Sample menus

Menu 1

Breakfast

  • Fresh fruit or fruit juice
  • Bacon and egg - fry the egg and perhaps try a slice of fried bread
  • Wholemeal toast with butter - spread butter thickly

Lunch

  • Tuna and cucumber sandwich - spread butter thickly or use mayonnaise
  • Banana - add full-fat or Greek yoghurt

Dinner

  • Lasagne or spaghetti bolognaise with cheese
  • Side salad - add salad dressing
  • Stewed fruit - add ice cream or custard

Menu 2

Breakfast

  • Stewed fruit, for example prunes or apricots - top with Greek or full-fat yoghurt
  • English muffin or crumpet with butter, and honey or jam - spread thickly

Lunch

  • Jacket potato with filling, for example grated cheese - mash the centre of the potato with extra butter
  • Side salad - add dressing, mayonnaise or salad cream
  • Fruit trifle - choose full-fat variety

Dinner

  • Grilled salmon or trout, new potatoes and green beans - use tartar sauce and add butter to the vegetables
  • Fruit crumble

Menu 3

Breakfast

  • Fresh fruit or fruit juice
  • Porridge - make with fortified milk, add sugar or honey
  • Toast with butter, and jam or honey - spread thickly

Lunch

  • Cheese and salad sandwich with wholemeal bread - be generous with the filling and add mayonnaise
  • Fruit yoghurt or fromage frais - use full-fat variety and add energy supplement

Dinner

  • Roast chicken with potatoes and fresh vegetables - add butter to vegetables
  • Fruit salad in a sugar syrup - add ice cream or custard made with fortified milk

Menu 4

Breakfast

  • Fruit juice
  • Yoghurt with nuts, seeds and dried fruit, or dalia (wheat porridge) - add butter

Lunch

  • Stuffed paratha or chapati with vegetables or rice, vegetable curry, hard-boiled egg and potato curry - use ghee or butter for cooking
  • Fruit or rice pudding - make with fortified milk and energy supplement

Dinner

  • Lamb curry with pulses and salad, or khichari (lentils and rice), lentil soup or shorba (lamb and chicken soup)
  • Fresh custard - make with fresh cream

Menu 5

Breakfast

  • Fruit juice
  • Cornmeal porridge
  • Caribbean hard dough bread and butter - spread thickly

Lunch

  • Steamed red mullet with vegetables
  • Banana or other fruit

Dinner

  • Caribbean chicken with mashed potatoes, callaloo and sweetcorn - add butter to vegetables
  • Mango - serve with ice cream

Menu 6

Breakfast

  • Minced-beef congee or assorted dumplings - add deep-fried peanuts
  • Chinese tea

Lunch

  • Noodles or plain rice with mixed seafood or meat and vegetables
  • Lychees and pineapples - in a sugar syrup
  • Green tea

Dinner

  • Winter-melon soup with spare ribs
  • Steamed fish with black bean sauce and plain rice - add energy supplement
  • Chicken with cashew nuts, celery and carrots
  • Orange wedges - serve with ice cream

Menu 7

Breakfast

  • Weetabix® - use fortified milk and sprinkle with sugar
  • Toast with butter and jam - spread thickly

Lunch

  • Chicken soup
  • Hard-boiled egg sandwich
  • Fruit or yoghurt

Dinner

  • Shepherd’s pie with carrots and peas - serve with butter and use fortified milk in the mashed potato or grated cheese on top
  • Stewed fruit - serve with cream or custard made with fortified milk

Back to Preventing weight loss

The building-up diet

If you’ve lost weight during your cancer treatment, the building-up diet will help provide you with more energy.

Boost your energy and protein intake

You can boost your energy intake by taking food supplements or by eating foods naturally high in energy and protein.

Helping someone else manage their diet

If the person you’re caring for has lost weight because of cancer, there are things you can do to help them eat better.

Stock your cupboards

There are several types of food that can be particularly helpful in the building-up diet.