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January 27, 2015

Great Weight Gaining Recipe Ideas

Why is nutrition incredibly important for people with ALS/MND?  Maintaining a healthy body weight helps preserve muscle strength and energy while excessive weight loss or gain can negatively impact breathing. Regular visits to an ALS/MND clinic every three to six months offers the opportunity for patients to visit with a knowledgeable dietitian who can help one maintain a healthy weight.

An experienced dietitian can provide you with information about nutritious, enjoyable, easy to swallow meals and teach the chin-tuck head position to ensure safety. While eating three times a day may be fairly standard in most families, small meals consumed six times a day is a better approach  for someone with ALS/MND because it helps maintain caloric input and helps prevent weight loss.

Power shakes for mid-morning and afternoon snacks are a great way to boost calories.

Use a blender to mix the following ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of soy ice cream or almond milk
  • ¼ cup of protein powder
  • Ice
  • Chocolate syrup or powdered cocoa
  • Frozen bananas, strawberries or peaches
  • 1 can Carnation Instant Breakfast Drink, Nestle’s Boost VHC, or other recommended supplement
  • Neutrin 2.0, Fortisip (available in the UK) or any caloric nutritional beverage that is high in calories (500-560 per 8.2 ounce can) is recommended.

Use a blender to create a delicious and calorie rich alternative

  • 6 Strawberries, 6 raspberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • ice
  • 3 TBSP chocolate syrup
  • 3 packages Benecalorie
  • 1/2 cup apple juice

Tips for meal planning:

  • Moisten hard, dry or crumbly foods with an irregular consistency with gravies or sauces for a smoother consistency.
  • Thicker liquids, like tomato juice, may be easier to swallow than thin liquids. Commercial thickening products can also be used to thicken liquids.
  • Avoid dairy, which may increase phlegm. Soy based products are an excellent substitute.
  • Add weight gain powders to foods.
  • Eat healthy fats and avoid saturated fats.
  • Choose whole grains, lean proteins and fruits and vegetables

Do you have any simple, nutritious, high calorie meals or recipes to share with others? Please share your suggestions with us at [email protected] or 1-608-663-0920. Or if you have any questions or need more information, we will be happy to assist you.