Food Network Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. and Fresenius Medical Care Offer Tasty, Kidney-Friendly Recipes and Holiday Eating Tips

  Food Network Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. and Fresenius Medical Care Offer Tasty,
  Kidney-Friendly Recipes and Holiday Eating Tips

 Celebrity Chef Brings Bold Tastes to his Renal-Friendly Shrimp Stuffing and
                               Pumpkin Strudel

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- November 19, 2012

For most of us, holidays are occasions for bountiful food and celebration. Yet
holiday meals can be difficult for the nearly 400,000 Americans with kidney
failure who are on dialysis – a life-sustaining process that cleans waste
products and removes extra fluids from the blood, and which also requires them
to limit their intake of salt, potassium, phosphorus and saturated fats. That
means they must restrict their consumption of many sweets, salty snacks and
favorite holiday dishes.

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. created this easy and delicious "Crunchy Picking
Pumpkin Strudel" desert for ...

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. created this easy and delicious "Crunchy Picking
Pumpkin Strudel" desert for dialysis patients and their families to enjoy over
the holidays. (Photo: Business Wire)

But dialysis patients don’t have to settle for food that’s boring or bland.
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of
dialysis facilities, understands patients’ challenges in maintaining healthy
diets. So, just in time for the holidays, FMCNA asked Celebrity Chef Aaron
McCargo, Jr., to work with its dietitians to develop two flavorful, yet
kidney-friendly holiday recipes and party eating tips for patients on

Chef McCargo, star of Food Network’s “Big Daddy’s House,” has developed a New
Orleans-inspired “Shrimp Stuffing from the Bayou” recipe in collaboration with
FMCNA dietitians. Featuring shrimp, Italian bread, celery, onion, cayenne
pepper and other zesty herbs and spices, this low-sodium, low-fat recipe
contains no trans fats and only 126 calories per three-ounce serving. It is
available on FMCNA’s website at

Another recipe in Chef McCargo’s holiday collection is his “Crunchy Picking
Pumpkin Strudel.” This easy-to-prepare recipe combines canned pumpkin and
layers of crispy phyllo dough in a delicious dessert treat that also contains
no trans fats and a modest 187 calories per serving.

“For dialysis patients, some traditional holiday favorites like sweet
potatoes, egg nog, chocolate and nuts can be harmful,” said Carolyn Latham,
vice president of clinical quality and UltraCare at FMCNA. “But with a bit of
planning, they can still enjoy delicious foods and social events, while making
smart eating decisions.”

To help dialysis patients enjoy healthy eating during the holidays, FMCNA
offers the following tips:

                  Holiday Eating Tips for Dialysis Patients

Before the party:

  *Ask your host what’s on the menu. Offer to bring something you can eat.
  *Make family and friends aware of your diet restrictions.
  *Snack before the party so that you aren’t too hungry when you arrive.

At the party:

  *Avoid temptation – keep away from the buffet table.
  *Know your diet so that you can make wise food choices.
  *Put sauces and gravies, which are often salty and fat-laden, “on the

Above all, remember that time spent with family and friends is what makes the
holidays important, not the food.

For a complete list of Chef McCargo’s dialysis-friendly recipes, as well as
fitness tips, videos and other information about staying active and
maintaining a healthy diet on dialysis, visit FMCNA’s Healthy Lifestyles
website. To find a dialysis facility near you, call toll free at

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Through our leading network of more than 2,100 dialysis facilities in North
America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated
hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal
services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States,
Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent's top producer of dialysis
equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of
renal pharmaceuticals.

For more information about the company, visit; for information
about patient services, visit

About Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. competed on and won season four of “The Next Food
Network Star” in 2008, beating out thousands of culinary hopefuls for the
ultimate dream job – his own Food Network show. “Big Daddy’s House” premiered
in 2008 and continues to be a success. On “Big Daddy’s House,” Aaron shares
his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family cooking, bringing a
down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen. He recently published his
first cookbook, “Simply Done, Well Done.” Whether cooking with his children,
relatives, friends, or even by himself, big food and big fun reign supreme.

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Media contact:
Loomis Group
Heather Smith, 1-617-638-0022 / voice
Company contact:
Fresenius Medical Care
Rosemary Heinold, 1-781-699-4171 / voice
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