How to Make Smoothies to Gain Weight

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If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious way to add more calories and healthy fat to your diet, you should try making weight gain smoothies. These smoothies are packed with nutrients and added calories that can help you reach your weight goals.

Smoothies are the perfect option for gaining weight because they are easy to drink in between meals. Sometimes you don’t want to eat all day, and a high calorie, healthy smoothie may be just what you need.

In this guide we’ll explore everything you need to know to get started with weight gain smoothies, including a few of our favorite recipes.

variety of smoothies for weight gain in glasses

Can You Gain Weight with Smoothies?

Yes, you can gain weight by drinking smoothies regularly. Smoothies are a great way to add more calories and healthy nutrients to your diet. When you’re trying to gain weight, it’s important to make sure that you’re eating enough calories each day.

Smoothies can help you reach your calorie goals by providing a concentrated source of nutrients and calories.

Why Use Smoothies for Weight Gain?

When you are trying to gain weight, you might feel like you’re eating all day long, and for some people that’s just too much. A high calorie smoothie in between meals might be just what you need to get the extra calories for weight gain.

In high school my now-husband was trying everything he could to gain weight and was drinking Slim Fast shakes between meals. Even though that adds some calories, shakes like these are not ideal because they are lower calorie and meant for weight loss.

Making your own smoothie is a much better option because you can choose good quality, high calorie ingredients and add healthy fat, all of which are missing in a processed weight loss shake.

What Can I Add to My Smoothie to Gain Weight?

Protein

yogurt in jar on wooden background

Protein powder is a great option for smoothies, but some people just can’t find a powder they like. Not to worry! There are plenty of other good quality, high protein foods that you can add to your blender to make it protein smoothies.

Here are some of the best:

  • Yogurt (regular or nondairy)
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Egg White Protein (you can find this powdered and unflavored, can’t even tell it’s there)
  • Coconut Cream
  • Canned Coconut Milk (don’t mix it and get rid of the thin liquid on top)

Try different protein powders until you find one you like, but also try adding in these other ingredients, plus nuts and seeds, to make a really high calorie smoothie.


Nuts and Seeds

Peanut butter on wooden background

Nuts and seeds have great healthy fat and have a decent number of calories. They also contain protein, so they can help you meet your weight gain goals.

Here are some of the best nuts and seeds for smoothies:

  • Almond Butter or Whole Almonds
  • Peanut Butter or Whole Peanuts
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Cashews
  • Chia Seed
  • Flax Seed
  • Hemp Seed

If you don’t want any crunchiness in your smoothie, go for a creamy nut butter.


Fruit

Assorted frozen berries background

Fruit isn’t really high in calories, but it will add a sweetness and burst of flavor to your smoothie that you just can’t get with other ingredients, so it’s a good idea to have at least one fruit in your smoothie recipe.

Try these delicious fruit options:

  • banana
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • kiwi
  • orange
  • grapefruit
  • strawberry
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • papaya

This list could go on and on, but suffice it to say I’ve never met a fruit I didn’t like in a smoothie… except canteloupe because, well, I just don’t like it anytime!

Frozen bananas are our go-to smoothie ingredient because they give a rich, delicous creaminess to any smoothie and add around 100 calories per banana.


Vegetables

variety of green vegetables

While not high in calories, vegetables will add a nutritous punch to any smoothie.

Try these healthy vegetable options:

  • kale
  • swiss chard
  • spinach
  • carrots
  • sweet potato
  • pumpkin
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • avocado

I know, technically a couple of these are fruits, but since they aren’t sweet we think of them as vegetables!


Liquids

variety of nondairy milks

When you’re making a smoothie for weight gain, you want to skip the low calorie options, so don’t go for water or skim milk here. Look for a high calorie liquid that will help you meet your goals.

Some great liquids for weight gain shakes are:

  • Whole Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Half and Half
  • Juices
  • Extra Creamy Nondairy Milks (Oat milk, coconut milk or nut milks like almond milk)
  • Soy Milk

You can get a really rich, milkshake-like texture with frozen bananas and one of the higher fat milk options, either dairy or nondairy. This makes it super easy to get down because it’s delicious.

See more information on high calorie foods that can help with weight gain here


How to Make a Weight Gain Smoothie

Now that you know all the great ingredients you can add to your smoothie to make it a weight gainer, let’s put it all together and make a delicious smoothie!

There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when making your smoothie:

1. If you’re using fresh fruit or vegetables, add them to the blender first. This will help them blend up better.

2. If you’re using frozen fruit, add it next. This will help keep your smoothie cold and thick.

3. Add your liquid last. This will help prevent your smoothie from becoming too thin.

4. Start with a small amount of liquid and add more as needed. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away!

5. When in doubt, add more frozen fruit. This will help thicken up your smoothie and make it more like a milkshake.

Tips for Making Weight Gain Smoothies

1. Choose high-calorie ingredients: When choosing ingredients for your smoothie, opt for those that are higher in calories and healthy fats.

2. Add a protein source: Protein helps to build muscle, so adding a protein powder or Greek yogurt to your smoothie is a great way to help with weight gain.

3. Avoid blending for too long: If you blend your smoothie for too long, you’ll end up with a frothy drink that may not be as appealing.

4. Don’t add too much liquid: If you add too much liquid to your smoothie, it will be too thin and won’t have as many calories.

5. Drink your smoothie right away: Once you’ve blended your smoothie, drink it right away for the best results.

Recipes for Weight Gain Smoothies

Now that you know how to make a weight gain smoothie, here are some delicious recipes to get you started!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 banana, sliced and frozen

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup whole fat Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 scoop chocolate protein powder or 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:

1. Add banana, milk, yogurt, and chocolate peanut butter to a blender and blend until smooth.

2. If your smoothie is too thick, add more milk until desired consistency is reached.

3. Enjoy immediately!

Estimated Calorie Count: 664 depending upon protein powder used, if any

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 cup whole fat Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons cream cheese

1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

1. Add strawberries, milk, yogurt, cream cheese, and honey to a blender and blend until smooth.

2. If your smoothie is too thick, add more milk until desired consistency is reached.

3. Enjoy immediately!

Estimated Calorie Count: 466

Peach Cobbler Smoothie for Weight Gain

Enjoy a high calorie smoothie that tastes like peach cobbler!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Smoothies
Cuisine Smoothies
Servings 1 serving
Calories 706 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp oats or almonds
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Calories calculated as 706 using full fat Greek yogurt and oats.  Using almonds will increase it even more.

Nutrition

Calories: 706kcal
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Common Questions about Weight Gain Smoothies

How many smoothies a day do you need to gain weight?

There is no set amount of smoothies you need to drink to gain weight. However, drinking one or two high calorie smoothies per day can help you to add extra calories and nutrients to your diet.

How long does it take to see results from drinking smoothies?

You may start to see results from drinking weight gain smoothies within a few weeks. However, it may take longer to see results if you are also working out and trying to build muscle.

Do weight gain smoothies work for everyone?

Weight gain smoothies can work for most people, but they may not work for everyone. If you find that you’re not gaining weight after a few weeks of drinking smoothies, you may want to try adding more calories to your diet or working out more.

Can You Buy Weight Gain Smoothies Premade?

There really aren’t very many premade smoothies on the market specifically for weight gain, but any smoothie that adds calories to your diet can help, just be careful about spiking your blood sugar with some of the ones that are mostly all fruit. That’s not really good for you.

You can get some premade shakes that can add calories such as:

Ensure

Boost

I’d skip the ones made for weight loss, like Slim Fast, and instead go for ones that are supposed to add nutrition like the ones above.

A good way to use a protein shake like these listed above is to use one as the liquid for your smoothie and add other ingredients, like a chocolate Ensure with peanut butter and banana, with a few other ingredients added in.

When purchasing a protein shake, look for ones with no added sugar if possible. Natural sugars are a great option, and artificial if you must, but use those sparingly if you pick them up.

Another option is to buy a powdered supplement meant for a healthy weight gain smoothie or shake that you can add to your smoothie, such as these:

Naturade Weight Gain Instant Nutrition Drink Mix, Vanilla ,20.3 Ounce
  • All natural
  • Amplify Caloric Intake
  • 21 grams of Carbs, 9 grams of Protein per serving
  • Add 1600 calories
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass Weight Gainer Protein Powder, Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin D for Immune Support, Chocolate, 6 Pound (Packaging May Vary)
  • Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin D Provide Immune Support along with Vitamin E
  • Product Note: Exposure to heat or sunlight may lead to melting/damage of product. Hence customers are expected to be available during the product delivery
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  • High Calorie Weight Gainer: 1,250 Calories per 2-Scoop Serving
  • 50 Grams of Protein per Serving. Over 250 Grams of Carbohydrates per Serving
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Final Thoughts on How to Make Smoothies to Gain Weight

Smoothies are a great way to add extra calories and nutrients to your diet (especially green smoothies), and they can help you to gain weight. There are many different recipes for weight gain smoothies that are both delicious and healthy.

If you’re looking to gain weight, drinking one or two high calorie smoothies per day can help you reach your goal.

Happy Blending!
Amanda

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