How to Increase Calories in your Diet
Butter and margarine
- Add to soups, potatoes, hot cereals, grits, rice, noodles, and cooked vegetables.
- Stir into cream soups, sauces, and gravies.
- Combine with herbs and seasonings, and spread on cooked meats, hamburgers, and fish
and egg dishes.
Increase Calories Using Cream-Based Ingredients
- Use sweetened on hot chocolate, desserts, gelatin, puddings, fruits, pancakes, and
- Fold unsweetened into mashed potatoes or vegetable purees.
- Use in soups, sauces, egg dishes, batters, puddings.
- Put on hot or cold cereal.
- Mix with noodles, pasta, rice, and mashed potatoes.
- Pour on chicken or fish while baking.
- Spread on breads, muffins, fruit slices, crackers.
- Roll into balls and coat with nuts, granola, or wheat germ.
- Add to cream soups, baked potatoes and potato dishes, macaroni and cheese, vegetables,
Increase Calories with Salad Dressings and Mayonnaise
- Spread on sandwiches, crackers.
- Use in meat, fish, egg, or vegetable salads.
Honey, Jam, and Sugar
- Add to bread, cereal, milk drinks, and fruit and yogurt desserts.
- Glaze for meats such as chicken.
- Use in cookie, muffin, and bread batters.
- Sprinkle on vegetables, yogurt, ice cream, pudding, custard, and fruit.
- Use as snacks, with breakfast, in baked products, etc.
- To increase calories by using eggs, mix extra eggs into
batter for French toast, pancakes, custard, pudding, quiches.
- Beat into mashed potatoes, vegetable purees, and sauces. (Cook the products further
after eggs are added.)
Increase Calories During Food Preparation
- Bread meats and vegetables, fry or sauté foods instead of baking or broiling, add
sauces or gravies to food.
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