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An Apple a Day

Tasty and healthy apple recipes from Northwest Kidney Centers

Katy Wilkens shows off apples from her garden. Northwest Kidney Centers

Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition information: Calories: 259, Carbohydrates: 48 g, Protein: 2 g, Sodium: 51 mg

Apple Rice Salad

2 cups cooked brown and/or wild rice, chilled

2 cups chopped apple (about two medium apples)

½ cup thinly sliced celery

2 tablespoons shelled sunflower seeds (unsalted)

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons honey

2 teaspoons brown or Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel

1 garlic clove minced

  1. Combine the chilled rice, apple*, celery and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour over the rice mixture; toss gently to coat.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and keep in the refrigerator up to 24 hours and then serve.

*If you’re not serving it immediately, chop and add the apple just before serving so it doesn’t turn brown.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Nutrition information: Calories: 188, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Protein: 3 g, Sodium: 63 mg

The recipes in this column are meant for people who want to keep their kidney health by following a low sodium diet. These recipes can also be used by people who have stage 1-3 kidney disease, but they may be too high in phosphorus and potassium for some people with stage 4-5. In most cases, except for dialysis patients, a diet high in potassium is thought to help lower high blood pressure. These recipes are not intended for people on dialysis without the supervision of a registered dietitian.

[Katy G. Wilkens is manager of nutrition and fitness services at Northwest Kidney Centers, a nonprofit provider of life-sustaining dialysis, plus kidney education and research. For more information go to www.nwkidney.org]

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