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High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie (Weight Gain Recipe)

Iulia Serban, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist.

Medically Reviewed by 

Iulia Serban, RDN
Last updated on July 31, 2023
High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie for weight gain.


If you’re looking for a high-calorie smoothie that combines the healthy properties of blueberries with the mildness of almond milk while helping you gain weight, you are set for a treat with our High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie recipe.

As expert creators of high-calorie smoothies, we created this recipe using our blueprint for preparing weight gain smoothies. Moreover, we got the recipe verified by Iulia Serban, RDN.

Besides, to help you follow the recipe, we bought the required ingredients, blended them, and illustrated the whole process with photos.

Smoothie's calories

The standard version of the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie yields one serving of 434 calories. If you need more calories from the smoothie, however, you can adjust ingredient quantities by following these guidelines:

  • For 1000-calorie smoothie: multiply ingredient quantities by 2.30;
  • For 1500-calorie smoothie: multiply ingredient quantities by 3.46;
  • For 2000-calorie smoothie: multiply ingredient quantities by 4.61.

Now, let's get to the recipe.

Equipment

To prepare the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie, you need three pieces of kitchen equipment:

  • Blender
  • Scoop (for protein powder)
  • Spoon (optional)

Ingredients

Ingredients of High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie.
  • 1 large (4.8 oz or 136 g) frozen banana
  • 2 tsp (0.18 oz or 5 g) goji berries
  • 1 cup (5.2 oz or 148 g) frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop (1.06 oz or 30 g) whey protein powder
  • 4 tsp (0.5 oz or 14 g) chia seeds
  • 1 cup (8.45 oz or 250 ml) almond milk

Role of each ingredient

Each of the ingredients in our smoothie has a role in the smoothie's composition.

Firstly, frozen blueberries and almond milk are part of this smoothie because our smoothie should focus on these two ingredients. It's a blueberry almond smoothie after all.

Second, the frozen banana and goji berries have the role of providing sweetness and a boost of energizing carbohydrates.

Moreover, chia seeds increase the smoothie's total calories and bring some healthy fats to the mix.

Regarding whey protein powder, it makes the smoothie useful for building and repairing muscles by delivering proteins.

Ingredient substitutions

If you are lactose intolerant, you can substitute whey protein powder with a plant-based protein powder, like the ones made from rice or pea.

Instructions

1. Adapt ingredients to blender size

Think whether all the ingredients will fit inside your blender.

If you use a small blender with a capacity of less than 583 ml (19.7 fl oz), break the ingredients into two or more identical portions, then follow the next instructions for each of them individually.

2. Add ingredients

Adding ingredients of High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie in a blender.

Add the ingredients to the blender making sure almond milk ends up at its bottom.

If you own a blender with an ingredient recipient that installs upside down on the blender, always add almond milk lastly. This way, the blades will work smoothly without clogging in other ingredients.

3. Blend

Ingredients of High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie: unblended vs. blended.

Blend the ingredients until the smoothie develops a fine texture (about 30-60 seconds).

If you own a less powerful blender, you may need to mix the ingredients for longer than 1 minute. Still, to prevent overheating your blender, abide by the recommended blending duration in your blender's manual.

4. Serve

Pouring the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie in a glass.

Pour the smoothie into a glass or a shaker bottle, and serve.

The smoothie's flavor is smooth, not too sweet, and dominated by the aroma of blueberries, which you can even smell while consuming the drink.

How to store

As a general rule, although we advise drinking the smoothie right after blending it to have the best experience, you can safely store it in the fridge for about a day.

Nutrition facts

  • Volume: 19.7 fl oz (583 ml)
  • Calories: 434
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Carbs: 68 g
  • Fat: 8 g

Out of the 434 calories found in the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie, 59% come from carbohydrates, 26% from protein, and 15% from fats.

Consequently, this smoothie is an abundant source of energizing carbohydrates that delivers plenty of proteins while also featuring some healthy fats.

For more nutritional details, let's explore the contribution of each ingredient to the smoothie's overall nutrition facts.

Nutrition facts of each ingredient

Frozen banana

  • Weight: 1 large (4.8 oz or 136 g)
  • Calories: 121
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Carbs: 31 g
  • Fat: 0 g

Source: FoodData Central - Raw bananas.[1]

Source info

Name: FoodData Central

Type: food database

Operated by: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Characteristics:

  • Governmental authority
  • Updated regularly

The banana, part of the list of high-calorie fruits, delivers 46% of the carbs in the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie.

Frozen blueberries

  • Weight: 1 cup (5.2 oz or 148 g)
  • Calories: 84
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Carbs: 22 g
  • Fat: 0 g

Source: FoodData Central - Raw blueberries.[2]

Source info

Name: FoodData Central

Type: food database

Operated by: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Characteristics:

  • Governmental authority
  • Updated regularly

Blueberries are responsible for 32% of the carbohydrates in the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie.

Goji berries

  • Weight: 2 tsp (0.18 oz or 5 g)
  • Calories: 17
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Carbs: 4 g
  • Fat: 0 g

Source: FoodData Central - Dried Goji berries.[3]

Source info

Name: FoodData Central

Type: food database

Operated by: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Characteristics:

  • Governmental authority
  • Updated regularly

Dried goji berries count among the fruits with the most calories.

Whey protein powder

  • Weight: 1 scoop (1.06 oz or 30 g)
  • Calories: 106
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Carbs: 2 g
  • Fat: 0 g

Source: FoodData Central - Whey protein powder.[4]

Source info

Name: FoodData Central

Type: food database

Operated by: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Characteristics:

  • Governmental authority
  • Updated regularly

Whey protein powder brings 77% of the smoothie's proteins.

Chia seeds

  • Weight: 4 tsp (0.5 oz or 14 g)
  • Calories: 67
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 6 g
  • Fat: 4 g

Source: FoodData Central - Chia seeds.[5]

Source info

Name: FoodData Central

Type: food database

Operated by: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Characteristics:

  • Governmental authority
  • Updated regularly

Chia seeds, which count among the high-calorie snacks and weight gain foods, deliver 50% of the smoothie's fat content.

Almond milk

  • Weight: 1 cup (8.45 fl oz or 250 ml)
  • Calories: 39
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Carbs: 3 g
  • Fat: 3 g

Source: FoodData Central - Almond milk.[6]

Source info

Name: FoodData Central

Type: food database

Operated by: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Characteristics:

  • Governmental authority
  • Updated regularly

Almond milk brings 38% of the smoothie's fat content.

Benefits of drinking this smoothie

On top of helping you gain weight, the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie has many other health benefits. Find out all of the smoothie's benefits below.

1. Gain weight easier

First of all, the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie can help you gain weight easier because it contains plenty of calories and it doesn't fill up your stomach for a long time.

As social proof, according to the top of the best weight gain foods for females, 91% of the women who gain weight successfully drink smoothies regularly.

Increase caloric intake

The High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie boosts your caloric intake because it delivers 434 calories per serving. All of these calories will make it easier for you to achieve a daily caloric surplus, the essential condition for gaining weight.

Keep your appetite

On top of rising your total caloric intake, the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie allows you to eat more food because, unlike many solid foods, it keeps your appetite satisfied only for a short period.

As evidence, a University of Bristol study compared fruit smoothies with fresh fruits and other drinks in terms of satiety. The researchers concluded that fruit smoothies are more filling than drinks that are less alike to food (e.g., water and milk) but less filling than solid foods.[7]

Source info

Name: A Comparison of the Satiety Effects of a Fruit Smoothie, Its Fresh Fruit Equivalent and Other Drinks

Type: journal article

Published in: Nutrients (peer-reviewed journal)

Made at: University of Bristol

2. Increase energy levels

The High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie increases your energy levels because it's rich in carbs, most of which come from the banana and the blueberries in the smoothie's composition.

After all, according to a University of Lausanne study on the energy potential of carbs, carbohydrates are the main energy source for humans.[8]

Source info

Name: Carbohydrates as a source of energy

Type: journal article

Published in: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (peer-reviewed)

Made at: University of Lausanne

3. Boost muscle growth

Another benefit of consuming the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie is that it can promote muscle growth because it has 30 g of protein. The majority of these proteins come from the whey protein powder in the smoothie's composition.

As scientific proof, a pre-workout serving of 20 g of protein, according to a University of Birmingham trial on protein ingestion effects, is sufficient to support muscle growth.[9]

Source info

Name: Stimulation of net muscle protein synthesis by whey protein ingestion before and after exercise

Type: journal article

Published in: American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology, and Metabolism (peer-reviewed journal)

4. Strengthen bones

The High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie can strengthen bones because it contains whey protein powder and chia seeds, two good sources of calcium.

The whey protein powder and the chia seeds in the smoothie bring 228 mg of calcium., which is around 23% of the daily recommended intake of calcium.

5. Fortify immunity

Our smoothie fortifies immunity because it contains five sources of antioxidants:

  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Chia seeds
  • Goji berries
  • Almond milk

Antioxidants, according to a scientific review of antioxidants, increase health protection and disease prevention.[10]

Source info

Name: Antioxidants: Molecules, medicines, and myths

Type: journal article

Published in: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (peer-reviewed journal)

6. Enhance heart health

The High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie has benefits for your heart because it contains one large banana and chia seeds, two great sources of potassium that decrease blood pressure.

As scientific proof, a review of the effects of potassium says that potassium lowers blood pressure.[11]

Source info

Name: Beneficial Effects of High Potassium

Type: journal article

Published in: Hypertension (peer-reviewed journal)

Made at: Medical College of Wisconsin

7. Hydrate body

The High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie is efficient at hydrating your body because it contains two significant sources of water: almond milk and blueberries.

8. Improve digestion

This smoothie can improve digestion because it's made with one large banana, chia seeds, and blueberries, which are all good sources of fiber.

One of the benefits of eating fiber, as stated in a 2009 review of the health benefits of dietary fiber, is a lower risk of gastrointestinal diseases.[12]

Source info

Name: Health benefits of dietary fiber

Type: journal article

Published in: Nutrition Reviews (peer-reviewed journal)

Made in: USA

Recipe summary

To follow the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie's recipe in a compressed format, use the summary below.

High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie for weight gain.

High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie for Weight Gain

Formulated to help you gain weight, the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie combines the healthy properties of blueberries with the mildness of almond milk, delivering a taste dominated by the flavor of blueberries.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Blend Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Smoothies
Servings 1 person
Calories 434 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Scoop (for protein powder)
  • 1 Spoon (optional)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large frozen banana (4.8 oz or 136 g)
  • 2 tsp goji berries (0.18 oz or 5 g)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries (5.2 oz or 148 g)
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder (1.06 oz or 30 g)
  • 4 tsp chia seeds (0.5 oz or 14 g)
  • 1 cup almond milk (8.45 oz or 250 ml)

Instructions
 

  • Think whether all the ingredients will fit inside your blender.
    If you use a small blender with a capacity of less than 583 ml (19.7 fl oz), break the ingredients into two or more identical portions, then follow the next instructions for each of them individually
  • Add the ingredients to the blender making sure almond milk ends up at its bottom.
    If you own a blender with an ingredient recipient that installs upside down on the blender, always add 1 cup almond milk lastly. This way, the blades will work smoothly without clogging in other ingredients.
    1 large frozen banana, 2 tsp goji berries, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop whey protein powder, 4 tsp chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk
    Adding ingredients of High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie in a blender.
  • Blend the ingredients until the smoothie develops a fine texture (about 30-60 seconds).
    If you own a less powerful blender, you may need to mix the ingredients for longer than 1 minute. Still, to prevent overheating your blender, abide by the recommended blending duration in your blender's manual.
    Ingredients of High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie: unblended vs. blended.
  • Pour the smoothie into a glass or a shaker bottle, and serve.
    Pouring the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie in a glass.

Video

Notes

Besides helping you gain weight, the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie has numerous other health benefits.
Keyword energizing, healthy, high-calorie, muscle-building, protein, quick, weight gain

Other high-calorie smoothie recipes for weight gain

If you want to try other homemade smoothies that can help you gain weight, visit our full list of high-calorie smoothie recipes.

And in case you feel creative, you can build your own high-calorie smoothie recipes. Learn what can you add to your smoothie and how to bring extra calories to it from our guide on how to make high-calorie smoothies for weight gain.

And if it happens to get bored of smoothies...

Try switching high-calorie smoothies for high-calorie shakes or other weight gain drinks.

External sources

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Written by
Claudiu Pop is a nutritionist, medical writer, journalist, and the founder of Unfold Today. He specialized in fitness and nutrition, especially in weight gain, by helping people increase their body mass since 2019 with over 20 articles published in the field.
Medically reviewed by
Iulia Serban, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist.
Iulia Serban, RDN
Iulia Serban, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, and a Master's degree in Nutrition and Quality of Life. Both degrees were received from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu.
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