Stock your cupboards

Here is a list of possible items to stock up on so you’ll have some foods high energy and protein in easy reach.

For the cupboard

  • porridge or oatmeal
  • sugar, maple syrup, golden syrup or honey
  • bread, paratha, chapatis, naan, pitta, muffins, crumpets or tortillas
  • biscuits
  • crackers
  • nuts or seeds
  • evaporated milk or dried milk powder
  • drinking chocolate or malted drinks
  • fresh, dried, tinned or stewed fruit
  • tinned vegetables
  • peanut butter, jam or marmalade
  • jelly
  • puddings such as powdered or ready-made custard and mousses, instant-whip desserts or rice pudding
  • oil or ghee
  • gravy
  • mayonnaise or salad cream
  • tins or packets of soup.

For the fridge

  • full-fat milk, rice milk or soya milk
  • cream
  • butter or margarine
  • pasteurised cheese
  • full-fat yoghurt or fromage frais
  • ready-made smoothies
  • ready-made puddings, for example trifle, crème caramel, fruit crumble or steamed puddings.

For the freezer

  • ice cream, ice lollies or sorbet
  • kulfi
  • frozen ready meals
  • frozen fruit, for example raspberries, mango or blueberries.

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.

How foods are used by our bodies

Our bodies need foods from different groups to keep us healthy.

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.

Meal ideas

You can increase your energy intake by preparing your meals slightly differently. Our menus offer  some suggestions.

Caring for someone with weight loss

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