High Energy Eating for Children
This information is for children who have difficulty gaining weight. If you are concerned about your child’s growth you should speak to your GP, Paediatrician or Early Childhood Nurse. A dietitian can provide advice on feeding your child.
This information with its food examples, does not constitute SCHN/JHCH endorsement of any particular branded food product.
Some children need added protein and energy to assist with their weight gain and growth.
The table below provides some suggestions for increasing the energy and protein content of your child’s diet:
Foods/fluids used to boost energy and protein
Tips to increase your child’s intake
Porridge made on milk with added cream, sugar/honey
Egg on toast with melted cheese and avocado spread
Cereal with milk, cream and added sugar/honey/dried fruit
Baked beans with melted cheese on toast spread with margarine
Peanut butter on toast or French toast with syrup
Toasted cheese sandwich with ham, tomato, margarine spread on both sides of the bread
Sandwich with: egg & mayonnaise, chicken & avocado, sliced meat (e.g. ham, turkey, beef) & cheese
Leftovers from last night’s dinner
Crumbed chicken pieces or fish fingers served with vegetables drizzled with oil or topped with white sauce
Risotto made with cream, parmesan cheese and bacon
Casserole with added oil or margarine, served with mashed potato and grated cheese
Quiche or omelette with cheese, ham, tomato
Macaroni cheese or tuna mornay
Nachos with mince meat, cheese, sour cream, avocado
Potato bake with creamy sauce & cheese
Full fat yoghurt, custard
Creamy rice pudding
Crackers with cheese or spread with hummus/avocado
Tinned fruit or fruit pieces with custard, ice-cream, yoghurt
Flavoured milk or a smoothie made with high protein milk, added ice-cream, honey, malt, cream, yoghurt, smooth peanut butter, Milo™
Cereal with high protein milk
Nuts (* not for children under 5 years due to choking risk) with yoghurt and dried fruit OR peanut butter on crackers
High protein milk recipe
To every 1 cup of milk, add 1-2 heaped tablespoons of milk powder (either full cream or skim milk powder)
Make up 1 litre by adding 4 heaped tablespoons, keep in the fridge, and use as needed.
Use this milk on cereal, for cooking, in desserts, and wherever else you would usually use milk.
Your dietitian may give you a special recipe for high energy milk
If your child is lactose intolerant