Why a Homemade Shake?

If you are like me and can eat whatever you like while gaining little or no weight, you have probably realised by now that you need more than just food to get the calories your body needs to grow. While it might seem impossible for us hardgainers, ectomorphs (or whatever you want to call us) to add some muscle to our frames and bulk up, a homemade mass gainer shake is a foolproof way for anyone to gain weight.

Homemade shakes are convenient and easy to make, very cheap, and very effective by providing up to 1200 easy to consume calories per shake and 50+ grams of protein. Below are a few recipes for shakes you can easily make at home.

My Personal Recipe

This is a shake I used to gain about 10kg (22lb) in about 12 weeks. It consists of the following ingredients:

  • 500mL (16oz) Full Fat milk 
  • 1 scoop chocolate WPC powder
  • 2-3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 Cup of oats (I used rolled oats)

To make this shake I used a small coffee grinder to grind the oats into a powder (this cost about $30 to buy online), then combined all the ingredients in a large shaker bottle (I recommend Optimum Nutrition's 32oz shaker bottle), shake for about a minute, and that's it! You can drink it all at once or store it in the fridge. Just don't run around too much afterwards or you might throw up. As for the flavour, it doesn't taste wonderful but it's not too bad.

Each shake contains about 1000 calories and lots of protein and good fats (fats are you friend). If you add two of these shakes a day to your diet combined with a good workout program, I guarantee you will start to gain noticeable weight within weeks. And the best part, each shake can cost as little as $1 if you buy the ingredients in bulk.

Arnold's Protein Shake

Without a doubt the most well known and greatest bodybuilder of all time, Arnold Schwarzenegger must have known what he was doing. His protein shake consisted of the following:

  • 2 Glasses Of Milk (Big Glasses)
  • 1/2 Cup Of Non-Fat Powder Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Of Ice Cream
  • 1 Egg

Then throw all the ingredients in a blender and blend them up. That's all there is to it and you'll get about 600-700 calories per shake.

Other Ideas

The best way to get your ideal shake is to experiment with ingredients you like. If you are going to use a blender you can add just about any ingredients you like. I prefer to use milk as the base for my shakes but you could even use juice. Then add whatever ingredients you like to create your perfect mass gainer shake. Here is a list of possible ingredients to get you started:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Eggs
  • Cream
  • Berries
  • Banana
  • Yoghurt
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Oats
  • Honey

Hopefully I've given you some good ideas. If you have your own recipes or ideas of your own please feel free to share them in the comments section.

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