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High-Calorie Snacks

Nutrition and Cancer: High-Calorie Snacks

Calorie and protein guidelines during cancer treatment

Each individual’s calorie and protein requirements will vary depending on a number of factors, such as age, gender, body weight, and activity level. The current recommended daily allowance for protein for most adults is 46 to 56 grams per day. It is important to discuss your individual calorie and protein requirements with your doctor or registered dietitian. With some cancers, the metabolic processes can cause a situation known as hypermetabolism that affects how the body uses proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. With hypermetabolism you may need to increase your calorie and protein intake. Discuss this with your doctor or registered dietitian.

What foods are high in calories?

Listed below are some suggestions for adding calories and protein to your meals and snacks:

The following snack ideas can be eaten as a meal or in addition to meals.

Meal or snack ideaRecipeCalories per serving
Cheese toast

1 oz. cheese

1 slice toast

175 per slice
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with milk

2 slices bread

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 tablespoon jelly

8 oz. whole milk

Bagel with cream cheese, jelly, and juice

1 large bagel

1 oz. cream cheese

1 tablespoon jelly

12 oz. apple juice

Cheese pizza 2 slices of cheese pizza 300
Egg and cheese on an English muffin

1 egg

1 oz. cheese

1 English muffin

Yogurt smoothie

8 oz. yogurt

1/2 c. Half & Half

1 c. frozen strawberries

Peanut butter and banana on toast

1 slice toast

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 banana

Chili cheese fries

1 c. French fries

3 1/2 oz. chili

2 1/2 oz. melted cheese

Nachos with beans and cheese

1 oz. tortilla chips

1/2 c. refried beans

2 1/2 oz. melted cheese

Salsa to taste

Trail mix

1 cup Cap'N Crunch

12 almonds

2 tablespoons peanuts

1/3 c. raisins

1/2 c. chocolate chips or M&M's

Tuna salad on crackers

1/2 cup tuna salad

5 crackers

Granola bar and yogurt

8 oz. fruit-flavored yogurt

2 granola bars


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