Some kids with a poor appetite who aren't gaining weight well, like kids with ADHD who have some appetite suppression from their ADHD medicines, might benefit from eating high calorie, nutrient dense foods, as long as they are healthy foods and not just high calorie junk foods.
High Calorie FoodsIt won't surprise most parents to see a lot of fast food items on this list of high calorie foods. Other foods, like trail mix, potato salad, and dates, might be more of a surprise.
- Condensed Milk (Sweetened)
- Trail Mix (with chocolate chips, nuts, and seeds)
- Fast Food - Hamburgers, Sandwiches, Tacos, etc.
- Fast Food - French Fries
- Fast Food - Milk Shake
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Cheese Sauce
- Bread Crumbs
- Pecan Pie
- Ricotta Cheese
- Baked Beans with Franks
- Potato Salad
Boosting CaloriesIf your child is underweight and you are actually trying to give him high calorie foods, some things that might help include offering your child more snacks and things like:
- Peanut Butter
- Nuts, Trail Mix, etc.
- adding cheese to more foods and other 'extras,' like sour cream on baked potatoes, gravy on meats, butter on vegetables, mayonnaise on sandwiches, cream cheese on fruits, etc.
- make a breading for more foods you prepare using bread crumbs
- make a high calorie smoothie with Nestlé CARNATION Instant Nonfat Dry Milk milk, bananas, orange juice, ice cream and some water
- add 1/3 cup of Nestlé Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk to 1 cup of whole milk (adds 80 calories)
- add a packet of Nestlé Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix to 1 cup of whole milk (adds 130 calories)
1 USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 18. Energy (kcal) Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure, sorted by nutrient content.