Stock your cupboards

Shopping list

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
  • dried milk powder
  • drinking chocolate, Ovaltine® or Horlicks®
  • fresh fruit, for example bananas, strawberries or raspberries
  • dried, tinned or stewed fruit
  • vegetables
  • peanut butter, jam or marmalade
  • jelly
  • powdered or ready-made custard
  • powdered or ready-made mousses, for example Angel Delight®
  • oil or ghee
  • gravy
  • mayonnaise or salad cream
  • rice pudding
  • tins/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
  • frozen fruit, for example raspberries, mango or blueberries
  • kulfi

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.

Sample menus

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