"Blender-Full," a booklet offering tested recipes for high-protein, high-calorie dishes, is available from the Los Angeles District Dietetic Assn.
The recipes are for people who have greater than normal nutritional needs; who want to gain weight; who have swallowing or chewing difficulties, or who have medical conditions that involve nausea and poor appetite.
People whose conditions include cancer, stroke, severe burns, physical and developmental disabilities will find the recipes helpful. Athletes desiring to gain weight or looking for ideas to increase caloric intake will find this new publication handy.
The idea for the booklet began in 1984, when dietitians and interns at Memorial Hospital of Glendale kept getting requests for high-protein, high-calorie recipes that were liquid in nature. Elderly and cancer patients needed nourishing recipes to help them gain weight. Many patients found the commercial supplements distasteful, too sweet, too expensive or difficult to purchase at local drugstores.