Use heavy cream and butter to boost calories in potatoes.
A pureed diet is for people with difficulty chewing or swallowing. Foods on a pureed diet must be blended smooth to a puddinglike consistency to make eating easier. Some people on a pureed diet may have a hard time meeting their calorie needs. A high-calorie pureed diet can help increase calorie intake.
Grains for Energy
Grains, such as bread, rice and cereal, are an important source of energy, and getting enough can help make sure your body does not burn muscle for fuel. You should aim for six to 11 servings of grains a day on your high-calorie pureed diet, where one serving is equal to 1/2 cup of cooked pasta or cereal or one 6-inch pancake. With a blender, you can puree hot cereals, pancakes, french toast, rice and pasta.
Boost Calories With Dairy
Dairy foods are not only a good source of calcium for bone health, but also act as a calorie booster for pureed meals. Using milk as a liquid base instead of water when pureeing helps increase calories. A healthy, high-calorie pureed diet should include two to three servings of dairy foods a day. One serving of dairy is equal to 1 cup of milk or yogurt. Use full-fat dairy foods to maximize calories in every bite. In addition to milk, strained yogurt, cottage cheese and cheese sauces also make good choices. If you can't tolerate milk, soy milk also makes a healthy option.
High-Calorie Meat and Meat Substitutes
Meat and meat substitutes are an important source of protein, which is necessary for building body tissue. Your diet should include two to three servings of meat or meat substitutes a day, with one serving equal to one egg; 3 ounces of cooked meat, poultry, fish or tofu; or 3/4 cup of cooked beans. Good choices for your high-calorie pureed diet include meats and poultry pureed with gravy, eggs, pureed egg salad or tuna salad, hummus, and smooth nut butters.
Fruits and Veggies Full of Nutrients
Although they're low in calories, fruits and veggies are still an important part of your high-calorie pureed diet because they are a source of essential vitamins and minerals you need for good health, including vitamins A and C, magnesium and potassium. Your diet should include two to four servings of fruit and three to five servings of vegetables a day, where one serving is equal to 1/2 cup of juice or 1/2 cup of pureed fruit or vegetable. To increase the calories in your vegetables, puree them in heavy cream and add butter or oil to boost calories. With your fruits, adding honey or jelly to the puree can help increase calories.
Calorie boosters add extra calories to your pureed meals without increasing portions. Nonfat dried milk powder, with 33 calories per tablespoon, makes a good calorie booster you can add to hot cereal, soup, mashed potatoes and yogurt. Oil, such as olive or vegetable oil, has 50 calories per teaspoon, and is good for cooking meats and vegetables. You can also add avocado to pureed vegetables or grains to increase calories.