Nothing says fall quite like friends and family gathered around the television watching their favorite teams duke it out on the field. And of course, no viewing party is complete without chips, dips and appetizers! If you’re on a low-oxalate diet to help maintain your kidney health, many of the traditional “football foods”—those greasy, cheesy, oxalate-packed dishes — are off limits. Never fear, low-oxalate foodies: delicious low-oxalate options are possible! Throw on your favorite team’s jersey, fire up the television, and enjoy tailgating recipes appropriate for a low-oxalate diet.
Low Oxalate Hummus
Traditional hummus has been a get-together favorite for centuries, but some of the ingredients, including garbanzo beans and tahini – a condiment made from toasted hulled sesame – are packed with oxalate. With a few simple swaps, this Middle Eastern dip can be back on the table for your low oxalate tailgate. Substitute cooked yellow split peas, which have about 4 mg oxalate per ½ cup, instead of garbanzo beans. Serve the low oxalate hummus chilled with cauliflower or cucumber slices.
Low Oxalate Chili
Your low oxalate diet means a few common foods are off-limits or drastically limited; some of these foods include tomatoes, kidney beans and pinto beans – which, unfortunately, are the best parts of a bowl of chili. There are a few options for creating the perfect low-oxalate chili, including replacing black eyed peas for certain means and pumpkin puree for tomato sauce. Serve low oxalate tailgate chili with fresh shredded cheddar or light sour cream for an added calcium bonus.
Nothing says tailgate quite like chicken wings, and luckily, chicken is on the list for your low oxalate tailgate party. However, a few tweaks can make these tangy treats a bit more healthful. First, if you’re frying your wings, use avocado or extra virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil – or bake them instead of frying. Next, consider a dry rub for your wings made from white pepper, garlic powder, cumin or chili powder instead of traditional wing sauce. Finally, opting for “boneless wings” – chicken breasts cut into small pieces and then grilled or fried – can offer you and your guests a lower-fat wing feast.
Low oxalate lifestyle experts recommend a healthy amount of dairy to support kidney health, and tailgating troopers can take advantage of this fact by enjoying the occasional cheese dip. Keep in mind that many jarred cheese sauces include preservatives, inflated servings of sodium, and extra saturated fats that can derail a kidney-friendly diet. Bring your own version of the classic cheese dip that includes corn, smoked gouda, green onions and chili powder (just replace the potato starch with tapioca starch, which has a lower amount of oxalate.)
With these simple substitutions, you will enjoy your tailgates even more, and show your friends and family how tasty a low-oxalate diet can be.