Cancer Institute A national cancer institute
designated cancer center

High-Calorie Snacks

Calorie and protein guidelines during cancer treatment:

Each individual’s calorie and protein requirements will vary. For a rough estimate of calorie needs, plan on consuming 25 to 35 calories for each kilogram of weight (1 kilogram equals 2.2 pounds). The current recommended daily allowance for protein is 45 to 60 grams per day. It is important to discuss your individual calorie and protein requirements with your physician or registered dietitian. With some cancers, the metabolic processes can cause a situation known as hypermetabolism that affects how the body uses proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. With hypermetabolism you may need to increase your calorie and protein intake. Discuss this with your physician or registered dietitian.

What foods are high in calories?

Listed below are some suggestions for adding calories and protein to your meals and snacks:

The following snack ideas can be eaten as a meal or in addition to meals.

Title

Recipe

Calories Per Serving

Cheese toast

1 oz. cheese
1 slice toast

175 per slice

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with milk

2 slices bread
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon jelly
8 oz. whole milk

555

Bagel with cream cheese, jelly, and juice

1 large bagel
1 oz. cream cheese
1 tablespoon jelly
12 oz. apple juice

510

Cheese pizza

2 slices of cheese pizza

300

Egg and cheese on an English muffin

1 egg
1 oz. cheese
1 English muffin

285

Yogurt smoothie

8 oz. yogurt
1/2 c. Half & Half®
1 c. frozen strawberries

390

Peanut butter and banana on toast

1 slice toast
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 banana

320

Chili cheese fries

1 c. French fries
3 1/2 oz. chili
2 1/2 oz. melted cheese

619

Nachos with beans and cheese

1 oz. tortilla chips
1/2 c. refried beans
2 1/2 oz. melted cheese
Salsa to taste

560

Trail mix

1 cup Cap'N Crunch®
12 almonds
2 tablespoons peanuts
1/3 c. raisins
1/2 c. chocolate chips or M&M's®

582

Tuna salad on crackers

1/2 cup tuna salad
5 crackers

440

Granola bar and yogurt

8 oz. fruit-flavored yogurt
2 granola bars

480

Stanford Medicine Resources:

Footer Links: