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High calorie smoothies are a great way to add calories and get an extra boost of nutrition

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High calorie smoothies are a great way to add calories and get an extra boost of nutrition. When someone is experiencing unintended weight loss or just needs to gain a few pounds, calories are the answer.

Sometimes it’s hard to get additional calories from regular meals. Adding a high calorie smoothie is a great option to maximize intake. It can be easy to sip on a weight gain smoothie in between meals.

I am a big fan of both high calorie shakes and smoothies. High calorie smoothies are often packed more vitamins and minerals. The key is providing a high calorie beverage that someone will actually drink. Whether it’s a smoothie or a shake there are so many options.

How to Make a High Calorie Smoothie

It’s pretty simple to get started. You just need to add a bunch of ingredients into a good blender. Experiment with what works best. Add more liquid if it’s too thick. Add more solid ingredients if it’s too thin.

Here are some basic ingredients to add to your high calorie smoothies:

  1. Vegetables
  2. Fruits
  3. Liquid
  4. Dairy
  5. Nuts/ Seeds
  6. Add ins

Vegetables for Smoothies

Most vegetables are actually quite low in calories. But they do provide a ton of vitamins and minerals. And they can add some fun taste and even color to a smoothie.

Here are some vegetables to add to smoothies:

  • Avocados
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Kale

Avocados reign as the highest calorie option here. They are high in heart healthy fats. And they will give a creamy taste to any smoothie. Carrots add a hint of sweetness. And greens often have a minimal taste, but add a nutrient boost.

Fruits for Smoothies

Fruits can be moderately high in calories but are also jam packed with vitamins and minerals.

Here are some fruits to add to smoothies:

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Berries

The banana is a great high calorie option. There are around 100 calories in a medium sized banana. It will give some creaminess to a smoothie and tastes good. Sky is really the limit for fruits to add to a smoothie. There are a ton of different options.

Liquids for Smoothies

All smoothie needs some liquids to get them blended up and ready to drink. We do not want to add water to high calorie smoothies. Water has no calories. We want to make sure every ingredient that goes into the blender is high in calories.

Here are some liquids to add to smoothies with calories:
  • Whole milk
  • Half and half
  • Soy milk
  • Orange juice
  • Apple juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Pineapple juice

Half and Half has the most calories of the options listed. It will make the smoothie very creamy and borderline on a milk shake. But any juice or milk option will do here! Some plant-based milks are lower in calories- try to pick the options with the most calories.

Dairy for Smoothies

Dairy products can be high in calories if we use the whole fat options. A couple of dairy items were listed in the liquids section above, but let’s cover some more dairy options you can add.

Here are some liquids to add to smoothies with calories:

  • Yogurt
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Ice-cream
  • Sherbet

Be sure to read the nutrition labels and get the options with the HIGHEST number of calories.  Often times dairy products are sold as “light” or lower in calories… a majority of the public isn’t looking to gain weight. Food marketers are often targeting weight loss in dairy products.

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