Losing weight can be one of the hardest things to do, especially when so much of the food available to the public is high in fats and sodium. But sometimes trying to gain weight in a healthy way can be just as difficult. According to Mayo Clinic, to gain 1 pound of weight you must consume an extra 3,500 calories. Generally, most brands of peanut butter contain about 190 calories in 2 tablespoons. To gain weight with peanut butter, add at least 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to each meal. There are a number of creative ways to enhance your foods with peanut butter.
Add a peanut butter-banana smoothie to your regular breakfast or enjoy it as a snack. Blend 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 1/2 cups of milk, six ice cubes and one medium sliced banana in a blender until smooth.
Replace butter on your bagel, English muffin or toast with peanut butter. The peanut butter will add more calories to your meal than just butter.
Add peanut butter to your oatmeal. Oatmeal is a good source of fiber, which can help reduce your cholesterol, make your bowel habits regular and control blood sugar. Oatmeal combined with the protein packed into peanut butter makes a healthy and calorie-dense meal.
Include peanut butter in your yogurt for a meal or snack. Place 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in a small microwave-safe dish. Microwave for five to 10 seconds to soften the peanut butter. Mix the peanut butter into one 6-ounce serving of low-fat yogurt until it is well blended.
Snack on apples or celery with peanut butter. Apples and celery are low in calories and contain essential vitamins. Adding peanut butter not only makes these healthy foods more appetizing, but also adds calories to help you gain weight.
Eat a peanut butter sandwich. You can add peanut butter to multigrain bread alone or with other extras such as jelly, bananas or cheese.
Spread peanut butter on your favorite whole-grain crackers for a snack. The addition of peanut butter will add calories and help you gain weight.
Create a peanut butter salad dressing to serve with your dinner. In a large bowl, whisk 2/3 cup of vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, ½ cup of cider vinegar,1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper and 2 tablespoons of honey. Serve over a side salad to complement your dinner.
- Keep track of your daily calories so you don't gain too much weight too quickly.
- Consult your physician or dietitian about healthy ways to gain weight.
Ireland Wolfe has been writing professionally since 2009, contributing to Toonari Post, Africana Online and Winzer Insurance. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in mental health counseling. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, registered nutritionist and yoga teacher.