Your child needs food with high energy. This may be due to decreased appetite, weight loss or other eating problems. In this paper you will find advice and inspiration for meals and snacks.
Many small meals and energy-rich drinks
When children do not eat large amounts of food, it is important that the food is composed so the child will obtain their dietary needs through the small amount of food he/she can eat. Your child should eat small energy-rich meals 5-8 times a day. It is also important to make use of energy drinks so that your child can drink some of the energy he or she needs.
Ideas for breakfast
- Choose yoghurts with at least 3,5% fat content.
- Choose 3,5% fat milk (sødmælk), juice, chocolate milk, smoothie and other drinks with calories.
- Use a lot of butter on bread, biscuits, Quakers bread and croissants.
- Choose cheese with high fat content (45-60+) or cream cheese (60-70% fat).
- Use chocolate, Nutella, jam, peanut butter or dried fruit spread on bread.
- Make porridge with milk (3,5%) and add 1-2 teaspoon oil or butter pr 100 ml/portion.
- Add whipped cream to chocolate milk or stewed fruit.
- Add raisins, honey, sugar or butter to porridge.
Ideas for lunch
Give your child thin sliced bread with lots of butter and add some of the ideas below:
- Salami, sausage (rich in fat).
- Mayosalads e.g. ham, egg, shrimp, shellfish.
- Fish e.g. mackerel, salmon, herring, fried fresh fillet, fish cake, cod roe.
- Egg, avocado, banana, hummus, potato, bean paté, cream cheese.
Use accompaniments to add extra energy: Fried onions, mayo, remoulade, fat cheese, creme fraiche (38%), ketchup, bacon.
Ideas for dinner
- Small meatballs.
- Meatballs in curry.
- Fish cakes.
- Breaded fish.
- Fish sticks.
- Breaded meats.
- Spaghetti bolognese.
- Spaghetti carbonara.
- Pizza with fat cheese and sausages.
Dishes supplemented with:
- French fries.
- Mashed potatoes with oil/butter.
- Pasta, rice and boiled potatoes added butter or oil.
- Fried rice or potatoes.
- Mayonnaise, remoulade, ketchup.
- Creme fraiche 38%.
- Fried onions.
Add creme fraiche or cream (18-38%) to the sauce. Bearnaise sauce and hollandaise sauce are good. Vegetables should not be a large part of the overall meal, because they are relatively poor in energy.
Ideas for snacks between meals
When your child does not eat much, it is important that food is offered frequently. Quick snacks such as biscuits or cheese sticks are great to have in your bag, so your child easily get something to eat when you are on the move.
- Toast with fat-rich cheese and butter.
- Pizza slice.
- Bread with peanut butter.
- Cheese sticks.
- Dried fruit.
- Roll with butter.
- Sandwich with mayosalads.
- Cake (e.g. cheesecake, apple cake with cream).
- Ice cream.
- Fromage frais.
- Chocolate mousse.
- Yoghurt (3,5%) or desserts, e.g. Risifrutti, Danino.
- Biscuit with butter.
Drinks also provide energy
- Milk (3,5%).
- Chocolate milk.
- Smoothies and lemonade.
- Nutrition drink/energy drinks.
You can also make a drink by yourself, for example smoothies or milkshakes. If you already have a good recipe, it is a good idea to add cream, creme fraiche, ice cream or oil to make it as energy-dense as possible. Below is a recipe for a homemade high-energy drink.
- 1 dl milk (3,5%).
- ½ dl cream (38%).
- ½ dl yoghurt (3,5%).
- ½-1 dl raspberries, strawberries/blueberries/ mango or ½ banana.
Mix all ingredients in a blender. Serve in a glass with straws. Frozen fruit should always be boiled before use.