Since many children cannot tolerate eating meat while on chemotherapy, here are some suggestions for increasing protein consumption:
• Add one cup of dried milk powder to a quart of whole milk, then blend and chill. Use this extra-strength milk for drinking and cooking.
• Use extra-strength milk (above), whole milk, evaporated milk, or cream instead of water to make hot cereal, cocoa, soup, gravy, custards, or puddings.
• Add powdered milk to casseroles, meat loaf, cream soups, custards, and puddings.
• Add chopped meat to scrambled eggs, soups, and vegetables.
• Add chopped, hard-cooked eggs to soups, salads, sauces, and casseroles.
• Add grated cheese to pizza, vegetables, salads, sauces, omelets, mashed potatoes, meat loaf, and casseroles.
• Serve bagels, English muffins, hamburgers, or hot dogs with a slice of cheese melted on top.
• Spread peanut butter on toast, crackers, and sandwiches. Dip fruit or raw vegetables into peanut butter for a quick snack.
• Spread peanut butter or cream cheese onto celery sticks or carrots.
• Serve nuts for snacks, and mix nuts into salads and soups.
• Serve yogurt and granola bars for extra protein. Top pie, Jell-O, pudding, or fruit with ice cream or whipped cream.
• Use dried beans and peas to make soups, dips, and casseroles.
• Use tofu (bean curd) in stir-fried vegetable dishes.
• Add wheat germ to hamburgers, meat loaf, breads, muffins, pancakes, waffles, vegetables, and use as a topping for casseroles.
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