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Healthy weight gain requires a balanced diet loaded with protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates.  

Here are some of the best foods to help you gain weight: 

Eggs - an affordable, easy-to-prepare source of protein and healthy fats, making them a go-to choice for weight gain. 

Red meat - red meat abounds with protein and iron. Both nutrients are essential for muscle growth and repair.  

Fatty fish - such as salmon, sardines, tuna, and mackerel, provide protein and omega-3 fatty acids essential for overall health and healthy weight gain. 

Potatoes and starchy vegetables - Potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other starchy vegetables are a good source of complex carbohydrates, which provide steady energy and help you feel full. 

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Whole grain foods- including oats, maize, rye, beans, and peas, are a good source of complex carbohydrates and fibre, which can help you stay healthy, essentially promoting a healthy weight. 

Nuts and seeds - such as macadamia, cashews, peanuts and seeds including pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds, provide a bounty of healthy fats, protein, and fibre, making them an effective snack for weight gain. 

Dried fruits - a good source of calories, fibre, and vitamins, making them a healthy and convenient snack. 

Avocados - rich in healthy fats, fibre, and vitamins, making them a nutritious and filling food. 

Full-fat dairy products - including yoghurt, milk, and cheese, are a great source of protein, calcium, and other nutrients. 

Smoothies - a great way to pack in extra calories and nutrients. Try making smoothies with protein powder, fruits, yoghurt, and nuts. 

Speak to a registered dietitian or other healthcare professional for a personalised plan to reach your weight gain goals.