In our society, which is increasingly obsessed with thinness, it is easy to forget that there are those who need to gain weight for their health, too. This could be a college student who is wanting to build muscle and get in shape or a woman recovering from a battle with breast cancer or an elderly person who has lost weight through loss of appetite. Whatever the situation, healthy weight gain is the best solution to this problem.
There are a number of reasons why honey is so effective at helping people to put on weight in a healthy manner. One tablespoon of honey alone clocks in at 17.3 calories, which can really add up in the long-term; it is also rich in complex carbohydrates as well as simple sugars which will be stored naturally in the body as fat. For those who have had recent bouts of illness, it also has a number of other benefits that make it attractive for overall health and not weight gain alone: it has natural antimicrobial properties which fight diseases naturally and also is rich in anti-oxidants, which reduce cell damage, prevent premature aging and help the immune system to naturally fight off disease. The following three smoothies all contain honey and all three of them will help to put on weight in a way that is not detrimental to the heart, digestive system or overall health.
Honey Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
Blending together a mixture of avocadoes and strawberries then adding a generous amount of honey to the mix, gives a great combination of creaminess from the avocado, tartness from the strawberries and sweetness from the honey. It is a high-calorie treat loaded with good, monounsaturated fats from the avocado and the sugars from both the honey and berries should aid in weight gain.
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie with Honey
Blending together bananas, peanut butter and a good dollop of honey will also produce a tasty treat to indulge in. Peanut butter provides much-needed proteins and fats while the banana and honey add sugars to increase the caloric intake and make this a perfect smoothie to help gain weight.
Chocolate Banana Honey Smoothie
Melt down some dark chocolate then blend it together with bananas and lots of honey for a rich and decadent-tasting smoothie. The dark chocolate is full of health-boosting anti-oxidants and the banana and honey will add calories and sugar to this weight-gaining recipe.
If any of the above smoothies seem too thick, it is also possible to add almond or rice milk or even regular dairy milk to thin them out. Any of these will also add protein, fats and calories to the mix and make it even more likely that weight gain with result. Bon appetite!
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