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Increasing Calories and Protein

Your body needs a balance of calories and protein to function at its best. Your medical provider or Registered Dietitian may have encouraged you to follow a high calorie, high protein diet to prevent weight loss or to gain weight.

  • Large meals can be overwhelming and unappealing. Eat small, frequent meals and snacks each day spaced 2-3 hours apart.
  • Drink fluids between meals to prevent becoming full too quickly. When eating meals and snacks just take sips of fluids.
  • If your favorite foods are breakfast foods like waffles and pancakes try eating these foods at other meals. For an example, eat scrambled eggs and pancakes for dinner.
  • Eat more when you are feeling hungry. For example, if you are hungrier in the morning then eat a larger meal higher in calories and protein.
  • Include nutrition supplements like Ensure®, Boost® and Carnation Instant Breakfast®. Make shakes and smoothies using nutrition supplements.
Higher Protein Foods
Cheese Milk Powdered Milk Eggs
Fish Sour Cream Seeds Nuts
Peas Yogurt Cottage Cheese Lentils
Meat Poultry Peanut Butter Beans


Higher Calorie Foods
Butter Margarine Whipped Cream Sour Cream
Salad Dressing Jelly Honey Nuts
Non-Dairy Creamer Ice Cream Nutrition Supplements Cooking Oil
Whole Milk Mayonnaise Cream Cheese Table Cream


These suggestions are not meant to replace talking to your doctor and registered dietitian. For more information regarding increasing calories and protein in your diet, schedule an appointment with the Registered Dietitian at the UW Carbone Cancer Center by contacting Cancer Connect by calling (608) 265-1700.