As mentioned in the previous blog post, preparing your meals on the HCG diet ahead of time can save you quite a bit of time and hassle, and will help you stick to the protocol without resorting to eating foods that are not allowed. It's also recommended that you try different HCG diet recipes before the diet actually starts.
Having a list of favorite recipes is a huge advantage before you start the diet, because you won't need to experiment with different recipes as much, and you'll be a lot less likely to resort to cheating. Spending a bit of time preparing for the diet is well worth it, but if you don't have the time Nu Image Medical has a HCG diet food delivery program where we ship HCG diet meals to you, which can save you hours of time. Find out more about our HCG diet food delivery program here.
To reduce waste, it's recommended that you use a freezer to store any food, and you can portion out your HCG diet meals for the week. There are also a few types of containers that you will need and some supplies. You will definitely need a food scale to measure your protein portions out. And you will need a way to count calories so that you don't exceed your 500-550 per day calorie limit.
To prepare your meals you should measure out your servings and estimate the number of calories per meal. At Nu Image Medical we provide you with a HCG diet guide and a food list to help you prepare your meals and shop for your foods, and our HCG diet guide can help you pick your fruit, protein and vegetable servings per day.
Measuring out your food servings
A good way to measure out your food servings is to create a daily menu and list the calories in each serving. Keep in mind the following guidelines for food servings on the HCG diet:
- 3.5 ounces of protein per meal (weighed raw)
- 1 cup of vegetables (cooked)
- 1 Melba Toast or Grissini Breadstick
- 1 serving of fruit (1 orange, a handful of strawberries, ¼ grapefruit, or 1 green apple)
You will need to measure out the calories for each day, but this process won't take too long because the HCG diet only has 500 calories allowed per day. You get two meals each day with the above mentioned food servings, and you can space each serving out throughout the day however you prefer. The main thing when planning your meals is to make sure that you carefully measure out your food servings and count your calories for each serving.
Below is an example of one daily meal on the HCG diet:
- 2 cups of black coffee (4 calories)
- ¼ grapefruit (52 calories)
- 1 Melba Toast (12 calories)
- 3.5 ounces of tilapia (126 calories)
- 1 cup of asparagus, cooked (40 calories)
- 3.5 ounces of chicken breast (122 calories)
- 1 orange (87 calories)
- 1 cup of spinach cooked (48 calories)
- 1 Grissini Breadstick (12 calories)
Total calories: 503
To plan out your full diet, you can make 7 of these daily HCG diet meal plans. You can use approved seasonings, but remember that some seasonings such as lemon juice and others will add a few calories to your total. In most cases the amount of calories that they add will be negligible, and you can use most of the allowed seasonings on the HCG diet pretty liberally since they are mostly very low in calories.
For instance, apple cider vinegar has 3 calories per tablespoon, and lemon juice also has 3 calories per tablespoon. In our HCG diet guide we give you detailed information on the calories per tablespoon or teaspoon of the allowed seasonings on the HCG diet.
Using herbs to flavor your HCG diet meals
You can use fresh herbs in substitute of dried herbs on the diet for more flavor with your meals, and there are plenty of creative recipe ideas that we provide you with. One recommendation is to use a mixture of stevia and apple cider vinegar and your preferred herbs to make a marinade for your proteins, or use it as a dressing for your vegetables. Even though you won't be able to use oil, apple cider vinegar is a decent oil replacement, and you can substitute it in a lot of recipes. Marinades are one of the best ways to prepare protein on the HCG diet along with grilling, broiling or baking to cook them.
Preparing and storing your meals
Preparing meals in advance can save you a lot of time during the week, and you can essentially have your meals planned out for every day of the week ahead of time so that you won't have to spend time counting calories when you cook. To prepare multiple meals, just scale up the ingredients in any of the HCG diet recipes that we provide you with and store them in the refrigerator. In the previous article we discussed food storage times, and most proteins will last two to three days minimum. Even if you prepare two days of food ahead of time you'll save a ton of cooking time on the diet.
Using the Nu Image Medical Meal Replacements
Also at Nu Image Medical we sell HCG diet meal replacement packages which contain 110 calories shakes with 26 grams of protein per shake. These meal replacements are an excellent supplement for the HCG diet, and they come in three different flavors. They are a good supplement for when you can't have a meal, for instance you might not have a lunch prepared and you can substitute one of the meal replacements in.
26 grams of protein will keep you full for quite a while between your meals, and of course be sure to drink plenty of water with each meal, especially meals with large amounts of protein. Don't use the meal replacements for every meal during a particular day, but using them as a substitute for one or two of your meals can be very effective. Even if you use two of them per day, you'll still have 280 calories to work with for other meals. They can be very convenient while you are on the diet, and if you are interested in purchasing them for your current or upcoming HCG diet, get more information here.