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
- Resist infection
- Recover faster from surgery or illness
High-Calorie, High-Protein Diet Food GuideBelow 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|
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|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|
Ten Tips for Increasing Calorie and Protein Intake
- Eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day.
- Keep prepared, ready-to-eat snacks on hand while at home, at the office, and on the road.
- Drink your calories. Choose high-calorie fluids, such as milk, blended coffee drinks, milk shakes, or juice.
- Add protein powder or powdered milk to your beverages, smoothies, and foods, such as cream soups, scrambled eggs, gravy, and mashed potatoes.
- Melt cheese onto sandwiches, bread, tortillas, eggs, meat, and vegetables.
- Use milk in place of water when cooking and when preparing foods, such as hot cereal, cocoa, or pudding.
- Load salads with hardboiled eggs, avocado, nuts, cheese, and dressing.
- Use peanut butter or creamy salad dressings as a dip for raw veggies.
- Try commercial supplements (eg, Boost, Ensure, Resource, Carnation Instant Breakfast).
- Talk to a registered dietitian. They can help you develop an individualized eating plan.
American Dietetic Association
Canada's Food Guide
Dietitians of Canada
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- Reviewer: Dianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013