WHAT IS A HIGH PROTEIN AND/OR HIGH ENERGY DIET?
Adequate energy (or kilojoules) is needed to maintain weight. More energy is required to assist with weight gain or healing.
Foods high in energy available at Aurrum include:
- Full cream dairy products eg. cheese, cream, ice- cream, custard and milk and our High-Energy High-Protein Milkshakes
- Butter or margarine, salad dressings, sauces e.g. tartare and mayonnaise.
- Cakes, muffins, biscuits, desserts, fruit juice
- Commercial nutritional supplements
Protein is needed to fight infections, build and strengthen muscle and help wounds heal. Consuming enough protein also assists with maintaining body weight.
Foods high in protein available at Aurrum include:
- All meats, including fish, chicken, lamb, beef, pork
- Milk and dairy products e..g yoghurt, custard, cheese, milk, High-Energy High-Protein Milkshakes, high protein milk.
- Legumes, nuts, seeds eg. peanut butter, legumes in soups, baked beans at breakfast.
- Nutritional supplements.
WHY AM I ON A HIGH PROTEIN AND/OR HIGH ENERGY DIET?
Residents may receive a high protein and/or high energy diet for a number of reasons:
- You are underweight
- You are losing weight without trying
- You are unable to eat enough due to poor appetite, feeling unwell or lost interest in eating.
- You have increased energy and protein needs eg. to fight infection(s) or assist in wound healing
HOW DOES AURRUM HELP?
- 3 meals and 3 snacks throughout the day.
- A choice of high in protein hot meals at lunch and dinner.
- Protein sources at every meal.
- Soup as an entrée option at dinner.
- A hot cooked breakfast option 3 times a week (protein from eggs / bacon), and yoghurt with continental breakfast
- High energy high protein mid-meal items, such as HEHP milkshakes, yoghurt, custard, cheese and biscuits.
- Use of full cream dairy products.
- Custard, ice cream or cream with dessert items. • Home-made gravy and sauces with meals.
- Provision of nutritional supplements if required, as determined by your Aurrum Dietitian.
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Aim for 6 meals and snacks per day.
- Eat something every 2-3 hours – don’t rely on your appetite!
- Choose milk or juice based drinks and add milk to tea/coffee.
- Choose high energy, high protein snacks such as HEHP milkshakes, yoghurt, custard, cheese and biscuits at morning and afternoon tea.
- Add margarine or butter generously to bread/ toast /crumpets / raisin toast /vegetables at meal times.
- Include yoghurt in your breakfast on continental breakfast days and order eggs on hot breakfast days.
- If feeling full at meal times, eat protein portions first (meat, chicken, fish, egg) and desserts!