Renal Support Drink!

Happy Thursday! Before I get to the main topic I want to mention that my dates for the weekly food budget challenge will be changing to Friday to Thursday, or Thursday to Wednesday depending on whether it is my Friday to work or not. I started a new job and I won’t be able to shop on Monday anymore, and I don’t want to shop on Sunday. These past two days for orientation I have basically sat all day. I don’t know how people sit at a desk for 8 hours or more every day. I simply can’t do it. I am very accustomed to walking 10,000 steps or more a day, not 6,000 and that is with a 30-minute treadmill walk when I get home. I am glad I will be working just two days a week. So, tomorrow will be the end and beginning of the week for food. It was a weird week of eating this week and we didn’t use much food. So, I won’t need to buy much, but I will probably go ahead and spend the 63 dollars because that is the budget.

Last week on Facebook I saw an ad for a new renal drink from Kate Farms. This is not a review of the drink, as I didn’t buy any, but just an informational for anyone who might be wanting to check it out.

It only comes in vanilla and is a plant-based supplemental drink, especially for kidney patients.If you don’t tolerate soy, or milk caseins then this drink may be for you. It has 450 calories per bottle, so technically it could be used as a meal replacement. It is high in fat, but if you need to gain weight or add some fat to your body, this might be good. It has a good amount of protein if you need to increase your protein intake due to dialysis or muscle wasting. It has a very good nutrition label. It is all organic, but the ingredient list is pretty long. It is expensive. You will get 12 bottles per order, and their homepage says you may be able to get it covered by your insurance. It was created especially for patients on dialysis. Each bottle contains 250 mg of sodium per bottle serving. I think that is a lot, be sure and discuss it with your doctor before you buy it. The sugars are sugar alcohols and each bottle has 43 grams of carbs with 4 grams of fiber. Each bottle contains 190 mg of Phosphorus, 250 mg of Potassium, and 20 grams of protein. Be sure and discuss the nutrition information with your doctor before you purchase and start to drink. If you are not on dialysis these drinks may not be for you. Don’t forget to include the 8.5 ounces in each bottle into your fluid restriction intake, if you are on fluid restrictions.

You can learn more about this drink, here.

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