Maintaining an ideal weight is the biggest challenge for people affected by cystic fibrosis. Doctors suggest high-calorie meals to maintain weight so that the body gets the required energy, and patients can also talk to their dietician to understand their daily requirements and plan their menu accordingly. The following is a list of high-calorie recipes that are also easy to make. Patients can plan their menu and stock their pantry with ingredients to make these foods to help manage cystic fibrosis. Cheese, full-fat milk, cream, chocolate, pasta, sausage and bacon, and icing sugar should be staples in the shopping list when cooking foods to help manage cystic fibrosis.
- Avocado smoothie
Combine 1 cleaned and pitted avocado, a cup of whole milk, half a cup of vanilla yogurt, three tablespoons of maple syrup or honey, banana, and a pinch of cinnamon powder in a blender and blend until it is a smoothie consistency. Kale or spinach can also be added for an extra dose of good health.
- Choco strawberry sundae
Blend three-fourth cup of chocolate milk, half a cup of vanilla yogurt, three-fourth cup of fresh or frozen strawberries, one teaspoon of flaxseeds, and one scoop of chocolate whey protein powder and blend until smooth.
- Pasta with bacon
Cook 500 g of pasta as per the instructions on the packet. Fry six rashers of bacon in oil along with garlic, and then add 300 ml of heavy cream, one and a half cup of grated cheddar cheese, and three tablespoons of parmesan cheese. Once the cream has reduced, add cooked and drained pasta, mix, and serve.
- Meatballs with sausage
Combine one pound of raw pork sausage, three-fourth cup of all-purpose baking mix, half a cup of onions, and two cups of grated cheese and roll it into one inch balls. Place these on parchment paper in a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 165° F for about 20 minutes until the center is cooked.
- Tuna and cheese
Drain the fluid from a 50 g tuna can. Flake the tuna, and make a dough-like mixture by adding a tablespoon of mayonnaise and two finely-chopped spring onion sprigs. Add salt and pepper to this mixture. Toast two slices of thick whole grain bread on both sides, and spread the tuna mixture evenly on the bread. Grate cheddar cheese on top and grill until the cheese starts bubbling and melting. Spread a pinch of paprika and serve.
- Chicken nacho grills
Crush 10g of tortilla chips. Take one large chicken breast, make three deep cuts with a sharp knife, and season it with pepper and salt. Add the preferred quantity of salsa and top it with sour cream. Then, spread the crushed chips and grate some cheese on top. Place it on a baking tray and roast until the cheese melts.
- Lemon yogurt
Add 75 g of lemon curd and 125 g of Greek yogurt in a bowl and mix using a fork to get a beautiful design. Chill it for some time. Then, crush berries of choice with icing sugar and pour the juices on top. This high-calorie dessert is ready in no time and is one of the most helpful foods to manage cystic fibrosis.