High Protein Snacks for COVID-19 Patients

16 July 2020

After testing positive for COVID-19, patients can display a range of symptoms, all of which can be aided by dietetics and nutritional advice on the sort of foods to choose.

Our in-house dietitian Joanna Instone has put together a great resource to support with snacks specifically. Variety is key so we’ve offered a selection that still meet the needs and made it easier to browse and to order.

Many post COVID-19 patients have some or all of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty eating and drinking due to shortness of breath
  • Weight loss: loss of fat stores / muscle and organ tissue
  • Depleted immune system
  • Weakness
  • Difficulties with chewing and swallowing
  • Taste/smell changes
  • Other associated health problems.

When aiding recovery, these patients are encouraged to:

  • Choose small, fortified meals from the menu
  • Eat high protein / high energy snacks between meals
  • Drink one or more high in protein and energy drink a day
  • Eat a variety of foods including fruit and vegetables that supply useful vitamins and minerals, which are needed to enable recovery of muscles, organ tissue and the immune system.

Please note: for some more complex patients, high protein foods are not recommended, so always consult your local dietitian.

Two simple steps

There are two steps you can take as a chef or caterer that could help the situation:

  • Provide higher energy, fortified meal choices on the menu
  • Provide a range of suitable snacks to offer a variety of flavours and textures.
Easy options that offer variety

By working with colleagues in the NHS Supply Chain: Food teams we have drawn up a list of high protein/energy snack foods that may be suitable for post COVID-19 patients, as well as other patients.

To make ordering these easier, we have created a simple overview, which includes:

  • Order code
  • Pack size / cost of pack
  • Cost per portion
  • Protein and energy (calories) per portion
  • Allergens
  • IDDSI status.

Note that these foods are also suitable for other patients requiring high protein or high energy snacks.

See our Downloads ▼ section for a categorised list of snacks

Downloads ▼

  • High Protein and High Energy Snacks

    High Protein Snack Suggestions For Patient Recovery