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14 High-Calorie Breakfast Smoothies (Best Recipes)

Last updated on December 16, 2023


Poster illustrating a few of the high-calorie breakfast smoothies designed to help you gain weight.

To help you gain healthy weight, a breakfast smoothie needs to tick many boxes, like being high-calorie, rich in proteins, and having the ability to jumpstart your body when you're groggy after a night of sleep.

And that's not all.

The best high-calorie breakfast smoothies have the following characteristics:

  • Ease weight gain (high-calorie)
  • Build muscle (high-protein)
  • Fuel morning workouts
  • Energize for the whole morning
  • Have zero to few added sugars
  • Contain vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies
  • Quick to make
  • Easy to drink
  • Tasty
  • Bonus points if nut-free, dairy-free, vegan, or inspired by a celebrity's diet.

Wondering what smoothies meet them all? Guilty, as well.

Therefore, we checked our list of weight-gain smoothies to find smoothies matching the criteria. Once we identified them, we rated each breakfast smoothie according to how well they met each characteristic.

Was the effort worthwhile? Definitely.

After all, an Australian study showed that having high-calorie fruit smoothies for your morning meals may help you end up with higher daily caloric intakes.[1]

Source info

Title: The influence of a fruit smoothie or cereal and milk breakfast on subsequent dietary intake: a pilot study

Type: journal article

Published in: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition

Made at: Griffith University and Central Queensland University

Author's nugget:

I found that when I have a calorie-dense smoothie for breakfast, I hit my daily caloric target more easily. They're also great if you work out in the morning, are in a rush, or can't spend too much time in the kitchen.

Explore the recipes below ordered from highest to lowest rating.

1. Chris Hemsworth's Secret High-Calorie Thor Smoothie

Rating: 9.4 / 10

Chris Hemsworth and his secret high-calorie smoothie consumed during training for "Thor: Love and Thunder" movie.

#1 Overall Rating

#1 Vitamins & Minerals

#2-3 Versatility

#3 Proteins

Chris Hemsworth's Secret High-Calorie Smoothie, which the actor drank to gain muscle for his role as Thor, is the best weight gain smoothie you can have for breakfast.

No wonder, since it has a solid 700 calories, the 3rd highest number of proteins among the top breakfast smoothie recipes on this list, the most vitamins and minerals, and many healthy fats to keep your energy levels up until lunch.

On top of the above, this vegan smoothie has zero added sugars and no dairy.

Also, since it contains a banana, this smoothie counts among the banana smoothies for weight gain.

Claudiu Pop from Unfold Today Tasting Chris Hemsworth's Secret High-Calorie Thor Smoothie.

In terms of flavor, the smoothie has a raspberry taste combined with notes of kale and earthy aromas coming from the pea protein powder, the almond butter, and the maca powder.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie about 1 hour before training to avoid feeling bloated, allow for proper digestion, and start your workout energized.

Time to make: 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (4.4 oz or 125 g) strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (4.4 oz or 125 g) raspberries
  • 1 large (4.8 oz or 136 g) banana
  • 1/2 cup (0.3 oz or 8 g) kale leaves
  • 1 tbsp (0.16 oz or 4.5 g) shredded coconut
  • 1 scoop (1.06 oz or 32 g) pea protein powder
  • 2 tsp (0.35 oz or 10 g) maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp magnesium
  • 1 tbsp (0.56 oz or 16 g) almond butter
  • 2 tbsp (0.71 oz or 20 g) hemp seeds
  • 4 tsp (0.5 oz or 14 g) chia seeds
  • 13.5 fl oz (400 ml) water

Nutrition facts

Volume30.1 fl oz (890 ml)
Calories663
Proteins41 g
Carbohydrates77 g
Fats26 g
Chris Hemsworth's Secret High-Calorie Smoothie for Thor Body
This is a recipe for one of the smoothies Chris Hemsworth consumed to get fit enough to play Thor in the movie "Thor: Love and Thunder." While the actor shared only the ingredients of the smoothie, this recipe goes a step further and provides the ingredient quantities as well.
Check out this recipe
Chris Hemsworth's Secret High-Calorie Smoothie for weight gain in a glass.

2. Djokovic's High-Calorie Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Rating: 9 / 10

Djokovic's High-Calorie Strawberry Banana Smoothie for Weight Gain.

#2 Overall Rating

#3 Vitamins and Minerals

#1-3 Morning Energy

#1-5 Texture

This High-Calorie Strawberry Banana Smoothie inspired by tennis great Novak Djokovic's diet is an outstanding breakfast idea.

Those of you bulking up will love to hear that it packs 32 g of proteins! On top, it contains a variety of micronutrients and energy for your entire morning.

Moreover, the smoothie contains both healthy fats (from almond butter) and complex carbs (from spinach). Thus, it's going to give you a steady flow of energy so you don't end up feeling sluggish by morning's end.

Claudiu Pop from Unfold Today tasting Djokovic's High-Calorie Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

Regarding its flavor, the smoothie combines the banana's strong aroma with the strawberries' unmistakable scent and almond notes.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 30-60 minutes before training to avoid feeling bloated, allow for proper digestion, and start your workout energized.

Time to make: 4 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 large (4.8 oz or 136 g) banana
  • 2 cups (10.6 oz or 300 g) frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp (0.63 oz or 18 g) almond butter
  • 1 scoop (1.06 oz or 30 g) whey protein powder
  • 1 cup (1.06 oz or 30 g) fresh spinach
  • 2 cups (15.9 fl oz or 470 ml) almond milk

Nutrition facts

Volume33.3 fl oz (984 ml)
Calories478
Proteins32 g
Carbohydrates71 g
Fats16 g
Djokovic's High-Calorie Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This recipe is the result of tailoring Novak Djokovic's Strawberry Banana Smoothie, whose ingredients he shared in his book "Serve to Win", to people who want to gain weight. The smoothie features a strong banana taste combined with notes of strawberries and almonds.
Check out this recipe
Pouring Djokovic's High-Calorie Strawberry Banana Smoothie in a glass.

3. High-Calorie Green Protein Smoothie

Rating: 8.9 / 10

High-Calorie Green Protein Smoothie for weight gain.

#3 Overall Rating

#1-3 Morning Energy

#1-2 Vitamins & Minerals

#1-2 Drink and Train

Although it doesn't have as many calories as other smoothies on this list, the High-Calorie Green Protein Smoothie is a treasure of micronutrients and remains a great breakfast recipe for people bulking up. This smoothie is quick, rich in protein, and easy to digest.

Also, it contains healthy avocado fats. In addition, the smoothie carries complex carbs from spinach and celery stalks. Thus, this smoothie is one of the best ones if you're looking to rack up energy for the whole morning.

Besides, because this nut-free smoothie contains zero added sugars but both fruits and vegetables, it's a nutritious concoction filled with vitamins and minerals.

Claudiu Pop from Unfold Today tasting the High-Calorie Green Protein Smoothie.

About its flavor and texture, the smoothie is easy to drink and has a refreshing taste with notes of celery and apple.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 30 minutes before training to avoid feeling bloated, allow for proper digestion, and start your workout energized.

Time to make: 4 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1.06 oz (30 g) baby spinach
  • 1 large (5.4 oz or 153 g) Granny Smith apple without core
  • 1.77 oz (50 g) avocado
  • 1 medium (1.41 oz or 40 g) celery stalk
  • 1/2 medium (2.08 oz or 59 g) banana
  • 1.41 oz (40 g) whey protein powder
  • 1/2 (0.74 fl oz or 22 ml) lime, juiced
  • 1 cup (8.45 fl oz or 250 ml) coconut water

Nutrition facts

Volume15.7 fl oz (644 ml)
Calories411
Proteins36 g
Carbohydrates52 g
Fats10 g
High-Calorie Green Protein Smoothie for Weight Gain
Designed to help with weight gain but also to provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals, this high-calorie green protein smoothie recipe has a refreshing taste with notes of celery and a slight apple aroma that's not too bitter or too sweet.
Check out this recipe
High-Calorie Green Protein Smoothie for weight gain.

4. Djokovic's High-Calorie Breakfast Smoothie

Rating: 8.6 / 10

Novak Djokovic and his high-calorie breakfast smoothie.

#1 Versatility

This high-calorie version of the smoothie Novak Djokovic drank at the 2015 US Open is the most versatile breakfast smoothie on this list. No matter if you're allergic to nuts, lactose intolerant, or just vegan, you're a match with this smoothie.

This recipe has 525 calories and 34 g of proteins, which makes it great for putting on muscle mass.

A couple of the smoothie's downsides are that it's based on only one fruit (bananas) and doesn't contain complex carbs that deliver a steadier stream of energy as the morning unfolds.

Still, the smoothie compensates with healthy fats and micronutrients coming from chia seeds and flax seeds.

Claudiu Pop from Unfold Today tasting Djokovic's High-Calorie Breakfast Smoothie.

Flavor-wise, the smoothie tastes bittersweet and has a cinnamon aroma. While bananas are hardly noticeable, note that using unripe bananas or too many flax seeds can make the smoothie too bitter.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 30-60 minutes before training to avoid feeling bloated, allow for proper digestion, and start your workout energized.

Time to make: 4 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium (236 g or 8.32 oz) ripe or slightly ripe bananas
  • 4 tsp (0.5 oz or 14 g) chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp (0.4 oz or 10 g) flax seeds
  • 6.8 fl oz (200 ml) coconut milk
  • 1 scoop (1.1 oz or 32 g) rice protein powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp (0.2 oz or 6.25 g) raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp (0.05 oz or 1.3 g) cinnamon 
  • 8.5 fl oz (250 ml) water

Nutrition facts

Volume25.4 fl oz (750 ml)
Calories525
Proteins34 g
Carbohydrates76 g
Fats15 g
Djokovic's High-Calorie Breakfast Smoothie
This high-calorie recipe shows you how to make Novak Djokovic's special breakfast smoothie, whose ingredients he shared without including quantities before winning the 2015 US Open. The smoothie is based on bananas but tastes bittersweet while featuring a pleasant cinnamon aroma.
Check out this recipe
Novak Djokovic's high-calorie breakfast smoothie in a glass.

5. High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie

Rating: 8 / 10

High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie for weight gain.

#1-3 Quick to Make

Besides being one of the quickest breakfast smoothies you can blend, the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie helps you gain weight and build muscle because it has 434 calories, 30 g of proteins, and enough carbs to fuel your morning workout.

A limitation of this smoothie is that it doesn't contain complex carbs that would offer you energy for a prolonged time. Nevertheless, the blend still delivers a relatively steady flow of energy since it carries healthy fats coming from chia seeds.

On top of that, this smoothie has vitamins and minerals coming from 3 different types of fruits: bananas, goji berries, and blueberries.

Claudiu Pop from Unfold Today tasting the High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie.

Regarding its taste, the smoothie has a velvety texture and a flavor dominated by blueberries, which you can even smell while consuming the drink.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 30-60 minutes before training to avoid feeling bloated, allow for proper digestion, and start your workout energized.

Time to make: 3 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition facts

Volume19.7 fl oz (583 ml)
Calories434
Proteins30 g
Carbohydrates68 g
Fats8 g
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.
Check out this recipe
High-Calorie Blueberry Almond Smoothie for weight gain.

6. High-Calorie Chocolate Banana Cucumber Smoothie

Rating: 7.9 / 10

High-Calorie Chocolate Banana Cucumber Smoothie for weight gain in a glass.

#1-2 Drink and Train

The High-Calorie Chocolate Banana Cucumber Smoothie is a great breakfast smoothie for gaining weight especially because of its practicality.

Besides packing 435 calories and 30 g of muscle-building proteins, the smoothie will energize your whole morning. This is because it contains healthy fats from hemp seeds and cocoa powder, and complex carbs from cucumber.

Besides, this nut-free smoothie contains a variety of sources of vitamins and minerals:

  • Fruits (bananas)
  • Vegetables (cucumber)
  • Seaweed (spirulina powder)
  • Seeds (hemp seeds)
  • Dairy (whole milk)
  • Cocoa powder.

When it comes to downsides, this smoothie hasn't got as many calories as other drinks on our list and it's not that spectacular taste-wise.

Claudiu Pop from Unfold Today tasting the High-Calorie Chocolate Banana Cucumber Smoothie.

The smoothie has a bittersweet flavor, owing to the combo of cacao and bananas, with refreshing notes of cucumber and a slight tint of mint.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 30 minutes before training to avoid feeling bloated, allow for proper digestion, and start your workout energized.

Time to make: 4 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 large (4.8 oz or 136 g) frozen banana
  • 1 medium (7.1 oz or 201 g) frozen cucumber
  • 2 tbsp (0.71 oz or 20 g) whey protein powder
  • 2 tbsp (0.71 oz or 20 g) hemp seeds
  • 2 1/2 tsp (0.2 oz or 6.25 g) raw cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp (0.1 oz or 3 g) spirulina powder
  • 1 sprig (0.1 oz or 3 g) fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup (4.23 fl oz or 125 ml) whole milk

Nutrition facts

Volume17.2 fl oz (511 ml)
Calories435
Proteins30 g
Carbohydrates47 g
Fats16 g
High-Calorie Chocolate Banana Cucumber Smoothie
Created to help with weight gain, this bittersweet high-calorie chocolate banana cucumber smoothie recipe combines the chocolate banana taste with the refreshing notes of cucumber and mint.
Check out this recipe
High-Calorie Chocolate Banana Cucumber Smoothie for weight gain.

7. High-Calorie Pineapple Smoothie

Rating: 7.8 / 10

High Calorie Pineapple Smoothie for weight gain.

#1-3 Quick to Make

#3 Taste

Waking up knowing your breakfast is this High-Calorie Pineapple Smoothie, the third most delicious smoothie on our list, is a great feeling, especially since you need only 3 minutes to finish blending it.

This vegan and dairy-free smoothie will help you gain weight and build muscle because it has 568 calories and 32 g of protein.

Besides, this smoothie will keep you energized until noon since it's made with healthy fats coming from cashews.

A little downside of picking this smoothie recipe is that it has more added sugars (20 g) than others since it's made with pineapple juice.

Yet, you'll not surpass the American Heart Association's daily limit of added sugars provided you don't eat more than 5 g of added sugars (for women) and 16 g (for men) on the days you drink this smoothie.[2]

Source info

Title: How much sugar is too much?

Type: article

Published by: American Health Association

The smoothie has a thin texture and a pleasant pineapple flavor accompanied by hardly noticeable earthy notes of cashews and rice protein powder.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 1 hour before training to avoid feeling bloated, allow for proper digestion, and start your workout energized.

Time to make: 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10.6 oz (300 g) pineapple
  • 1 oz (28 g) cashews
  • 1 scoop (1.13 oz or 32 g) rice protein powder
  • 6.76 fl oz (200 ml) pineapple juice

Nutrition facts

Volume18.9 fl oz (560 ml)
Calories568
Proteins32 g
Carbohydrates81 g
Fats15 g
High-Calorie Pineapple Smoothie for Weight Gain
The High-Calorie Pineapple Smoothie helps people who want to gain weight integrate pineapple into their diets in a delicious manner.
Check out this recipe
High Calorie Pineapple Smoothie for weight gain.

8. High-Calorie Mixed Berry Smoothie

Rating: 7.6 / 10

High-Calorie Mixed Berry Smoothie for weight gain.

#3 Drink and Train

Without a trace of protein powder, the High-Calorie Mixed Berry Smoothie is a good breakfast smoothie for gaining weight because it's delicious, has enough proteins to optimize muscle growth, and contains healthy fats coming from chia seeds that should energize your entire morning.

Besides, this smoothie is filled with vitamins and minerals from 3 types of berries, 2 types of seeds, and 2 types of dairy.

In terms of taste and consistency, the smoothie is easy to consume while featuring notes of raspberry complemented by a slight cinnamon flavor, a secondary earthy aroma released by the seeds in its composition, and a grainy texture.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 30 minutes before training to avoid feeling bloated, allow for proper digestion, and start your workout energized.

Time to make: 4 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5.3 oz (150 g) frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbsp (0.25 oz or 7 g) goji berries
  • 1/4 cup (1.76 oz or 50 g) blueberries
  • 4 tsp (0.71 oz or 20 g) mixed seeds
  • 1 tbsp (0.42 oz or 12 g) chia seeds
  • 1 tsp (0.25 oz or 7 g) honey
  • 1/2 tsp (1-2 g) cinnamon
  • 2.65 oz (75 g) low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (4.06 fl oz or 120 ml) whole milk
  • 6.76 fl oz (200 ml) water

Nutrition facts

Volume21.74 fl oz (643 ml)
Calories453
Proteins21 g
Carbohydrates53 g
Fats20 g
High-Calorie Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe for Weight Gain
The High-Calorie Mixed Berry Smoothie combines raspberries and blueberries with other nutritious ingredients to help you gain weight and enjoy multiple berry flavors at the same time.
Check out this recipe
High-Calorie Mixed Berry Smoothie for weight gain.

9. High-Calorie Peach Smoothie

Rating: 7.5 / 10

High-Calorie Peach Smoothie for weight gain.

#1-2 Taste

Besides being one of the tastiest weight gain smoothies you can have for breakfast, the High-Calorie Peach Smoothie has 537 calories, a whopping 38 g of muscle-building proteins, and healthy fats coming from cashews that will keep your energy level high for the full morning.

Also, the smoothie has a lot of vitamins coming from peaches.

When it comes to taste, the smoothie comes with a creamy texture and a peachy but slightly vanilla flavor.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 30-60 minutes before training to avoid feeling bloated and allow for proper digestion.

Time to make: 4 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium (10.6 oz or 300 g) peaches
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) cashews
  • 1/2 tsp (0.08 fl oz or 2 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop (1.13 oz or 32 g) whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup (4.06 fl oz or 120 ml) peach juice
  • 1 cup (8.12 fl oz or 240 ml) whole milk

Nutrition facts

Volume24 fl oz (708 ml)
Calories537
Proteins38 g
Carbohydrates64 g
Fats16 g
High-Calorie Peach Smoothie for Weight Gain
The High-Calorie Peach Smoothie helps you gain weight and lets you enjoy the savory taste of peaches at the same time.
Check out this recipe
High-Calorie Peach Smoothie for weight gain.

10. Avocado Banana Smoothie

Rating: 7.5 / 10

High Calorie Avocado Banana Smoothie for weight gain.

#2 Calories

While having 33 g of proteins, this High-Calorie Avocado Banana Smoothie has the second most calories on this list of breakfast smoothies designed for weight gain.

Also, this smoothie has zero added sugars but will keep you energized since it contains two sources of healthy fats, avocado and cashews.

The avocado, cashews, and banana in the smoothie will load your body with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to start functioning at its best.

When it comes to flavor, the smoothie has a banana taste toned down by the more neutral avocado aroma along with some notes of coconut.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 30-60 minutes before training to avoid feeling bloated and allow for proper digestion.

Time to make: 4 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 large (4.8 oz or 136 g) banana
  • 1 (5.3 oz or 150 g) avocado
  • 1 oz (28 g) cashews
  • 1 scoop (1.06 oz or 30 g) whey protein powder
  • 13.5 fl oz (400 ml) coconut milk

Nutrition facts

Volume25.2 fl oz (744 ml)
Calories754
Proteins33 g
Carbohydrates67 g
Fats44 g
High-Calorie Avocado Banana Smoothie for Weight Gain
The High-Calorie Avocado Banana Smoothie helps people gain weight and brings many other health benefits by combining bananas with avocados and other nutritious ingredients.
Check out this recipe
High Calorie Avocado Banana Smoothie for weight gain.

11. 1000-Calorie Avocado Banana Smoothie

Rating: 7.4 / 10

1000-calorie Avocado Banana Smoothie for weight gain.

#1 Calories

#1 Proteins

This 1000-calorie version of our high-calorie avocado banana smoothie is the smoothie with the most calories and the highest proteins among our breakfast smoothies.

With its 1003 calories and 44 g of proteins, this smoothie counts among our selection of 1000-calorie smoothies and is one of the most efficient for those of you looking to gain weight and build muscle.

The higher fat content in this smoothie is a double-edged sword. These fats coming from avocado and cashews are healthy ones so they will keep you energized across the morning. However, the same fats can make it harder for you to reach your macronutrient goals if you are on a low-fat diet.

Claudiu Pop from Unfold Today tasting the 1000-Calorie Avocado Banana Smoothie.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 1 hour before training to avoid feeling bloated and allow for proper digestion.

Time to make: 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 medium (6.4 oz or 180 g) bananas
  • 1 1/3 (7 oz or 200 g) avocado
  • 1.3 oz (37 g) cashews
  • 1 1/3 scoops (1.41 oz or 40 g) whey protein powder
  • 18 fl oz (532 ml) coconut milk

Nutrition facts

Volume34 fl oz (990 ml)
Calories1003
Proteins44 g
Carbohydrates89 g
Fats59 g
1000-Calorie Avocado Banana Smoothie for Weight Gain
Having an impressive 1000 calories and over 40 g of proteins, this avocado banana smoothie is of tremendous help when it comes to gaining weight because it highlights the nutritional qualities of two of the fruits with the most calories: bananas and avocados.
Check out this recipe
1000-calorie Avocado Banana Smoothie for weight gain.

12. High-Calorie Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Rating: 7.3 / 10

High-Calorie Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie.

#2 Proteins

The High-Calorie Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie has the second most proteins among our bulking morning smoothies, so it can increase your ability to build muscle right from breakfast time.

Besides, since this smoothie contains peanut butter, a source of healthy fats, you should have no problem staying energized for a good part of your morning.

One of the downsides of this smoothie is that it has a little over 10 g of added sugar coming from honey, but that's well under the daily limit.

Claudiu Pop from Unfold Today tasting the High-Calorie Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie.

In terms of taste, the smoothie has a silky texture with a flavor that flawlessly blends the aroma of peanut butter and bananas while having just the right amount of sweetness.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 1 hour before training to avoid feeling bloated and allow for proper digestion.

Time to make: 4 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium (8.4 oz or 236 g) bananas
  • 1.1 oz (32 g) peanut butter
  • 1 scoop (1.1 oz or 30 g) whey protein powder
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) honey
  • 6.8 fl oz (200 ml) whole milk
  • 8.5 fl oz (250 ml) water

Nutrition facts

Volume25.8 fl oz (762 ml)
Calories683
Proteins40 g
Carbohydrates84 g
Fats23 g
High-Calorie Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
A recipe for a high-calorie peanut butter banana smoothie that can help you gain weight and bring numerous other health benefits. The smoothie has a silky texture with a flavor that flawlessly blends the aroma of peanut butter and bananas while having just the right amount of sweetness.
Check out this recipe
High-Calorie Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie.

13. High-Calorie Oat Smoothie

Rating: 7 / 10

High Calorie Oat Smoothie for weight gain.

#1-3 Morning Energy

#1-3 Quick to Make

#3 Calories

The High-Calorie Oat Smoothie is a great breakfast alternative to overnight oats and is the smoothie with the third most calories on our list while being one of the fastest to prepare.

And even though it counts among the weight gain smoothies made without protein powder, this smoothie has enough proteins to help you build muscle (24 g).

And there's more.

This smoothie will energize you for the entire morning because it contains both complex carbs coming from oats and healthy fats coming from almonds.

Besides, this oat-based smoothie has no added sugars and a variety of micronutrients.

Claudiu Pop from Unfold Today tasting the High-Calorie Oat Smoothie.

Where this smoothie doesn't impress is taste. It has a milky but slightly crunchy texture and an oat flavor with a tint of sweetness, offered by the banana in the smoothie's composition.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 1 hour before training to avoid feeling bloated and allow for proper digestion.

Time to make: 3 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 large (136 g) banana
  • 3.6 oz (100 g) oats
  • 3.4 fl oz (100 ml) whole milk
  • 23 whole kernels (1 oz or 28 g) almonds
  • 10.1 fl oz (300 ml) water

Nutrition facts

Volume15.7 fl oz (664 ml)
Calories728
Proteins24 g
Carbohydrates110 g
Fats24 g
High-Calorie Oat Smoothie for Weight Gain
Designed to help with weight gain, this high-calorie oat smoothie recipe has a milky but slightly crunchy texture and an oat flavor with a tint of sweetness, offered by the banana in the smoothie's composition.
Check out this recipe
High-calorie oat smoothie for weight gain.

14. High-Calorie Apple Smoothie

Rating: 7 / 10

Pouring the High-Calorie Apple Smoothie in a glass.

#1-2 Taste

Because of its delicious apple flavor and impressive caloric and protein content, the High-Calorie Apple Smoothie is one of the tastiest weight gain smoothies you can have for breakfast.

Besides, the smoothie provides energy for a prolonged time because it contains peanut butter, a source of healthy fats.

However, since this smoothie contains apple juice, which brings 24 g of added sugar, you shouldn't have anything else with added sugars if you're a woman. If you're a man, limit yourself to a maximum of 12 more grams.

In terms of taste, the smoothie has a fine texture and combines a pleasant apple flavor with notes of peanut butter.

Working out in the morning? Schedule this smoothie 1 hour before training to avoid feeling bloated and allow for proper digestion.

Time to make: 4 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium (12.8 oz or 364 g) apples
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz or 115 g) 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp (0.6 oz or 16 g) smooth peanut butter
  • 1 scoop (1.1 oz or 32 g) whey protein powder
  • 1 cup (8.5 fl oz or 250 ml) apple juice

Nutrition facts

Volume26.3 fl oz (777 ml)
Calories594
Proteins40 g
Carbohydrates88 g
Fats12 g
High-Calorie Apple Smoothie for Weight Gain (Yummy)
This recipe shows you how to make a high-calorie apple smoothie tailored for weight gain. The smoothie has a fine texture that combines a pleasant apple flavor with notes of peanut butter.
Check out this recipe
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Timing breakfast smoothies pre-workout

If you want to use smoothies as pre-workout fuel, you should follow some guidelines to not feel bloated during training.

According to evidence related to the best timing of pre-workout meals, you should drink your smoothie between 30 minutes and 2 hours before your workouts to optimize your body's protein levels for building muscle.

Also, you should pay attention to the number of carbs in your chosen smoothie. Although they're energizing, too many carbs are going to slow you down.

To calculate how many hours before your workouts you should drink your smoothie, whether it's a 1000-calorie smoothie or a smaller one, one idea is to follow the model recommended by Marie Dunford, PhD, RD, and J. Andrew Doyle in their book Nutrition for Sport and Exercise.

  • If you eat 1 hour before working out, eat 1 g of carbohydrates per kg of body weight;
  • 2 hours before working out: eat 2 g of carbohydrates per kg of body weight;
  • 3 hours before working out: eat 3 g of carbohydrates per kg of body weight;
  • 4 hours before working out: eat 4 g of carbohydrates per kg of body weight.[3]
Source info

Title: Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

Type: book

Book authors: Marie Dunford, PhD, RD, and J. Andrew Doyle

Here is the simplified formula:

Smoothie's total carbs ÷ Your body weight in kg

Just divide your smoothie's total carbohydrates by your body weight (in kilograms). If the result is closer to one, drink your smoothie 1 hour before your workout. If it's closer to two, drink it 2 hours before your workout. And so on.

Can you have 2000-calorie smoothies for breakfast

As you may have remarked, we didn't include any 2000-calorie smoothie in this round-up of breakfast smoothies. That's because drinking a smoothie so big in the morning takes longer to digest, will impede your workouts, and may make you feel sluggish.

However, you can integrate 2000-calorie smoothies into your diet by splitting them into two, three, or four equal portions scheduled across your day.

Frequently asked questions

Is it okay to drink a smoothie for breakfast every day?

As long as your smoothie packs a healthy proportion of macronutrients, there's nothing wrong with drinking a smoothie for breakfast every day. After all, a smoothie is just a convenient way to eat what otherwise would have been a meal.

Is a smoothie a big enough breakfast?

A smoothie can certainly be a large enough breakfast. That being said, you can blend smoothies with very low calories and smoothies with huge amounts of calories. If you're trying to gain weight, aim for high-calorie smoothies with a good proportion of proteins, carbs, and fats.

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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.
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