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How to overcome a poor appetite

Me pēhea e patu i te minamina ngoikore

If you're recovering from illness, have just left hospital or have simply lost your appetite, there may be days when you just do not feel like eating. The tips on this page may help you to eat more.


If you do not feel like eating a meal, choose a nutritious snack. Try some of these ideas:


High-energy drinks

You can make these drinks in a blender or food processor. You can also use a shaker or stick blender if you want. Whisk or blend all the ingredients and drink straight away.

Oral nutrition supplements


Fruit smoothie

Yoghurt drink

Spider shake

On the next page: Oral nutrition supplements

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed February 2022.


See also:

Tips to gain weight

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