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High Calorie meal ideas

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Created February 29, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I need about 4k calories a day in order to avoid fatigue but find most of my meals to just be a little food and a lot of fats, which i just end up drinking from the plate to get the calories; Needless to say it's gross. I was hoping someone could help suggest a meal or two that can provide 2k calories each, without being too gross to eat. Any and all suggestions are very much appreciated. thank you!

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on February 29, 2012
at 09:54 PM

It doesn't help that I am following a super strict paleo diet either.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on February 29, 2012
at 09:54 PM

I am on the same boat as you Steven, I can't seem to function if I don't consume a monster amount of calories, but it's hard for me to sometimes consume over 2500, so in reality I am almost never able to function.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

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on February 29, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Hmmmm, my guess is you could probably use more sleep.

52af669cec3e4d2a2b414faea3de2877

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on February 29, 2012
at 06:15 PM

... I don't see how one could come to that interpretation. You didn't mention satiety/appetite issues at all. Assuming that would've been *more* presumptive, not less. "seeing as how 4 tbsp of butter make 400 calories, while an equivalent of a pound of potatoes would be necessary to match that." K. So eat a pound of potatoes with 4T of butter. I never suggested you should ditch fat, but the fact that you said you've got lipid soup on your plate after a meal suggests you're light on starches. They're quite absorbent.

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

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on February 29, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Why? good question. I honestly don't know. maybe i'm young? well not too young...(21). I have had a really difficult time following paleo when I followed a normal caloric intake (i.e. 2k-2.5k calories), and after some experimentation I realized I just needed more calories to feel better. No real specific stressors like glycolytic activity or anything..I'm just a hungry guy =)

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

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on February 29, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Hmmm interesting deduction, unfortunately it doesn't make too much sense. I came here asking for ideas to increase the amount of calories I can put into a meal, so obviously I would be preferentially increasing fats, compared to carbs, seeing as how 4 tbsp of butter make 400 calories, while an equivalent of a pound of potatoes would be necessary to match that. P.s. my statement, the one you put in quotations, can also be interpreted as I have difficulty eating a mass of food, so i'd like to eat as calorically dense as possible. But far be it from me to question your astute skills of inference.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

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on February 29, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Also: cold burgers, salmon patties, steak, or roast beef, or hard-boiled eggs and a pint of heavy cream or large piece of brie or camembert would be a handy, no-cook meal.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

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on February 29, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Steven, thanks for your kind thoughts. I wish you much joy with your food plan. If you can afford pastured butter sometimes, it is especially nice.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

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on February 29, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Why do you need 4000 calories? Understanding that might help find the best foods. Still, coconut milk is a big help. And a pound of salmon is better than steak all the time.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Ugh... white pepper - it smells like the zoo

52af669cec3e4d2a2b414faea3de2877

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Really? Because "find most of my meals to just be a little food and a lot of fats" that's kind of *exactly* what that sounds like. 4k with a reasonable portion of calories coming from carbohydrate does not a small meal make. You came here for opinions, this is mine. Increase carbohydrate. Won't exactly hurt your fatigue issue either.

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:34 PM

Awesome suggestions, thanks! I've tried eating butter plain before--you know, went in with a couple friends to buy lunch at a supermarket, they buy sandwiches or something, I buy a 2 pack of butter....Friends walked away from me and never returned ;P

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:32 PM

I don't recall saying that I was eschewing carbs....

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I am on the same boat as you, I need the calories but I also ended drinking the fat swimming on my plate.

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

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on February 29, 2012
at 03:35 PM

You're welcome. Just one suggestion. You will get many more suggetions and if you put them all together you should have a lot of choice for different meals. Perhaps a steak is something you can do a couple of times per week - especially in the coming summertime grilling season.

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

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on February 29, 2012
at 03:12 PM

THanks for the input. I guess my biggest qualm with the steak suggestion is that I don't want to be stuck eating meat for every meal! 8'^(

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

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on February 29, 2012
at 03:03 PM

They would know me by name and seat me in my "regular booth" at the steak house if I had your problem. Enjoy!

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336c383a3c4d28652d7ab888c79108a3

on February 29, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Try a high calorie smoothie - use a can of whole fat coconut milk - add some frozen fruit and/or a banana or 2 - a scoop of grass fed whey protein powder - viola

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A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

on February 29, 2012
at 03:01 PM

How do you do with big slabs of beef? A large, 1 pound, ribeye steak with gorgeous marbling can be as high as 1500-1600 calories. Add a salad and a sweet potato with a little butter and you're at or above 2K.

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

(2053)

on February 29, 2012
at 03:03 PM

They would know me by name and seat me in my "regular booth" at the steak house if I had your problem. Enjoy!

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

(716)

on February 29, 2012
at 03:12 PM

THanks for the input. I guess my biggest qualm with the steak suggestion is that I don't want to be stuck eating meat for every meal! 8'^(

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

(2053)

on February 29, 2012
at 03:35 PM

You're welcome. Just one suggestion. You will get many more suggetions and if you put them all together you should have a lot of choice for different meals. Perhaps a steak is something you can do a couple of times per week - especially in the coming summertime grilling season.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on February 29, 2012
at 03:38 PM

Tons of stuff - not sure if you are strict Paleo or in the Primal realm so here is a mix:

  • Dried fruit - 1/2 cup of dates iss 208 calories, apricots and raisins have a bit less
  • Coconut milk - make curries, toss into smoothies-
  • Fruit - definitely bananas
  • Yogurt and cheese
  • Avocado - make guac and use plantain chips or veg to scoop it up
  • Nuts and nut butters - 1/2c mac nuts is 474 calories. Celery and almond butter is a great snack
  • Smoothies, juice, milk
  • POW shakes can get you 500 calories pretty quick - mix with juice and you've got even more
  • Dark chocolate
  • Pate, Fois, sausages
  • Tallow, lard, fish oil, butter - per 100g serving you can get 902 calories. That is 1849 calories per cup, 117 calories per tablespoon, and 45 calories per teaspoon.
  • Butter
  • Tubers
  • Squash, beets, et al

Make big fat salads and add dried fruit, nuts, avocado, protein, toss a hard boiled egg in there, too, and with a high fat dressing you can get a good caloric intake with that.

Munch on pate and sausages

I used to slice banana, a dollop of almond butter, sprinkle of sea salt, shave dark chocolate for a caloric hit

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76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on February 29, 2012
at 06:46 PM

This is delish AND super high-cal: Salmon Stuffed Avocados with Hollandaise Sauce.
(I can't remember where I originally got the recipe, but it's also at http://paleohacks.com/questions/37242/avocado-recipes#axzz1nmW0pGzE)

Hollandaise Sauce: 3 egg yolks 2 T lemon juice 1/4 tsp salt 1 stick of butter, melted until bubbling hot

2 salmon filets (or tilapia, etc.) 1 large avocado

Prepare hollandaise sauce by combining egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and pepper in blender. Blend at high speed for 30 seconds. Continue blending at a slower speed, while incorporating the hot butter very slowly. (Allow time for the butter to absorb and emulsify with eggs adding it gradually.) Set aside.

Pan fry salmon in butter or coconut oil over medium-high heat, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside.

Bisect large avocado. Grill or pan sear avocado halves face down in leftover butter.

Mix with hollindaise sauce with flaked salmon, and stuff into open pit of each avocado half (like a deviled egg).

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52af669cec3e4d2a2b414faea3de2877

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Why the hell are you avoiding carbohydrate? Unless you've got a wedding dress to fit into in 10 days, for fucksocks, man, nom on some goddamn carbs.

52af669cec3e4d2a2b414faea3de2877

(547)

on February 29, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Really? Because "find most of my meals to just be a little food and a lot of fats" that's kind of *exactly* what that sounds like. 4k with a reasonable portion of calories coming from carbohydrate does not a small meal make. You came here for opinions, this is mine. Increase carbohydrate. Won't exactly hurt your fatigue issue either.

52af669cec3e4d2a2b414faea3de2877

(547)

on February 29, 2012
at 06:15 PM

... I don't see how one could come to that interpretation. You didn't mention satiety/appetite issues at all. Assuming that would've been *more* presumptive, not less. "seeing as how 4 tbsp of butter make 400 calories, while an equivalent of a pound of potatoes would be necessary to match that." K. So eat a pound of potatoes with 4T of butter. I never suggested you should ditch fat, but the fact that you said you've got lipid soup on your plate after a meal suggests you're light on starches. They're quite absorbent.

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

(716)

on February 29, 2012
at 04:32 PM

I don't recall saying that I was eschewing carbs....

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

(716)

on February 29, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Hmmm interesting deduction, unfortunately it doesn't make too much sense. I came here asking for ideas to increase the amount of calories I can put into a meal, so obviously I would be preferentially increasing fats, compared to carbs, seeing as how 4 tbsp of butter make 400 calories, while an equivalent of a pound of potatoes would be necessary to match that. P.s. my statement, the one you put in quotations, can also be interpreted as I have difficulty eating a mass of food, so i'd like to eat as calorically dense as possible. But far be it from me to question your astute skills of inference.

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D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

on February 29, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Mmmmm, what a lovely thing to plan. I don't think that sounds unpleasant at all. Many men need nutrient-dense, high calorie meal plans.

How much meat do you wish in your meals? Are you aiming for a particular number of grams of protein or ratios of PRO:FAT:CHO?

Steak, cooked in a skillet in beef fat, served with dollops of pastured butter and sour cream. Side of parsnips or other root vegetable, braised in pastured butter or cream, or scalloped in cream, with white pepper, chives and nutmeg.

Paté, heavy cream, brie or camembert, butter, and beef bacon can be added to every meal, or eaten as wished.

Steak or roast beef bites in a gravy/sauce made from beef drippings, butter, and cream, with savory, black or white pepper, and a few slices of lemon.

Beef drippings, butter and cream can be added, as much as wished, to tea or coffee.

Have beef drippings, butter or cream rather than desserts, sweets, chocolate, etc.

Those are the modern suggestions I have. :)

I wish you much joy with your food plan.

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

(716)

on February 29, 2012
at 04:34 PM

Awesome suggestions, thanks! I've tried eating butter plain before--you know, went in with a couple friends to buy lunch at a supermarket, they buy sandwiches or something, I buy a 2 pack of butter....Friends walked away from me and never returned ;P

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on February 29, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Also: cold burgers, salmon patties, steak, or roast beef, or hard-boiled eggs and a pint of heavy cream or large piece of brie or camembert would be a handy, no-cook meal.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on February 29, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Steven, thanks for your kind thoughts. I wish you much joy with your food plan. If you can afford pastured butter sometimes, it is especially nice.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on February 29, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Ugh... white pepper - it smells like the zoo

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28b5f648e0f5d92dd2c7edac38361d99

(265)

on February 29, 2012
at 03:31 PM

You could try making a curry, a whole can of coconut milk has I think around 1000 cal's. Here is one of my favorite recipes:

http://www.mypaleolife.com/paleo-diet-recipes/west-indian-coconut-chicken-curry-with-yellow-yam

You could sub the chicken out for a fattier cut of beef to up the cals.

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8487a2f7fb8be0a568275667af0794c8

on February 29, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Try making a shake: The liquid fat bomb created by Richard of Free the Animals is great, I changed it up a bit though. Here's my idea: 4 eggs (pastured) 1/2-1 cup of coconut milk frozen in the ice cube trays 1/2 avocado 1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut 3/8 cup of macadamia nuts. 1 cup of spinach 1 tsp of honey for a touch of sweetness Blend everything up and even throw it in the freezer stirring every 15 minutes if you want it more like ice cream.If your worried about the raw egg whites and the biotin defiency you can try cooking them lightly before whirling them in. I do this to get the fat and calories into my sister when she's not too keen on meat in the morning or at a meal. Has about 80 grams of fat, almost 1000 calories.A good amount of protein too, but not overdoing it. She finds it extremely delicious. You can also mix in some vanilla or chocolate powder.

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