For some reasons, people want to add some extra pounds. And sometimes when I think of the intense effort they put into this pursuit of weight gain while many others (like me) are trying so hard to shed it off, I get simply awed. A classic example of the saying - one man's meat is another man's poison, right?
Like weight loss, weight gain can be just as challenging and many times in a bid to achieve quick results, indulging in junk foods become normal. But junk foods are loaded with unhealthy (empty) calories. Foods high in unhealthy fats and huge sugar content are unwholesome and though you may gain the weight, consuming them consistently can be quite detrimental.
However, there are certain foods that are not only calorie-dense but exceptionally packed with nutrients too. The more of these wholesome calories you consume, the more weight you will put on. Thus eating calorie-rich foods in large quantities will give you the added pounds you seek in a most healthful way.
Having to eat so much may not be quite easy so instead of forcing yourself to eat, or binging on junks, smoothies are going easy. I'm sure you'll agree with me that drinking is a lot easier than eating. With smoothies, you can increase your calorie and nutrient intake significantly without pushing yourself to overeat. When on a weight loss journey, smoothies work best as meal replacements. But in this journey of weight gain, smoothies will effectively boost your weight when also consumed to your meals or in between meals.
Smoothies are more healthful and nutritious than weight pills and supplements especially when loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables and high-calorie snacks like nuts, seeds, dried fruits and full-fat milk/yogurt. Dairy products and protein-rich foods are essential ingredients if looking to increase your muscle tone with the weight gain.
Smoothie Recipe for Healthy Weight Gain
Let's try a tasty recipe
- 2 Cups of Coconut
- 2 Bananas or mangos (high-calorie fruits)
- 4 Tablespoons Peanut butter (or any other nut butter are undeniably high in fats and calories)
- 1 Avocado (dense with healthy unsaturated fats, avocados are highest calorie fruit option. An addition will also make your smoothie creamier)
- handful of flax /hemp /chia seeds (high in healthy fats and calories, these seeds will add a generous dash of protein)
- 1/4 cup raisins (naturally high in fruit sugars and calories. It'll also make your smoothie sweeter)
- Dark chocolate (optional)
- 4 cups of spinach (optional for a healthy punch)
- Ice cubes
Combine all in a blender and blend thoroughly until smooth.
***Loaded with nutrients and healthy plant-based fats, full cream coconut milk (natural) in your smoothies will help add more bulk healthily. If not using coconut milk, whole milk or full-fat Greek yogurt are other great milk options.
***Whatever is left of your smoothie blend can be refrigerated and consumed later during the day.