Renal Diet Drinks: Mocktails and MORE

OUT with the cocktails, IN with the MOCKTAILS!

Things do not have to be boring when you are on a renal diet. Yes, you read that right!

Checkout my mocktails recipes here that are delicious, refreshing, pretty to look at; minus the hangover. YAS.

Kidney-Friendly Mocktails Guidelines

The challenge in creating delicious mocktails that are kidney-friendly relies on using low potassium fruits, AND vegetables. Finding the balance in flavors and using fresh herbs makes any mocktails STAND OUT.

Low Potassium Fruits

Here I listed some low potassium fruits and vegetables (herbs included) that can be used in Mocktails recipes.

Few examples of low potassium fruits, vegetables, and herbs are:

  • Basil
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Coconut (Preferably Fresh, Not in Milk Form or Coconut Water)
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Fruit Cocktails
  • Grapes
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mint
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Plums
  • Rosemary
  • Strawberries
  • Squash (green, yellow)
  • Turnips
  • Watermelon

Tips on How to Make Fun Exciting Mocktails at Home:

  • Choose a Fun shape or exciting clear glassware. Starting with a presentation that attracts the eye. Having an attractive, cute clear glassware (or plastic ware) that is able to display the pretty color of your mocktails.
  • Garnish your mocktails. Save up some fruits and herbs you use in the mocktails as garnish and flavor enhancers.
  • Use FUN shaped silicone trays to make your ices and add fruits or herbs in them before freezing them. You can buy plenty of fun silicone ice tray molds to add the fun and texture to your mocktails.

Mocktail Recipes

Sunset Citrus Splash

Ingredients:

½ ounces of Freshly squeezed lime juice

½ ounces of Freshly squeezed Mandarin or Clementine juice 

2 ounces of Carrot Juice

1 ounces of Sparkling water

Mint leaves for garnish

Instructions:

a. Mix parts of citrus juices in a glass filled with ice.

b. Topped  with sparkling water.

c. Garnish with mint leaves.

Very Berry Breeze

 Ingredients:

 1 cup Mixed berries or frozen berries – defrosted)

 ½ ounce of  Lemon juice

 1 teaspoon of  Agave syrup or, brown sugar melt or another sugar substitute

 1 ounces of Club soda

 1 cup of  Ice cubes

Instructions:

 a. Muddle mixed berries with lemon juice and sweetener in a shaker.

 b. Pour the mixture into a glass filled with ice.

 c. Top with club soda.

 d. Stir gently and garnish with a lemon slice.

Malibu Paradise

 Ingredients:

 2 ounces of Pineapple juice (low-potassium)

 Splash of Coconut water (Remember: Coconut Water is high in potassium so please measure them carefully)

 ½ ounces of lime juice

 1 cup of Ice cubes

 Pineapple wedge for garnish

Instructions:

 a. Fill a glass with ice cubes.

 b. Pour pineapple juice and coconut water over the ice.

 c. Add a splash of lime juice.

 d. Stir gently and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Cool as Cucumber

Ingredients:

½ Cup of Fresh cucumber slices (Skin off)

1 cup of Freshly Squeezed Watermelon juice

 ½ ounce of  Lime juice

 ½ teaspoon of Honey or agave syrup

 1 Ounce of Sparkling water

 1 Cup of Ice cubes

Instructions:

 a. Muddle cucumber slices with lime juice and sweetener in a shaker.

 b. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.

 c. Top with sparkling water.

 d. Stir gently and garnish with a cucumber slice.

Other Renal Diet Drinks

You can maintain kidney health through mindful beverage choices. 

TRACK your fluid allowance ALWAYS to help you plan the day and drink responsibly.

What are generally safe renal diet drinks? This includes:

Unsweetened Iced Teas

Coffees

Citrus or Berry Flavored Sparkling Water

Tonic Water

Popsicles or Fruit Ice

Key Takeaway

If you are planning on substituting certain fruits in the mocktails, consult your healthcare provider about safely consuming them since some prescription and over-the-counter medications may interact poorly with certain fruits (such as Grapefruit Juice or Orange Juice. Big NO NO). 

Even when safe, it is important to drink mocktails with limitations and within your fluid allowance.

Always check with your doctor or renal dietitian to make sure you can enjoy mocktails without negative consequences.

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