Parents need to change their perceptions of what constitutes healthy food when they are struggling to feed a child on chemotherapy. Many parents have ingrained habits of low-fat cooking and food preparation. These habits must be replaced with habits of constantly finding ways to add calories to their childs food:
• Add butter or margarine to hot cereal, eggs, pasta, rice, cooked vegetables, mashed potatoes, and soups.
• Use melted butter as a dip for raw vegetables and cooked seafood such as shrimp, crab, and lobster.
• Use sour cream to top meats, baked potatoes, and soups.
• Use mayonnaise instead of salad dressing on salads, sandwiches, and hard-cooked eggs.
• Add mayonnaise or sour cream when making hamburgers or meat loaf.
• Use cream instead of milk over cereal, puddings, Jell-O, and fruit.
• Make milkshakes, puddings, and custards with cream instead of milk.
• Serve your child whole milk to drink instead of 2 percent milk.
• Serve bread hot so it will absorb more butter.
• Spread bagels, muffins, or crackers with cream cheese and jelly or honey.
• Make hot chocolate with cream, and add marshmallows.
• Add granola to cookie, bread, and muffin batters. Sprinkle granola on ice cream, pudding, and yogurt.
• Serve meat and vegetables with sauces made with cream and pan drippings.
• Combine cooked vegetables with dried fruit.
• Add dried fruits to recipes for cookies, breads, and muffins.
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