Best foods when you have loss of appetite

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Best foods when you have loss of appetite

By Jane Clarke

May 01, 2022

When you’re eating less than usual, it’s more important than ever to make positive choices about what foods you choose. It’s why our Nourish motto is ‘Every mouthful counts, every person matters’ – we’ve created our all-natural Nourish Drinks to provide all the protein, carbs, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals you need, so you can enjoy one of four flavours as a delicious and satisfying meal alternative.

 

What to eat when you don’t want to eat

When your appetite is small, you’ll want to pack every mouthful with as much delicious flavour, healthy ingredients and nourishment as possible. ‘A few simple tweaks to snacks and meals can give you added benefits that will boost energy and provide the nutrition you need,’ says Jane Clarke.

 

1. High energy benefits

This isn’t a time to be counting calories. ‘When you’re unwell or struggling with loss of appetite, you need to enrich meals to provide the energy quota your body needs,’ explains Jane Clarke. ‘You could add almond butter to a smoothie, stir a Nourish Drink into your porridge or pour it over a chocolate sponge, add a swirl of cream to a cup of soup, or grate cheese into some potato mash.’

 

2. More protein

Protein provides the building blocks the body needs for repair and growth. ‘Large amounts of meat can be off putting when you have low appetite, so think about adding nuts and seeds to your breakfast, add shredded chicken, lentils, chickpeas or beans to soup, or scramble eggs or tofu for a quick snack.

 

3. Supercharged snacks

Instead of the empty calories of crisps and biscuits, opt for nutrient-rich cheese and oatcakes, celery and carrot sticks with hummus or cream cheese, slices of apple with peanut butter, or Greek yoghurt with fruits and seeds.

 

4. Dial-up drinks

Add nourishment with every sip. Swap a cappuccino for a Chocolate or Vanilla Nourish Drink with a shot of espresso. Make a loaded smoothie with fresh fruit and protein-rich nuts or seeds. And drink a cup of miso soup or bone broth for extra benefits.

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