Although many people struggle to lose weight, some people need to gain a few pounds. People with thin bodies, those recovering from an illness that caused weight loss and athletes may all need to gain weight in a healthy way. You can gain weight without harming your health by making wise dietary choices. Using healthy recipes that increase calories is an effective tool in gaining weight.
Chicken is a source of protein. To reduce saturated fat, avoid frying, and always remove the skin. For a healthy, high-calorie recipe for baked chicken salad, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine 4 cups diced, cooked chicken with 1 1/2 cups cooked rice. Add 1 can low-sodium cream of chicken soup, 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. When well mixed, spoon the mixture into a shallow glass baking dish. Cover with 1 cup lowfat or fat-free shredded cheddar cheese. Cook for 30 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.
Milkshakes can be made with healthy ingredients. These shakes contribute calcium, vitamins, fiber and protein to the body and promote healthy weight gain. To make a banana peanut butter shake, combine 1 cup skin milk (less fat than whole milk), 4 tbsp. skim milk powder (extra protein), 2 bananas and 3 tbsp. peanut butter in a blender. Mix on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Or mix on high speed with a few ice cubes for a colder, frothy shake.
Fruits, nuts, dairy products and various proteins are types of healthy snack choices that can help you to gain weight. For a yogurt snack, mix 1 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, a handful of fresh fruit (blueberries, chopped strawberries, diced peaches or sliced bananas), 1/4 cup granola and a dash of honey. Mix and enjoy.