Sorry, I know this isn't the first thread on this topic!
Lots of people here have recommended smoothies as a high-cal snack, a good way to get a decent breakfast, and as something simple to make. And still I didn't try them.
Well, I've been trying to think of things to make for Jennifer to help her gain / stop losing weight, so I looked up some of the smoothie ideas. On my first try, she loved it, and so did I (to my surprise).
Unfortunately I missed the good fresh fruit season, so I used some canned stuff. I put in banana, peaches, plums, shredded coconut, mandarin oranges, pecans and walnuts, plain soymilk, and some Tofutti vanilla ice cream. I froze all the fruit ahead of time (as someone suggested), so I didn't need to use any ice. It was really good, and Jen said she'd like to have even more nuts in it, which is great for the protein/calorie aspect.
I divided my ingredients into portions in the freezer, so all I have to do is grab a container, put it in the blender with some soymilk, and voila.
I can't wait to experiment with other ingredients, like strawberries, blueberries, chocolate, peanut butter.....