Meanwhile, I am sneaking in lots of calories into the foods she will eat since she refuses to drink any of the nutritional drinks I have.
I dislike most nutritional drinks too, but I finally found one I do enjoy--Ensure Plus, dark chocolate
. It's a really rich dark chocolate flavor and it has 13 gr of protein and 350 calories in each bottle. If your mom likes chocolate, she might drink that one--just make sure it's the Ensure Plus
and the dark, not the milk, chocolate. It seems to be very popular because it's the one variety that really flies off the shelves in CVS, and I often have to visit several CVS stores before I can find it in stock. It's also great heated, which might be good if your mom feels cold, it's like a good cup of hot chocolate. You might try giving it to her warmed, and just telling her it's hot chocolate, without mentioning that it's also a nutrition drink.
Will she eat Greek yogurt? Pudding? Rice pudding? Egg or tuna salad?
It can be very challenging and frustrating trying to get a picky eater, with swallowing problems, to take in a nutritionally adequate diet. But, if anyone can do it, I'm sure you can.
I'm glad she isn't in pain.