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Post your high-cal creations here for other weight gainers!:]

Mac & Cheese (Over 500 cals/cup!)

Peanut butter cup oatmeal (Over 1100 cal/bowl!)

Tropical Oatmeal (Over 1200 cal/bowl!))

I have others, but this is what I had typed up already...

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Just a question...is it unhealthy to eat high levels of saturated fat during recovery?

Original Post by jonasfreek:

Just a question...is it unhealthy to eat high levels of saturated fat during recovery?

 In my opinion (and the opinions of every one of the 11 nutritionists/dietitians I've had over recovery) ABSOLUTELYNOT. SF's are given an inappropriately bad rep and are VERY important to those in recovery from extreme weight loss. The recipes I have posted are very high in it, yes, but they also have massive levels of essential nutrients and have helped me to grow into an extremely healthy recovered anorexic. I just went to the doctor last week and they were amazed at how quickly I've recovered everything I've lost...weight, brain mass, musclemass, hair (my hair is THICK now but was falling out before I started eating more fats), organs...etc. I have a PERFECT blood pressure, ATHLETE-QUALITY heart rate/lungs, steady blood sugars (previously hypoglycemic) and amazing endurance according to them. My weight is well-distributedand I have very toned and muscular legs even with small amounts of exercise. This isn't to toot my own horn, but to give you examples of what the addition of saturated fats has done for me. From my experience, SF's are a super food during recovery. Now that I'm stable, I eat a more "normal" diet, though I still enjoy full-0fat dairy products for calcium. Full-fat dairy is a lot better than most people say; it has the most natural nutrients out of all fat levels of milk (reduced fat and skim have vitamins and minerals added back in) and is less processed than the lower-fat versions as well.

Ask your doctor if you don't want to take my advice, since I'm only a 15-year old girl who's had a bit too much hospital experience in her life. What works for me may not be best for you. I did hear from plenty of doctors that food is medicine during recovery, however, and NO FOODS are bad for those that are coming out of an ED.

Thank you! These recipes are just what I needed. I just got rubber bands on my teeth :( that keep me from opening my mouth. They can only be taken off when I eat, so I am limited really to just having 3 meals a day, no snacks because of the hassle
great post idea missmagill

im not going to take credit for these recipes but they are really good and high cal :P

http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/recipes/cf_rec ipes/about_cf_recipes.html
I'm not a gainer, but my bf def needs to eat more cals and he's not much of an eater so needs high cal healthy stuff. These sound so delicious! I think the portion size for the Tropical Oatmeal is a bit large, but if you split in half... I'm def going to make it.

Thank you so much for these! :D
1 cup of Vector cereal (215 cals)

1 protien/meal replacement shake (250-350 cals) I usually use vanilla flavoured- feels like milk :)

1/3 cup nuts (300 cals)

= MmMmMmMmMmM

I'm here to loose not gain (my BMI is over 30) but I wanted to chime in here.  I was raised next door to an organic dairy.  We got fresh (unpasteurized) whole organic milk every day.  I drank a *lot* of it growing up.  It was a daily part of my diet until I was 15 and we moved to the city.  Due to some orthapedic injuries, I ended up having a bone scan recently.  I was 37 when I had my bone scan.  My bone density came back off the top of the charts. 

Original Post by morrighu:

I'm here to loose not gain (my BMI is over 30) but I wanted to chime in here.  I was raised next door to an organic dairy.  We got fresh (unpasteurized) whole organic milk every day.  I drank a *lot* of it growing up.  It was a daily part of my diet until I was 15 and we moved to the city.  Due to some orthapedic injuries, I ended up having a bone scan recently.  I was 37 when I had my bone scan.  My bone density came back off the top of the charts. 

 I love raw milk, too! A local farm of ours that sells raw milk got a nutritional information calculation done and found that it has 200 calories and 50% DV of calcium per cup! If one can find find it, raw milk is AWESOME for weight gain...especially with the bone density issues that EDs cause. 

I bought some heavy whipping cream today and made this white bean soup for dinner. Heavy whipping cream is a wonderful thing and a super easy way to add calories and much needed fat :)

http://caloriecount.about.com/recipe/119867.h tml

Original Post by gibbit:

I bought some heavy whipping cream today and made this white bean soup for dinner. Heavy whipping cream is a wonderful thing and a super easy way to add calories and much needed fat :)

http://caloriecount.about.com/recipe/119800.h tml

 That looks amazing. :P Just a question, though? If you're counting cals still, you need to be careful to log beans as being cooked. The count in the recipe is off due to the analyzer using uncooked beans. Just a heads up. It's still VERY dense. :)

oooo thanks! It did look a bit high to me. I'm not sure how the analyzer works exactly. I'm not really counting anymore because I know I'm usually well above what I need. I'll try and edit the recipe for other people on here though!

Oh, and I also forgot to enter in the couple of spoonfuls of nutritional yeast I added in. Gives it a nice cheesy flavor :)

Fluff milkshake (SO GOOD!):

Couple of TBs of PB (depending upon how high-cal you want it!)

3 TBs of Marshmellow Fluff

Milk (I use Lactaid whole milk-quite good!)

Scoop in some soy vanilla ice cream (or whatever your preference be)

 

and tada! It sounds weird but it's good. I promise ;)!

 

HOLY COW TORIDL- THAT SOUNDS TOO AMAZING! LOL

I'm eating this right now and OH WOW! It's so good!

Mixed vanilla ice cream with heavy whipping cream and peanut butter. I stirrled it all together and stuck it back in the freezer for abotu 10 minutes to refreeze, then topped with sliced banana. YUM!

I'm definatly not saying this is healthy BUT, if you like chocolate/peanut butter its for you

http://caloriecount.about.com/recipe/99112.ht ml

PUPPY CHOW :0) or muddy buddies

One serving is 280 calories, and one serving definatly IS NOT enough

 

I don't know if this qualifies as being high calorie (700+), but it is a simple, fast, and healthy way to add calories.  I usually eat it as part of my breakfast or a snack.  It can be eaten warm or cold.  If you cook the rice ahead of time, it's a very convenient and quick breakfast or snack.   

RICE PUDDING

1 c. cooked brown rice (I use 1/2 c. uncooked rice to 1 tbsp unsalted butter)

Whole milk or half and half (I usually add a few tbsp of half and half)  

Cut up dried fruit (apricots, cherries, prunes, raisins, dates, blueberries, etc)  

sprinkled with nuts (I like walnuts, pecans, or almond slivers)

Drizzle a little agave nectar, stevia, or honey to taste (optional)

 

The butter, sweetener, and use of half and half are all optional for those who want to add extra calories.  I've had it with milk and no sweetener and it's still delicious.

 

Agave nectar:  A natural sweetener with a low glycemic index that can be found at health food stores or Trader Joe's).  Stevia is a natural sweeter made from a plant and has a 0 glycemic index for those of you who don't want to add any sugar to your diet.  

Approximate calorie count according to the ingredients I use:

1/2 c. uncooked rice      340

1 tsp butter (optional)   100

3 tbsp half and half        60

Dried fruit (5 prunes)    160

Nuts                             100 +  (depending on what kind/how much you add)

Sweetener                       X  

When I get really full, I like to drink my calories. One of my favorite combos is..

Peanut Butter
Nut milk ( Or any other kind of milk you want, I just think nut milks taste good and can be high cal )
Cocoa
Dates
honey
Maple syrup

blend together with ice cubes, and its really good. To make even more high cal, add shredded coconut or more dried fruit. protein powder is also a great add in, or if you want to invest in it, at places like GNC they sell weight gain powder, its like 700 cals+ per scoop.

But I can find things easily enough in my house to add in to these shakes/smoothies to be high cal. Some more combos and add ins are

- Nuts
- ice cream
- frozen yogurt
- maple syrup
- Any nut butters
- Yogurt
- Higher cal fruits such as mangos or bananas
- Avocados (be careful what you add this in, haha you might noe like the taste in certain blends
- 100% juices
- Fruit/vegetable purees
- Coconut milk.. very high calorie
- ensures, boosts, etc.
- wheat germ
- Flax seed
- Flax oil
- Whipping cream
- Chocolate-strawberry syrup (although not the healthiest choice..)
-Sugar (same here)
- Half and half
- Carnation Instant breakfast
- Jam/Jelly
- Malt powder
- Condensed milk
- Eggnog
- Oatmeal
- Eggs (be careful with raw eggs..)


Try any of those things combined, and they turn out pretty good no matter what, haha.


http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/useritem/631 63675.html

Here's an example of one of the many wonderful ways to make high calorie oatmeals! Especially for those of you struggling to get your calories above 1400 or 1600, or even 2000. I had this for breakfast along with an apple so I'm already over 1000 for the day!

edit: I don't know if that link will work for the recipe, ugh, I need to figure out how to work this thing. here's the recipe-

1/4 cup dried goji berries
1/4 cup crushed pecans
1/2 cup oats
about a tbsp or 2 of wheat germ
1.5 cups vanilla soymilk
1/4 cup maple syrup (I have a major sweet tooth :X)
2 tbsps whole milk powder (its super easy to add more of this too!)
sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg

I eat alot of bagels to up the calories. They're not too large, but can be very high in calories.

I have this for lunch sometimes:

- 1 rasin bagel + 2 tablespoons of almond butter + 30g of nuts = 800

And it's not that filling, leaving plenty of room for a big dinner!

This is what I would eat for breakfast during recovery. So many people try to stuff as much food down their throat, when really, it's all about being smart about calorie counting and getting the most out of every meal.

 

1/2 cup of oatmeal

1/2 cup of full cream milk

Tablespoon of honey (sometimes I used PB which was just as good)

~ Microwave everything together for about a minute- you won't even notice the honey and it can add up to 200 calories depending on the brand!

Nuts and dried fruit sprinkled on top. I love goji berries. Sometimes I use flaked coconut instead of the nuts, which gives it a nice taste. A teaspoon of cinnamon really adds to the flavour too.

Have another glass of milk or juice with it and it should bring up the calories to around 1000. It's delicious, not too filling and super high in calories.

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