Kidney stones form for a number of reasons, including a high-protein and high-oxalate diet and chronic dehydration which are frequent consequences of a typical American lifestyle. Anyone who has suffered from the pain of passing a kidney stone is not eager to repeat the experience anytime soon.
Fortunately, there are lifestyles changes that can be made to help prevent kidney stones from forming. Pushing fluids to stay hydrated and to keep the urinary tract flushed out will help to keep the tract free and unimpeded. It is also important to avoid foods high in oxalates while embracing others than can keep the kidneys healthy and free of stones. Below are several recipes including foods which actually promote the health of the urinary system and prevent stone formation.
“Chocolate” Pudding with Millet
Millet is great for this specialized diet as it has been proven to help prevent kidney stone formation and is also high in insoluble fiber, which also helps to keep stones from beginning in the first place. It has the additional benefit of being free of chocolate, which is high in oxalates and not good for those who have a history of kidney stones.
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup chopped dates
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons carob powder
- 1 ½ cup hot cooked millet
Process water and dates in a food processor, then transfer to a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and blend in the other ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate and serve.
Stir-Fried Asparagus with Quinoa Noodles
This is a great-tasting recipe and includes asparagus, which is also a great food for preventing kidney stone formation due to the fact that it has natural diuretic and alkalizing properties.
- 2 bundles of asparagus, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 teaspoon ginger powder
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon sugar
- 3 ½ tablespoons vegetable broth
- 12 ounces dried quinoa noodles
Prepare noodles per direction on the package, then set aside. Saute ginger and garlic in oil in a wok, then add asparagus. Combine sugar, stock and soy sauce in a bowl and pour over the asparagus, then saute for about three minutes. Serve over cooked noodles.
Apple Slices with Cinnamon
In the Ayurvedic tradition, apples are commonly recommended as a beneficial food for those with a history of kidney stone formation. This is likely due to their high fiber content. The recipe below provides a quick and easy snack while providing an array of health benefits.
- 1 medium apple, cut into slices with core removed
- Dash of ground cinnamon
Lay apple slices out on a plate, sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy right away.
The recipes above incorporate foods like millet, apples and asparagus that are beneficial for those who have a history of kidney stones. Recipes like this are not only delicious, they help to ensure that patients do not have to suffer through a similar painful experience in the future.
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