My friend Wendy needs to gain weight. Don’t hate. The dietician gave her a stern talking to before she left the hospital after a recent back surgery. She tried to convince herself everyone gets that talk, but after a reality check, she conceded to trying to suck down more calories. Again, don’t hate.
The good thing about Wendy is that she’ll eat anything – as long as someone else makes it for her. She says she’s all cooked out after three kids. OK, I’ll give her a little credit for that. One of the three is practically a giant; he definitely got enough to eat!
Doing my part to add calories, I made a giant smoothie today and took it to work for Wendy. It was delicious! And at about 2000 calories for a half gallon, it should help put on a pound or two!
Carmel Apple Cheese Cake Smoothie
2 c almond milk
1 T vanilla
1/2 c cashews
1/4 c maple syrup
1/4 c coconut oil
1 heaping TBSP chia seeds
1 heaping scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Sun Warrior)
6-10 dates, pitted
4 lg apples, cored
Lots of ice!
Blend everything in a high powered blender until smooth and creamy. Drink with a giant straw. Mmmm…!
Tips: I blended the cashews with the almond milk, vanilla and maple syrup first, then added the dates and blended a bit. Then I added the rest of the ingredients. Everything blended very nicely.
The flavor of the smoothie is creamy and apple-y and carmel-y. Soooo good!
I suggested Wendy suck this down throughout the day AND eat her regular food, but if you’re calorie conscious, you might want to stick to a cup for so instead of a normal quart sized meal replacement. (I can’t be the only person who drinks a quart of smoothie at a time!)
Sorry for the bad and limited photo. I was in a hurry this morning, and we couldn’t find any cups at work, so the jar served as storage and serving device.