If you are not eating very much and losing weight it is important to increase the calorie and protein content of your diet. Fortifying food will do this without increasing the amount you eat.
You may need to fortify your diet if:
1) Make up a pint of fortified milk and use it for all your drinks, on cereals, to make puddings, sauces, soups, milk jellies and in other recipes that require milk. (A pint of this milk per day will significantly increase your calorie intake)
2) Fortify other foods
|Food Item||Adapting the Recipe|
|Cereals e.g. Porridge||
In prorridge use fortified milk and add 2 tablespoons of double cream per portion. (1 portion = 1 ladle full)
Use foritied milk on all cereals
|Toast, Bread||Add extra butter, preserves and mayonnaise|
|Soup tinned / dried or home made||Add 1 heaped teaspoon of milk powder and 2 table spoons of cream to soup per portion (1portion = 1 ladle full)|
|Potatoes||Add an extra knob of butter / margarine. Also add 1 tablespoon of cream to mashed potatoes. Grated Cheese can also be added.|
|Vegetables||Add 1 teaspoon of butter / margarine to 2 tablespoons of vegetables. Allow to melt.|
|Custard||Use fortified milk then add 2 tablespoons of cream per portion. (1 portion = 1 ladle full)|
|Puddings||Add extra cream, custard made with fortified milk, evaporated milk, jam, syrup, chocolate or fruit sauces.|
|Ice Cream||Pour 2 tablespoons of cream over 1 scoop of ice cream.|
|Preserves||Use plenty of sugar, syrup, jam, peanut butter, lemon curd, chocolate spread, honey, mayonnaise.|
3) Choose high calorie drinks - milky coffee, malted milk or hot chocolate using fortified milk.
Hot Chocolate Drink
4) Aim for 3 small meals a day and snacks in between. Little and often is more appealing for a small appetite.
Examples of snacks:
Biscuits, scone, cake, crisps, nuts, dried fruit, mini cheese biscuits, mini pasties, cheese and biscuits, hummus, samosas, chocolate bar, small trifle, dessert pot, creamy yoghurt, flapjack, mousse, toast spread with sweet toppings (lemon curd, jam, chocolate spread), toast spread with savoury toppings (pate, cream cheese, paste, peanut butter), crumpets, teacakes, scotch eggs, pork pie, sausage rolls, cereals, milkshakes, squash, cocoa, lassi.
5) You can buy build up soups or shakes or complan, from your supermarket or chemist.
If there are any specific dietary concerns regarding diabetes, coeliac disease or renal disease, ask for further guidance from your GP or dietitian.