You can make fortified milk by adding 2–4 tablespoons of dried milk powder to a pint (570ml) of full-fat milk. Keep it in the fridge and use it in drinks and for cooking. Use fortified milk, or milk-based supplements, instead of water to make up soups, jellies, custard and puddings. Many of the makers of nutritional supplements can give you recipes that use their products.
Make porridge with full-fat milk or cream. Pour fortified milk or a milk-based supplement over cereal. Add honey, golden or maple syrup to porridge, stir in stewed or dried fruit or use 2–3 teaspoons of a high-energy supplement instead of sugar.
Casseroles and soups
Add lentils, beans and noodles to casseroles and soups. Stir a tablespoon of cream into canned soups or add energy and protein supplements. Grate some cheese over the heated soup. Make up packet soups with fortified milk or a milk-based supplement.
Mashed potato can be enriched by adding butter or cream, a small amount of a high-energy supplement, and by sprinkling grated cheese on top.
Melt butter on top of hot vegetables, top with grated cheese or a chopped, hard-boiled egg. Alternatively, serve them with a sauce made with fortified milk or cream.
Always use plenty of butter or margarine. Spread fillings thickly. Add a dessert spoon of mayonnaise or salad cream to sandwich fillings such as hard-boiled egg or tuna.
Keep snacks like nuts, pasteurised cheese, fresh and dried fruit, biscuits, crackers, breadsticks and dips, yoghurts or fromage frais handy to nibble if you feel hungry between meals.
If you’re out of the house for some time during the day, for example attending radiotherapy appointments, consider taking some snacks or a supplement drink with you.
Add ice cream, cream or evaporated milk to cold puddings, and custard made with fortified milk to hot puddings. Make up instant desserts with fortified milk. Try adding sugar or syrup to puddings. You could also try some pudding recipes using different ready-made or powdered supplements. The manufacturers of nutritional products often have recipe booklets.
Our recipes section has lots of ideas for adding extra energy or protein to your diet. Here’s an example:
Bubbly Build-up (serves 1)
1 sachet Build-up®
200ml/7floz full-fat milk
1 scoop ice cream
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until well mixed and frothy.
We thank the Royal Marsden Hospital for contributing this recipe.
Use fortified or full-fat milk instead of water when making coffee and bedtime drinks. Add three teaspoons of a high-energy powder to hot or cold drinks. Ready-made drinks can be drunk straight from the pack, gently heated or incorporated into recipes.
If you can’t face a meal, have a nourishing drink instead. You can also drink these between meals to help you put on weight. You might like to make your own drinks, such as fruit milkshakes or smoothies. You can make a smoothie by blending fresh banana, peaches, strawberries or other soft fruit (fresh or frozen) with fortified milk, fruit juice, ice cream or yoghurt in a liquidiser or blender.
To make a nutritious milkshake, mix fortified milk with either puréed fruit or a fruit yoghurt and add 2–3 teaspoons of a high-energy powder supplement. A scoop of ice cream will add extra energy.