View Full Version : Need help eating high calories
03-08-2008, 11:24 AM
I started weight lifting again and inevitably that means having to eat a lot more, I normally have to eat 4000-7000 calories per day when I workout and I often find it hard to find so many calories without falling for cooked food.
I know I had a similar thread but this one is more on how to constantly eat high amounts of calories day after day, without spending half my days preparing recipes.
I used to make a lot of smoothies and could easily consume 6000 calories just from smoothies but as a result of doing that I've been sick of smoothies for months now but slowly am starting to be able to tolerate them again.
What else can I make that's fast and filling? I'd like things that:
-Can be made in less than 5-10 minutes, but have at least 600-1000 calories per portion
-Can be made in more time, but as long as it keeps for a week, for example a recipe of something dehydrated which I could make 10,000-20,000 calories of and eat over the week
Avocadoes would be great but I don't really like them as is, I used to make guacamole with corn chips but am staying away from grains now and will be trying new grain free chips. What are other ways to add taste to avocado? As long as there's something to add taste I like them, but I don't like them plain.
I also try to eat a mature coconut per day which makes 1400 calories but I don't always feel like opening a coconut, even though I open and de-meat them in about 5 minutes. I also sometimes get tired of plain coconut but I did make myself bars with coconut meat but again I don't always feel like opening a coconut to make this.
I really hope to find recipes that will allow me to eat 4000-7000 raw calories per day but without spending hours in the kichen each day.
03-08-2008, 02:58 PM
Just make simple oily salad dressings, a cup of oil has tooons of calories, so I'd say high fat is a good way to go for you. LOTS of fruit juice, too. Tons of non-fat calories, but you drink them and they don't "fill you up."
Nut butters, oils, chocolate/coconut/coconut oil shakes, fruit juice, dried fruits....those are the calorie packers. But one needs greens too, so get all the nutrition WITH the calories. Good luck!
**Nut milks would be good too. Same deal as the fruit juice- no fiber to fill you up, but all the calories.
03-08-2008, 03:29 PM
I very, very rarely eat salads, I'll try to start eating more but if I make a salad it needs an absolute minimum of 600 calories, I always at least put an avocado.
About juices that don't fill you up, that's the opposite of what I want, I want the most filling foods there are (otherwise it's impossible to satisfy my hunger, everything I eat must be very filling and even then I must eat tons of it). I still make juices but not too much since they aren't very filling and when I make food I want it to be filling.
Just to be clear about my original question, I'm not asking for a way to consume 4000-7000 calories a day, working out forces me to eat that much, what I want are rich/high calorie/filling foods to satisfy that hunger, because if I go for a few hours without eating my hunger gets so high that it takes control of me and I literally go to the grocery store just to buy a frozen SAD meal, this only ever happens if I let my hunger get out of control which is why I need quick filling recipes and ideally things that keep for at least a week so I can just grab something to eat, as when my hunger is too high, making a recipe is the last thing I want to do, so it helps to have pre made meals, but I normally make every single meal I eat just before eating it, so I literally never have anything I can just grab and eat to satisfy my hunger.
I do try to eat a lot of nuts/nut butter/coconut oil, in fact I made one of my filling smoothies today (water, frozen fruits, banana, macadamia nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, stevia, sea salt), to give you an idea how much I have to eat, the smoothie I made was about 1000 calories, I was nearly as hungry after it, and would have been dying of hunger otherwise.
I love dehydrated pineapple so I may try making a lot of that, and it is something I can just grab and eat whenever I want, though I doubt I'd eat 600 calories straight of dried pineapple.
I really hate this hunger that comes as a side effect of working out as I have to eat at least what 2 normal people eat every day, but I'm trying to [re]gain weight and this is the only way that works, and I need to workout anyway to stay healthy. This was not as much of a problem before raw as I simply ate anything that came in a box ready to heat and eat, but now that I make every single thing I eat myself it's really hard making this much food everyday, I live alone but have to "cook" for 2 or 3 people!
03-08-2008, 04:15 PM
I have a similar issue, though maybe somewhat less so, as I exercise a lot and I'm breastfeeding. One thing I came up with for quick calories is this:
mix together nut butter (I use tahini), coconut oil, sweetener (I use raw honey) and cacao powder. My ratio is about 2 parts nut butter, 1 part sweetener, 3-4 parts coconut oil, then cacao mixed in till it's nice and dark.
Then I glop that on split-open raw dates & figs.
Then I stick nuts (I use walnuts) on top.
Then I put them in the fridge to get a fudge-like texture.
Then I eat 'em.
I usually don't go for sweet things at all. There's something about this I really like though. I think it's the bitter from the tahini/walnuts to offset the sweet. And it takes no time to make, and no time to eat! Easiest calories I've thought of so far.
hope this helps a little :)
03-08-2008, 05:40 PM
Hi, I don't know if you like sweets, but you might want to make Alissa's Date Nut Torte.
I ran the ingredients through fitday.com and the whole torte has about 2785 calories. I like it so much I can easily eat half of it in one sitting--1392 calories there :eek:
You can find the recipe here http://www.alissacohen.com/raw_recipes.html
at the bottom of that page.
03-08-2008, 06:40 PM
4 large organic bananas, sliced
4 T. raw almond butter
4 T. raw honey
Place sliced bananas in bowl. Drizzle almond butter on top of bananas. Drizzle honey on top of almond butter. Takes 3 minutes.
This is a favorite of mine before I hit the gym!
03-08-2008, 07:27 PM
Walnutty: Thanks! I already make something almost identical, but rather than honey, I put a chocolate syrup sauce I make. Since I just tried tabasco sauce recently I started putting some on it and it's really good.
By the way, does anyone know why store bought, not really raw, almond butter is almost liquid while the one I make in the food processor is hard and crumbly. Perhaps I should start a thread on this, as I'd really like a more liquid almond butter like the store bought one.
By the way, I have a green star juicer which makes almond butter but I never tried, does it work better than the food processor (wouldn't be too hard to beat as it takes forever and requires constant cool down periods since the friction is more than enough to cook it in no time, happened to me at least twice, the butter got so hot the entire food processor bowl was all steamy/foggy from the heat and vapors).
03-08-2008, 07:52 PM
I've been experimenting with what I've been thinking of as a meal replacement drink made in the blender with nut milk (unstrained) and some of the chocolate pudding/mousse recipes previously posted on this site, all of which include an avocado.
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