Patient EducationJun | 1 | 2022
Calorie Boosters for Healthy Growth
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition617-726-8705
All the foods suggested in this list can be included as a healthy part of any diet. The ways to incorporate are intended for use if your child needs some help with growth.
|Food type||Food examples||Ways to incorporate|
|Oils||Olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, walnut oil||
|Nuts and seeds or nut/seed butters (if appropriate for age and/or allergies)||Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, sesame seeds/tahini, sunflower seeds, ground flax seed (or nut/seed butters made with any of the above)||
|Beans and bean dips||Black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils||
|High-calorie fruit||Avocado, figs, dates, banana, coconut||
|Starchy/higher-calorie vegetables and proteins||Sweet potato, red potato, squash, yams, eggs||
|Full-fat dairy (if appropriate for age and/or allergies)||Whole milk, whole milk yogurt, cheese||
|Canned coconut milk or other dairy alternatives||Canned coconut, Daiya® dairy-free cheese, Tofutti® cream cheese||
Rev. 5/2022. MassGeneral for Children and Massachusetts General Hospital do not endorse any of the brands listed on this handout. This handout is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treatment of any medical conditions.
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