High Calorie Shakes

High calorie foods are used to stop unintended weight loss. Anyone working with frail older adults knows how detrimental unintended weight loss can be.

Unintended Weight Loss is a Real Problem

With unintended weight loss comes loss of muscle. We need muscle to function. To get out of bed in the morning, get dressed, feed ourselves… we need muscles for independence.

Unintended weight loss… it’s a big deal. It robs older adults of their independence. It impacts their quality of life and increases the risk of death and disability.

Why High Calorie Shakes

I have been working with older adults for over 11 years. And I’ve found that even when my clients just can’t take another bite of food, they can still sip on a drink or shake.

High calorie shakes served in-between meals can be an effective way to stop unintended weight loss and promote weight gain.

What is Included?

This one-page PDF client education handout includes a basic 4 step instruction to making a high calorie shake. It lists ingredient ideas, though not specific amounts (that would be too much for a 1-page handout & it varies based on the combo of ingredients used anyways!).

It includes a delicious recipe which gives people a good idea for where to get started. The King of Calories recipe provides a whopping 1,200 calories and boy is it tasty!

Is This JUST for Older Adults?

No! This resource can be used for any client or population that needs a boost of extra calories. My target audience just happens to be seniors! Please note there is no reference to older adults on this handout, thought the name The Geriatric Dietitian is listed in an image.

Be sure to check out my other resources!

I hope this FREE resource helps you in your practice! If you want additional resources on this topic, be sure to check out my High Calorie Foods SERIES!

This series includes 3 client education handouts: High Calorie Foods List, High Calorie Foods Grocery List, and High Calorie Meal Plan Template.

If you work with seniors, be sure to my other resources:

Thank you for your support.

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  • Clean Layout

    I like the look of this handout (readability, aesthetics) and look forward to sharing it with family members of geriatric patients who need more at-home ideas for hi-cal meals and snacks! There are some ideas here I hadn’t thought of and I appreciate the free resource. Thank you!

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  • I have a client who lost weight unintentionally. We spoke about ways to increase calories and found this handout helpful.

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  • Simple to follow

    I used this handout for a gentleman who has just entered hospice care. His wife wanted to know what to feed him. This was perfect for a spouse who is feeling overwhelmed, as it is easy to read and follow.

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    I work in LTC, Handout is very helpful as a resource to promote an easy way to increase calorie intake.

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