HCG Diet Deserts

Deserts

 

backed toffeeBaked Toffee Apples – 1 apple thinly sliced, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1tsp stevia, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, 1 tbsp. water, English toffee stevia. Combine all dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix well. Place the liquids into a small plastic zip bag along with apple slices and seal. Shake well, lay flat in baking dish and bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes until desired doneness.

 

 

 

 

dark_chocolate_flavored_strawberry_or_orange_slicesStrawberry Sorbet/Pops

4-6 medium strawberries

Approximately 3 cubes of ice

Any powdered or flavored stevia to taste

½ teaspoon vanilla powder or cocoa (optional)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ cup water

Blend ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a dish or Popsicle molds

and freeze until firm.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Phase 3 modifications: Add half and half or cream and whipped egg whites.

Mix in chopped nuts and freeze for an ice cream style dessert.

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lemon popsicles

Orange or Lemon Pops

Juice of ½ lemon or 1 small orange juiced

Powdered stevia to taste

Mix stevia to taste into lemon or orange juice. Pour into Popsicle molds and

freeze.

Makes one serving (1 fruit)

Apple Chips
Apple Chips

Apple Chips

1 apple

Dash of cinnamon

Stevia to taste

Slice apples thinly, coat with stevia and cinnamon. Place in a dehydrator or

bake at 325 until chewy and a little crispy.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Apple Cookies

Pulp from 1 apple

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon vanilla powder

Stevia to taste

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix pulp from 1 apple (use juice for a virgin apple martini) Mix with stevia

and spices and form into cookies (1-2). Bake the cookies for approximately

15-20 minutes or until slightly brown.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Phase 3 modifications: Add chopped walnuts or pecan meal and a little

butter to the apple mixture then bake.

Iced and Spiced Orange Slices

1 orange sliced or segmented

2 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon powdered vanilla

Pinch of nutmeg to taste

Pinch of powdered clove to taste

Pinch of cardamom to taste

Powdered stevia to taste

Mix powdered spices and stevia together. Dip orange slices in lemon juice

and dredge with spice mixture. Freeze until firm. Variations: substitute

strawberry or apple slices.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Apple Slices with Cinnamon Sauce

1 apple sliced

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

Powdered stevia to taste

In the microwave or small saucepan heat the liquid and spice ingredients

together stirring constantly. Serve in a small dipping bowl and serve with

chilled apple slices or other fruit.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Phase 3 modifications: Dissolve spices in lemon juice. Whisk in small

cubes of cold butter to make a sauce. Add rum extract or vanilla. Sauté

apple slices in spiced butter mixture.

Fruit with Warm Vanilla Sauce

Your choice of allowed fruit

1 tablespoon vanilla powder

2 tablespoons lemon juice

½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Powdered stevia to taste

In a small saucepan or dipping bowl stir stevia and vanilla powder into

lemon juice and vinegar. Heat the sauce on the stove or in the microwave.

Pour into a dipping bowl. Dip fresh fruit into the warm sauce and enjoy.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Phase 3 modifications: Stir in 1 tablespoon of cold butter cut into small

cubes and whisk quickly until blended. Or add a small amount of cream and omit the lemon juice. Add a little cinnamon or rum extract for added flavor.

Caramel Apple Pie

1 apple

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 packet powdered stevia

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

1 tablespoon water

English toffee stevia to taste

Slice apple into very thin slices. Arrange in layers in a round 3 inch crème

Brule dish. For each layer, sprinkle generously with cinnamon, nutmeg, and

powdered and English toffee stevia. Continue layering with spices until dish

is full. Sprinkle lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and water over the apple

slices. Bake at 375 for approximately 20-25 minutes or until apples are

cooked and top is slightly crispy. Drizzle with additional English toffee

stevia if desired. Serve warm.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Phase 3 modifications: Add a small amount of melted butter to the mixture

and top with a tablespoon of chopped walnuts or pecans.

Warm Spiced Oranges

One orange sliced or segmented

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Dash of cloves

Dash of nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon powdered vanilla

Stevia to taste (powdered or flavored liquid)

Mix spices with lemon juice and stevia. Warm slightly in saucepan and add

oranges. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Serve hot or chilled.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Frozen Grapefruit Spears

½ grapefruit in slices or segments

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Pinch of lemon zest

Powdered stevia to taste

Dip grapefruit chunks in lemon juice and coat with stevia and lemon zest.

Freeze until firm and enjoy as an icy treat.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Iced Cocoa Strawberries

4-6 medium strawberries

1 tablespoon dry defatted cocoa (Wondercocoa)

Powdered stevia to taste

Mix cocoa and stevia together. Slice strawberries and dip in cocoa mixture.

Place on wax or parchment paper and freeze until firm. Variations: Use

orange segments.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Warm Strawberry Compote

1 serving fresh sliced strawberries

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

Dash of cayenne

Dash of salt

Vanilla or dark chocolate stevia to taste

In a small saucepan, combine ingredients and stir thoroughly. Sauté on

medium heat until warm and bubbly and a sauce develops. Serve warm in a bowl. Garnish with mint.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Phase 3 modifications: Omit the lemon juice and stir in 2 tablespoons cream cheese or heavy cream. Top with chopped roasted nuts or phase 3 chocolate crumbles (see phase 3 bonus report).

Applesauce with Cinnamon

1 apple

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

Powdered stevia to taste

Peel and puree apple in a food processor. Add in cinnamon and stevia to

taste. Serve chilled.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Dark Chocolate Flavored Strawberry or Orange Slices

1 orange peeled and sliced or handful of strawberries sliced

Dark chocolate stevia extract

Arrange orange or strawberry slices in a bowl. Drizzle dark chocolate stevia

over the slices and serve chilled. Garnish with mint if desired.

Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

 

HCG Diet Menu

Some of you out there may need a little help in planning your HCG diet menu. So I thought it might be easier for you if I gave you same sample meals to plan. Taking the time to cook and plan your meals is very important for your success while on the program. However, your health is important and you don’t want to only lose weight but you also want to be healthy in the process.

Since lunch and dinner consist of the same quantities of food, any meal listed can be used for either lunch or dinner.

Menu Plan 1

3 oz Grilled Chicken sprinkled lightly with sea salt and garlic.

3 oz Cucumbers

2 Melba Rounds

1 Small-Medium Orange

Menu Plan 2

3 oz Tilapia Filet with a splash of lemon

3 oz Steamed Mixed Greens with a splash of lemon

Handful of Strawberries

1 Breadstick

Menu Plan 3

3 oz Lean Ground Beef Patty with Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce

1 oz Lettuce Leaves (as a “bun”)

2 oz Tomatoes

1 Apple

2 Melba Rounds

Menu Plan 4

3 oz Shrimp with Lemon Juice

3 oz Asparagus – lightly seasoned to taste

1/2 Grapefruit

1 Breadstick

HCG Diet Menu-Lunch and dinner

The hCG diet has touched off a fiery debate. Devotees say it’s the key to fast weight loss; medical experts contend it could be dangerous because it limits dieters to 500 calories a day, less than a third of the amount recommended by the government for both men and women. “Restricting your intake to 500 calories a day isn’t healthy,” says Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The other part of the diet is daily drops or injections of the pregnancy hormone hCG, which supposedly accelerates weight loss by suppressing appetite and “blasting” fat. Nutrition specialists are skeptical. They question whether the hCG hormone shuts down hunger pangs or whether weight loss is simply the result of an extremely restrictive diet. “If you don’t eat, you’ll lose weight,” says Cohen, “but it’s not a practical, sustainable, or safe method.” The usual menu is the one outlined in 1954 by the diet’s creator, A.T.W. Simeons, in Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity. Here’s a peek at what breakfast, lunch, and dinner look like on the hCG diet.

Breakfast

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No solid food before lunch. “Breakfast” is optional. It consists of a cup of black coffee or tea—any size. Sugar is off-limits, but calorie-free sweeteners like saccharin or Stevia are OK. The hCG menu allows one tablespoon of milk over a 24-hour period, so dieters can blow the daily allotment and mix it into their morning coffee.

Lunch and dinner: the meat

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The bulk of calories come from lunch and dinner—both meals call for small amounts of veggies and carbs and 3.5 ounces of lean, fat-free protein. (At 9 calories per gram, fat is calorie-dense, so portions would be even smaller if fat was permitted on a 500-calorie diet.) Veal, non-marbled beef, chicken breast, fresh white-fleshed fish, lobster, crab, and shrimp are all fine; fatty choices like salmon, eel, tuna, herring, and dried or pickled fish are off-limits. Dieters are instructed to weigh the food while it’s raw, remove all visible fat, and boil or grill it. Every so often meat can be replaced with an egg or a serving of low-fat cottage cheese.

One low-calorie vegetable is allowed with both lunch and dinner. Choices include spinach, chard, chicory, beet greens, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, and cabbage. Most of the veggies are packed with vitamins and other nutrients, which is particularly important on such a restrictive diet. Spinach, for example, is rich in fiber, vitamins A and C, and iron, and even contains some protein. Veggies mustn’t be topped with oil, butter, or sauce.

Carbs

HCG dieters can have one breadstick or one piece of Melba toast with lunch and dinner. Both choices make the list because they don’t contain fat, sodium, or cholesterol and are low in calories—12 in a piece of Melba toast, for example. Dieters also get an apple, an orange, a handful of strawberries, or half a grapefruit with each 250-calorie meal. No tinkering with portion sizes; it’s not OK to have two small apples instead of one of normal siz

Beverages

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Tea, coffee, and water (tap or mineral) only. There’s no limit on how much of these dieters can drink, and Simeons suggests at least 2 liters a day. Alcohol is outlawed. The “smallest error” in following these rules can have “disastrous” weight-loss results, Simeons warned in Pounds and Inches.

Seasonings

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Dieters can shower their meals with salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, or marjoram. But following the plan means steering clear of oil, butter, and any type of dressing. Each day, hCG dieters can also use the juice of one lemon.

What’s off limits

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HCG dieters must stick to menu items outlined in Simeons’ Pounds and Inches. Everything else is banned. There’s no room for the occasional cookie, morsel of chocolate, plate of pasta, or bagel (with or without cream cheese). Others might seem OK but aren’t. Simeons believed that Pimiento peppers, okra, artichokes, and pears had qualities that interfered with weight and fat loss.