Weight Gain/High Calorie Recipes & Tips

This is a collection of recipes/tips I have created that are specifically designed for those who need to gain weight, consume extra calories, or just get some extra nutrition. I have listed the calorie info, but not the rest of the nutritional info. Please contact me separately with any questions regarding this or another topic; I’m happy to answer any questions/concerns!

Chocolate Dream Shake: 1-2 servings, 5-10 minutes “cook” time, Contains  about 625 Calories per entire batch (895 with 3 tbsp peanut butter)

You will need:

  • 1 can of chocolate Ensure PLUS or Boost PLUS
  • 1/3 cup vanilla ice cream (2.6 oz)
  • 1/4 cup lowfat chocolate milk
  • large ice cubes
  • 1 oz whipped cream
  • Optional: 3 tbsp peanut butter/other spread for added flavor

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients except whipped cream into blender with the ice cubes/ice cream on the bottom
  • Blend on medium/high for 1-2 minutes
  • pour into cup(s) and add whipped cream
  • Serve immediately, store extras in freezer or refrigerator
  • Enjoy!

Vanilla Dream Shake: 1-2 Servings, 5-10 minutes “cook” time, Contains about 530 calories per entire batch (more with added sauce/spread).

  • 1 can of vanilla Ensure PLUS or Boost PLUS
  • 1/3 cup vanilla ice cream (2.6 oz)
  • 1/4 cup skim/lowfat milk
  • large ice cubes
  • 1 oz whipped cream
  • Optional: 3 tbsp sauce or spread for added flavor

See Chocolate Dream Shake for “cooking” instructions!

Fruit and Cream Shake: 1-2 servings, 5-10 minute “cook” time, about 630 calories per entire batch.

Prepare everything as according to Vanilla Dream Shake, but add an additional 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen fruit!

Candy Crunch Shake:  1-2 servings, 5-10 minute “cook” time, about 680 calories (vanilla) or 775 calories (chocolate) per entire batch

Prepare everything as according to Chocolate/Vanilla Dream Shake, but add an additional 1/4 cup of chopped candy!

Tips for a high calorie/weight gain diet:

  1. Dip! Put sauces/condiments on whatever you can, and dip chips/fruit into spreads.
  2. Snacks! Keep snacks with you and try to eat something every 1-2 hours if you can’t handle large meals.
  3. No more “lite” snacks! Purchase “full fat” dairy products instead of “lite” alternatives.
  4. Drink! While it is important to drink lots of water daily, try adding calories with protein shakes or other supplement drinks.
  5. Don’t be embarrassed! While it may be uncomfortable to eat/drink  “weird” things in front of other people, you can’t live in a bubble. Everyone has “stuff” they need to take care of, so don’t hide your dietary needs from your friends and family. I mean, who doesn’t love a friend who always has snacks?