Shopping list

Below is a list of items you might want to stock up on, so you will have some foods high in energy and protein easily available. We have listed foods that are longer lasting, but you will still need to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. If you are a meat-eater, you will need to buy fresh or frozen meat and fish.

For the cupboard

You might want to buy:

  • porridge or oatmeal
  • sugar, maple syrup, golden syrup or honey
  • bread, paratha, chapatis, naan, pitta, muffins, crumpets or tortillas
  • biscuits
  • crackers
  • nuts, seeds, Sev or Bombay mix
  • 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 mousse, instant-whip desserts or rice pudding
  • oil or ghee
  • gravy
  • mayonnaise or salad cream
  • tins, cartons or packets of soup
  • tins of fish, such as mackerel or sardines.

For the fridge

You might want to buy:

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

For the freezer

You might want to buy:

  • ice cream, ice lollies or sorbet
  • kulfi
  • frozen ready meals
  • frozen fruit, such as raspberries, mango or blueberries
  • frozen vegetables, such as peas or vegetable mixes.

You can also grate cheese and freeze it.

Back to Preventing weight loss

The building-up diet

If you have lost weight during cancer treatment, the building-up diet will help to give you more energy.

Meal ideas

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