21 Best Real Foods to Gain Weight Fast

21 Best Real Foods to Gain Weight Fast

Are you looking for healthy alternatives to high calorie nutrition drinks? Perhaps you are looking for whole foods to gain weight fast… without of relying on nutrition supplements.

While drinking pre-made nutrition drinks can be a good option for many, some people are looking for real foods they can eat.

We’re not to implying that nutrition drinks don’t contain real food. But rather, sharing whole food ingredients that you can use to make your own healthy, high calorie meals.

This article reviews the 21 best real foods to gain weight fast. It will cover why each food listed is a good choice and then provide ideas how to maximize the calories using each food.

Always talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program, eating program, or for any health issues you may be experiencing.

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How to Gain Weight Fast

While it seems most content on the internet is focused on weight loss, there is a good percentage of the population who actually needs to gain weight. The goal is typically to gain weight fast, but I would encourage you to gain weight at a healthy pace.

In most situations you should aim for gaining 1-2 pounds per week. At this rate you would gain 4-8 pounds per month, which is still pretty fast!

The type of weight you gain matters. You want to gain more muscle mass and less fast mass. Gaining weight too fast, and without proper exercise, can lead to excessive fat gains.

Be sure to incorporate strength training (think lifting weights or using resistance bands) while gaining weight. This will help to ensure you are gaining more muscle.

The key to gaining weight fast is to eat foods highest in calories. Foods containing dietary fat are highest in calories. You can also obtain extra calories through drinking supplements or eating whole foods.

Supplements to Gain Weight Fast

Supplements are often recommended to gain weight because they are convenient and effective. Nutrition supplements include Ensure*, Boost*, Glucerna, etc.

These products provide a high number of calories in a small volume. They are easy to drink. And easy to prepare. You just open the container.

I am a fan of supplements to gain weight when necessary. If you need to use nutrition supplements, that is 100% OK. But, as a dietitian, I am always a fan of food first.

And perhaps you too are looking for healthy real food options to help you gain weight.

Foods to Gain Weight Fast

The foods we are listing below are minimally processed and mostly whole foods. Whole foods are less likely to contain salt like processed foods. And they are generally considered healthy food choices.

Think of whole foods like the foods you get out of the garden or from a farm. Whole foods are typically found on the perimeter of grocery stores. Processed foods are typically found in the aisles.

You can combine a variety of these foods to make a healthy, homemade high calorie meal.

In this list we include a few foods that are minimally processed such as olive oil and Greek yogurt. But these are good, healthy foods to gain weight fast.

Dietary Fat for Gaining Weight

Foods that are high in fat will have the most calories. Let’s look at the breakdown of how many calories are in each of the 3 macronutrients (those nutrients with calories).

Macronutrient Calorie Breakdown

  • Protein: 4 calories per gram
  • Carbohydrate: 4 calories per gram
  • Fat: 9 calories per gram

As you can see fats have more than twice as many calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates combined! So, when it comes to getting the most calories in the smallest amount of food, fat is the clear winner.

Fat has gotten a bad rap as being an unhealthy nutrient. But this is not true! Many fats are heart healthy and do all kinds of amazing things for our bodies.

Fats are generally lumped into 2 categories: saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fats are less healthy, so we want to consume these in moderation. Unsaturated fats are generally healthy.

Unsaturated fats include monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are also a healthy unsaturated fat.

That’s enough of the nitty gritty science about fats. Eating a high calorie diet with foods to gain weight fast is typically temporary. And for some frail, older adults it is so important for their health to gain weight (or stop weight loss).

 

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21 Best Real Foods to Gain Weight Fast

In no particular order, here are our 21 best whole foods to gain weight fast:

  1. Avocado
  2. Walnuts
  3. Peanut Butter
  4. Half and Half
  5. Flax Seed
  6. Salmon
  7. Greek Yogurt
  8. Olive Oil
  9. Cheese
  10. Eggs
  11. Chia Seed
  12. Coconut
  13. Almonds
  14. Whole Milk
  15. Avocado Oil
  16. Sunflower Seeds
  17. Cottage Cheese
  18. Tuna
  19. Butter
  20. Cashews
  21. Tri Tip

Keep in mind this list is not inclusive. There are plenty more healthy foods that can help you gain weight. Additional high calorie foods mentioned in this article will be bolded.

And depending on your individual situation (health conditions and personal preferences), you might not eat every food on this list. But that’s OK! This list is to get you started. And to provide encouragement that you can gain weight!

 

Photos of the 21 Best Real Foods to Gain Weight Fast

 

Calorie Count for 21 Best Real Foods to Gain Weight Fast:

Please note these calorie counts are estimates. Individual calorie counts may vary by manufacturer and how the food is processed (i.e. whole, ground, sliced, etc.). Please read food labels for calorie counts.

Food Serving Size Calories Per Serving
Avocado 1 cup, cubed 240
Walnuts ¼ cup, chopped 190
Peanut Butter ¼ cup 379
Half and Half 1 cup 315
Flax Seed ¼ cup 220
Salmon 6 ounces 354
Greek Yogurt 1 cup 225
Olive Oil 2 Tbsp. 240
Cheese 2 ounces 230
Eggs 2 jumbo 180
Chia Seed ¼ cup 215
Coconut 1 cup 285
Almonds ¼ cup 170
Whole Milk 1 cup 146
Avocado Oil 2 Tbsp. 248
Sunflower Seeds ¼ cup 185
Cottage Cheese 1 cup 222
Tuna 6 ounces 220
Butter 2 Tbsp 204
Cashews ¼ cup 180
Tri Tip 6 ounces 290

We will dig into each food item below. Why are they an exceptional food to gain weight. And how to maximize the calories you are getting in a snack or meal.

 

Avocado

Avocados for Weight GainAvocados are our favorite whole food to gain weight.

They contain heart healthy monounsaturated fats. Additionally, they are jam packed with calories. And taste delicious.

You can buy avocado fresh, pre-mashed in containers, or frozen.

We love frozen avocado, because you don’t have to worry about the avocados going bad. Plus, they are a great addition to high calorie smoothies!

You can eat your avocado whole or use some of the ideas below to maximize calories for weight gain.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use avocados for weight gain:

  • Add diced avocado to salad tossed with olive oil.
  • Mash avocado and serve on hearty bread, sprinkled with chia seed.
  • Add sliced avocado to an omelet cooked in butter with extra cheese.

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Chicken Avocado Quesadillas

Chicken Avocado Quesadilla

 

Walnuts

walnuts for weight gainWalnuts not only contain heart healthy fats, but they are also high in omega-3 fatty acids.

You can purchase walnuts whole, diced, or blended into a nut butter. We also have a recipe below if you want to make your own walnut butter!

You can eat walnuts as a snack or added to baked goods, salads, or entrees!

You can use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use walnuts for weight gain:

  • Add chopped walnuts to oatmeal with cream, brown sugar, and dried fruit.
  • Blend walnuts to create walnut butter, serve on toast or add to oatmeal.
  • Cook on the stovetop with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon for a sweet treat.

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Delicious Walnut Butter

Delicious Homemade Walnut Butter

 

Peanut Butter

peanut butterPeanut butter is an excellent high calorie whole food.

It contains heart healthy fats and is versatile in meal preparation.

You can make your own peanut butter using a food processor or powerful blender (we prefer the Vitamix*).

Or you can grind your own peanut butter at natural food stores. And of course, you can always purchase premade peanut butter.

You can eat peanut butter right off the spoon or use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use peanut butter for weight gain:

  • Stir in peanut butter to oatmeal with cream, butter, and brown sugar.
  • Make a peanut butter sauce to add to a chicken or tofu stir fry over rice.
  • Add peanut butter to hearty bread with sliced bananas.

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

700 Calorie Breakfast Peanut Butter French Toast

 

Half and Half

half and half for gaining weightI like half and half because it is high in calories and makes food taste good.

I realize that some people have never heard of half and half. Think of it as creamer.

Half and half is a combination of whole milk and cream. You can find it in the dairy section at most grocery stores.

Because half and half has more calories than milk, it can help you gain weight faster.

An easy way to use half and half is to just swap in where you would usually use milk. Here are some ideas on how to use half and half to maximize calories.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use half and half for weight gain:

  • Use half and half in place of milk in your morning cereal.
  • Add half and half to soup to make a creamy, high calorie soup.
  • Stir in half and half with Carnation Instant Breakfast.

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

High Calorie Banana Shake

High Calorie Banana Shake

 

Flax Seed

flax seed for weight gainFlax seed is a whole food that can be added to other dishes to maximize calories.

These seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and are heart healthy.

Unless you are sure to chew your flax seeds really well, you might want to consider ground flax seed.

Or grinding it yourself with a food processor or high-powered blender (ex. Vitamix)! Flax seed powder is easy to mix into the foods and drinks you are already eating.

Use the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use flax seed for weight gain:

  • Add ground flax seed to oatmeal with cream, brown sugar, and dried fruit.
  • Blend ground flax seed in with high calorie smoothies.
  • Make home-made granola bars with oats, flax seed, honey, and other tasty ingredients.

Be sure to check out this recipe (made with ground flax seed) on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Coconut Oil Smoothie

Salmon

salmon Salmon is also high in omega-3 fatty acids and is good for heart health.

Health experts recommend eating fish a couple times per week. 

Fish is a healthy food option. And by selecting a fatty fish option like salmon, you can gain weight too!

Salmon makes a good entrée for dinner, but it can also be added to salads for lunch. Or you can eat some smoked salmon as a snack!

 

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use salmon for weight gain:

  • Grill salmon on skewers and coat with a brown sugar teriyaki sauce.
  • Bake salmon in foil with a good amount of butter and fresh dill.
  • Cook salmon with olive oil and serve over rice.

We don’t have any salmon recipes on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes yet. But, you can always try this delicious recipe for dessert!

Highest Calorie Chocolate Pie

Highest Calorie Dessert Chocolate Pie

 

Greek Yogurt

yogurt for weight gainYogurt is made from milk and is high in probiotics.

Greek yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt and higher in protein.

The added protein in Greek yogurt, when combined with resistance exercise, is good for muscle health.

When selecting a Greek Yogurt for gaining weight, be sure to avoid products that are fat free or low fat. These options are lower in calories. Higher calorie foods will help you gain weight faster.

Look for Greek yogurt made from whole fat milk. Read the nutrition label and ingredient list to confirm the ingredients in the product you are looking to buy.

You can also make your own home-made yogurt. It’s not as hard as you may think. You just need a thermometer, whole fat yogurt, and some starter yogurt.

You can make yogurt in the oven, using an Instant Pot, or yogurt maker. I like to make yogurt in my Instant Pot* using whole milk and starter yogurt. I strain the yogurt to make it a thicker Greek yogurt.

You can eat Greek yogurt plain or use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories for optimal weight gain.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use Greek yogurt for weight gain:

  • Top your oatmeal with a dollop of Greek yogurt; add nuts, dried fruit, drizzle with agave.
  • Make a parfait with Greek yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit.
  • Mix in shredded coconut, sliced almonds, and chocolate chips to your Greek yogurt.

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Cherry Parfait

Delicious Cherry Parfait

 

Olive Oil

olive oilOlive oil isn’t necessarily a whole food you eat by itself.

But, you can add it to so many foods to add a boost of calories!

Olive oil is a heart healthy fat. It comes in plain and flavored varieties.

You can always dip some warm French bread into some olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a tasty treat. I like to make my own home-made salad dressings. Or you can simply use it with cooking in the frying pan.

Check out some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use olive oil for weight gain:

  • Cook your food in olive oil, like chicken and vegetables, to add flavor and calories.
  • Toss olive oil, basil, and tomatoes with some cooked pasta. Top with cheese.
  • Sautee diced red potatoes in olive oil, rosemary, and salt until crispy.

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Italian Sausage and Summer Vegetable Soup with Orzo

High Calorie Soup [Italian Sausage and Summer Vegetable Soup with Orzo]

 

Cheese

Cheese for weight gainCheese is generally a high calorie food.

But some varieties are lower in calories. Be sure to read the nutrition label to find cheese with the highest number of calories.

Soft cheeses like brie and cream cheese are good examples of high calorie cheeses. Shredded cheddar cheese is also great to add to your foods.

Be sure to avoid low fat or fat free versions of cheese. We want to make sure you are getting the most calories possible.

Cheese can be eaten as a snack or you can use the ideas below to maximize the calories in your food.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use cheese for weight gain:

  • Add shredded cheese to eggs, meats, casseroles, or even melt over vegetables.
  • Spread cream cheese over a bagel and top with cinnamon, diced walnuts, and raisins.
  • Make a chacurrie board with brie, cheddar cheese, nuts, salami, and dried fruit.

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

High Protein Mac and Cheese

High Protein Mac and Cheese

 

Eggs

eggsEggs are high in protein and other important nutrients for the body.

While the egg whites are low in calories, the egg yolks are high in fat. And therefore, high in calories.

You can eat eggs cooked in a variety of ways from scrambled to hard boiled to poached to over easy.

Different Ways to Cook Eggs

  • Hard Boiled
  • Scrambled
  • Poached
  • Over Easy
  • Sunny Side Up
  • Omelet
  • Soufflé

You can also use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use eggs for weight gain:

  • Scramble eggs in butter and top with extra
  • Hard boil eggs and mix in mayo to the yolks to make deviled eggs.
  • Mix eggs, cheese, and bacon in a greased mug and cook in the microwave.

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

High Calorie Microwave Egg Breakfast

Microwavable High Calorie Egg Breakfast

 

Chia Seed

chia seedChia seeds are tiny black seeds.

They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and heart healthy calories. You can add chia seed to a variety of foods.

Chia seeds are also a great thickening agent. You can make chia seed pudding or chia jams. You can make your own or buy pre-bought varieties.

Use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use chia seeds for weight gain:

  • Build a smoothie bowls topped with chia seeds, diced pecans, flaked coconut, & fresh fruit.
  • Make overnight oats with oats, half and half, chia seeds, strawberries, and honey.
  • Mix in chia seeds with a high calorie smoothie.

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Breakfast Pudding Chia Parfait

High Calorie Vegan Breakfast [Chia Pudding Parfait]

 

Coconut

coconut for weight gainCoconut is a fun, tropical high calorie option.

You can purchase a coconut whole and enjoy draining and serving it. Cracking a coconut is always fun.

You can also buy shredded or flaked coconut. Or you can even buy canned coconut cream.

Keep in mind coconut water is low in calories. Coconut milk has a moderate number of calories. While coconut cream is the highest calorie canned option.

Coconut can be added to a variety of dishes from breakfast to desserts to entrees. Use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use coconut for weight gain:

  • Add shredded coconut to oatmeal, pancakes, or waffles.
  • Mix in coconut cream with sticky rice and top with fresh mango.
  • Add coconut cream to a high calorie smoothie or soup; top with shredded coconut.

Be sure to check out this recipe (which can be topped with coconut) on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

High Calorie Overnight Oats

High Calorie Overnight Oats [Banana Cream]

Almonds

AlmondsAlmonds contain heart healthy monounsaturated fats. And almonds are versatile!

You can add almonds to baked goods, salads, entrees, breakfast foods, and so much more.

You can purchase raw or roasted almonds. They come in plain, salted, or flavored varieties. Additionally, you can buy almonds whole, chopped, slivered, or sliced.

Eat almonds as a snack or use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use walnuts for weight gain:

  • Make your own trail mix with almonds, dried fruit, and chocolate.
  • Add sliced almonds to oatmeal with cream and bananas.
  • Puree into almond butter and spread on toast; drizzle with

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Almond Butter Weight Gain Shake

Almond Butter Weight Gain Shake

 

Whole Milk

whole milk for weight gainThere are a variety of milks you can choose from the grocery store.

In addition to cow’s milk, you can typically find goat milk and a variety of plant-based milks.

When it comes to cow’s milk, you can purchase fat free (0% fat), low fat (1%), reduced fat (2%), and whole milk.

Whole milk has not had any fat (or calories!) removed. Therefore, whole milk has the most calories among all of the milk options listed above.

Calories in 8 Ounces Milk:

  • Fat Free (Skim) Milk: 83 calories
  • 1% Milk: 102 calories
  • 2% Milk: 122 calories
  • Whole Milk: 149 calories

When you take fat away from milk, you are taking away calories. For those needing to gain weight, you need all of the calories you can get.

For the same volume, just by choosing whole milk, you will be getting the most calories!

Another tip to get even more calories is to choose a flavored milk, like chocolate milk or strawberry milk. The added flavor and sugar add more calories.

Calories in 8 Ounces Flavored Milk (Whole Fat):

  • Regular Milk: 149 calories
  • Strawberry Milk: 201 calories
  • Chocolate Milk: 204 calories

Read the nutrition facts label on milk when purchasing at the store. Flavored milk varieties with low fat milk will have fewer calories.  

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use whole milk for weight gain:

  • Add whole milk to your cereal or oatmeal; top with nuts and dried fruit.
  • Drink a glass of whole milk to a meal or with a high calorie snack.
  • Mix whole milk with ice-cream and flavored syrup to make a high calorie shake.

Be sure to check out this recipe which includes whole milk on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

High Calorie Peach Muffins

High Calorie Muffin [Peach Cobbler]

 

Avocado Oil

avocado oilThere are a variety of plant-based oils available on the market today.

We’ve already mentioned olive oil which is a well-loved oil known for its heart health properties.

Another oil for weight gain is avocado oil. Avocado has already made the list of great high calorie foods.

As previously mentioned, avocado is high in monounsaturated fats which are good for the body.

Avocado has a unique taste and can be added to foods or used in cooking. Use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use avocado oil for weight gain:

  • Cook your food in avocado oil to add flavor and calories.
  • Mix avocado oil with balsamic vinegar and herbs for a high calorie salad dressing.
  • Drizzle avocado oil over cooked pasta and top with cheese.

Be sure to check out this recipe (swap olive oil for avocado oil) on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Summer Vegetable Frittata

High Calorie Vegetable Frittata

 

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seedsNuts and seeds are both reliable high calorie foods that you can grab and go.

Sunflower seeds are a great option because they can be eaten as a snack or added to your food.

You can purchase sunflower seeds in the shell or already shelled. Or even flavored varieties, though these are usually higher in sodium.

Shelled sun flower seeds are easier to use and you can eat them quicker, getting more calories faster.

However, eating a bag of shelled sunflower seed and spitting out the shells can be a fun way to enjoy a snack. Use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use walnuts for weight gain:

  • Add sunflower seeds to your salad with avocados and an avocado oil salad dressing.
  • Make a trail mix with sunflower seeds, almonds, dried fruit, and chocolate chips.
  • Blend sunflower seeds to create sunflower seed butter, serve on toast or add to oatmeal.

Be sure to check out this recipe (you can throw in some sunflower seeds!) on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Spinach Peanut Butter Smoothie

Spinach Peanut Butter Smoothie

 

Cottage Cheese

cottage cheeseCottage cheese, like milk, comes in fat free, low fat, and whole fat varieties and is high in calories.

Be sure to read the nutrition label on your cottage cheese to make sure it is made with whole milk.

You can usually purchase small curd cottage cheese or low curd cottage cheese. This is generally based on preference and does not impact the calorie count.

Cottage cheese can be enjoyed plain as a snack. Or as a side dish for a meal. You can also get creative and use cottage cheese in cooking. Use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use cottage cheese for weight gain:

  • Top cottage cheese with fresh or canned fruit like peaches or pineapple.
  • Mix cottage cheese, cool whip, Jell-o powder, pistachios, and mandarins for a sweet treat.
  • Use cottage cheese in your lasagna in place of ricotta for a fun twist.

Be sure to check out this recipe (it DOES contain cottage cheese!) on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

High Calorie Apple Cinnamon Pancakes 

High Calorie Pancake Recipe – Apple Cinnamon

 

Tuna

tunaTuna, like salmon, is a fatty fish. This means it is higher in calories than other fish varieties.

You can purchase tuna filets or canned tuna. Or even packets of ready to eat tuna.

Canned tuna is typically sold packed in water or packed in oil. Canned tuna in oil is going to have more calories than canned tuna in water.

You can add tuna to crackers, make a tuna fish sandwich, add it to your casserole, and more.

Use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use tuna for weight gain:

  • Mix canned tuna with mayo and pickle relish; serve on hearty bread.
  • Cook tuna in olive oil and top with fresh lemon and capers.
  • Make tuna patties using canned tuna and serve on a roll with mayo.

Be sure to check out this recipe (you can always add tuna!) on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

High Calorie Cheesy Breakfast Grits

500 Calorie Breakfast Cheesy Grits

 

Butter

butterButter isn’t a food you will be eating by itself (right?!).

But we added butter to this list because you can add it to so many different foods for an extra boost of calories.

You can purchase salted or unsalted butter based on your individual needs and preferences.

The salt content of butter does not impact the calorie content. Both are good for weight gain.

Butter is different than hard stick margarines which typically contain trans fats. Trans fats are an unhealthy fat that we should generally avoid. Be sure to read the food label when purchased your butter.

Use these ideas to use butter to maximize your calories for weight gain.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use butter for weight gain:

  • Mix butter to oatmeal with cream, brown sugar, chopped nuts, and dried fruit.
  • Add a dollop of butter to foods already served on the plate- like veggies, potatoes, even steak.
  • Use butter when cooking breakfast foods on the griddle like eggs or pancakes.

Be sure to check out this recipe on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

Garlic Butter Pasta

Garlic Butter Pasta

 

Cashews

cashewsCashews have a creamier taste than most other nuts.

They are also a great source of copper and other micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).

You can buy roasted cashews salted or unsalted. And like other nuts and seed, you can use them as a snack or add them to a dish in cooking!

Use some of the ideas below to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use walnuts for weight gain:

  • Add chopped cashews to stir fry with veggies, beef, & teriyaki sauce.
  • Blend cashews to create cashew butter, serve on toast or add to oatmeal.
  • Cook on the stovetop with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon for a sweet treat.

Be sure to check out this recipe (you can swap the walnuts for cashews!) on our sister site, High Calorie Recipes:

High Protein Banana Nut Muffins

High Protein Muffin [Chocolate Chip Banana Nut]

 

Tri Tip

tri tipMeats contain a variety of protein and fat.

The mix of protein and fat depends on the type of meat and the cut of meat.

Many meats are lean, meaning they are lower in fat. Lower in fat is lower in calories. Choosing a fattier cut of beef will provide more calories, helping you to gain weight faster.

A good cut of beef which includes a decent amount of fat and calories is tri tip. Tri tip is well marbled with fat, has great flavor, and is high in protein. Brisket is another good fatty cut of beef.

Because of the protein in beef, eating beef can help with gaining muscle along with your weight gain. Be sure to do some resistance exercises to help gain muscle mass with adequate protein.

Below are some ideas to maximize your calories to gain weight fast.

How to Maximize Calories

Here are some ideas on how to use tri tip for weight gain:

  • Go grilling and serve with buttered corn on the cob and a salad with avocado.
  • Serve tri tip over mashed potatoes made with whole milk and butter.
  • Add butter to tri tip as it cooks for added flavor and calories.

While this recipe doesn’t have tri tip, it does have beef! And is high in calories:

Beef and Farro High Protein Soup

Beef and Farro High Protein Soup

 

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