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Nutrition and Cancer: Recipes for High-Calorie Drinks

Cancer treatments can cause side effects that make eating difficult. Sometimes dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, or mouth sores cause the eating problems. At other times there may be a general lack of interest in food. If you experience eating problems, you may need to eat high-fat, high-calorie foods to maintain your weight or cool foods such as milkshakes to cope with such side effects as mouth sores.

The following recipes for high-calorie shakes and drinks may help you manage some of the nutritional issues cause by cancer treatments.

Recipes for high-calorie shakes and drinks

Calories per serving

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SHAKE

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter

  • 3 tbsp chocolate syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate ice cream

Blend in blender.

1330

STRAWBERRY CRUSH

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries

  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple

  • 1/2 medium banana

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 6 tbsp sugar

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp honey

Blend in blender.

715

PEACHES AND CREAM

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup canned peaches

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Blend in blender.

535

APPLE PIE A LA MODE

  • 1 cup apple pie filling

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream

  • Dash of cinnamon

Blend in blender.

525

HIGH-CALORIE BREAKFAST SHAKE

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • 1 packet Carnation Instant Breakfast

  • 3/4 cup ice cream

Blend in blender.

675

GRAPE SLUSH

  • 2 grape juice bars

  • 2 tbsp corn syrup

  • 1/2 cup grape juice or lemon-lime soda

  • 1 tbsp corn oil

Blend in blender.

300

ORANGE SHERBET SHAKE

  • 3/4 cup orange sherbet

  • 2 tbsp corn syrup

  • 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda

  • 2 tbsp corn oil

Blend in blender.

610

OLD-FASHIONED MILKSHAKE

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 cup ice cream

Blend in blender.

420

HOT CHOCOLATE

  • 3 ounces milk chocolate

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp butter

  • 1 cup half-and-half

Melt chocolate and butter.

Add vanilla and slowly stir in half-and-half, small amounts at a time.

Reheat to desired temperature.

420

CARNATION INSTANT BREAKFAST

  • 1 packet Carnation Instant Breakfast

  • 1 cup whole milk

280

There are high-calorie drinks that come ready-made. They are available in most grocery stores and pharmacies. They include the following:

  • Ensure Plus, 8 ounces - 350 calories per serving

  • Resource 2.0 - 480 calories per serving

  • Boost Plus - 360 calories per serving

  • Carnation Instant Breakfast - 240 calories per serving

Let your healthcare provider know if you have any problems controlling side effects or eating enough calories. There are a variety of resources and ideas available to help you manage your side effects and maintain a healthy diet.

Medical Reviewers:

  • Fraser, Marianne, MSN, RN
  • Levin, Mark, MD