You've got to eat to grow, but sometimes eating is the last thing you want to do. When you're in this situation, it pays to have a list of tempting, high-calorie recipes in your back pocket. These homemade mass-gaining recipes are sure to spark your appetite when you need it most!

1. Ready-On-The-Spot Oatmeal

When you know you need to eat but just don't have an appetite, the last thing you feel like doing is cooking a full meal. So why not rummage through the fridge and pantry for a combination of staples you probably have on hand, then measure, mix, and enjoy?

Oatmeal

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2. Homemade Double-Stuffed Cheesy Burrito

Chipotle will want your recipe after you show off this easy-to-make, double-stuffed, cheesy burrito to your friends on social media. The secret is in the cheese, so don't skimp in that department!

Burrito

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3. Muscle-Gaining Shake

When you need to gain a pound in a pinch, look no further than this fruity combination of calories. This creamy and sweet concoction will satisfy any sweet tooth and deliver everything you need on your quest to keep the scale moving up.

Shake

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4. Homemade Hawaiian Pizza

Although Hawaii may not be your top destination in the middle of bulking season, it certainly will be when shredding season rolls around! But when that time is many months away, why not enjoy a taste of paradise while simultaneously eating for your muscle-growth goals?

Pizza

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About the Author

Paul Salter, MS, RD

Paul Salter, MS, RD

Paul Salter, MS, RD, CSCS, received his BS in dietetics from the University of Maryland and his MS in exercise and nutrition science from the University of Tampa.

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