Kidneys in the Kitchen: Stress Less

Stress Less! In this episode we are joined by Lauren Lippert, MS, RD, LDN and talk about ways to reduce stress. Living with a chronic illness or being a caretaker to someone with a chronic illness can increase stress. Especially during a worldwide pandemic!



As dietitians, we talk about food a lot but diet is only one part of total wellness. Self-care, community/relationships, personal environment, and spirituality are all important components to your wellness. Oftentimes it is engaging in these other areas that help us to reduce stress.


When thinking about self-care, it’s about doing things to take care of you. Develop a list of self-care strategies, which could include journaling, meditation, massage, yoga, reading, music, mindfulness, stretching, tai chi, dancing, and breath techniques. Developing your stress less tool kit is really about individualization and what works best for you to reduce your stress. Try something new and experiment to find the best stress fighting combo!


No-Bake Energy Bites

Ingredients:

3 cups oats (regular or quick), uncooked

1 cup peanut butter, creamy

1 cup honey

¾ cup mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

¾ cup flax seeds, ground (optional)


Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer.

2. Press mixture into a 9×13 pan, cut into squares.

3. Leftovers can be stored, refrigerated, for 5 to 7 days.

American Kidney Fund: https://kitchen.kidneyfund.org/recipe/energy-bites/


Nutrients per serving:

Calories 237, Protein 6 gm, Carbohydrates 30 gm, Fat 12 gm, Sodium 49 mg, Potassium 221 mg, Phosphorus 149 mg, Calcium 29 mg

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