If you are in desperate need to add in extra calories because you are simply not gaining any weight, don’t reach for the 1000 calorie cake just yet. I must warn you to beware of the foods that are high-calorie, but are also EXTREMELY high in saturated fat. It may be easy to put down into your stomach, but in the long run, they are no one’s friend in the weight gain business. There are, however, many healthy alternatives to stuffing down 10 donuts for those extra calories. Below are a few simple tips that you can add to your current day-to-day diet for extra calories. They don’t require any substantial change, so if you’re undereating, you should read more diet articles we have here posted. Below are simply small additions to your day-to-day eating ritual.
If you eat cereal every morning, simply sprinkle nuts on top of your cereal. Nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, peanuts, pecans, walnuts and pistachio nuts, help lower the risk of heart disease and are also high in calories. For example, placing 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts on your cereal will add 200 calories to your daily intake. They also taste and work great with cereal!
Add olive oil to your pasta and salads. Now olive oil is high in calories and fat (just 1 tablespoon contains 120 calories) but olive oil fat does not carry the same risk of heart disease and stroke that butter and vegetable oil do. Instead, olive oil contains high-density lipoprotein which lowers bad cholesterol.
Mix wheat germ into your meals. Wheat germ is a powdery substance, derived from wheat kernel embryos that is high in folic acid, but contains only half a gram of saturated fat per serving. Stirring 1/4 cup of wheat germ into pudding or yogurt will add 120 calories to your meal.
Add avocado with your meals such as sandwiches or salads, every two days a week or so. Avocado is high in vitamin K, dietary fiber and potassium. Although avocado does contain over 4 grams of saturated fat, take advantage of its dietary benefits by eating it only occasionally. One medium-sized avocado contains roughly 160 calories. Definitely a healthy and delicious way to add some calories to your sandwich!
When eating a hot meal, add a baked sweet potato as an extra side dish. Sweet potatoes contain far more vitamins than regular white potatoes. One large baked sweet potato contains 170 calories itself. A great addition to any home cooked meal!