We know that cancer care is much more than just your treatment. At West Cancer Center, you have access to comprehensive and individualized wellness and support resources from diagnosis all the way through survivorship.

Eating to gain or maintain weight does not mean you have to eat unhealthful foods.  Try some of these nutritious but higher calorie foods as a snack or small meal.    

  • Yogurt with fruit and nuts.  Top with low fat granola. 
  • Half a peanut butter sandwich – open face or “fold-over” - on whole grain bread topped with sliced banana or raisins. 
  • Sliced apple or pear with peanut butter.  Dip in granola. 
  • Homemade trail mix: nuts, raisins, low sugar cereal, sunflower seeds, unsweetened dried fruit, dark chocolate. 
  • Celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins or pimento cheese and almonds. 
  • Half a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with mayonnaise, low fat cheese and sliced Granny Smith apple. 
  • Half egg salad sandwich on whole grain bread (made with mayonnaise and sliced olives). 
  • Smoothie made with 2% milk or yogurt, fruit (frozen gives a slushy texture) like strawberries, peaches or blueberries, ¼ c. orange juice, 2 tablespoons oatmeal, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon vanilla.  If you add ice cream it becomes a milkshake. 
  • Baked apple with a pat of butter, nuts, raisins and cinnamon. 
  • Twice baked potato made with milk, cheese and ½ tablespoon olive oil or butter. 
  • Baked sweet potato with 1 tablespoon light tub margarine and brown sugar. 
  • One cup cooked whole grain pasta tossed with ½ tablespoon olive oil and Parmesan cheese to taste.  Top with spaghetti sauce if desired. 
  • Veggie burger on whole grain bun.  Top with lettuce, tomato, cheese or other toppings as desired. 
  • One cup low sodium or regular bean, lentil or split pea soup with 6 or more whole grain crackers. 
  • Half cup cottage cheese with ½ cup canned fruit.  Top with chopped nuts or granola. 
  • Half cup guacamole with whole grain tortilla chips.  Can also serve with salsa. 
  • One cup pinto beans topped with 1 ounce cheese.  Heat until cheese melts. 
  • One cup oatmeal with nuts, raisins, 1 tablespoon light tub margarine and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. 
  • Whole grain tortilla topped with 2 ounces cheese, ½ cup beans of choice.  Microwave just until cheese starts to melt.  Roll up.  Enjoy. 
  • Cold cereal of choice topped with fruit – raisins, bananas, strawberries, and chopped nuts.  Serve with regular or soy milk. 
  • Chopped fresh fruit served with vanilla or plain yogurt.  Serve with graham crackers, vanilla wafers or ginger snaps.   
  • Glass of milk or soy milk served with graham crackers and peanut butter.