Hi everybody! Before I ask my question, I just want to thank KidneyCoach once again, for sparking my interest in researching some things online, which then led me to look into a few issues that I’ve been dealing with recently regarding fluid retention. It seems I need to readjust my diet once again, as I believe my issue may be being caused by too much protein consumption (and quite possibly, too much exercise). My question is, can anyone here offer any suggestions regarding brands of veggie burgers that are also low in sodium? I need to steer away from the eggs, chicken and pork that I’ve been enjoying lately, and focus more on veggies only for awhile, yet I know that pre-made foods may contain high sodium levels which I also need to steer clear of. (Oh goody!) Lol! 🙄 Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! 😊👍
Veggie Burger Question: Hi everybody! Before... - Kidney Disease
I would suggest you find some good recipes to make your own. That way you know what is in the burgers. Here is a link on the best and worst veggie burgers on the market eatthis.com/veggie-burgers/
Wow. I checked out that link and you’re absolutely right! I think I’m going to look up some veggie burger recipes and try to make my own. I think the lowest amount of sodium I saw there was 170 mg, but the problem I noticed was also the carb content (I’m diabetic, so I need to watch out for that as well). Thank you so much Melissa! I appreciate it! I’ll let you guys know how great my burgers turn out! (Yeah, right. Lol!) 😊👍
I absolutely love the Beyond Meat burgers or ground "meat." Even my non-vegan (and non kidney-patient) husband loves the products. But it is, indeed a processed product so I limit it to once a month or so. Mostly I make everything from scratch. There are plenty of recipe books directed at CKD that I've found helpful.
Hi Babette! Thank you for your reply! I’ve looked online for some low or no sodium veggie burger recipes, and so far, the ones I’ve found that might come close to accommodating all of my health issues, are the ones that use black beans and panko bread crumbs. I am going to look up the Beyond Meat brand though. If it can impress a non-vegan person, it should be good enough for me! Lol! Thanks again. 😊👍
Hey there! We make this burger at home and don't miss the salt at all which is rare :). You need a can of kidney beans, a can of chickpeas, some chopped jalepenos depending on how spicy you like your burgers, 2T of gluten free flour, one chopped red onion and, if you want, a can of corn. Add pepper and maybe garlic, form into patties, and you can air fry or bake. I put a little olive oil on both sides and bake for 20-30 minutes at 350°F/200°C, flipping after half the time is up. Hope you enjoy!
Will do. Thanks! Also just want to ask, can any bean be used in this recipe? I don’t have any kidney beans yet, but I do have some dry navy beans in my pantry. Do you think that would work for now until I have a shop done, or should I just wait for the kidney beans? I do prefer kidney beans, actually, but I’m a little eager to try this out. Can you tell? Lol! 😃😊👍
Yes. Sadly, I’ve heard similar such things about DaVita. I used to recommend them to newcomers to this forum, but I don’t anymore. Now, I just suggest that they go to the Google search engine to check for kidney patient websites. I thank you though, very much, for the warning. It’s certainly good to know! 😊👍
Hi, try looking for recipes that use finely chopped mushrooms if you’re looking for a meaty flavour (I pulse the mushrooms in a food processor but you can do it by hand too) - you can flavour them with spices like smoked paprika for a meatier flavour. I haven’t tried to make a burger patty yet, but i made a mexican style ‘mince’ for nachos and you can really get great flavour and texture. Next on my list is to try a thai style mushroom larb.
Also, try find the spice Sumac - it has a naturally salty lemony taste, and totally kidney friendly - best if it’s fresher, from a good spice place.
Well, I wouldn’t go so far as to say it tastes like salt - but it’s similar (I only discovered it after 8 years of no salt so I was surprised by how it reminded me of the taste), but also very lemony - great on avocado! The best thing about this whole kidney journey for me has been exploring new tastes so embrace it - don’t look for what you miss, look for what you’ve never tried
I manage it by eating regular veggie burgers- I buy frozen in bulk, it’s much less expensive- and doing lower sodium with the rest of my diet that day. Every person is different but low sodium animal protein is so much harder on my kidneys than even processes plant based meat alternatives- that I will just enjoy my Boca Original vegan turk’y burger, my Beyond or my impossible- those satisfy my hamburger craving the way a bean or other veggie burger will. I just use a -points system and have very low sodium fres food- fruits, non-pre-seasoned frozen veggie mix, salads... the rest of the day, to keep my daily lower sodium level in range.
Not the answer you asked for specifically- but hopefully that helps.