Suggested Food Item Additions 

Dairy or NON-Dairy varieties

  • Cheese: add to sandwiches, hamburgers, casseroles, vegetables, eggs, potatoes, etc.
  • Cottage Cheese (if tolerated): add to fruits, vegetables, casseroles, gelatin, puddings
  • Cream Cheese: add to sandwiches, crackers, vegetables
  • Lactose Free Milk: use in place of water for hot cereals or soups; drink plain or with flavorings


  • Add chopped, hard-cooked eggs to salads andcasseroles, or just eat alone
  • Add an extra egg (or egg substitute) to French toast or pancake batter, quiches, custards or egg sandwich spread

Dairy-free ice cream, soy ice cream or sorbet

  • Use with beverages to make shakes/smoothies
  • Eat with fruits, or alone as a little treat

Peanut Butter (or other nut butters)

  • Add to sandwiches, muffins, crackers, waffles, milkshakes
  • Use as a dip for vegetables or fruit slices

Nuts/Wheat Germ

  • Eat alone as a snack
  • Add to any dairy free treat, yogurt, muffins, pancakes, meatloaf, vegetable dishes, salads or sauces

Yogurt (if tolerated), soy yogurt also available

  • Eat as a snack
  • Add to fruits, desserts and smoothies
  • Eat with cereal


  • Add to sauces, casseroles, and salads
  • Use breaded varieties for more calories
  • Serve with gravy or sauce or an bigger calorie boost


  • Try Lactose Free Instant Breakfast mixes with a variety of beverages
  • Commercial liquid supplements can be found in a variety of flavors—consumed alone or added to shakes
  • Whey protein which is lactose free is also a good option

Fruits and vegetables

  • Add fresh, canned or dried fruit to desserts or shakes
  • Add fruit preserves or pureed fruit to hot cereal
  • Use veggies in soups, casseroles and sauces
  • Enjoy avocados alone or in salads

Breads and Cereals, etc.

  • Add cereals, waffles, pancakes or French toast to your menu
  • Use rice or noodles in casseroles and soups
  • Enjoy bread or rice puddings


  • Add butter/margarine or oil to hot cereal, rice, noodles, vegetables
  • Do the same with sour cream on potatoes, in soups, casseroles, meat/fish dishes and sauces
  • Add mayonnaise or avocado to sandwiches
  • Use dairy-free whipped cream on desserts, pancakes/waffles or in shakes
  • Add any nut butter as a snack with crackers or in a shake if dry mouth is a challenge


  • Add honey, table sugar and syrups to hot cereals, shakes, desserts, yogurts, or sauces


  • Choose juices, nectars, sports drinks, soymilk, almond milk, etc., instead of water
  • Dilute if necessary