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High-calorie foods

For some people, it can be difficult to get enough calories to stay strong during cancer treatment. If you need to concentrate on keeping your weight up, here are some healthy, high-calorie foods.


Bananas, cherries, canned fruit in juice, currants and raisins, dates and figs, fruit juices, fruit juice bars, mangoes, pineapple, plantains, dried fruits, breads/cereals

All-bran, bran-buds, breads (heavy, dense), fruitful-bran, fruit squares, low-fat granola, pasta, rice and barley, wheat germ (mix in food), cooked cereals (i.e. bulgar, grits, oatmeal, etc.) 


Corn, lima beans, parsnips, peas, potatoes, succotash, sweet potatoes, winter squash (i.e. acorn, butternut)


Nonfat cheese, nonfat dry milk (mix into food), nonfat frozen desserts, soy milk, nonfat frozen yogurt

Meats and meat substitutes

  • Beans (garbanzo, kidney, navy, pinto, etc.) 
  • Fish (bluefish, butterfish, chubb, herring, mackerel, pompano, salmon, sardines, swordfish, tuna) 
  • Textured vegetable protein 
  • Tofu


Gainers Fuel/Gainers Fuel 1000 (high-calorie, high-protein, nutrient-dense, dry mixes to add to water, juice, milk, frozen yogurt, etc.)