Do you love pecans?

I went to the store today and forgot to buy pecans.  So, we will be trying the pecan chicken recipe next week.  A couple of tips for those who have CKD.  Alter the recipe as you need.  If you don’t have Pecan Oil, use Olive Oil.  If Phosphorus is an issue for you, use white rice, instead of barley.  If Potassium is an issue for you, skip the greens.  Remember that Pecans have Protein, Phosphorus, Sodium, and calories.  Adjust the recipe and serving size to fit your needs. Also, you can parboil the chicken to reduce the Potassium and Phosphorus, prior to cooking.  You can see the recipe, here.  I always have some kind of nuts at my house.  I add a handful to my smoothies, especially if it is a meal replacement.  Walnuts and Pistachios are great for that, and I don’t notice the flavor of them at all, or just faintly.  Now, I will try Pecans.  

Pecans are extremely healthy.  For CKD I only consume 1/4 of a cup of any nuts as a serving size.  Pecans are good for the following things:  improved digestion-  if you have constipation due to CKD, Pecans may help; heart health; reduces cancer risk;  reduces inflammation- for CKD this is important; boosts immunity- also super important for people with CKD; great for skin and hair;  may help with certain kinds of Anemia due to high Folate in Pecans;  great for brain health as well.

If you really like nuts, and eat more than a serving, be sure and balance out your other high phosphorus food items in your day such as, dairy products, processed foods, and take out. Pecans are a calorie dense food and should only be eaten in moderation.

1/4 cup of pecans contains: these are estimates based on data information online

Calories: 400

Protein: 5 grams

Fat: 40 grams

Carbs: 8 grams

Fiber: 6 grams

Phosphorus: 12% of the daily value

Iron: 8% of the daily value

Sodium: Will depend on whether you get salted or unsalted pecans.

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