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Last updated: August 2020
Next review: August 2022
URN: 0073

Leaflet: 100 calorie boosters

The following examples are approximately 100 calories each. These boosters can be added to any appropriate meal to fortify it, or eaten as a snack to promote weight gain.

Top tip: Choose at least five booster examples to have each day to achieve the 500 extra calories required to help you gain weight.

Savoury options

  • A small handful of grated cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 2 cubes of butter
  • ½ a small avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of pesto
  • 2 tablespoons of salad cream
  • 2 tablespoons of hummus
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of dried milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons of pate
  • 2 tablespoons of full cream cheese

Sweet options

  • 1 heaped tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 small pot of full fat yoghurt
  • 1½ tablespoons of double cream
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon curd
  • 2 tablespoons of condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 scoops of ice cream
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of dried milk powder

Snacks 

  • A small handful of nuts
  • 1 slice of malt loaf
  • 5 jelly babies
  • A small handful of dried fruit
  • 2 Jaffa Cakes
  • 1 banana
  • 3 cream crackers
  • 1 shortbread finger
  • 3 cubes of milk chocolate
  • 1 bag of crisps

Drinks

  • 150ml of full fat milk
  • 200ml of orange juice
  • 250ml of regular cola
  • 250ml of lemonade