High-Calorie, High-Protein Diet

Why Follow a High-Calorie, High-Protein Diet?

A high-calorie, high-protein diet may be recommended if you have recently lost weight, have a poor appetite, or have an increased need for protein, such as with a burn or infection. Eating a high-calorie, high-protein diet can help you:
  • Have more energy
  • Gain weight or stop losing weight
  • Heal
  • Resist infection
  • Recover faster from surgery or illness

High-Calorie, High-Protein Diet Food Guide

Below is a list of foods that are high in calories and protein. Whenever possible, include foods from these lists in your snacks and meals:
High-Calorie Foods High-Protein Foods
  • Cheese, cream cheese
  • Whole milk, heavy cream, whipped cream
  • Sour cream
  • Butter, margarine, oil
  • Ice cream
  • Cake, cookies, chocolate
  • Gravy
  • Salad dressing, mayonnaise
  • Avocado
  • Jam, jelly, syrup
  • Honey, sugar
  • Dried Fruit
  • Cheese, cottage cheese
  • Milk, soy milk, milk powder
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Nuts, seeds
  • Peanut butter
  • Tofu and other soy products
  • Beans, peas, lentils
  • Beef, poultry, pork, and other meats
  • Fish and other seafood

Snack Suggestions

Snack Directions Calories
Fruit smoothie Blend 8 ounces whole milk vanilla yogurt + ½ cup orange juice + 1 cup frozen berries 360
Egg and cheese English muffin 1 whole wheat English muffin + 2 teaspoons margarine spread or butter + 1 ounce cheese + 1 egg 365
Peanut butter and banana sandwich 2 slices of bread + 2 tablespoons peanut butter + 1 sliced banana 400
Trail Mix ½ cup nuts, seeds, and dried fruit 350
Cereal, milk, and banana 1 cup presweetened wheat cereal + 8 ounces whole milk + 1 banana 360
Yogurt and granola 1 cup whole milk flavored yogurt + ½ cup low-fat granola 440

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