Child with special needs needing more calories, any suggestions?

Jillian - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




My children have Cystic Fibrosis and need the extra calories. Any suggestions on how to pack on the calories?


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Jesse - posted on 09/27/2012




Nuts for sure! High in calories and SUPER nutritious. Cooking in oils are also an easy way to add calories and super great tatste

Erika - posted on 09/20/2012




I have a son who struggles with his weight. I have been sneaking high calorie foods in his diet. The first question is what do your children like to eat? There are so many options.

I think there are great suggestions here.

Consider trying coconut oil, ghee, olive oil or a grass-fed butter in addition to what has been suggested. These are healthier fats.

Also be aware that fruit juices can have a lot of sugar.

My son struggled with textures and preferred hard crunchy and salty foods. He is now eating more of the creamy textures recommended here. However when he was eating crunchy only, we tried foods he could dip into.

We also baked savory treats that had alot of nutritious calories packed in.

Michelle - posted on 09/18/2012




The response you got was good. If you are looking at adding more calorie on faster focus on fats. They are easier to cut back on later. I add butter and heavy cream to what I can. Mashed potatoes can be easily revved up in calories with the butter and heavy cream. You can also use a product called duocal or benecalorie. I know I have struggled to pit weight on one of my children. I understand your struggle. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 02/11/2010




Feed them foods higher in calories, vitamins, and minerals, as opposed to higher in fat or sugar.

Pack more nutritious calories in each serving. For example, you may add grated cooked eggs to mashed potatoes, ground chicken to soups and gravies, cheese in casseroles, eggs, and soups, and nonfat dried milk in soups, shakes, milk, and mashed potatoes.

Limit drinking beverages to a half-hour before and after a meal.

Drink mixed juices (apple/berry, peach/orange/banana as opposed to one juice beverages) for a higher calorie intake.

With moderation, you may add in good fat sources to meals such as nuts, avocado, olives, and fatty fish (salmon and mackerel).

Snack in between meals. Nuts, dried fruits, and yogurt are good options, but it's also important to find nutritious foods that you will enjoy.

Have a nutritious snack before bedtime, such as a peanut butter sandwich.

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