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These days it is fashionable to lose weight.
Everyone and their brothers and sisters are
talking about losing weight but no one cares that
most of us want to add weight or at least
maintain the tinini one we have.
Some people are naturally thin and find it
difficult gaining weight. These group of people
are often bullied but few people see that as
bullying. Yes, while it is alright to ask a thin
someborri: “You are too thin, are you eating at
all?”, you dare not tell a fat person that “You eat
too much!”. Mmh, if you try that, all the
advocates of plus size people will descend on
you. That’s a story for another day.
This post is to list some foods and snacks that
will help you add weight. If you are being called
bonga fish , atinga no blood , longa longa, ogwu
azu (fish bones), bag of bones, willy willy, fido
dido right now in your life, get in here! Abeg help
me with more names they call thin people.
It’s time to chop up! I hope you are loaded
with money because chopping up is big business
especially in this recession.
Oya, let’s go!
The following are 10 foods and snacks that will
help you add weight, but we will see the first 5 today and the rest 5 tomorrow.

1. Nuts: Groundnuts (Peanuts), Cashew
Nuts,Tiger Nuts

contain lots of healthy fats and protein.
Chew as a snack in-between meals. Eat roasted
groundnuts (peanuts) with ripe bananas as we
do in Nigeria and you have a great snack that
will help you add up. Bananas are fattening too
so there you go. Details on bananas later.
Chew tiger nuts ( aki awusa , ofio , aya) with
groundnuts or on its own, blend it with coconuts
and dates (dabino) to get Tiger Nuts drink and
Cashew nuts are also great, though more
expensive than the other nuts. But I did warn you
that if you want to gain weight, you need to
have a full pocket, didn’t I?

2. Peanut Butter (okwo ose in Igbo).

Peanut Butter is said to contain 100 calories per
tablespoon. That’s a lot of calories for one
tablespoon of mede mede. And the good thing is
that the fats and oils in groundnut is healthy and
groundnuts contain proteins too.
In Nigeria, all you need to do is buy well-roasted
peanuts in the market, peel and take them to
those people that have manual grinders in the
market and they will blend them into peanut
butter for you. They will even do the peeling for
you right there in the market. You do not need to
add any other ingredient because in Nigeria,
roasted peanuts are already salted. After
grinding, put in a glass jar with a cover and close
You can grind this at home with a dry mill but it
is messy abeg. Outside Nigeria, peanut butter is
readily available in supermarkets.
Use peanut butter as bread spread just like you
would spread jam, butter or margarine on slices
of bread. Add it to your smoothies or simply lick
it at any chance you get so that the adding up
can start happening already. Remember, there
are 100 calories in 1 tablespoon!

3. Whole Milk or Full Fat Milk.

If you live in Northern Nigeria, close to the cattle
farms then you are in luck. Fura, milk as it
comes from the cow is milk with all the fat
intact. So if you have access to this type of
milk, binge on it till you are drunk on cow milk.
If you are not close to any cows that produce
milk, look for whole milk in big supermarkets like
Shoprite and Spar. Whole Milk comes in small 1
litre cartons. Oldenburger is a good brand of
whole milk (UHT) that is available in Nigeria. Do
not buy the powder one, buy the liquid one with
whole milk or full cream written on it.
Outside Nigeria, pasteurised whole milk is
available in supermarkets.
If you are looking to gain weight, never ever use
skimmed or semi skimmed milk in your life
again, ever!
I would like to mention here that cheese, which
is a derivative of milk, is mostly high in fat
making it a great food for adding weight. It is
not common in Nigeria so we eat imported
cheese that is mostly available in foreign and big
Add cubes of cheese or grated cheese to your
salads, eat cheese as a snack if you can stand
the salty taste and use slices of cheese to eat
bread as a sandwich.
And you do not like Pizza? What?? Think of all
that cheese topping you are missing out on.

4. Avocado.

That one we call “Avocado Pear” in Nigeria, do
you know that one of it can easily contain 300
calories? That’s a lot for one small fruit. You can
easily overload on calories with this fruit so abeg
ooo, take this your chopping up ministry easy o.
Add avocado to your salads, mash and use as
bread spread, add it to smoothies or
just eat it
as a fruit. It goes well with Nigerian rice dishes .
There are many ways to enjoy this fruit so load
up when it is in season.
5. Bread.


 There are lots of information about losing weight
but almost nothing on weight gain. So if you
know anything that those who want to lose
weight are doing, do the opposite. Weight
watchers usually run away from bread. That
means you need to make bread your friend, in
fact find someone who owns a bakery and make
him/her your BFF.
When I was pregnant with my first baby, I used
to finish one loaf of bread at a sitting. Yes, and I
was adding up and adding up soteeeh my
obstetrician started warning me that my baby
will be so big. This was I that was not a fan of
bread before then. That is one proof that eating
bread makes you fat. I ate and I saw the results.
I am not saying you should be like me and finish
one loaf of bread at a sitting but this post is
about fattening up, right? So chop up we will!
And when you team those slices of bread with
avocado spread or peanut butter spread, you will
come here and testify within a short time.


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