Refreshing, simple, low potassium.
Smoothies are unfortunately often very heavy in potassium. Let’s take for example the Dairy Queen tropical mango smoothie. The 12 oz drink packs an impressive 528 mg potassium (and it doesn’t even include bananas – a classic smoothie addition for creaminess). This is hardly kidney-friendly. For the last year I have been pondering and searching for some kidney-friendly smoothie options. In my searching I stumbled upon this magnificent, simple, low potassium beverage option. It isn’t creamy like a classic smoothie. However, what it lacks in creaminess it makes up for in refreshing.
- ¼ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup rice milk
- 1 teaspoon honey or sugar substitute (like Stevia)
- 1 sprig fresh ming
- Ice cubes (optional depending on desired thickness)
- Puree the blueberries, rice milk, honey, mint, and extra ice (if using) in a blender. Serve in a tall glass.
This is a true can-do kidney-friendly smoothie. Period. It is refreshing, simple, and quick. A true classic. I whipped this up for breakfast in less than five minute. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. I was very much pleasantly surprised on how refreshing and satisfying this was. It is more like a juice than a smoothie since it lacks the traditional “creaminess” of a smoothie. As a light, but satisfying breakfast it really hit the spot for me. I could see this paired well with a simple piece of toast with butter.
A couple quick notes: 1)This separates rather quickly. I didn’t feel like the separation impacted flavor but the drink is prettier well emulsified. If you plan to serve to friends or family, make sure to mix right before serving. 2) Adding a small amount of protein powder (if you’re trying to increase protein intake for those on dialysis) would probably work with this. Don’t be heavy-handed with your protein scoop as the flavor of this smoothie is fairly delicate. Too much protein powder and you’ll end up with a gritty artificial-tasting drink (blech!).