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High Calorie Liquid Diet
This diet may be important to you if you have a
sore mouth or throat related to surgery, radiation
or chemotherapy. Also, for those with altered taste
who nd it easier to “drink” calories versus eating
food, this diet will help you maintain your weight
and nutrition until eating solids again.
Eat smaller more frequent meals, such as 6-8
meals each day.
Use whole milk or evaporated milk when drinking
Use nutritional supplements each day, such as
Instant Breakfast, Ensure, or Boost.
Fortify whole milk with dry milk powder – 1 cup
powder to 1 quart milk.
Use regular yogurt, cottage cheese, and ice
cream in smoothies and milkshakes.
Add 1-3 tsp of vegetable oil to milkshakes or
Drink higher calorie beverages, such as whole
milk, soy or rice milk, juice, Kool-Aid, or any other
nutritional supplements (see on following page).
Try Blenderized Foods
Any food can be blenderized, but solid foods will
need to be thinned with some type of liquid. All
solid foods should be blended well and strained
Meats, sh, poultry, & ham: blend with broths,
whole milk, vegetable juice, tomato juice or
paste, pureed baby foods, gravies, or sauces.
Vegetables: blend with vegetable or tomato
juice, broths, strained baby vegetables, or salad
Starches: potatoes, pasta, and rice may be
blended with whole milk, broth, creamed soups,
gravies, sour cream, or sauces. Consider hot
cereals, such as Cream of Wheat/Rice, grits, etc.
Fruits: blend with their own juice or syrup from
a can, other fruit juice, strained baby fruits,
whipping cream, half and half, cottage cheese,
yogurt, custard, pudding, cheesecake, Kool-Aid,
Hawaiian Punch, or nectar juices.
Cereals: mix with the high calorie beverage ideas
listed above. Add sugar, brown sugar, honey,
molasses, syrup, butter, margarine, and jellies or
Mixed dishes: lasagna, spaghetti, macaroni and
cheese, chili, stew, pizza, casseroles, can all be
mixed with a liquid of your choice - blend well
High Calorie Liquid Supplements
Try Ensure Plus or Boost Plus. The “Plus” varieties
have more calories then just regular Ensure or
Try store brands too (they’re nutritionally
equal). Kroger Fortify, Walmart’s Equate, Food
Lion’s NutraFit, K-mart’s Complete Nutrition
Drink, Walgreen’s Nutritional Drink, and Giant’s
Try Instant Breakfast mixed with whole or 2%
milk. Try soymilk, rice milk, or Lactaid milk if
you’re lactose intolerant. Available in sugar-free
Other “juice-based supplements,” include Boost
Breeze, and Resource Fruit beverage. Make
your own homemade high calorie smoothies or
milkshakes with a blender.
Add sherbets, frozen concentrated juices,
canned fruit, or other fruit juices
Add ice cream, regular yogurt, cottage cheese,
custard, or whipping cream
Add whole milk, fortied milk, or hot chocolate