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.

Meal ideas

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