High Calorie/High Protein Diet


This information will help you plan meals that are nutritionally balanced. In addition, this pamphlet provides ideas and recipes for increasing the protein and calories in your diet. Fortunately, you can find both protein and calories in nutritious, good – tasting foods (and you don’t need to spend all day preparing them!)

Nutrition Facts

To begin, let’s take a look at your daily food needs:

  1. MILK GROUP:  Two or more cups daily.  Whole milk, evaporated milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, custard, ice cream, Instant Breakfast, milkshakes, eggnog, pudding, cream soups. Avoid raw milk products. Yogurt and cheese are usually tolerated by people with lactose intolerance. Soy milk or Rice Dream are also alternatives.
  2. PROTEIN GROUP: Two or more 4 oz. servings daily.  Poultry, fish, eggs, beef, pork, veal, liver. Dry beans and peas, nuts combined with animal protein or grain protein. Avoid raw eggs, fish, or meat. Cook poultry and meats well. Another protein additive is adding Egg beaters, 1 -2 tablespoons, to a smoothie or milk shake. Egg Beaters are pasteurized and safe to consume raw.
  3. FRUIT AND VEGETABLE GROUP:  Four or more servings daily.  Dark green, leafy, or orange vegetables. Citrus fruits and juices such as orange and grapefruit; berries, papaya, mango, and melons.
  4. BREADS AND CEREAL GROUP:  Four or more servings.  Whole grain, fortified, or enriched grains: Breads, cereals, pasta, rice, crackers, tortillas.

For those days when you aren’t feeling 100%, these recipes may come in handy. Try them for a quick, delicious addition to your diet or as a replacement for other foods:


1 pt. ice cream

8 oz. cottage cheese

1 pkg. flavored gelatin, small (already set)

  • Combine ingredients.
  • Five servings. Each serving contains 213 calories, 12 grams protein.

If you have lactose intolerance, the following recipes will provide a quick source of calories and protein without all the lactose. Rice Dream or Soy Milk are also alternatives.


1 cup flavored yogurt

1 ripe banana

1 cup juice (try apple-boysenberry or apple-raspberry)


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serves one.
  • Approximately 480 calories, 10 grams protein.


1 cup non-dairy creamer (such as mocha mix)

1 cup Mocha Mix Dairy Dessert

Any flavor syrup, powder or fruit

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serves one.
  • Approximately 760 calories, 6 grams of protein.

Tips for High Calorie and High Protein Diet 

  1. Fats and oils such as butter, margarine, mayonnaise, gravies, etc. have a large number of calories in only a small serving. These foods should be added to other foods to improve calorie intake. For instance, use extra butter, margarine, or peanut butter on bread; extra mayonnaise in tune salad; gravies on meats, sour cream on potatoes. Use half and half on cereal. Add grated cheese to sauces, vegetables, soups, etc. Avocados contain a lot of fat.
  2. Have snacks ready to eat. Nuts, dried fruits, candy, popcorn, crackers and cheese, granola, ice cream, and popsicles. Try cookies, cakes, and pies for dessert. Leave non-perishable snacks in easy to find places (i.e. next to your chair when viewing TV).
  3. Use non-fat dry milk (NFDM) to add protein and calories to food. NFDM can be added to whole milk (see recipe), and uses on hot or cold cereals, scrambled eggs, soups, gravies, ground meat, and casseroles.
  4. Drink liquids with extra calories such as milkshakes, eggnogs, and high protein drinks. Avoid water, tea, and coffee when thirsty as these supply no calories or nutrients and may fill you up.
  5. Try eating small frequent meals. Six or more small meals may be easier to tolerate than three large meals.
  6. Try to eat a good breakfast. Your appetite is likely to be best in the morning.


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