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A List of Calorie Dense Foods

diannethegeekdiannethegeek Posts: 14,831Member Member Posts: 14,831Member Member
I'm posting this list with the intention of creating something that people can link to when someone is having a hard time reaching their calorie goal. I hope that other users will add more ideas in the comments.

Calorie dense foods can be your best friend when you're trying to eat more. These are foods that pack a lot of calories into just a small amount, so they boost your calories quickly without putting a lot of extra food in your stomach. This is a generic list and it's definitely not comprehensive, but anything here can be included in a balanced diet (as long as there are no allergies, medical conditions, obviously):

avocado
cheese
full fat dairy
Greek yogurt
ice cream
peanut butter (or other nut butters)
dark chocolate
less lean cuts of meat (including beef, pork, sausage, etc.)
seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, etc.)
nuts
olive oil
coconut oil
butter
beans and lentils
protein shakes, bars, and smoothies
hummus
beef jerky
cornbread
tuna
full calorie condiments
full calorie sauces & dressings
sour cream
guacamole
whole grain pasta
rice
bacon
whole eggs
quinoa
fruit and fruit juices
pretzels
bananas
scones
muffins (bran, blueberry, banana nut, etc.)
potatoes (sweet, red, gold, purple, white, etc.)
dried fruit (raisins, apricots, plums, dates, etc.)
granola
coconut
salmon
edamame
olives
honey
molasses
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  • jessicatombarijessicatombari Posts: 160Member Member Posts: 160Member Member
    Needed this!!!
  • scottf4413scottf4413 Posts: 73Member Member Posts: 73Member Member
    Thank you for taking the time to post this list. :)
  • spalazinispalazini Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    Thank you!!
  • avskkavskk Posts: 1,790Member Member Posts: 1,790Member Member
    What a great resource. I love it.

    Heavy cream (in coffee or as a milk replacement in recipes) can pack an almost unnoticeable wallop. Eating skin on poultry is also a good idea (maybe covered under "less lean cuts of meat"). And speaking of skin... pork rinds or cracklings? They're not everyone's cup of tea, but they're tasty and light and particularly convenient for low-carbers.
    edited May 2015
  • kjdaniel06kjdaniel06 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    I'm new to the weight loss thing. So just know that I'm not saying anything to try to be rude or offensive. And I also don't have much time to read all of the comments to figure this out lol. But why do you want to have more calories? I thought you were supposed to intake less calories and exercise to burn them off?
  • XOXOMiriamXOXOMiriam Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    This isn't a food but Green Tea speeds up metabolism and it only has 1-2 calories per bag! It's my new fave drink! leo switch out regular milk for almond milk!
  • ImanoIlciousImanoIlcious Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    THANK YOU SO MUCH !!
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