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Adding vitamin-rich, high-calorie drinks can be a nutritious way to achieve weight gain goals while still adhering to a diet low in carbohydrates. Athletes enduring the rigors of training, as well as others wanting to add pounds, can increase the nutrient density of their diets without the burden of consuming large quantities of food. Blended drinks are a great way to pack in nutrition with healthy fats, vitamin-laden greens and plenty of protein without adding extra sugars and starches.
Wash and dry a large handful of nutrient-rich, dark leafy greens such as spinach, microgreens or kale using a colander and a tea towel. Not only are greens are low in carbohydrates and loaded with vitamins, but they also reduce in size when blended, creating room for plenty of high-calorie ingredients.
Place the greens in a high-speed blender with plain Greek yogurt and unsweetened nut milk. Avoid low-fat yogurt, which contains fewer calories per serving than full-fat versions, as well as flavored yogurt, which is higher in carbohydrates than plain varieties.
Add a scoop of nut butter and a generous drizzle of flaxseed oil to the blender. The nut butter contributes protein to the drink, and flaxseed oil is a calorically dense, sodium- and cholesterol-free source of healthy fat. A single tablespoon of flaxseed oil adds 120 calories and 14 grams of fat.
Select seasonings and spices to add to the blender, such as ground cinnamon or freshly grated ginger root. Avoid any packaged spice mixes that may contain sugars. Consider adding half a peeled avocado to make the drink creamy and to add calories and fat. Avocados provide healthy unsaturated fat but contain few carbohydrates.
Blend all the ingredients until well-combined, stopping periodically to scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula, if necessary. Enjoy your healthy beverage as a snack during the day, a treat just before bed or even to compensate for a missed meal.
- MayoClinic.com recommends abstaining from drinking fluids within 30 minutes of eating to prevent a feeling of satiety that could inhibit consumption of a regular meal.