Going on a bulk? Here is the Ultimate Guide to Bulking Part Two: The Training.
Bulking is easy, right? Pizza, chocolate and a couple scoops of ice cream and you’re sorted.
To bulk successfully, it takes a lot of forward planning! You've got to ensure that you're gaining weight in a health and sustainable manner, which let's be honest, can be rather tough.
If you find yourself struggling to eat excess calories without reaching for processed foods, we’ve got your back.
Here are some high calories food options that will help you with your bulk without sacrificing your health.
Of course Avocados were going to feature on the list. So indie that they've become mainstream, this superfood is high in calories (you’re looking at around 160 calories per 100g) and full of ‘good’, monounsaturated fats and vitamin E.
Get the sourdough toast at the ready folks.
Top tip: Avocados aren’t just for avo on toast, they can also be used in baking. Find out how here.
It’s easy to forget that drinks contain calories, so, if you’re looking to increase your calories, milk might be a good option.
Top tip: Instead of mixing your protein shake with water, opt for milk – super easy way to get a few more calories into your diet and grow muscle healthily and sustainably.
Oats are super versatile and affordable way to get more calories in your diet. For a grain, they’re also surprisingly high in protein and help to promote healthy gut bacteria.
Don’t fancy them for brekkie? Don’t worry. Throw a handful into your muffin or cookie recipe and snack on these healthy, high-calorie snacks on the go.
Top tip: Add oats into your protein smoothies to easily add more calories into your day without even noticing.
Red meats are a great way to add more calories into your diet and, due to the fact they contain high levels of leucine (the key amino acid that helps with protein synthesis), it can help with muscle growth – perfect during bulking season.
Top tip: Opt for a fattier cut to add even more calories into your diet.
Nuts and seeds
Last but not least, nuts and seeds are the perfect way to get in some extra calories and are full of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.
Grab a handful and throw them on a salad or snack on some throughout the day – super simple and a healthy, high calories option.
Nut butters are also a great option! Grab yourself some plain rice cakes, top them with peanut butter and you’ve got yourself am easy bulking snack
Top tip: If you’re still lacking on calories, look for roasted versions of your favourite seeds, and these tend to have more oil in them.
What are your favourite high calorie, healthy bulking snacks?
Let us know in the comments below.