Tips for getting the most from your meals
Large meals can seem overwhelming or unappealing. This can happen when you have a decreased appetite or early satiety (feel full shortly after you start eating). The suggestions below can help you get enough calories:
- Eat small meals 6 to 8 times a day instead of 3 main meals.
- Serve smaller food portions on salad plates instead of dinner plates.
- Drink smoothies and fruit juices are high in calories.
- Have his favorite snack foods available at all times
- Encourage him to eat his favorite foods at any time of the day. For example, eat breakfast foods such as pancakes for lunch or dinner.
- Include different colors and textures of foods in your meals to make them more appealing.
- Make dining a good experience by eating your meals in a pleasant, relaxing setting with family or friends.
- Smells, such as bread baking may help boost your appetite.
- If food aromas cause him to lose his appetite, then offer cooler temperature foods.
- High calorie beverages such as smoothies may be better tolerated.
Tips for adding more calories to your diet
The suggestions below can help you to eat more calories. They may seem to go against what you read and hear about healthy eating. However, while you’re healing, it’s more important that you get enough calories than eat only healthy foods.
- Spread nut butters on apples, bananas, or celery.
- Blend a nut butter into your chocolate or vanilla shakes
- Try hummus with pita bread.
- Snack on roasted nuts and sunflower, pumpkin, or chia seeds.
- Don’t eat foods that are fat-free or reduced in fat. Avoid food and drink labels that say “low-fat,” “non-fat,” or “diet.” For example, use whole milk instead of skim.
- Add chickpeas, kidney beans, tofu, nuts, or seeds to salads.
- Snack on dried fruits, nuts, or dried seeds. Add them to hot cereals, ice cream, or salads.
- Drink fruit nectars or fruit shakes.
- Add oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, walnut oil, or flaxseed oil to potatoes, rice, and pasta. Also add them to cooked vegetables, toast, and hot cereals.
- Add jelly or honey to breads and crackers.
- Snack on tortilla chips with guacamole. Add avocado slices to your salads.
- Use high-calorie dressings on salads, baked potatoes, and on chilled cooked vegetables, such as green beans or asparagus.
- Top cakes, waffles, French toast, fruits, puddings, and hot chocolate with whipped cream.
- Make vegetables or pasta with cream sauces.
- Add croutons to your salads
- Include bread stuffing as a side dish with your meals.
- Drink homemade shakes.
Healthy High Calorie Breakfast Ideas
- Blueberry pancakes with almond butter
- Banana oatmeal with peanut butter and almond milk
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread
- Banana muffins made with oats and chia seeds
- Whole wheat waffles, with black strap molasses and strawberries
- Tofu scramble with sweet potato hash
- Whole wheat toast with jelly
Healthy High Calorie Lunch/Dinner Ideas
- Vegetable stir fry (olive oil, bell peppers, onions, broccoli, mushrooms) & brown rice
- Loaded sweet potato (spinach, chickpeas, peppers, flaxseed oil)
- Red beans and rice; sweet potato; side salad with fruit and seeds/nuts
- Stuffed eggplant (Diced tomatoes, olive oil, bell peppers)
- Southwest lime corn salad with black beans and avocado slices
- Garden salad (Kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, corn, tomatoes, blueberries, walnuts, ranch dressing)
Healthy High Calorie Snack Ideas
- Hummus and pita bread
- Trail mix
- Nuts or nut butters (peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, etc)
- Corn tortilla chips and guacamole
- Apples with peanut or almond butter
- Peanut butter crackers
- Fruit/vegetable smoothies (banana, kale, blueberries, pineapple, almond milk)