questionswhat is your favorite high calorie snack?

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Nuts! They're quick and easy snack foods and full of protein.

Also avocados are great if you like them.

Or you can always make protein smoothie shakes. I like homemade/plain yogurt, a bit of milk, banana, berries (and other fruit), spinach, and sometimes a scoop of protein powder - add half an avocado for extra calories.

ETA: any processed junk food will be chocked full of calories (hostess, ice cream, candy bars, cookies... nom), but since you're pregnant I wanted to give some healthy options :)

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Definitely ice cream. Especially the premium stuff that's loaded with nuts and candy like Ben & Jerry's Everything But The...

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Seconding Ben and Jerry's.
Om nom nom
Also, I loooooooove SmartFood white cheddar popcorn, but I don't know that it's all that high calorie.

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*Somewhat-healthy:
Wheat Germ Pancakes with real maple syrup. These have lots of complex carbohydrates and calories and won't make you go into a carb coma after eating them.
*Not-so-healthy:
Homemade Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies, warm with an ice cold glass of milk. Calories galore and the caffeine will keep you awake.
* Drink
Any of those blended ice drinks from Starbucks. Although I recall high amounts of caffeine and pregnancy not being a desirable combination.

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Ditto on Starbucks frappucinos. I think a venti frappucino has something like umpty jillion delicious calories. And you can get 'em decaf if you like.

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Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra ice cream, hands down! Of course, I burn up most of those calories dashing back and forth between the sides of the container trying to decide which is best, the caramel ice cream with the soft caramel center, or the chocolate with fudge chip ice cream with the soft caramel center. Or at least I TELL myself I'm burning off the calories that way.

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Anything with cream cheese, lots of cream cheese!

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Third on Ben & Jerry's, especially, New York Super Fudge Chunk!

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mayonnaise - just straight mayonnaise from the packets or jar right into my mouth.

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@eyeflytwohigh: Oh, my! I thought I was the only one who loved mayo. I sneak a spoonful of the straight stuff whenever I get a chance. But, for me, it has to be Blue Plate. Yum!

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Double stuffed oreos. 2 Cookies = 140 calories. I usually eat 8 to 10 as a little snack sometimes.

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my sister introduced me tuesday to the stuffed french toast at ihop. it was amazing. and based on what was involved in the product there is no way it can be short on calories.
ok. so something slightly nutrious for the kid: bananas are actually high in vitamins and calories. most pastas have high calorie counts-especially if you use an alfredo sauce. how about a milk shake for calcium.

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Ding Dongs are my go-to 'things are crappy and I don't care' food.

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Southern homemade ice cream and Tollhouse chocolate chip (I throw in pecans) cookies. Mint chocolate chip for me, btw. For the processed, I'd have to go with Twinkies.

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Hostess Fruit pies. Jam packed with calories, saturated fat and cholesterol.

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@hottubrf: Yep, those fruit pies are calorie bombs. I used to use them during long adventure races when I needed some calories to sustain me before going into something that I knew would make it tough to eat (usually paddling).

I've since had to go gluten-free, I look forward to the day that they are available in a GF option.

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Variation of strawberry shortcake. Strawberries in their own heavily sweetened syrup over a huge slice of pound cake. Top it w/an enormous amount of real whipped cream. Repeat as needed.

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Thanks guys. Lots of yummy options here. Have to go shopping today and might pick up some of these. Definitely some cookie dough. I love fresh from the oven cookies.

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I can appreciate the need for Calories and energy but would suggest you look more for a source that's lower in fat and sugar, i.e. carbs like a trail mix or bars. A Choc Frap will get you 300 Calories but you're also getting 5g of fat, 48g of sugar, 235mg of sodium, and 10g of proteim.

You also want to get more carbs than protein due to what's called the thermic effect, the amount of Calories it takes just to digest the food. Protein is the highest requiring as much as 30-35% of the Calories eaten. Carbs is about 8-10% and fat is just a 2-3%.

Essentially, eat like a hiker or a marathon runner.

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One pound of Cheez-Its - one snack.
The two pound box is a now-and-later snack.

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Chocolate covered macadamia nuts from Hawaii. Yum! And you can find them most everywhere.

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@klozitshoper: A shame about those. Ever since Hershey's bought them in 2004, the quality has dropped.

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@first2summit: Fully agree with you and @kristiwsu about healthy fats and calories.

Depending on how active you are and your pre-preg weight you might not need as many calories as you think.

I used to workout with my boss who got pregnant but was excellent about maintaining a healthy diet and eating the extra calories which were beneficial to her and the baby's health.

She linked me this site which is a great help with this topic:
http://www.freedieting.com/tools/pregnancy_calorie_calculator.htm

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@wlknlight: You cook your cookie dough??? Weird.

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Cold stone is pretty high on the list but nothing beats a good burger and fries.

Chocolate covered peanuts or raisins.

Ohhh! and peanut butter filled pretzel bites.

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@first2summit: You mean they purchased the Hawaiian company that made them? Bsh humbug, did not know that. When I was in Honolulu, I ate a lot of them and have seen the familiar yellow boxes here. Bummer

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@cococut, thanks for the link. And the answer is that I need between 500 and 800 extra calories a day (depending on if chasing a 3 y.o. all day and going up and down the stairs dozens of times daily is a physical job or just daily exercise). Either way, there is no way I am getting close to that.

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@klozitshoper: Yes! It doesn't really bug me much but my wife who lived there - it kills her and she mentions it every time someone brings us a box.