Pediatric Healthy Eating: Ideas for Healthy, High Calorie Snacks
High calorie does not have to mean unhealthy. Try some of the foods listed below to increase your calorie intake while still eating a healthy diet.
(1 cup high calorie cereal with 1/2 cup whole milk)
Post Blueberry Morning® = 250 calories
Frosted Wheat Cereal = 275 calories
Raisin Bran = 275 calories
General Mills Honey Nut Clusters® = 285 calories
Post Banana Nut Crunch® = 315 calories
Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran® = 340 calories
Granola = 570 calories
1 packet instant oatmeal made with ½ cup heavy cream = 510 calories
Yoplait® thick and creamy (any flavor): 6 ounces = 170-190 calories
Stonyfield Farms® organic whole milk yogurt : 6 ounces = 170 - 210 calories
½ cup cheese curds = 220 calories
1 cup 4% cottage cheese=240 calories
Instant pudding made with heavy cream: ½ cup = 300 calories
Smoothie made with 1 carton vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp honey, 1 banana, and ¼ cup half and half = 360 calories
¾ cup whole milk, ¼ cup cream, and 2 Tbsp chocolate or strawberry syrup = 415 calories
Milkshake with 1 cup ice cream, ½ cup whole milk, ½ cup fruit = 435 calories (top with whipped cream and crushed peanuts for an extra 100 calories)
Nuts, Dried Fruit, and Peanut Butter
30 chocolate covered raisins=170 calories
Dried fruit: ½ cup = 200 calories
1 apple with 2 Tbsp of nut butter* = 270 calories
Celery with 2 Tbsp of nut butter* and 2 Tbsp of raisins = 285 calories
Trail mix (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, pretzels, chocolate chips – buy or make your own): ½ cup = 350 calories
Sandwich made with 2 slices bread, 1 TBSP nut butter,
and 1 TBSP Nutella®= 350 calories
Sunflower seeds: ½ cup = 375 calories
Oil roasted mixed nuts: ½ cup = 435 calories
*If allergic to peanut butter, try soy nut butter, sunflower seed butter, almond butter, or cashew butter.
Crackers and Bars
Power Bar® or Clif Bar®= average 220-260 calories
15 Tortilla chips with ¼ cup guacamole = 230 calories (add 1/4 cup cheese
to take calories up to 350!)
Snickers® Marathon Protein Bar = 290 calories
Ritz® crackers-8 with 2 Tablespoons Sunbutter® = 315 calories
1-Sara Lee Bagel® (4 ounce) with 2 Tablespoons cream cheese = 360 calories
Eat one of these high calorie snacks at least once a day.
Condiments that Count.
Ideas for 50 – 70 calories.
Sour cream: 2 Tbsp = 50 calories
- Put on baked potatoes.
- Put on burritos or tacos.
- Stir into cream soups.
Hummus: 2 Tbsp = 50 calories
- Spread on pita bread
- Use as a dip with raw vegetables.
Wheat germ: 2 Tbsp = 50 calories
- Sprinkle on yogurt, ice cream, or pudding.
- Stir into oatmeal or cream of wheat.
- Add to casseroles.
Large black or green olives: 5 olives = 50 calories
- Add to salads, tacos, nachos, or pastas.
- Layer on sandwiches.
Coconut (shredded): 3 tablespoons = 55 calories
- Add to trail mix, cookies, or cakes.
- Sprinkle over cereal or oatmeal.
- Sprinkle over ice cream or yogurt.
Guacamole or Avocado: 2 tablespoons = 60 calories
- Serve with tortilla chips, tacos, or burritos.
- Add to salads.
- Serve with raw vegetables.
Cheese Dip: 2 tablespoons = 60 calories
- Use as a dip for pretzels.
- Spread on apples or celery.
- Melt over broccoli or cauliflower.
Mayonnaise: 1 tablespoon = 60 calories
- Spread on sandwiches and hamburgers.
- Add to fruit and vegetable salads.
Honey (not for children under 2 years old): 1 tablespoon = 65 calories
- Serve on bagels and toast.
- Mix with peanut butter.
- Use as a dip for fruit.
Scandical®: 2 tablespoon = 70 calories. Tasteless and mixes into anything.
- Cottage cheese
- Hot cereals
Ideas for 100-145 Calories
Heavy cream: 2 tablespoons = 100 calories
- Add to mashed potatoes.
- Use in macaroni and cheese.
- Use in cream soups.
- Use to make oatmeal.
- Add to eggs.
- You can even add heavy cream to whole milk.
Peanut butter or Nutella®: 1 tablespoon = 100 calories
- Spread on breads, crackers, apples, bananas, and celery.
Cream cheese: 2 Tbsp = 100 calories
- Spread on bagels.
- Use flavored cram cheese as a dip for fruits.
Butter or margarine: 1 tablespoons = 100 calories
- Add to vegetables, breads, muffins, pastas, casseroles, hot cereals, and eggs.
Nuts or seeds: 2 tablespoons = 100 calories
- Add to trail mix, salads, cereal, ice cream, and yogurt.
Vegetable oil (olive, canola, corn, sunflower, etc.): 1 tablespoon = 120 calories
- Drizzle over noodles and vegetables.
- Use to make scrambled eggs.
Salad dressing: 2 tablespoons = 145 calories
- Serve with salads.
- Use as a dip for vegetables.
- Use as a spread with sandwiches.
If you have more questions please contact UW Health at one of the phone numbers listed below.
2880 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 263-4360 appointments
UW Health West Clinic
451 Junction Road
Madison, WI 53717
(608) 262-9181 appointments
UW Health East Clinic
5249 East Terrace Drive
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 265-7405 appointments
American Family Children’s Hospital, 1675 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792
Pediatric Specialty Clinics - Nutrition (608) 890-8298 or 263-6420 Appointments
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Last Updated: 02/15/2013
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