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Milkshakes and Drinks - To Help Gain Weight

If you need to gain weight and/or are only able to drink liquids, below are some suggestions and recipes for milkshakes and other drinks. You can substitute or add milk, yogurt, ice cream, or use a nutrition supplement such as Ensure, Boost or Carnation Instant Breakfast (CIB) to any of the recipes if milk is a problem for you. See your dietitian if you are concerned with any ingredient, or if you are have a food allergy or intolerance.

Double Strength Milk Peach Milkshake Chocolate Mint Milkshake
Protein Power Shake Banana Nut Milkshake Chocolate Almond Milkshake
Yogurt Smoothie Coffee Milkshake Berry Smoothie
Vanilla Soda Raspberry Fluff Pineapple-Orange Fluff
Peach Frappe Peppermint Milkshake Pina Colada
Nutty Butter Fuzzy Navel Malted Milk Ball
Orange Frappe

Double Strength Milk

2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup instant non-fat dry milk

Pour milk into bowl. Add dry milk and beat slowly until milk is dissolved (approximately five minutes). Refrigerate (flavor will improve after several hours). Use this in any recipe that would use whole milk.

To make other flavors, add: fresh or frozen fruit, syrups, 1 tsp instant coffee and sugar, butterscotch or chocolate sauce, malted milk powder, vanilla extract, banana, peanut butter, coconut/nuts, favorite candy bar and ice cream (Blizzard).

High-Calorie, High Protein Milkshakes

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup ice cream

1 package instant breakfast

Mix 1 package of instant breakfast with 1 cup of whole milk.  Add 1/2 cup slightly softened ice cream to milk and mix well with a spoon.  Or, you can mix all three in a blender.

Protein Power Shake

1 cup milk

1 packet chocolate instant breakfast

1/2 medium, ripe banana

1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder

Yogurt Smoothie

1 cup milk

1 packet vanilla instant breakfast

6 oz carton yogurt, fruit-flavored

1 cup ice cubes

Peach Frappe

1 cup milk

1 packet vanilla instant breakfast

6 oz carton peach flavored yogurt

1/2 cup frozen peach slices

1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1/2 cup ice cubes

Peach Milkshake

1 cup vanilla ice cream

1 pkg. vanilla instant breakfast powder

4 oz ½ and ½ creamer

2 peach halves, canned

Banana Nut Milkshake

1 cup vanilla ice cream

1 pkg. vanilla instant breakfast powder

4 oz ½ and ½ creamer

1/8 tsp. black walnut extract

½ ripe banana

Coffee Milkshake

1 cup vanilla ice cream

1 pkg. vanilla instant breakfast powder

4 oz ½ and ½ creamer

1 pkg instant coffee (dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water)

Peppermint Milkshake

1 cup vanilla ice cream

1 pkg. vanilla instant breakfast powder

4 oz ½ and ½ creamer

¼ tsp peppermint extract

2 drops red food coloring

Chocolate Mint Milkshake

1 cup vanilla ice cream

1 pkg. chocolate instant breakfast powder

4 oz ½ and ½ creamer

1/8 tsp mint/peppermint extract

Chocolate Almond Milkshake

1 cup vanilla ice cream

1 pkg. chocolate instant breakfast powder

4 oz ½ and ½ creamer

¼ tsp almond extract

4 tsp malted milk powder

Berry Smoothie

1 can vanilla nutrition supplement

8 oz mixed berry low-fat yogurt

Piña Colada

1 can chilled vanilla nutrition supplement

½ cup crushed pineapple canned in light syrup, drained

¼ tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp coconut flavoring

5 ice cubes

Nutty Butter

1 can chilled vanilla nutrition supplement

1 TBSP smooth peanut butter

Fuzzy Navel

1 can of vanilla nutrition supplement

½ cup sliced peaches canned in heavy syrup, drained

¼ tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp cinnamon

2 drops yellow food coloring

Malted Milk Ball

1 can chilled chocolate or vanilla nutrition supplement

4 tsp malted milk powder

Vanilla Soda

1 can vanilla nutrition supplement

½ cup carbonated mineral water

Tart Recipes (Do NOT use if mouth or throat is sore)

Orange Frappe

2 oz lemonade

2 oz orange juice

4 oz Half 'n' Half creamer

1/2 cup orange sherbet

2 apricot halves

1/4 cup tapioca

Raspberry Fluff

1 carton raspberry yogurt

4 oz Half 'n' Half creamer

2 oz cranberry juice

Pineapple-Orange Fluff

1 carton pineapple yogurt

1/2 cup orange sherbet

Helpful Tips

  • Never use raw eggs in a drink
  • You can make your own smoothie using a variety of fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, and ice or ice cream or sherbet.
  • To enhance or change flavors in a milkshake or smoothie, use flavor extracts such as lemon, coconut, or black walnut. Try butterscotch or chocolate sauces/syrups or malted milk powder.
  • Try a teaspoon of instant dissolved coffee or add unflavored packets of Kool-Aid to reduce sweetness.
  • Nutrition supplements that you can buy at most grocery stores and pharmacies include Ensure, Boost, Carnation Instant Breakfast, or a store brand. Each can or bottle contains about 250 calories.
  • Each of these brands also has a “plus” or higher-calorie version that contains 355-375 calories per bottle or can.
  • A hand blender is helpful for single-serve drinks
  • There are other supplements that may be more helpful in keeping weight on, but are not sold in stores. Ask your dietitian for more information
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