Ways to add protein/calories

This list may help if your loved one has appetite loss, sore throat, trouble swallowing, or weight loss. Full credit goes to the American Cancer Society’s “Eating Hints.”

 

 

Ways to add protein

Hard and semisoft cheese

  • Melt on:
    • Sandwiches
    • Bread
    • Muffins
    • Tortillas
    • Hamburgers
    • Hot dogs
    • Meats and fish
    • Vegetables
    • Eggs
    • Desserts
    • Stewed fruit
    • Pies
  • Grate and add to:
    • Soups
    • Sauces
    • Casseroles
    • Vegetable dishes
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Rice
    • Noodles
    • Meatloaf

 

Cottage cheese/ ricotta cheese

  • Mix with or use to stuff fruits and vegetables
  • Add to:
    • Casseroles
    • Spaghetti
    • Noodles
    • Egg dishes (such as omelets, scrambled eggs, and soufflés)

 

Milk

  • Use milk instead of water in drinks and in cooking
  • Use in hot cereal, soups, cocoa, and pudding

 

Nonfat instant dry milk

  • Add to milk and milk drinks (such as pasteurized eggnog and milkshakes)
  • Use in:
    • Casseroles
    • Meatloaf
    • Breads
    • Muffins
    • Sauces
    • Cream soups
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Macaroni and cheese
    • Pudding
    • Custard
    • Other milk-based desserts

 

Meal replacements, supplements, and protein powder

  • Use “instant breakfast powder” in milk drinks and desserts
  • Mix with ice cream, milk, and fruit flavoring for a high-protein milkshake

 

Ice cream, yogurt, and frozen yogurt

  • Add to:
    • Carbonated drinks
    • Milk drinks (such as milkshakes)
    • Cereal
    • Fruit
    • Gelatin
    • Pies
  • Mix with soft or cooked fruits
  • Make a sandwich of ice cream or frozen yogurt between cake slices, cookies, or graham crackers
  • Mix with breakfast drinks and fruit, such as bananas

 

Eggs

  • Add chopped hard-boiled eggs to salads, salad dressings, vegetables, casseroles, and creamed meats
  • Make a rich custard with eggs, milk, and sugar • Add extra hard-boiled yolks to deviled egg filling and sandwich spread
  • Beat eggs into mashed potatoes, pureed vegetables, and sauces. (Make sure to keep cooking these dishes after adding the eggs because raw eggs may contain harmful bacteria.)
  • Add extra eggs or egg whites to:
  • Custard
  • Puddings
  • Quiches
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Omelets
  • Pancake or French toast batter

 

Nuts, seeds, and wheat germ

  • Add to:
    • Casseroles
    • Breads
    • Muffins
    • Pancakes
    • Cookies
    • Waffles
  • Sprinkle on:
    • Fruit
    • Cereal
    • Ice cream
    • Yogurt
    • Vegetables
    • Salads
    • Toast
  • Use in place of breadcrumbs in recipes
  • Blend with parsley, spinach, or herbs and cream to make a sauce for noodle, pasta, or vegetable dishes
  • Roll bananas in chopped nuts

 

Peanut butter and other nut butters

  • Spread on:
    • Sandwiches
    • Toast
    • Muffins
    • Crackers
    • Waffles
    • Pancakes
    • Fruit slices
  • Use as a dip for raw vegetables
  • Blend with milk and other drinks
  • Swirl through soft ice cream and yogurt

 

Meat, poultry, and fish

  • Add chopped, cooked meat or fish to:
    • Vegetables
    • Salads
    • Casseroles
    • Soups
    • Sauces
    • Biscuit dough
    • Omelets
    • Soufflés
    • Quiches
    • Sandwich fillings
    • Chicken and turkey stuffings
  • Wrap in pie crust or biscuit dough as turnovers
  • Add to stuffed baked potatoes

 

Beans, legumes, and tofu

  • Add to casseroles, pasta, soup, salad, and grain dishes
  • Mash cooked beans with cheese and milk

 

 

Ways to add calories

Milk

  • Use whole milk instead of low-fat
  • Put on hot or cold cereal
  • Pour on chicken and fish while baking
  • Mix in hamburgers, meatloaf, and croquettes
  • Make hot chocolate with milk

Cheese

  • Melt on top of casseroles, potatoes, and vegetables
  • Add to omelets
  • Add to sandwiches

Granola

  • Use in cookie, muffin, and bread batters
  • Sprinkle on:
    • Vegetables
    • Yogurt
    • Ice cream
    • Pudding
    • Custard
    • Fruit
  • Layer with fruits and bake
  • Mix with dried fruits and nuts for a snack
  • Use in pudding recipes instead of bread or rice

Dried fruits (raisins, prunes, apricots, dates, figs)

  • Plump them in warm water, and eat for breakfast, dessert, or snack
  • Add to:
    • Muffins
    • Cookies
    • Breads
    • Cakes
    • Rice and grain dishes
    • Cereals
    • Puddings
    • Stuffings
    • Cooked vegetables (such as carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, and acorn or butternut squash)
  • Bake in pies and turnovers
  • Combine with nuts or granola for snacks

Eggs

  • Add chopped hard-boiled eggs to salads, salad dressings, vegetables, casseroles, and creamed meats
  • Make a rich custard with eggs, milk, and sugar • Add extra hard-boiled yolks to deviled egg filling and sandwich spread
  • Beat eggs into mashed potatoes, pureed vegetables, and sauces. (Make sure to keep cooking these dishes after adding the eggs because raw eggs may contain harmful bacteria.)
  • Add extra eggs or egg whites to:
    • Custards
    • Puddings
    • Quiches
    • Scrambled eggs
    • Omelets
    • Pancake or French toast batter