One of the main complaints we hear about while on the HCG diet is that the diet itself is boring and the food get monotonous. One of the easiest and best ways to combat the boredom is to get creative and use recipes and spices to make your food more exciting. When using a recipe, make sure that it is HCG friendly using only foods that are listed on the HCG diet protocol.
You will also want to make sure that the recipe only contains 1 serving of protein, fruit, and vegetables. Remember that while on the low calorie diet, you are not allowed to mix vegetables, so just one vegetable per meal. Your HCG now offers a cookbook with over 200 recipes for both the low calorie phase and the maintenance phase.
Here are a few recipes for the low calorie diet that you can use while on the HCG diet:
100 g chicken breast
1 TBSP milk
1 Grissini breadstick
Totally crush breadstick in food processor or put in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Dip chicken in milk and coat with the bread stick crumbs. Cook in a nonstick pan. Season with salt and pepper.
This recipe will count towards 1 protein, 1 serving of milk, and 1 breadstick. The can be served with Sautéed Garlic & Greens for a nice Southern meal:
SAUTEED GARLIC & GREENS
6 cloves garlic, sliced
16 c. stemmed and roughly chopped chard
Squeeze of lemon
Red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Heat garlic in a large skillet over med-low heat in a non-stick pan until garlic begins to turn golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. Place greens, red pepper flakes, and salt into a skillet. Using tongs, turn greens until wilted enough to fit in pan. Raise heat to medium and over. Cook 7-10 minutes, tossing frequently. Transfer greens to colander to drain. Return the greens to pan and toss with reserved garlic. Squeeze with lemon just before serving. Refrigerate leftover greens in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
When you add in this recipe to your meal, this will account for your vegetable and part of your lemon juice serving. You are still allowed one fruit. You can eat this fruit with dinner or save it for dessert with this Apple Cobbler recipe:
1 sliced apple
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 packet stevia
Toss the above ingredients together and arrange on a microwave safe plate. Heat for 1 minute. Heat for longer if needed.
With the above recipes, you can end up having a great tasting, stomach-filling meal that is HCG friendly.
A lot of customers struggle when they are trying to come up with recipes for the maintenance phase. Even though maintenance isn’t as strict regarding the diet portion as the low calorie diet, customers are often confused and overwhelmed by all the options they are now allowed. Here is a great meal that you can make while on maintenance. And it’s very possible that these meals can be carried over into your cooking after you are completely done with maintenance.
GROUND BEEF TACOS
1 lb extra lean ground beef
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp chili pepper
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 Roma tomato, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
Romaine lettuce, complete leaves
Cook beef thoroughly, and drain. Mix the cumin, black pepper, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder in a bowl. Add seasonings to the ground beef. Add enough to season the meat to your taste. Usually 1-2 TBSP is perfect. Then add a dash of regular salt if needed. Cut up the Roma tomato, slice the avocado, and dice up the red onion, and set them aside. Take the leaves of the Romaine lettuce, and top with some meat filling along with the veggies. You may top with cheese as long as no sugar is added to the cheese. Fold the lettuce leaf and enjoy.
SALMON WITH FRESH HERBS
1lb skinless salmon filet, split into 4 portions
1 TBSP fresh dill
1 TBSP fresh lemon thyme
1 TBSP parsley
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 TBSP butter, softened
Preheat oven to 350. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Cut lemon in half, and then shred 1 tsp. of lemon peel. In a bowl, add lemon peel, herbs, salt, pepper, and softened butter, mix well. Spread onto salmon. In an oven-safe pan warmed over medium heat, add salmon with the herb side down. Cook until golden brown. Turn salmon over and squeeze the juice of ½ lemon onto the fish. Place the pan in the oven for about 7 minutes, or until the fish flakes. While the fish is cooking, steam the zucchini. When the salmon is done, place it on a plate and top with lemon peal and herbs if you’d like. Serve with steamed zucchini.
When on the maintenance phase, you can be a more lenient with your food choices. Here is a great dessert that is full of fruit and very healthy:
2 c. plain Greek yogurt (no sugar added)
¼ c. milk
¼ c. fresh raspberries
¼ c. fresh strawberries
1 TBSP fresh orange juice
¾ tsp powdered stevia
1 banana (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into 8oz Tupperware container and freeze. Serve once frozen.
With just a few simple recipes and a pantry full of spices, you can make your food fun and exciting. The HCG diet doesn’t have to be boring; it just needs a little added creativity. The more variety you have in your diet, the more successful you will be long-term. Learning to cook whole, natural foods at home will help you maintain your weight loss for years to come. Not only can you lose weight and maintain the loss long term while on the HCG, you may end up finding a new hobby that you enjoy like cooking.