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A List of Calorie Dense Foods

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  • auddiiauddii Posts: 15,410Member Member Posts: 15,410Member Member
    Ooh, if we're doing more recipe type stuff:
    • baked brie with brown sugar, brandy, and walnuts spread on bread or crackers
    • A good, crusty bread dipped in olive oil, garlic, and italian spices
    • dates stuffed with goat cheese or chorizo, wrapped in bacon, and brushed with maple syrup
    • your favorite cereal with half and half or cream instead of milk (this is amazingly addictive)
    • banana or pumpkin bread
    • Meatballs with high fat ground meat and cranberry sauce
    • buffalo chicken dip with crackers
    • risotto
    • deviled eggs
    • sausage jalapeno poppers
    • stuffed mushrooms
    • hummus pizza (your favorite pizza but replace the tomato sauce with hummus; so good!)
  • AcademAcadem Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    Fruit is misleading. There are a lot of non-calorie dense fruit. Think blueberries, strawberries, etc...
    Beef Jerky isn't calorie dense. 1 oz. is generally 80 calories. 2 oz can be a very healthy snack that will last a while and a great replacement for chips.
  • auddiiauddii Posts: 15,410Member Member Posts: 15,410Member Member
    Academ wrote: »
    Fruit is misleading. There are a lot of non-calorie dense fruit. Think blueberries, strawberries, etc...
    Beef Jerky isn't calorie dense. 1 oz. is generally 80 calories. 2 oz can be a very healthy snack that will last a while and a great replacement for chips.

    Um, then how about contributing some foods of your own that you do feel are calorie dense?
  • diannethegeekdiannethegeek Posts: 14,831Member Member Posts: 14,831Member Member
    auddii wrote: »
    Ooh, if we're doing more recipe type stuff:
    • baked brie with brown sugar, brandy, and walnuts spread on bread or crackers
    • A good, crusty bread dipped in olive oil, garlic, and italian spices
    • dates stuffed with goat cheese or chorizo, wrapped in bacon, and brushed with maple syrup
    • your favorite cereal with half and half or cream instead of milk (this is amazingly addictive)
    • banana or pumpkin bread
    • Meatballs with high fat ground meat and cranberry sauce
    • buffalo chicken dip with crackers
    • risotto
    • deviled eggs
    • sausage jalapeno poppers
    • stuffed mushrooms
    • hummus pizza (your favorite pizza but replace the tomato sauce with hummus; so good!)

    Hummus pizza sounds really good! I'm adding that to my list of meals to try this week.
  • RodaRoseRodaRose Posts: 9,552Member Member Posts: 9,552Member Member
    • Nutella and bananas with bread
    • Scrambled eggs with sour cream or cheddar
    • Greek salad -- tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, cheese
    • Yogurt with honey and almonds or raisins
    • Cut up veggies with full fat Ranch salad dressing
    • Pasta with butter and parmesan cheese
    • Cottage cheese or yogurt with Cheerios or other cereal and fruit
    • RIce pudding -- rice with milk, eggs, sugar
    • Chips and sour cream
    • Walnuts wrapped with dates and cream cheese
    • Avocado on toast
    • Ham and cheese on a croissant
    • Fried rice
    • Mashed potatoes -- potatoes with butter and milk
  • Yi5hedr3Yi5hedr3 Posts: 2,704Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,704Member, Premium Member
    Add macadamia nuts.
  • Lillypearl62Lillypearl62 Posts: 21Member Member Posts: 21Member Member
    I can use this...thanks.
  • KalikelKalikel Posts: 9,626Member Member Posts: 9,626Member Member
    I only skimmed the list, but using the standard definition of "calorie-dense", soybeans and "fruit" wouldn't make the cut.

    I didn't see breakfast cereals. If I missed it, I did, but if it's not there, breakfast cereals are an excellent way to load up on calories and some have fiber and iron, so you get a little goodness. :)

    It's a nice idea, creating a list.
    edited September 2015
  • suemcmurrysuemcmurry Posts: 188Member Member Posts: 188Member Member
    bump for later! Thx for the list!
  • diannethegeekdiannethegeek Posts: 14,831Member Member Posts: 14,831Member Member
    Kalikel wrote: »
    I only skimmed the list, but using the standard definition of "calorie-dense", soybeans and "fruit" wouldn't make the cut.

    I didn't see breakfast cereals. If I missed it, I did, but if it's not there, breakfast cereals are an excellent way to load up on calories and some have fiber and iron, so you get a little goodness. :)

    It's a nice idea, creating a list.

    Yes, soybeans and fruit along with some others have been covered in the comments several times. If I could go back and edit them out, I would. But that window passed a long time ago.

    Thanks for adding breakfast cereals. That's one I hadn't thought of.
  • katscootskatscoots Posts: 255Member Member Posts: 255Member Member
    Great list...mostly healthy stuff too. Whenever I need a calorie boost - peanut butter is my go to. Love love love it
  • uniformpeanutuniformpeanut Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    This list is exactly what I needed!!!! Although I can get myself to 1200 calories, my recommended daily amount is a little over 2000... I just started MFP last week, but after tracking I found that I usually get around 1500 daily. It's not like I'm super hungry, but I know that as I start losing weight, it's going to be harder to cut out some calories from 1500 than it would be to cut from 2000. Thanks OP! :)<3
  • jelenacrnicjelenacrnic Posts: 15Member Member Posts: 15Member Member
    This is sooo good thank youuu <3
  • NikaBlakeNikaBlake Posts: 46Member Member Posts: 46Member Member
    Awesome thanks!
  • Jhuff4Jhuff4 Posts: 11Member Member Posts: 11Member Member
    I'm posting this list with the intention of creating something that people can link to when someone is having a hard time reaching their calorie goal. I hope that other users will add more ideas in the comments.

    Calorie dense foods can be your best friend when you're trying to eat more. These are foods that pack a lot of calories into just a small amount, so they boost your calories quickly without putting a lot of extra food in your stomach. This is a generic list and it's definitely not comprehensive, but anything here can be included in a balanced diet (as long as there are no allergies, medical conditions, obviously):

    avocado
    cheese
    full fat dairy
    Greek yogurt
    ice cream
    peanut butter (or other nut butters)
    dark chocolate
    less lean cuts of meat (including beef, pork, sausage, etc.)
    seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, etc.)
    nuts
    olive oil
    coconut oil
    butter
    beans and lentils
    protein shakes, bars, and smoothies
    hummus
    beef jerky
    cornbread
    tuna
    full calorie condiments
    full calorie sauces & dressings
    sour cream
    guacamole
    whole grain pasta
    rice
    bacon
    whole eggs
    quinoa
    fruit and fruit juices
    pretzels
    bananas
    scones
    muffins (bran, blueberry, banana nut, etc.)
    potatoes (sweet, red, gold, purple, white, etc.)
    dried fruit (raisins, apricots, plums, dates, etc.)
    granola
    coconut
    salmon
    edamame
    olives
    honey
    molasses

  • _Terrapin__Terrapin_ Posts: 4,317Member Member Posts: 4,317Member Member
    10 bean soup, turkey hock, with Wisconsin Sharp cheese on top
    Lentils and ham
    Chorizo over a hard boiled egg, honey, and a little sriracha
    cheese and beef or deer jerky
    honey sticks(deer bologna)
  • Haleyandrews747Haleyandrews747 Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
  • OonaWingedWolfOonaWingedWolf Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    BFDeal wrote: »
    People have trouble hitting 1200 calories? LOL

    You would be surprised. Or maybe not. People on low incomes go one of two ways: too calorie dense eating or too low. For a while when I was feeding 5 on 300 a month I found I was only eating 400 to 800 calories a day. That's bad. I switched out a few staples for something that had more calories and vitamins and was hitting 1000 to 1300 a day. It's going to be easier now that I am feeding 2 on 250 a month. At least I hope.
  • eemonfeemonf Posts: 23Member Member Posts: 23Member Member
    I'm a little confused after reading this. I'm trying to loose weight and I heard that it is better to eat high protein foods. I eat a lot of things on this list like peanut butter and Greek yogurt...is this bad?

    Is it bad to be under your calorie limit if you want to loose weight? How low can you go without being unhealthy?
  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 7,401Member Member Posts: 7,401Member Member
    eemonf wrote: »
    I'm a little confused after reading this. I'm trying to loose weight and I heard that it is better to eat high protein foods. I eat a lot of things on this list like peanut butter and Greek yogurt...is this bad?

    Is it bad to be under your calorie limit if you want to loose weight? How low can you go without being unhealthy?

    If you are trying to lose weight just eat LESS and you will lose. Reverse if trying to gain :) Doesnt matter what you eat, what matters is how much of it.
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