Do you struggle with gaining weight?

This post is sponsored by Potatoes USA-Philippines. All opinions are mine and values for nutrition information are based from the USDA Food Data Central and product’s nutrition facts panel.

While my contents are mostly about obesity and how to lose weight, I read your comments and I understand that there are also some of you who struggle with gaining weight.

If you want to gain weight or at least prevent further weight loss, here are my tips on how to increase the calorie content of your meals / snacks:

  • Instead of plain rice, go for Egg Fried Rice.
  • Instead of eating plain bread, add cheese, sandwich spreads, nut butter, olive oil or butter.
  • Instead of eating plain boiled potato, kamote or saba, go for potato/camote fries or banana cue.
  • Snack on dried fruits such as raisins, prunes, and dried mangoes.
  • Add dried fruits and nuts to yogurts, oatmeal or champorado.
  • Drink nutritious high-calorie smoothies

Snacking in between meals is a good way of increasing your daily calorie intake. If you are always on the go and don’t have time to sit down for a snack, high-calorie smoothies can definitely help.

Here is a smoothie recipe I thought you’d want to try:

Potato Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

  • 3 tbsp dehydrated potato granules
  • ½ cup sweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 dash cinnamon powder
  • Ice cubes
  1. Combine everything in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.

This smoothie contains body-building protein and energy-giving carbohydrates. A diet with adequate carbohydrates spares protein from being used as your energy source thereby allowing your body to use protein for muscle building.

Hence, it’s important that your smoothie contain enough protein as well as carbohydrates if your goal is to gain weight. Also, a little bit of fat from milk can help you further increase your total calorie intake needed for healthy weight gain.

One last tip:

Resistance training can definitely help you build those muscles and curves. This smoothie is rich in potassium and contains 75% of your daily vitamin C needs. This means that this drink is perfect as pre- or post-workout fueling as well.

Let’s drink up and bulk up. Enjoy!

Each serving contains:

  • 349 Calories
  • 74 grams Carbohydrates
  • 11.5 grams Protein
  • 3.5 grams Fiber
  • 454 mg Potassium
  • 52.6 mg Vitamin C
  • 9 grams Fat (10% of total calories)
  • 114.3 mg Sodium
  • 27 mg Cholesterol
  • 31.5 grams Sugar

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