Nutrition

Good nutrition is an important part of wound management. As your body heals, it requires extra calories, especially in the form of protein.

Ask your healthcare provider if you need added vitamins and minerals or if you should work with a registered dietician. And always check with your provider before making any dietary changes, since other health conditions also need to be considered.

Eating a variety of the right foods can help the healing process. Here are some suggested daily serving sizes.

Eat at least 2 to 3 servings of protein:

  • 1 serving equals 2-3 ounces of meat
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of cooked beans or peas

Add at least 1 serving of:

  • Orange or yellow vegetables
  • Dark green, leafy vegetables

Include at least 1 serving of a high Vitamin C food:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage

Here are a few tips to boost the nutrients you need to heal:

  • Increase the protein you get in milk by adding 1 cup of fat-free powdered milk to 1 quart of milk. (Drink 2 to 3 servings of milk a day.)
  • Get more protein by adding powdered milk to soups, casseroles and mashed potatoes.
  • Use peanut butter on bread, crackers or French toast.
  • Add extra chopped meat or shredded cheese to vegetables, soups or sauces.
  • Increase calories by adding margarine or sour cream to food when possible.
  • Use pudding or ice cream as snacks.

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