Q: My doctor wants me to gain weight but Ensure and Boost give me diarrhea. How else can I add calories?
A: Gaining weight can be difficult for patients, especially if supplements like Ensure and Boost cause digestive
upset. These supplements contain sugars that can pull water into the gut, causing loose stools. If Ensure and Boost are not helping you gain weight because of these side effects, adding in a few snacks per day can help. Weight gain can result from eating an additional 500 calories a day. You can reach this calorie goal by planning 2-3 snacks throughout the day.
Snacks containing fat will provide more calories than carbohydrate orprotein snacks. Foods high in unsaturated fats, such as avocados or nuts, are great high-calorie healthy options. Although carbohydrates and protein-containing snacks do not have as many calories, they are still good options to include with a high-fat snack.
Incorporate snacks throughout your day by:
- Packing snacks for when you’re on-the-go
- Prep snacks at home in the morning so you’re organized for that day
- Try to schedule when you will fit in your snacks so you don’t forget about them
- Designate a section of your fridge or pantry for snacks
Here are some high-calorie snack ideas:
|Small banana w/ 2 tbsp almond butter||1 oz cheese with crackers|
|1 cup yogurt w/ ½ cup berries and ½ oz nuts||½ cup egg salad on 1 slice toast|
|1 small apple w/ handful of almonds||½ cup trail mix|
|1 cup berries w/ almond or nut granola||½ cup guacamole w/ tortilla chips or veggies|
|1 slice toast with 2 tbsp SunButter||2 slices avocado wrapped in 2oz deli turkey|
|½ PB&J sandwich||½ cup cottage cheese w/ ¼ avocado chopped|
|1 waffle w/ 1 tbsp nut butter and berries||Rice cake with 2 tbsp almond butter|
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