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After a bout with Uteran cancer and chemo therapy, I can’t seem to GAIN weight. My doctor says to eat anything I want. All sweets do is put FAT on my hips and not weight. I’m 5’6″ and weigh 105 lbs. I also have a very frame. I am an Ovo Lacto vegitarian so I don’t eat pork or red meat. What would a dietitian recommend for me?

If you are looking for way to add calories to your diet, I would suggest adding in two to three healthy snacks a day to your regular meals and then eating a bit more during your regular meals. Snacks could include a banana and peanut butter on a slice of whole wheat toast or vanilla yogurt with granola, strawberries and blueberries.  Any variety of nut (almonds, pistachios, peanuts, etc.), avocados, dried fruit, black olives, beans (kidney, garbonzo, etc.) and whole grain breads are all nutritious “calorie-dense” foods that you can include regularly. See Our Nut Nutrition Database

For more examples, check out our Healthy Cooking With Fruits & Vegetables section for snack ideas. Also be sure to check out www.MyPyramid.gov for tools to assess your calorie intake. You can either ask you physician to refer you to a dietitian or you can search for a dietitian in your local area at www.eatright.org.

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