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11 Smoothie Recipes for Weight Gain – The Healthy Way

Smoothies are often used as a healthy way to lose weight but they can also be a great way to put on weight.

Whether you're skinny and looking to gain muscles, or have any other medical or aesthetic reason for wanting to gain weight, smoothies to the rescue!

Read on to know how to use smoothies as your weight gain solution...

You'll actually enjoy it!

In my case, when I started eating a healthier diet and consuming smoothies, I’ve actually lost more weight than desired, and needed to put a bit back on.

It can be almost impossible to find the time (and inclination!) to eat enough of the right foods to get the calories needed for any significant weight gain… but not if you convert them into smoothie form instead!

In this post you’ll find my 11 delicious recipes to make smoothies for weight gain, as well as learn how the right kind of smoothie ingredients can help you achieve your nutritional goals the healthy way.​

Reasons to Gain Weight

You might be looking to gain weight for a variety of reasons:

  • ​You want to build up more muscle, get stronger or become more athletic
  • Chronic illness can lead to weight loss, as can health conditions that might result in you losing weight or having a significantly decreased appetite. This can include hyperthyroidism, diabetes, digestive issues such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and depression
  • At its simplest, it could be that you’ve lost more weight than you anticipated when you stopped eating unhealthily and now you need to put a bit back on, as happened to me

How to Gain Weight The Healthy Way

To gain weight, you need to consume more calories than you burn off. It sounds so simple, right?

Putting on weight isn’t about eating as much as you can and of whatever you like though.

A lot of people do go down this road but there is a right and wrong way to gain weight. Opting for fatty and sugary foods and junk food is a very unhealthy way to do it.

Your healthy options for gaining extra pounds include:

  • Drinking shakes such as these - many prefer to go that route since the shakes are easy to make and usually taste real good.
  • Incorporating high calorie foods into your diet that are healthy too. Ideally, these will be calorie dense but also contain lots of vital nutrients.
    Protein and healthy fats should be your priority and you can boost your calorie intake through foods that are rich in these.​
  • Making smoothies that incorporate high calorie ingredients - this is one of the easiest and healthiest options.

Whatever option you choose, you want to gain weight gradually at a pound or two per week rather than all at once.

If your reasons for wanting to put on weight are on medical grounds it’s best to consult a medical professional before you start.​

Why Smoothies and Shakes are Great for Weight Gain

Because smoothies are such an easy way to consume calories, they’re perfect for packing more into your day.

​Let’s face it, it’s far easier to drink several of those high calorie shakes over the course of a day, than to fit in the equivalent amount of “whole” foods - especially if you’re on the go a lot.

Smoothie with flowers

You can potentially consume thousands of calories just by drinking smoothies and best of all, downing them takes a lot less time than cooking and chewing the same foods!

Smoothies are a particularly good option if you don’t have a great appetite as they can be easier to tolerate than whole foods.

The trick is to make sure that your smoothies are full of the type of foods that will help you to gain weight healthily.​

Which Foods Can Help You Gain Weight Healthily?

These foods are effective means for gaining weight, while helping you to do so in a healthy way:

#1 Avocado

Avocado Smoothie

Avocado is full of heart-healthy unsaturated fats, which is why you’re advised to limit portion sizes under normal circumstances.

When added to smoothies, avocado gives a deliciously creamy texture and goes well in lots of different combinations.​

#2 Nuts

Nuts contain quite a lot of healthy fats, which unsurprisingly translates into calories too. Some nuts are more calorific than others. Most nuts also contain a good amount of fiber, including almonds.

You can blend nuts into your smoothies or use nut butters such as almond butter or peanut butter to get the benefits.​

#3 Seeds

Chia, hemp and flax seeds are a great source of protein, healthy fats and calories while also offering nutritious benefits. Hemp and chia seeds in particular have a good amount of fat, fiber and protein.

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#4 Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains saturated fats and has had bad press because of this. In fact, 90 per cent of it is saturated fat! But this isn’t nearly as unhealthy as it may sound. Coconut oil is now considered to be something of a superfood due to its benefits for health.

​The fat content is mostly fatty acids and studies have shown that people who consume a lot of coconut oil are actually really healthy!

#5 Oats

Like most whole grains, oats are calorie rich and also contain a good amount of fiber. They contain more protein and fatty acids than most whole grains.

#6 Full Fat Dairy

Full fat milk and yogurt is full of protein and fat. They can be a much healthier option than lower fat alternatives.

#7 Protein Powders

If you need a bit more of a helping hand in getting protein into your diet, protein powders are an ideal way to do this. They work best if you’re wanting to build muscle through workouts.
You can either go or Whey or plant-based protein powders, depending on your nutrition preferences.


Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Weight Gain

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Try these 11 delicious and healthy smoothie recipes for weight gain - you can rotate between them and never get bored with the tastes!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

This yummy dessert like smoothie contains lots of healthy fats and protein, and tastes unbelievably good!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nut milk e.g almond milk
  • ½ avocado
  • 3 tbsp organic peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Optional: 1 serving protein powder for an added protein boost

Instructions

Blend all of the ingredients in your blender until you get a creamy consistency.

Mega Calorie Smoothie

Mega Calorie Smoothie

For those days when you really need to boost your calorie intake quickly and easily, this smoothie contains a whopping 2000 calories!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 bananas (can be substituted for ½ avocado)
  • 2 scoops protein
  • 1 cup ice cream (preferably similar flavor to the protein powder)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Soak the oats before blending them.
  2. The protein powder and peanut butter should be added to the blender after some of the other ingredients have gone in to avoid them getting stuck to the bottom and being difficult to blend properly.

Note: You can make this smoothie recipe less calorie dense by swapping out the ice cream and replacing it with more frozen banana. This will give the same creamy consistency for days when you don’t need to be consuming 2000 calories in one smoothie.

Avocado & Berry Yogurt Smoothie

This deliciously creamy smoothie is full of healthy fats, protein and dairy to help you to put on weight in the right way!

Ingredients

  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup berries
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Instructions

Blend all of the ingredients together until creamy and smooth.

Walnut Protein Smoothie

Walnut Protein Smoothie

This protein rich smoothie recipe also contains lots of healthy fats and the fruits add vital nutrients.

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 banana
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ apple
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Soak the walnuts in a small bowl of water for about 30 minutes
  2. Add all of the ingredients to your blender
  3. You may need to blend a little bit longer to make sure that the walnuts are fully blended. If you don’t mind nutty bits in your smoothie, you can just blend for a shorter period of time

Oat Protein Smoothie

Oat Protein Smoothie

This smoothie is packed full of protein, and the combination of yogurt and banana adds a gorgeous creamy consistency.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups oatmeal
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 banana

Instructions

Blend everything together until smooth and creamy.

Vegan - Paleo Protein Smoothie

Vegan - Paleo Protein Smoothie

You can enjoy the benefits of protein rich smoothies even if you’re on a vegan or paleo diet and don’t drink animal milk products.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup mixed nuts
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk (nb: ½ cup if you want fewer calories)
  • 1 cup almond milk

Instructions

  1. You may prefer to blend the mixed nuts before you put everything else into the blender.
  2. The protein powder shouldn’t be added first as it is likely to collect at the bottom of the blender and not mix properly with the other ingredients.

Berry, Banana & Oat Protein Smoothie

Berry, Banana & Oat Protein Smoothie

Berries are full of healthy antioxidants. Oats and protein powder add some all-important protein too!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 peach
  • 2 scoops of protein powder

Instructions

  1. You may want to blend the oats first so that it’s easier to create a smoother consistency.
  2. Add all other ingredients to the blender and blend until the mixture is smooth.

High Calorie Green Smoothie

High Calorie Green Smoothie

The traditional green smoothie can be given a weight gain boost with blueberries, milk and protein powder!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dates
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 scoops protein powder

Instructions

  1. The dates will need to be pitted before you blend.
  2. Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth.

Fruit Cocktail Smoothie

Fruit Cocktail Smoothie

Fruit is the mainstay of this smoothie but it also contains nut protein and protein powder for bulking up.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ¼ cup dates
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 scoops protein powder

Instructions

  1. The dates need to be pitted beforehand.
  2. You can get a great consistency if you blend the berries first before adding the other ingredients.
  3. Then add everything else and blend until smooth.

Strawberry, Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie

Strawberry, Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie

The amount of protein in this smoothie is perfect for encouraging healthy weight gain!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • 5 large frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp organic peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp full fat milk

Instructions

  1. Add the milk, yogurt and banana to the blender and blend.
  2. Add the peanut butter and strawberries and blend everything until smooth.

NB: If you’re not a big fan of nuts, you can make a Strawberry & Avocado smoothie by taking the peanut butter out of the recipe.

Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie

Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie

If you don’t feel like a berry based smoothie, here’s one that still has lots of fiber and protein!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • ¾ cup ice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the yogurt, banana and milk to the blender and combine.
  2. Add the peanut butter and blend everything until smooth.
  3. If desired, add the ice and blend again.

Pro Tip

  • It’s best to drink your smoothies straight after you make them. If there’s too much, you can keep them refrigerated for a few hours and have it later.
  • Adding seeds to your smoothies is an easy way to include a good range of nutrients.
  • Yogurt is a great option in smoothies as it provides fats, probiotics and calcium for weight gain and general health.
  • If you’re lactose intolerant, you’ll want to avoid whey protein (which comes from milk) as well as milk itself. Use plant-based protein powder instead.
  • Remember that your weight gain should come from nutritious foods that also contain a lot of calories, rather than unhealthy foods that are likely to increase your cholesterol levels along with your weight.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this article, and enjoyed making the smoothies. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

I’d love to hear what smoothies you’re planning to make for helping you to put on some extra weight!

Please feel free to share this piece so that more people can discover how to make the perfect healthy weight gain smoothies.​

 

 

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Fatima - a few months ago

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Natalie - a few months ago

Thank you so much for making these smoothies available to us that need to gain weight- especially due to medical reasons!!! I can’t wait to try some of these fruit recipes! 🙂

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    Daniel Pelegreen - a few months ago

    Thanks for your message Natalie and good luck with your journey to gain weight! Let us know which recipes you liked best 🙂

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Stacey hunter - a few months ago

Sorry to be a pain but is there any way you could tell me what the calories are in each smoothie? Thank you for your time

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    Daniel Pelegreen - a few months ago

    Hey Stacey,
    We’re thinking about incorporating this information. For now, you can use an online calculator – just google for an online tool to calculate calories in a recipe.

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Briony - 8 months ago

I’ve been ill until quite recently and I just can’t seem to put much weight back on so I’m looking forward to trying these smoothie recipes out – hope it starts to work for me!

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    Jennifer Pelegreen - 7 months ago

    Really sorry to hear you’ve been ill, Briony 🙁 Must be really frustrating that you can’t get much weight back on but fingers crossed these smoothies can help you to start with that. Let us know how you get on¬

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Tracey - 8 months ago

You see so many recipes for weight loss smoothies but it’s awesome to see something on how to use them to gain weight for those of us who have the opposite problem with weight. Thanks so much for addressing this!

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    Jennifer Pelegreen - 8 months ago

    That’s so true, Tracy and it’s one of the big reasons why we wanted to put this piece together. Hope you find it useful!

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Sophie - 9 months ago

I’ve been looking for ways to help my mum put some weight back on so I’m really glad to have come across this post!

We’ve got into smoothie bowls lately so I’ll see about adding some of these ingredients to hers.

Thanks for a great post!

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    Jennifer Pelegreen - 9 months ago

    Thanks for your comment, Sophie! I really hope your mum can put some weight back on with these recipes.

    Let us know how she gets on with it?

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Sam - 10 months ago

I know someone who has lost quite a lot of weight due to medical reasons and she’s really struggling to put much back on. I’m going to show her these recipes and see if they can help her!

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    Jennifer Pelegreen - 10 months ago

    I really hope these recipes can help her to gain some weight in a healthy way, Sam! Let us know how she gets on with them?

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