KTL's second nutritional wellbeing post comes from the HSE's "making the most of every bite" article.
The article gives tips on how to help you get more calories and protein from food whilst staying healthy.
Why do I need more calories and protein?
Calories in food are what give your body energy. Protein is known as the ‘building block’ of the body, helping it build, repair and maintain strength.
How can I make sure I get enough calories and protein in my diet?
Eat little and often. Aim for three small meals as well as two to three snacks each day.
Eat high-protein foods - Good sources of protein are meat, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese and nuts.
You can also get protein from pulse vegetables like peas, beans and lentils.
Avoid foods that say they are low calorie, ‘light’, low-fat, reduced fat, reduced sugar or ‘diet’ foods.
Take nourishing drinks - Be careful not to fill up on drinks like tea or coffee, or packet soups.