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Pediatric Healthy Eating: Ideas for healthy, High Calorie Snacks (416)

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Ideas for Healthy, High Calorie Snacks

High calorie does not have to mean
unhealthy. Choosing foods that are rich
in nutrients, vitamins and minerals and
higher in protein and calories can help
you increase calorie intake while still
eating a healthy diet. Try some of the
ideas below.

ξ Scrambled eggs or omelet
cooked in butter or oil and made
with vegetables, ham, bacon,
sausage and cheese
ξ Whole milk Greek or regular
yogurt or coconut yogurt with
granola, fruit, honey, nuts and/or
dried fruit
ξ Whole milk cottage cheese with
fresh or canned fruit
ξ Bagel with cream cheese or
peanut butter (more calories than
a slice of toast or an English
ξ Waffles or pancakes with ground
flaxseed added to the batter and
served with butter, syrup, nut
butter, or chocolate nut butter
ξ Fruit smoothie made with whole
milk and/or whole milk yogurt
ξ Cold or hot cereals with whole
milk or heavy cream - higher
calorie cereals include granola,
frosted or filled wheat biscuits,
raisin bran
ξ Egg, cheese, and sausage on a
buttered bagel

Lunch and Dinner
ξ Burgers or sandwiches made
with extra meat and cheese,
bacon, mayonnaise, nut butter,
hummus or guacamole
ξ Egg, tuna or chicken salad with
butter crackers
ξ Fish, turkey or chicken that is
breaded or served with sauces
and/or melted butter. Toss
chicken nuggets or fish sticks in
oil before baking
ξ Pizza with extra cheese, sausage,
pepperoni and black olives
ξ Quesadilla and tacos with
seasoned beef, chicken or steak,
sour cream, guacamole, refried
beans and cheese
ξ Spaghetti with alfredo or meat
sauce instead of plain tomato
ξ Baked or mashed potatoes with
cheese, chili, ham, broccoli,
bacon, sour cream or whole milk
cottage cheese
ξ Buttered noodles with cheese or
Caesar dressing
ξ Macaroni and cheese made with
cream and extra butter and
ξ Summer sausage on a bagel
ξ Chili or cream soups
ξ Pot pies
ξ Quiche


ξ Nuts, sunflower or pumpkin
ξ Dried Fruit
ξ Nut butters—spread on toast or
bread or have on fruits or
vegetables (e.g., apple or banana
with peanut butter* or celery or
carrots with peanut butter)
ξ Trail mix made with nuts, seeds,
dried fruit, pretzels or dry cereal
and chocolate chips
ξ Crackers with cheese and lunch
meat or summer sausage
ξ Chips and guacamole
ξ Sliced avocado
ξ Pretzels filled with cheese and
peanut butter
ξ Vegetables with ranch dressing,
hummus, or sour cream dip
ξ Pudding made with whole milk
or cream
ξ Ice cream or custard
ξ Boiled eggs

*If allergic to peanut butter, try soy nut
butter, sunflower seed butter, almond or
cashew butter.

Condiments, Dips, Sauces and
ξ Sour cream
ξ Hummus
ξ Wheat germ—add to yogurt, ice
cream, pudding, oatmeal or
ξ Large black or green olives
ξ Coconut (shredded)
ξ Guacamole or avocado
ξ Cheese dip or spread
ξ Mayonnaise
ξ Tartar sauce
ξ Tzatziki sauce
ξ Honey (not for children under 2
years old)
ξ Heavy cream--add to mashed
potatoes, mac & cheese, cream
soups, oatmeal, eggs
ξ Peanut and nut butters
ξ Cream cheese
ξ Butter or margarine
ξ Nuts or seeds
ξ Vegetable oil (olive, canola,
corn, sunflower, walnut,
flaxseed, etc.)
ξ Cream or oil-based salad


Teach Back:
What is the most important thing you learned from this handout?

What changes will you make in your diet/lifestyle, based on what you learned today?

If you are a UW Health patient and have more questions please contact UW Health at one
of the phone numbers listed below. You can also visit our website at

Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and American Family Children’s
Hospital (AFCH) can be reached at: (608) 890-5500.

Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) can be reached at:
(608) 287-2770.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call
if you have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with
your doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical
condition. Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on
your health care team when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright ©
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