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How to overcome a poor appetite

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

Snacks

egg sandwich with lettuce and brown breadIf you don't feel like eating a meal, choose a nutritious snack. Try some of these ideas:

Fluids

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

Milkshake

three fruit smoothies with blueberries, strawberries, and apricotsFruit smoothie

Yoghurt drink

Spider shake

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2018.

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How to gain weight

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