If you’re like me, then you understand the struggle of growing up really skinny. It was tough to get people to take me seriously and it always felt like I had to earn respect from guys that were bigger than me. If you’re still having a hard time gaining weight, then you better read on.
Weight Gain 101
Let’s first address this question, “How do I gain weight?” Without getting into too much detail, gaining weight is as simple as consuming more calories than you burn in a single day. (1) It’s important to understand that some people naturally burn more calories than others, but it depends on a variety of factors such as lifestyle, body type, genetics, and more.
What Body Type Are You?
Endomorphs are people who have the easiest time gaining weight. They tend to store fat relatively quickly but have a difficult time losing it, and have the slowest metabolism out of the three body types. Just like endomorphs, mesomorphs have an easy time gaining weight but their weight tends to be in the form of lean muscle. (2) Mesomorphs can also burn fat relatively easy.Ectomorphs have a light frame with a small bone structure and long limbs. Ectomorphs have a very difficult time building muscle and gaining weight due to their metabolism. Out of the three body types, ectomorphs have the fastest metabolism.
Eating enough to gain weight for your body type may not only be expensive, but time consuming as well. Individuals who have a tight budget or simply don’t have enough time to cook will definitely benefit from weight gainer shakes. By making your own weight gain protein shake, you can put on a decent amount of weight while saving money.
Affordable Weight Gainer Shakes Made Easy
A single serving of this weight gainer shake has roughly 436 calories, 42 grams of protein, 22 grams of carbohydrates, and 20 grams of fat. Additionally, it can be prepared in less than 5 minutes.
In a blender, combine ¾ a cup of unsweetened almond milk or whole milk (for added calories), ¼ a cup of plain Greek yogurt, ¼ a cup of frozen cherries, 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein (isolate or concentrate), 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter or any natural nut butter, 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal, liquid stevia (optional), and ½ a cup to 1 cup of ice and blend.
The flavors of the ingredients in this recipe is perfectly balanced and will surely please your taste buds. The almond milk (or whole milk), plain Greek yogurt, vanilla whey protein powder, and nut butter will give your shake a rich, creamy taste. The tart flavor of the frozen cherries will balance out the richness of the shake while the cacao (or cocoa powder) gives it a chocolate aftertaste. If the shake isn’t sweet enough, you have the option to add liquid stevia.
All in all, this is one of the best protein shake recipes to help you pack on the pounds. Say goodbye to your old, skinny self and say hello to a bigger, more muscular you.
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The Best Protein Shake Recipe for Weight Gain (Drink This)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
¾ cup unsweetened almond or dairy milk
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup frozen cherries
1 scoop (1 oz) vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder
1 tbsp natural peanut butter or other nut butter
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
liquid stevia to taste (optional)
½ to 1 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.