What’s Up What’s Up?!? It’s been a pretty crazy summer and after last weeks move to our new apartment, my girlfriend and I are getting back to a normal schedule. With that said, my time is limited today, so I wanted to start at the tip of the iceberg for gaining weight as a baseball player. Here are some things you can do to up your calorie count with your protein shakes…
Add Olive Oil
-Adding 1-2 tablespoons of Olive Oil can give you an added 120-240 calories to your shakes without changing the taste, while also helping your heart.
-You’re probably thinking, what the hell? That’s going to taste like hot garbage!?! No it won’t, add it or I’ll come through this computer and stuff it down your throat!!! Sorry, I blacked out, what happened? Oh yeah, back to spinach. Spinach gives you some sweet benefits. Vitamin K is found in spinach, which helps with building strong bones. Other nutrients that are found in spinach are vitamin A, manganese, folic acid, magnesium, iron, vitamin c, and an anti-inflammatory called quercetin. Spinach also helps boost your testosterone levels, in a healthy way, not the Jose Canseco way!
-Carbohydrates are a major player in gaining weight. Adding a half cup of oats to your shake can give you an added 150 calories while delivering a great source of fiber (soluble and insoluble), Beta-Glucans (immune system boosters), and protein (8 grams per 1/2 cup).
Now, you’re probably wondering how you can drink all of this. Get a blender. Throw it all in there, along with 8 oz. of water (or ice cubes), blend it, and go to town. To wrap it up, by adding these options to your protein shake, here’s what your calorie intake will look like…
-2 scoops of whey protein, 280 calories
-2 tablespoons of olive oil, 240 calories
-1/2 cup of spinach, 0 calories, but awesome nutrients!
-1/2 cup of oats, 150 calories
This protein shake can give you an added 670 calories to your daily meal plan. If you bang out 2 of these bad boys a day, you’re looking at 1,340 calories! And, if you’re looking to put on quality weight as a baseball player, that only leaves 2,660 calories to finish off throughout your day (on a 4,000 calorie per day meal plan). Give it a shot, let me know what you think!