Catering Menu Suggestion for HD Patients

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“Checklist” in catering food for haemodialysis friends:

 Budget

Know your budget. If you have ample budget, you can have 2 menus, one for haemodialysis friends and another for healthy individuals

 Healthy Menu

Check if the caterers provide healthy menu (lower in total fat, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar)

 Low Sodium

Ask for low salt (sodium) cooking as both dialysis and healthy individuals need low salt diet.

 Low Sugar

Opt for low sugar dessert like low sugar cake or mini cake, custard, or muffin.

 Fluid Control

Serve the beverages with small cup (100-150ml) can help our dialysis friends control their water intake. Plain water is the best option.

 Phosphate binder

Remind our dialysis friends to bring their phosphate binder before attending the function and remind them to take together with their food for maintaining healthy bones.

 Low Potassium

Serve low potassium fruits and vegetables for haemodialysis patients as taking high potassium food will cause irregular heartbeat, weakness and shortness of breath to haemodialysis patients. You can refer to Potassium education leaflet from NKF website.

 Low Phosphorus

Avoid chocolate, nuts, milk and dairy products, fish roe, organ meats, dried prawn, dried fish and wholegrains products like brown rice, as these foods are high in phosphate and not suitable for haemodialysis patients. You can refer Phosphate education leaflet from NKF website for more information.

DISHES & MENU SUGGESTION

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The menu is only for suggestion. Kindly approach dietitian if you want to have more varieties in your menu. If your friends/ relatives on dialysis need further information, do encourage them to contact their doctor, nurse or dietitian.

Salad/Vegetables + Fruit

Remember to cater low potassium vegetables and/or salad, and low potassium fruit.
If you have 2 lines of menu for haemodialysis friends and healthy individuals, ask for 2 types of vegetables for healthy individuals if budget allow
Put aside the salad sauce, if possible, so that can cut down the amount of sodium taken.


Garden Salad (cucumber,tomato, carrot, and lettuce)
Coleslaw
Fresh fruit is always the best option.

Entrees

Remember to cater low potassium vegetables and/or salad, and low potassium fruit.
If you have 2 lines of menu for haemodialysis friends and healthy individuals, ask for 2 types of vegetables for healthy individuals if budget allow.
Put aside the salad sauce, if possible, so that can cut down the amount of sodium taken.

Sweet and Sour Chicken
Lemon Chicken
Pepper Chicken
Curry Chicken or curry fish
Grilled Chicken/Fish
Roasted Chicken
Tandoori Chicken
Pan Fried fish
Satay
Beef and Vegetable Skewer
Juicy Meatball
Black Pepper Beef
Crispy Spicy Shredded

Staple food

Serve wholemeal/wholegrain for healthy individuals if you have 2 lines of menu.
Wholemeal/wholegrain is not suitable for dialysis friends as they are high in phosphate.

Steamed white rice
Fried rice or noodle (without anchovies and dried shrimp)
Fried Vegetarian Bee Hoon

Light snack

Choose high protein delicacies to help our dialysis friend increase their protein intake.

Steamed Siew Mai
Har Kau
Chicken roll
Chicken tikka
Chicken currypuff

Dessert

No ice-cream, jelly, pudding or sorbet to reduce the amount of fluid taken by dialysis friends.
Choose low sugar choice and serve in small portion.
Prevent nuts and chocolate choices.

Small cake or muffin
Mini custard puff
Vanilla Éclair
Kueh Sago

Beverages

Plain water is always the best choice.
Do not mix coffee or tea with milk as milk is high in phosphate and not suitable for dialysis friends

Black coffee
English Tea
Chinese Tea
Lemonade

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