High-Calorie Diets During Cancer Treatment

High-Calorie Diets During Cancer Treatment


– Hi there. My name is Liz Weber and
I’m the oncology dietitian at the Lacks Cancer Center
at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Today, I’m gonna talk to
you a little bit about cancer and nutrition. Nutrition is incredibly important, not only for your general health, but especially if you have cancer. One of the most common things and common side effects during treatment, or even after surgery or
during any type of treatment, is loss of appetite or early satiety, you’re feeling full quickly. So today, we’re just gonna
give you some quick tips on how to increase the
calories and protein content of the foods that you are eating. This will ultimately
help you maintain your nutritional status during treatment. The easiest way to incorporate more calories and protein in your diet is by incorporating more
snacks between meals. And not just any snacks. Ideally, we want them to be high calorie, high protein snacks. So let’s take a look at
what that might entail. They can include your
favorite protein granola bar. It can include roasting beans as a snack, your beans of choice. Here we have garbanzo beans,
that makes for a great snack. Next, you also use cookies or sweets. Those are always gonna provide calories in small quantities. You can also munch on
nuts in between meals. We have cashews here, almonds, but you always use your nuts of choice. For example, 20 pecans is
gonna be about 200 calories and four grams of protein. Next, let’s talk a little bit
about dietary supplements. We often hear about these
on the TV or from friends. These are a great source of
protein and calories as well, which you can either have in between meals or you can have with meals as well. And that includes Boost,
Ensure, Ensure Clear, Glucerna, if you have diabetes. Can also add Carnation instant breakfast with your choice of milk. And lastly, we have Benecalorie, which is a small, unflavored supplement that you can add with
any type of soft food such as mashed potatoes or
a yogurt of your choice. These are going to provide anywhere from 200 to 350 plus calories, and at least 10 to 15 grams of protein. Lastly, you can always
mix these in your blender or a Ninja, whatever you have at home, to make a malt and increase the calories of the supplement as well. Next, let’s talk about how
to fortify some of the foods and beverages that we
are drinking and eating. So let’s talk about milk. Depending on which type
of milk that you drink, ideally, we’d like you
to use a full fat milk. So for example, if you’re
currently drinking skimmed milk, we’d like you to move towards
whole milk or full fat milk, if you can, for more calories. Let’s talk real quickly
how to fortify those milks. You can use protein powder, which you can pick up right at your grocery store or pharmacy, and this is going to add
at least 100 calories, and 15 to 20 plus grams
of protein per scoop. You can also pick up dry milk powder, and this is right in the baking section at the grocery store. And this is gonna provide
anywhere from 50 to 80 calories, and four to eight grams of protein, depending on how much you use. So looking at some sweet options here, if you’re enjoying some fruit
or fruit sounds good to you, it’s always good to have it alone, but if you could, dip it in some full fat yogurt or a tablespoon or two of peanut butter, and that’s gonna bump up your calories about 100 and 200. And also, your protein anywhere
from four to eight grams. Next, if you’re thinking about having some oatmeal for breakfast, which is a great, healthy breakfast, you can always again
add a tablespoon or two of the full fat yogurt
or the peanut butter. And also, thinking about
what we were talking about with the dietary supplements, you can always add Benecalorie
and mix that right in for an additional 330 calories
and seven grams of protein. Next, let’s talk about
some savory options. Sometimes, we get a little sick of all the sweet tooth and the sweet supplements. So talking about some savory options here, if you make scrambled
eggs or mashed potatoes, if you prepare either of these using at least a tablespoon of butter, you’re gonna add an
additional 100 calories. You can also prepare or mix
in with your mashed potato some evaporated milk for
more calories as well. And next, you can make sure
when you’re done preparing both of these, make sure you’re melting
some shredded cheese right on top of both of
these for some more calories. And lastly, for a great fat option, I like to add a few slices
of avocado for some good fat, and at least 50 to 80
extra calories right there. So let’s recap real quickly. To add more calories and
protein in your diet, first thing you could do, incorporate more high
calorie, high protein snacks. So that can be at least two
to three snacks between meals. Some of those high calorie
or high protein snacks might also include dietary supplements, such as Ensure, Boost or Benecalorie. And next, you can easily
fortify your foods by making some simple
swaps or simple changes, such as adding protein
powder or dry milk powder to your milk of choice. Next, if you’re having
a snack such as fruit, make sure you’re dipping it
in yogurt or peanut butter. If you’re making oatmeal for
breakfast in the morning, make sure you’re adding
some peanut butter, even Benecalorie to that as well. And lastly, if you’re doing
any type of savory option, such as scrambled eggs or mashed potatoes, be sure to beef that up with some butter, evaporated milk and shredded cheese. Thanks again for checking out this video. Be sure to check out any more videos or if you have any future questions, be sure to check out our website at MercyHealthCancerCare.com.

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