When you feel like reaching for a snack check this list. Make sure you stock your refrigerator and pantry with these items, so your less likely to reach for something that will stress out your kidney. A lot of people snack late at night, so it's important to know which snacks are kidney friendly:

  • Apple
  • Blueberries
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cherries
  • Dried, sweetened cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Red bell peppers
  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Strawberries

You can also snack on other options not found in produce section. Check labels and avoid any items that contain added phosphorus. 

  • Animal crackers
  • Bagels
  • Bread sticks
  • Croissant
  • Graham crackers
  • Low-sodium crackers
  • Low-sodium or unsalted tortilla chips
  • Muffin (avoid bran and chocolate muffins, as well as ones with nuts)
  • Rice cakes
  • Unsalted pretzels
  • Unsalted popcorn



For some patients, diet restrictions may cause unwanted weight loss. These snacks can help provide extra calories if needed.

 

  • Cottage cheese
  • Chicken salad
  • Eggs (hard-cooked, deviled, in a salad or egg whites)
  • High-protein supplements (drinks or bars; check with your dietitian about the best choices)
  • Sliced roast beef or turkey
  • Tuna salad
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cherries
  • Dried, sweetened cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Red bell peppers
  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Strawberries

You can also snack on other options not found in produce section. Check nutrition labels and avoid any items that contain added phosphorus. 

  • Animal crackers
  • Bagels
  • Bread sticks
  • Croissant
  • Graham crackers
  • Low-sodium crackers
  • Low-sodium or unsalted tortilla chips
  • Muffin (avoid bran and chocolate muffins, as well as ones with nuts)
  • Rice cakes
  • Unsalted pretzels
  • Unsalted popcorn

If you need extra calories, these snacks can provide them if needed. Check sugar content on each especially if you're diabetic.

  • Sherbet
  • Gelatin
  • Marshmallows
  • Apple pie
  • Vanilla wafers