Catering Meal & Eating Out Checklist

Establish Your Budget
  • If you have ample budget, you can have 2 menus, one for haemodialysis patients and another for healthy individuals
Healthy Menu Preference
  • 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
  • Remember or gently remind your dialysis friends to bring their phosphate binder before attending any function and to take it together with their food

  • Excessive phosphate will cause your body to pull calcium from your bones, hence taking phosphate binder before a meal will help to maintain healthy bones

Low Potassium
  • Serve low potassium fruits and vegetables for haemodialysis patients

  • The consumption of high potassium food will cause irregular heartbeat, weakness and shortness of breath

Low Phosphorous
  • Avoid food high in phosphate such as

    • Chocolate

    • Nuts

    • Milk and dairy products

    • Fish roe

    • Organ meats

    • Dried prawn

    • Dried fish

    • Wholegrains products like brown rice

Dishes & Menu Suggestions

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, to reduce the amount of sodium consumption

  • Recommended salad / vegetables and fruit include:
    – Garden Salad (cucumber, tomato, carrot, and lettuce)
    – Coleslaw
    – Fresh fruit is always the best option

  • Order more protein dishes (Entrees) for our dialysis friends as they require more protein

  • More varieties of protein food choices can help to increase their protein intake

  • Choose boneless chicken and fish fillet if possible, as it is easier for elderly with chewing difficulty

  • Put aside the gravy or sauce, if can, to cut down sodium intake

  • Recommended entrees include:

    • 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

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

  • Recommended staple food include:

    • 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

  • Recommended light snacks include:

    • Steamed Siew Mai

    • Har Kau

    • Chicken roll

    • Chicken tikka

    • Chicken curry puff

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

  • Recommended light snacks include:

    • Small cake or muffin

    • Mini custard puff

    • Vanilla Éclair

    • Kueh Sago

  • 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

  • Recommended beverages include:

    • Black coffee

    • English Tea

    • Chinese Tea

    • Lemonade

Contact Details
Media Enquiries
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) strives to be an advocate and integrator for kidney health and holistic care for the community by the community. While supporting kidney failure patients with quality dialysis treatment and integrated care, its greater mission lies in preventing or delaying kidney failure through kidney health education with deeper integration into the community and strategic collaborative partnerships.
Copyright © 2021 NKF. Developed by I Concept. All rights reserved.
error: Content is protected !!
Scroll to Top


General Enquiries


Kidney Live Donor Support Fund

Donation & Volunteering

Can't find what you are looking for?


Thank you for visiting us.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we seek your kind understanding and patience should our response be delayed. Rest assured that we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We are grateful for your steadfast support as we strive hard to overcome the challenges during this trying period to ensure our patients continue to receive dialysis treatment uninterrupted.

Friends of NKF and Donation Portal will be down on 3rd December (Friday) from 7pm to 10pm for maintenance. You may encounter occasional disconnection while accessing these sites during this period. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.