My Morning Weight Gain Smoothie

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Recently, I’ve been trying to gain weight mostly through healthy calories and eating more carbs as I have been advised! I really find this smoothie a brilliant way to gain weight, as it packs 1161 calories, so knowing that I’ve already packed at least 1000 calories in the beginning of my day, makes it so much easier to reach my calorie goal per day. This smoothie is also very handy and quick to make, and fits great into my daily work routine. I have seen good results with this smoothie, in a good amount of time. These are the main ingredients I use..

  • 3 bananas : 300 calories, 60g carbs, 3g protein
  • 3 tbsp honey: 192 calories, 52g carbs,
  • 4 tbsp olive oil: 477 calories, 54g fat
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter: 105 calories, 4g protein, 8g fat,
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I use ON whey protein): 120 calories, 24g protein
  • water to achieve desired consistency and to add hydration to my morning meal (you can add any liquid of your choice perhaps adding even more calories).

1161 calories, 124 carbs, 64g fat, 31g protein

Additional ingredients I sometimes add:

  • 1 avocado: 240 calories
  • 2 scoops protein powder instead of 1: 240 calories

Let me know if this was beneficial to you or if you want more weight gain tips! ♥

 

 

 

 

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Why butter is good for you…

butterButter is always seen as the bad guy, due to the cholesterol, saturated fat and maybe the propaganda behind it! However, I don’t label foods as ‘good’ and ‘bad’. I think too much of anything, including the harmless, angelic water can be harmful. Moderation is key with food whether you’re eating carrots, apples, chicken, chocolate, ice-cream or anything else. In addition to that, I always support natural foods and butter is natural, being around for thousands of years and it’s a prime part of many cultures. Here are some of it’s benefits:

  • Full of minerals, including selenium (a powerful antioxidant). It has more selenium than whole wheat or garlic. In fact, it contains a number of anti-oxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries.
  • Supplies your body with iodine and vitamin A, needed by the thyroid gland which helps the healthy functioning of the heart and cardiovascular system.
  • It contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), short and medium chain fatty acids which gives excellent protection against cancer
  • Contains lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents.
  • It is shown to help with growth and development, gastrointestinal health, arthritis, and helps protect the immune system.
  • Good dietary source cholesterol.

I noticed that most benefits noted above actually help with weight loss. Antioxidants, vitamins, medium chain fatty acids, all help to pump up your metabolism and of course, your overall health. Fat is not bad for you. Society is blaming natural food labelled as ‘fat’ for global obesity and poor heart function, when over-processed foods and lack of movement is the reason. However, the best butter you can eat is raw, organic butter from grass-fed animals because pasteurization destroys nutrients.

So please, have real butter instead of…
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‘Fake’ butter that can contain trans fats, additives and preservatives.

 

Sources and useful websites:

http://www.thankyourbody.com/butter-evil-good/

http://www.bulletproofexec.com/butter-is-better-for-your-brain-and-now-your-heart/

It’s even beneficial for children with ADHD: http://pennyarcos.hubpages.com/hub/butterforADHDbraindevelopment