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High Calorie Diet

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The ideas listed below are a good source of calories for children greater than 3 years old. These snacks are in addition to normal meals. Your child will have more success with weight gain if these snacks are eaten between meals. It is helpful to have several of the ingredients available in your pantry to make the snacks quickly and easily.


  • Add butter or oil to foods whenever possible
  • Add cream or cheese to foods whenever possible
  • Switch to full fat dairy (milk, yogurt, sour cream, etc.)
  • Add avocado or mayonnaise to sandwiches
  • Add sugar to foods whenever appropriate

High Calorie Foods

  • Full fat dairy (whole milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, ice cream, etc.)
  • Ground meat (beef, pork, turkey) with at least 20% fat
  • Nuts/nut butters
  • Eggs
  • Starchy vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash)
  • Grains (bread, pasta, rice, cereal)
  • Avocado
  • Oils
  • Coconut Milk
  • Gravy

High Calorie Snacks

  • Buttered popcorn
  • Peanut butter cracker sandwiches
  • Chips and guacamole
  • Cookies with nut butter
  • Full fat yogurt with fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Cream cheese and jelly sandwich

1 Day High-Calorie Menu

Breakfast - 2 eggs scrambled in butter with cheese
                ½ cup whole milk  
                Toast with jelly
                ½ cup fruit

Snack - cream cheese and jelly sandwich

Lunch - chicken nuggets
          Carrot sticks
          Full fat ranch dip (add heavy cream or sour cream)
          ½ cup whole milk

Snack - peanut butter with apple slices

Dinner - tacos with avocado, sour cream, and cheese on top
           ½ cup broccoli made with butter
           ½ cup whole milk

Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 03/2019

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