In this article, we're tackling one of the most exciting areas of the HCG diet - recipes!
Recipes are a fun way to unlock the full potential of the HCG diet. With any diet that is especially restrictive, you want to find ways to add variety to your meals and break up the monotony of your eating schedule. This lets you choose fresh and exciting options, and it keeps you motivated.
The Challenge with Recipes
HCG recipes are a particular challenge because they have to conform to one of the strictest diets out there.
To get a good idea of their full potential, we'll start by outlining the foods you can eat on the HCG diet. We’ll look at an HCG food list and outline the basics of an HCG meal plan. By understanding your limitations, you can unlock the full potential of the HCG diet!
After that, we’ll break down each recipe by category and reveal how you can add ample variety and excitement to a traditionally restrictive diet.
The Key to HCG Recipes
Your food list (LINK to article I wrote about HCG food list) is going to be your guiding light for deciding what you can eat on the HCG diet. When most people refer to a "food list," they are talking about the list of approved foods during Phase 2 of the HCG diet.
First, let's run down a list of approved foods on the HCG diet. Then, we'll examine how it will fit into your meal planning.
Starches are very restricted on the HCG diet, with only one piece of plain melba toast or one grissini breadstick allowed per day.
Obviously, the above food list is quite restrictive. It's important to remember the HCG diet was originally created in the 1950s. As a result, it doesn't include many modern aspects of people's diets.
Nowadays, many will add several alternative ingredients to their HCG dietary plan. So long as the ingredient remains consistent with the basic principles of HCG (low fat, no carbs, no butter, oils, etc), it could be considered a viable option.
There are too many alternatives to list here. Many HCG recipes might contain some of these ingredients. If you're in doubt, search to see whether the ingredient is generally considered HCG friendly so you don't have to worry about breaking the diet.
Putting it All Together
There are also specific guidelines as to when and how you should consume your food; the food list isn't even the full story.
It helps to visualize the food list in terms of a meal plan. Based on this meal plan, you can understand how to properly portion dishes and which ingredients you are able to add.
Here’s a typical meal plan during HCG Phase 2:
This is your life during Phase 2 of the HCG diet. It's quite limiting, but tasty recipes can make it easier. Let's check some out:
HCG Diet Recipes
We've broken down our recipes based on different sections of your HCG meal plan. We'll start with protein options, look at side dishes, and then check out either fruits or desserts.
Remember when cooking proteins that the HCG diet only allows 100g per meal! Here are some awesome recipes that utilize the allowed list of proteins for maximum flavor.
Although HCG is a restrictive diet, you can craft a variety of different recipes with a little creativity to keep your meals fresh and unique. They can be frozen, prepared in bulk, or taken out the day of. HGC isn't an easy diet, but these recipes can go a long way to making it much easier.