You often hear from friends and family that they are trying to lose weight. However, for some people, gaining weight is as difficult for them, as for people trying to lose weight.
Struggling to gain weight can be due to many things – the worst of it being a health condition.
However, the statistics show that people who are struggling to gain weight typically don’t eat as much as they think. Not getting enough calories will result in either weight loss or weight maintenance.
How Do You Work Out How Many Calories You Need?
You can’t precisely calculate to the dot how many calories you need per day, due to many factors that contribute to your daily calorie requirements; this includes, metabolism, current weight, physical activity, age, and health conditions.
However, there are tools such as body mass index (BMI) calculators, that can give you a rough estimation of how many calories you need per day for either weight loss, maintenance, or weight gain.
Simply add in your details and it will give you the rough calories you need per day.
Now, to gain weight, consume more calories than you need to maintain. So for example, if your maintenance calories are 1,600 – then literally up those to around 2,000. So 400 extra a day, should give you a healthier gradual weight gain.
Which Smoothie Is Best For Weight Gain?
High-calorie smoothies! You want protein-packed high calorie smoothies. However, think of it as a way of getting extra calories, not as using it as a meal.
Another way of making your smoothies high in calories is to just try those smoothie bowls. Smoothie bowls are typically easy to eat and taste great, but they do tend to have quite a lot of calories in them. Which in your case, is just perfect!
How Many Smoothies a Day To Gain Weight
If you are wondering how many smoothies you will need to drink a day to gain weight, very much depends on your overall calorie intake.
However, ideally, 1 high-calorie smoothie a day should be totally fine, combined with meals in between.
How Do You Make High-Calorie Smoothies?
Simple – you add high-calorie ingredients to them. We all know that fruit and veg are typically lower in calories, but peanut butter or nut butter is high in calories. So what does that tell you? Yep – that’s right, add some nut butter to your smoothie!
Now, another way to add calories to your smoothies is to use avocado or protein powders, or both.
If you are not a fan of peanut butter or nut butters, there is a nut-free version called sunflower seed butter, it’s creamy and delicious, and just as high in calories and protein as nut butter.
Let’s give you a couple of recipes for smoothies good for weight gain…
1. Coffee Banana Protein Shake
If you like the chocolate coffee combo, you will like this smoothie. It packs 302 calories, and it’s filling, but not that filling to the point that you wouldn’t wanna eat anything for the rest of the day.
Perfect to take to work in the morning after you have had breakfast.
2. Smoothie With Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are a great source of plant-based protein. In this smoothie, we used hemp-seed butter, which is a nut-free version of the peanut butter – or other nut butters.
This smoothie packs 388 calories per serving, making it another great option for you to get your calories up in a yummy way.
3. Nutella Protein Shake
Who doesn’t like Nutella? Nutella is a great way to add more calories to your diet, but it’s not the healthiest option. Hence the reason why, we have only used 1 heaped tbsp of it, in this smoothie.
This smoothie is basically a protein Nutella smoothie recipe that will surely make you wanna drink one of those every day!
It packs 290 calories per serving, and it’s so thick and tasty!
4. Easy Superfood Smoothie Recipe
Why is this smoothie called a superfood smoothie? Because it packs a mix of superfood ingredients!
We have got hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and almond butter – just an incredible array of superfood ingredients.
This smoothie is thick, and packs an incredible amount of nutrients that your body needs, not just calories!
This superfood smoothie has 366 calories per serving.
5. Gut Healthy Protein Blueberry Smoothie
Now, this smoothie has collagen powder in it. Collagen is high in protein, and it’s known to be good for your skin, hair, and nails. When you are underweight – you tend to lose hair or your nails tend to break quickly. Including collagen in your diet will only benefit you, so try this smoothie!
Collagen is also known to help your digestive system, especially with IBS.
This smoothie has 235 calories per serving.
6. Weight Gain Smoothie
This weight gain smoothie is made high in calories, and it’s thick and filling. One of those a day should help you achieve your goal and gain some weight!
7. Fruit Smoothie For Weight Gain
If you like the taste of berry smoothies, this recipe is ideal for you.
This smoothie alone packs 721 calories per serving. If this doesn’t help you gain weight, we don’t know what will!
8. 1000 Calorie Smoothie
A smoothie that contains 1000 calories, is about half of the DAILY calories an average person needs. One of those smoothies is exactly what you need if you are struggling to gain weight.
High Calorie Smoothie Recipe (1000 Calories)
- 1 Blender
- 1 large ripe banana
- 2 tbsp of peanut butter
- 1 scoop/35g of protein powder
- 4 pitted dates
- 1 cup/250ml whole milk
- 1 tbsp of oats
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth.
- Serve and drink up!
Smoothies are a great way to get extra calories in you, without even realizing it. Liquid calories are the easiest way to get those calories. Furthermore, smoothies typically tend to have important nutrients that your body needs.
So, you want to gain weight? Start drinking some smoothies!
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