My mention of “fatty foods” was meant to head off the skim-milk drinking, skinless-chicken-breast-and-egg-white-eating attitude that some folks might bring to the table because they’re afraid of dietary fat, even when trying to gain weight.[/quote]
Ha, for sure. If I had a buck for every teenager who said “Yeah, my diet’s great. I pretty much only eat chicken breasts, egg whites, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal”, it would pay for my monthly Ben and Jerry’s habit.
He drinks his protein shake after supper before bed and mixes frozen fruit and milk with it.
Should this be when he drinks the shake?[/quote]
That’s fine. Or on the weekends when it’s more convenient, he could mix a giant shake in the morning and have it through the day, making sure to finish it before bed. The bigger point is to use a shake literally as a supplement, with the whole food meals being the base of his diet.
Trail mix is fine, especially if you can throw some chopped up jerky in with it. Nuts are an easy way to throw down calories quickly. A handful can be like 200+ calories eaten in a few seconds, so they’re always an option. Only thing is that they’re relatively-light on protein, so I wouldn’t go over-rely on them too much. Hard boiled eggs work great for a higher protein, still-calorie-dense snack.