Easy Kidney Friendly Low Sodium Lemon Zucchini Pasta

Here is an Easy Kidney Friendly Low Sodium Lemon Zucchini Pasta recipe that is also low in protein. It is made from zucchini, olive oil, pasta, and some seasoning and is good for your kidneys, heart health, and diabetes management.

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Easy kidney friendly low sodium lemon zucchini pasta

Why is this a kidney friendly recipe

If you have chronic kidney disease, you need to monitor your levels of sodium, potassium, protein, and phosphorus and make adjustments to your diet based on the findings of your lab tests.

The term “low sodium” is defined by the FDA as having 140 mg of sodium or less per serving. This recipe only has 143 mg of sodium in each serving, which is a relatively low amount for a serving size.

There are 8 grams of protein in each serving of this recipe, which is a relatively low amount of protein for a serving size. Because all of the protein in this recipe comes from plants, it will be much easier for your kidneys to deal with any waste that is made as a result of eating it. 

One serving of this recipe has 437 mg of potassium, which is considered to be enough for one serving. Keep in mind that unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so, you are not required to reduce the amount of potassium that you consume. If you are trying to reduce the amount of potassium you consume, you should stick to the recommended serving size of a half cup for this recipe.

The following is a list of some vegetables that are low in potassium and can assist you in managing your blood potassium levels:

  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Peppers (bell peppers, chili peppers)
  • Radishes
  • Squash (summer squash, zucchini)
  • Turnips

These vegetables can be a good choice for people who need to limit their potassium intake due to medical conditions such as chronic kidney disease, and hyperkalemia

This recipe has 154 mg of phosphorus in each serving, all of which comes from plant-based sources. Your body will only be able to absorb between 15 and 51 mg of phosphorus from this recipe due to the fact that phosphorus found in plants is not very absorbable.

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Easy kidney friendly low sodium lemon zucchini pasta – great for chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Why is this a heart healthy recipe

Calorie intake can play an important role in heart health. Consuming too many calories, particularly from foods high in saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and refined carbohydrates, can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other risk factors for heart disease.

This recipe is an excellent option for maintaining a healthy heart. It has a reasonable amount of calories, coming in at 290 per serving. Also, one serving has a moderate amount of total fat (10 grams), a low amount of saturated fat (1 gram), and a high amount of monounsaturated fat (5 grams). 

Why is this a diabetes friendly recipe

The amount of carbohydrates that a person with diabetes should eat for a meal can vary depending on several factors, including their individual nutritional needs, medication regimen, and blood glucose levels.  However, the recommended amount of carbohydrates to consume at each meal, according to a general guideline, is between 45 and 60 grams.

In each serving of this recipe, you’ll find that there are 42 grams of carbohydrates as well as 4 grams of fiber. Because this dish contains only a moderate amount of carbohydrates and a reasonable amount of fiber, it will not affect the level of sugar in your blood after you consume it.

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Easy kidney friendly low sodium lemon zucchini pasta – great for diabetes and heart health

Health benefits of zucchini

The star of the show for this recipe is undoubtedly the zucchini. Zucchini is a type of summer squash that is low in calories and high in several essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Here are some potential health benefits of including zucchini in your diet:

  1. Supports digestion: The fiber content in zucchini can help promote regularity and support healthy digestion.
  2. May improve heart health: The antioxidants in zucchini may help reduce inflammation, which can contribute to heart disease.
  3. Good for blood glucose management: Zucchini is low in calories and high in fiber, which can help promote feelings of fullness and support glucose management for diabetics.
  4. May support healthy vision: Zucchini is a good source of vitamin C, which can help support healthy vision by protecting against oxidative damage.
  5. May support healthy skin: The vitamin C and antioxidants in zucchini may help protect against skin damage and support healthy skin.
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Easy kidney friendly low sodium lemon zucchini pasta – ingredients health benefits

Ingredients

Here are the ingredients that you need for this recipe:

  • Zucchini: Choose fresh zucchini that is crispy looking and firm to touch.
  • Whole wheat pasta: I have used rotini pasta, but you can use any that you have on hand.
  • Olive oil: I have used olive oil, but you can use any oil that is available to you.
  • Seasoning: I have used cilantro, spring onions, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, and garlic powder. You can use any other seasoning like parsely instead of cilantro in this recipe and it will still taste just as great.

How to make this recipe

Here are the steps to make this easy, simple recipe:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Preheat oven to 425˚F and line a baking tray with aluminum foil.
  • Put zucchini pieces on the baking tray and pour olive oil. Sprinkle Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt on the zucchini pieces.
  • Toss the zucchini pieces so that they are coated with seasoning and oil. Spread the pieces in a single layer on the baking tray.
  • Bake them in the oven for about 40 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached.
  • Once zucchini pieces are done, carefully remove them from the oven and transfer them into a large mixing bowl. Pour any liquid that is in the baking tray in to the bowl.
  • Add cooked pasta, cilantro, lemon juice, and spring onions to the bowl. Give the contents a good toss so that everything is mixed well.
  • Adjust seasoning if needed. Serve and enjoy!
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Easy kidney friendly low sodium lemon zucchini pasta in a plate

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Kidney Friendly Low Sodium Lemon Zucchini Pasta

8f7236c9626d7dcca9cca39f75b7f03fArchana Singh, PhD
This easy Kidney Friendly Lemon Zucchini Pasta is made from olive oil, zucchini, pasta, and some seasoning. It contains a low amount of sodium and protein overall. It is a diabetes-friendly food that is also beneficial to heart health.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 290 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cup whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 medium spring oinions, finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Preheat oven to 425˚F and line a baking tray with aluminum foil.
  • Put zucchini pieces on the baking tray and pour olive oil. Sprinkle Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt on the zucchini pieces.
  • Toss the zucchini pieces so that they are coated with seasoning and oil. Spread the pieces in a single layer on the baking tray.
  • Bake them in the oven for about 40 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached.
  • Once zucchini pieces are done, carefully remove them from the oven and transfer them into a large mixing bowl. Pour any liquid that is in the baking tray in to the bowl.
  • Add cooked pasta, cilantro, lemon juice, and spring onions to the bowl. Give the contents a good toss so that everything is mixed well.
  • Adjust seasoning if needed. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 143mgPotassium: 437mgFiber: 4gPhosphorus: 154mg
Keyword Kidney Friendly, Low protein, Low Sodium
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Can you eat zucchini with kidney disease

Yes, you can eat zucchini even if you have kidney disease. If you have kidney disease and are trying to limit the amount of potassium you consume, adding zucchini to your diet may be a good option for you. Only 162 milligrams of potassium are found in half a cup of zucchini, which is considered a low amount of potassium for a serving.

Zucchini is low in sodium and phosphorus, which is good for kidney disease. It is also a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin B6, both of which are important for maintaining good health.

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