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Recipes That Fit for Your HCG Diet

Probably the toughest aspect of the HCG diet is the attempt to change what are sometimes life-long eating habits. These changes undoubtedly include calorie reduction. Phase II of the diet is probably the toughest because this is where the participant must follow the 500-calorie per day Very Low Calorie Diet or VLCD. If you are not careful, you can get into a routine of eating the same low-calorie foods each day which presents a risk of boredom that could ultimately influence you to abandon the diet. Here are a few recipe tips that can help you avoid that scenario and get the enjoyment along with the nutrition you need.

It is important to use plenty of spices when preparing your recipes. That’s because spices add flavor and vitamins plus give you a sensation that you are eating something. For example, garlic and red peppers add very little in the form of calories but are both healthy and bring out the flavor in the food.

Cucumber salad is a cool way to get your vegetables with few calories. Are you tired of eating lettuce? Cucumber is an excellent replacement because the vegetable has more substance. You feel like you are eating something and getting the bulk you need. The key is to make sure you spice it up. Chop up about 2 cups of cucumbers and add some vinegar (about 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar). Add about a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder, black pepper to taste, a quarter teaspoon of dried onion powder, and finally one quarter teaspoon of dried oregano. Mix all of the ingredients together and put into the refrigerator for cooling (about one hour).

Shrimp ceviche is excellent for getting the protein and vitamins you need. Take no more than 100 grams of fresh or frozen shrimp and prepare as desired (peel, chop off the tail, or leave whole). Then, add a tablespoon of fresh garlic, minced, along with the juice from 2-3 small limes and 2 large lemons. To give it a bite, add some small red Cayenne peppers and Tabasco sauce to taste. Also add garlic, red onion, tomatoes, diced cucumbers, and parsley. Additional seasonings you can add are sea salt and black pepper. The lemon and lime juices will cure the shrimp so there is no need for any cooking although you can pre-cook the shrimp if you desire.

Chicken soup always makes a light but filling meal. Take about 100 grams of cooked chicken breast, small red peppers, a blended tomato, garlic, parsley, onion, dill, lemon juice, and water and boil the mixture for about 20 minutes.

Another delicious variation of broth is green onion soup. The ingredients include green onions, two cups of vegetable broth, Cayenne pepper, salt, paprika, dill, celery seed, and lime. You first want to steam the green onions until they are soft and then sauté them for about two minutes in vegetable broth in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients and sauté for a couple of minutes more. Finally, add the remaining broth and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

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