Managing a Poor Appetite


  • Try to eat small frequent meals/ snacks at consistent times throughout the day (and from day to day).
  • Use cues to remind yourself to eat, such as a clock/ phone with timer or alarm function.
  • Emphasize nourishing liquids such as milk, juice, yogurt smoothies, etc.
  • Avoid excessive caffeine, which can suppress the appetite.
  • Consider a nutrition supplement such as Carnation Instant Breakfast (now the low calorie), 1-2x/day mixed with milk. (Drink this between meals).
  • Make hot chocolate with milk instead of water.
  • Nuts and dried fruits offer fuel without the bulk and make for a good snack that won’t perish easily.
  • Meet with a dietitian.


  • Banana with peanut butter
  • Energy or protein bar
  • Cereal bar with almonds
  • Trail mix and string cheese
  • Dried fruit (mangos, pineapple, bananas) with nuts
  • Pretzels with peanut butter
  • Cereal and milk
  • Smoothies made with yogurt, milk, and fruit
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Egg with slice of toast
  • Oatmeal with milk, raisins, and walnuts
  • Yogurt and granola
  • Vegetables with hummus/ avocado in a pita
  • Graham crackers/ vanilla wafers and yogurt
  • Melon with deli meat
  • Deli meat and crackers










J. Harris RDNLD CSB Health