans, mixed vegetables, or steamed cauliflower. And if you plan to eat dessert, choose desserts lower in potassium like angel food cake or sugar cookies.

Phosphorous

Ravioli_MixedVeg_Brocc_IMG_6526 (2)During the holidays, steer clear of high-phosphorus foods like cheese, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, egg nog and ice cream. But go ahead and enjoy low-phosphorus options like turkey, roast beef, fish, and chicken. If you do want something cheesy, check out Dialysis-Friendly meals like Cheese Manicotti & Vegetable Alfredo, Three Cheese Ravioli & Spinach Alfredo, or the Cheese Omelet with Hashbrowns and Broccoli.

Sodium
It’s a challenge for a lot of people to eat less sodium, not just for those on dialysis. That’s because processed foods, burgers and fries, pizza, and canned soups and meats are all high in sodium, and these foods often show up during the holidays. Your best bet, prepare your own meals using low-sodium recipes, or pick your favorite entrees from our list of Dialysis-Friendly Meals.

Fluid

Here’s another reason to avoid foods high in sodium during the holidays. They make you thirsty. And to protect your health, you need to limit the amount of fluids you consume from food and drinks. On strategy that works well for people is to fill up a water bottle with the amount of fluid you want to drink in a day. Then keep it with you, and skip the punch bowl and fountain drinks.

The holidays are hectic enough with shopping, travel plans, parties, and family gatherings. And you shouldn’t have to stress about your diet either. Eat regular meals throughout the day. Carry snacks with you if you won’t have time for a bite to eat. And follow the Eat This, Not That Holiday Guide tips to eat right and protect your health.

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Keeping Your Heart Healthy on Dialysis

Heart disease is a major health problem in the United States. An estimated 735,000 adults have a heart attack every year, and thousands more struggle with heart-disease-related problems. And if you’re on dialysis, it’s even more important to be proactive about keeping your heart healthy. Here are some things you can do to be heart-healthy:

blood-pressureControl blood sugar levels
If you have diabetes, you already know controlling blood sugar levels is critical to your health. If you don’t have diabetes, do everything you can to avoid developing the disease. Food choices, exercise, and medication can help.

Manage blood pressure

Elevated blood pressure levels can damage your heart. And if you have kidney problems, high blood pressure increases your risk for other problems too. Checking your blood pressure regularly and talk to your healthcare provider about what you can do to lower your blood pressure. Like diabetes, food choices, exercise, and medication can help control blood pressure.

MedicationLower cholesterol

When cholesterol levels get too high, fatty deposits cling to artery walls and make it harder for your heart to pump blood throughout your body. A simple blood test can determine your cholesterol levels. If your cholesterol levels are too high, talk to your doctor about medications and lifestyle changes that can help.

Eat heart-healthy foods

One of the best things you can do to protect your kidneys, your heart, and your health is to eat the right foods. Track the amount of calories and protein you’re eating with a food journal or mobile app. Avoid foods high in saturated fats, and eat more heart-healthy foods like salmon, tuna, trout, and foods made with walnuts, and healthy oils (flaxseed or canola).

Eggplant Parmigiana, a Dialysis Meal
Eggplant Parmigiana, a Dialysis Meal

At MagicKitchen.com, we know how important it is for dialysis patients to eat heart-healthy foods. Take a look at or selection of Dialysis-Friendly Meals, and you’ll find heart-healthy options that are high in protein and also contain a limited amount of sodium, potassium, and phosphorus. Some favorites include Sweet and Sour Chicken with Zucchini & Onion Sauté, Eggplant Parmigiana with Whole Wheat Fettuccini, Baked Tilapia, Brown Rice & Minted Carrots, and many others.

Get regular exercise
Health professionals recommend that adults get at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity a day. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. Workout at the gym. Even doing housework or grocery shopping at a brisk pace can elevate your heart rate and help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Talk to your doctor
When you have kidney disease and are on dialysis, it’s important to talk with your doctor regularly about your health, diet, lifestyle habits, and well-being. Regular check-ups will help your doctor monitor your health for things like anemia, high homocycteine levels, and other problems and take action to protect your health.

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On Dialysis? How to Keep Hydrated This Summer

When you’re on dialysis, you’ve got to get creative when it comes to quenching your thirst on a hot summer day. Too much liquid in your diet can create problems that can interfere with digestion and lead to serious complications. Fortunately, there are ways to stay hydrated without drinking a lot of fluids.

low-sodiumEat Less Sodium

Salty foods make you thirsty, so steer clear of things like chips, canned soups, and fast food. Instead, choose Dialysis-Friendly meals by MagicKitchen.com that are low in sodium and made from fresh ingredients.

Brush Your Teeth

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. But if you’re feeling extra thirsty, giving your chompers an extra polish can help. A little toothpaste and water in your mouth will help you feel refreshed and less likely to gulp down a glass of water.

frozen fruitSnack on Frozen Fruit/Cold Vegetables
Fruits like grapes, blueberries, strawberries and cherries all contain water. But instead of eating it fresh, try these fruits frozen. They’ll slowly melt in your mouth, satisfy your thirst, and help you stay hydrated without adding a lot of fluids to your diet. Fridge-chilled vegetables like cucumber slices, red bell peppers, radishes and snow peas can help satisfy your thirst too. Just don’t add salt, try lemon or lime juice instead.

Add Fresh Mint to Foods
Another way to help you stay hydrated without going overboard on fluids is adding fresh mint to foods. It’s often used add flavor to things like salads, sandwiches, and side dishes. A little mint helps your mouth feel fresh and helps you avoid drinking too many liquids.

Make Gelatin Squares

Eating flavored gelatin is another way you can get the Tasty jelly cubes isolated on whitefluids you need without over-hydrating. Eat small spoonfuls of gelatin, or freeze small gelatin squares and enjoy. You’ll be adding liquid to your diet, but not too much.

Keep Cool
When Mother Nature shows up with a heat wave, keeping cool can help you control your thirst and prevent dehydration. Stay indoors where it’s cool on hot days, or visit a mall or movie theater with air conditioning.

Managing your health when you’re on dialysis is more than just waiting for your next appointment. Your food choices, lifestyle habits, and efforts to stay hydrated without consuming too many liquids make a big difference.

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If you are starting Dialysis

My dad needed to start dialysis a number of years ago. My mother struggled to make him meals that were interesting and flavorful, while still following the restrictions of a dialysis diet. Here is a video explaining those restrictions:

Understandably my dad, who was a real meat and potatoes kind of guy, balked at his sudden diet of lean meats and no potatoes. He said if he had one more piece of baked fish he was going to explode. My mom was at her wits’ end. I wish so much that we had had the choices offered by MagicKitchen.com’s new complete meals options.

My dad is since deceased, and my mom no longer has to cook for his needs. But she herself is tired of cooking for herself and eats lightly. These meals are really good and provide all the ingredients for a healthy diet, while being portioned for a realistic diet (not the massive portions that you get in restaurants).

Here are some pictures of the meals.

Tilapia with Lemon Pilaf and Grilled Peppers & Onions
Tilapia with Lemon Pilaf-My mom never cooked fish like this! Sorry, mom.

Shrimp in Garlic Sauce over Vermicelli-Mom loves shrimp, she adores this.

Chile Colorado
Chile Colorado with Mexican Rice. My dad loved Mexican food, he would have gone crazy for this.

Stuffed Bell Pepper with Spanish Rice
Stuffed Bell Pepper with Spanish Rice-Yummy and filling, right, dad?

Turkey Breast with Cranberry Pilaf
Turkey Breast with Cranberry Pilaf - a little turkey dinner, mom thinks this is perfect.

Chicken Stir Fry
A quick stir-fry of tender white chicken meat, a delicious sauce, and vegetable fried rice. Just the kind of light meal my mom likes now.

Not to be maudlin, but seeing these meals available makes me wish my dad were still around to enjoy them. Good meals, Bon Appetit!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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