Many people dealing with cancer or other chronic illnesses have multiple challenges to getting proper nutrition in order to maintain their weight (or gain weight). These problems can include:
So what we are looking for are foods that have concentrated nutrition and are easy to swallow.
But first, we need to know how many calories and how much protein you need in order to gain weight and prevent muscle loss. Consider discussing this with a dietician. Or, you can use the following calculator, which will give you a good idea of where your calorie and protein goals need to be.
Benecalorie is an unflavored supplement that is used to increase the calorie and protein content of other foods and beverages. This supplement comes in individual packs, each of which is only 1.5 ounces but has 330 calories and 7 grams of protein. Link to amazon.
Mix coconut milk into soups or other dishes to increase their calorie content. Coconut milk is great for increasing calories, but will not provide any protein.
Mix heavy cream into soups or other dishes to increase their calorie content. Heavy cream is great for increasing calories, but will not provide much protein.
Mix in blender until smooth