Weight Gain Milk: A Fortified Food to Gain Weight

Weight gain milk is a great tool for stopping unintended weight loss and promoting weight gain. For reference, weight gain milk is a “fortified food” that provides extra calorie to the foods/beverages someone is already consuming.

This article provides information on how to make weight gain milk and other tips to promote weight gain.

What Are Fortified Foods?

fortified foodsBy definition “fortify” means to “strengthen”.

As it relates to foods, it means to increase the amount of nutrition in the food.

Fortified foods are simply foods that we add extra nutrients to. This can be in the form of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) or macronutrients (calories, protein, etc.).

Fortified with Vitamins and Minerals

Most people are familiar with fortified foods that have been fortified with vitamins and minerals. A good example of this is actually milk itself. Milk usually has vitamin D added to it. This is a nutrient that isn’t found naturally in milk. Milk is fortified with vitamin D.

Another example is juice. Some orange juice brands are fortified with calcium.

Fortified with Calories

When a geriatric dietitian talks about fortified foods, we are usually talking about foods that have been fortified with calories. We are adding extras to foods someone is already eating to maximize the calories eaten.

Providing fortified foods is an effective strategy to stop unintended weight loss and promote weight gain. It enables us to maximize the calories in the same volume of foods consumed.

Using Milk to Gain Weight

Milk can be consumed with a meal or in-between meals to help with weight gain. Providing milk in between meals is most effective. Sometimes people can get too full eating a lot at meal times.

Calories in Milk

There are many different varieties of milk.  For the purpose of this article, we are discussing pasteurized cow’s milk. But even within cow’s milk there is a great deal of variety.

Calories in 1 cup of milk, by type:

Drink Type Calories in 1 cup
Milk, whole 149
Milk, whole chocolate 204
Milk, whole strawberry 201
Milk, 2% 122
Milk, 1% 102
Milk, Skim 83

When making Weight Gain Milk we need to make sure we are using the varieties of milk with the most calories.

Difference in Calories Per Volume

The visual below shows how the exact same volume of milk can have different calorie counts. Let’s take a peek. Calories per 10 oz. Glass:

calories in milk by volume

  • Skim milk: 103 calories
  • Whole milk: 186 calories
  • Weight Gain milk: 307 calories

As you can see, weight gain milk clearly provides the most calories per volume of these milk choices.

Weight Gain Milk

Weight Gain Milk has several names. You may also hear it referred to as “fortified milk” or “double strength milk”. This recipe is very easy and it’s effective.

Weight Gain Milk Recipe

weight gain milk recipe

Here is the recipe for weight gain milk. It is so easy!


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup dry milk (whole)


  • Combine ingredients, stir until smooth
  • You can also mix the ingredients in a shaker

Nutrition Information:

  • Serving Size: 10 oz. glass
  • Calorie Count: 307


Weight Gain Milk Recipe- In Bulk

If you want to make a different volume (i.e. more!), the breakdown is 4 parts whole milk to 1 part dry milk. Store extras in the fridge, just shake well before serving.


  • 1 quart (4 cups) whole milk
  • 1 cup dry milk (whole)


  • Combine ingredients and stir until smooth
  • You can also mix the ingredients in a shaker
  • Store extras in sealed container in fridge

Nutrition Information:

  • Servings per Recipe: 4
  • Serving Size: 10 oz. glass
  • Calorie Count per Serving: 307

Be sure to use the weight gain milk in a timely fashion. We advise against making too much at once because you want to use the milk before it spoils.


Other Foods for Weight Gain

Weight gain milk can be used with other high calorie foods to promote weight gain and stop unintended weight loss. We have written several articles on this topic which may be helpful:

Additionally, here are two simple fortified foods recipes to help with weight gain.


Fortified Oatmeal for Weight Gain

fortified oatmeal

Here is the recipe for weight gain oatmeal.  You can use instant or stove top cooked oatmeal. You can add so many high calorie add-ins for a high calorie, fortified breakfast.


  • 1 packet instant oatmeal (plain)
  • 2/3 whole milk
  • 1/8 cup dry milk (whole)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter


  • Combine packet of oatmeal and milk to a microwave safe bowl.
  • Heat in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir in dry milk, brown sugar, and butter.
  • Allow to cool to desired temperature before serving.

Nutrition Information:

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calorie Count: 420

To add even more calories, you can add in dried fruit, nuts, seeds, or nut butters to the fortified oatmeal. Be sure to check out our article on High Calorie Breakfasts for more ideas and three tasty recipes.


Fortified Soup for Weight Gain

Fortified soup

Here is a simple recipe for fortified soup. You can use any brand of canned soup.

The take home message is to use whole milk (there are more calories) and add dry milk (for a boost of extra calories). Adding cheese to the top adds even more calories.


  • 1 can (10 oz.) condensed tomato soup
  • 10 oz. whole milk (measure in empty soup can)
  • 1/4 cup dry milk (whole)
  • 1/4 shredded cheese


  • Combine ingredients and stir until smooth
  • Heat on stovetop or in microwave until
  • Serve soup in bowls, top with shredded cheese

Nutrition Information:

  • Servings per Recipe: 2
  • Serving Size: Half recipe
  • Calorie Count per Serving: 340

Be sure to check out our article on High Calorie Soups for more ideas and three tasty recipes.



Weight gain milk is an easy and effective way to gain weight. You can add flavored syrups (i.e. chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, butterscotch, etc.) to add even more variety if the milk becomes boring.


Weight Gain Milk Recipe Infographic


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