I'm a classic ectomorph aged at 18, I've been hitting the gym hard for about a month now and have been able to observer some sort of progress with both machines and free weights.
However, even though I tried, I haven't really increased my diet as I should have, so my gym trainer told me to buy a mass gainer and/or whey protein powder.
So I asked my dad to get one for me, but he(and frankly most people in our country) are surrounded by myths regarding the side-effects of these shakes. He tells me that my muscles will loosen up and I will get fatty later on when I stop going to the gym, apart from the chemical and processed ingredients in it.
Not only that, it also seems to be a socially-ill thing in our society, and people who have recently undergone a body transformation, despite sweating hours in the gym, are frowned upon and made fun of as if they have taken dope-stuff. They will treat you as if just eat lots of protein powder, sit in front of the TV, and become a mesomorph from an ectomorph in few months.
Which is why I would like to ask you guys to tell me on how to make the homemade smoothies which are somewhat equivalent to the standard market mass gainers or protein shakes (since both my calorie requirement and protein requirement are way below the mark).
There are lots of articles on the internet but many of them follow different procedures, and some are from untrusted sources as well, like some will add protein poweders to the blend (which destroys the purpose) some will add oats, some not etc.
At 18 years of age, I only weigh 105 lbs or 48 kgs so I really need lots of those kcals and protein because I believe that every weak in the gym I'm doing better mechanically but there is insufficient nutrition for my muscles.
And I don't really care a lot about how it tastes as long as its rich in stuff, except for one thing,
can I substitute peanut butter for almond butter? since peanuts don't suite my too well when taken in large quantities, my gut is a happy guy with almonds though.