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HF 326

Snack Ideas for Patients on Hemodialysis


Limit sodium to less than 200 mg at snack time. Always check food labels for sodium and serving size. Try to include a good source of protein. On any packaged items, avoid phosphorus additives. Check the ingredients list for “phos.”


  • Small apple

  • ½ cup apple sauce

  • ½ cup berries

  • ½ cup grapes

  • ½ cup pineapple (fresh or canned)

  • Small tangerine

  • ½ cup canned fruit


  • ½ cup broccoli

  • ½ cup cucumber slices

  • 2 large celery sticks

  • 4-6 small radishes

  • ½ cup carrot sticks

  • ½ cup cauliflower

  • ½ cup sweet pepper slices

  • Small lettuce salad

When choosing dips or dressings, aim for low-sodium choices (less than 100 mg sodium per serving) and limit serving size to 2 tablespoons or less.


  • ½ cup Greek yogurt

  • ½ cup pudding (avoid chocolate flavors)

Avoid dairy when able or limit to 4-6 ounces per day. When you choose it remember to take phosphorus binders.


  • Bagel or toast

  • Graham crackers

  • Teddy Grahams®

  • Pita chips

  • Unsalted pretzels

  • Rice cakes

  • Unsalted popcorn (try adding pepper or Mrs. Dash®)

  • Unsalted crackers

  • Unsalted tortilla chips

Avoid potatoes, bran, and chocolate-coated products.


  • Hard boiled or fried egg

  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter (try on celery or apples, take phosphorus binder, limit to one serving per day)

  • Tuna, egg, chicken salad (sandwich, on crackers, or with veggies)

  • Protein bar (aim for flavors with less than 150 mg phosphorus and less than 200 mg potassium)


  • ½ cup sherbet (count as fluid)

  • Low-fat Cool Whip® (add to fruit or Jell-O®)

  • ½ cup Jell-O®

  • Nilla® wafers

  • 4 Fig Newstons®

  • Small slice of angel food cake

Avoid eating a lot of sweets if you are trying to lose weight. Pick lower sugar options if diabetic.

Who to Call

If you are a UW Health patient and have more questions contact UW Health at one of the phone numbers listed. You can also visit our website at

Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH): (608) 890-5500

Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation: (608) 287-2770