HCG Phase 2 – Zesty Veggies!

Just a few recipes to add a little zip to those veggies!

Enjoy!!

Lemon Garlic Chard

2 c. roughly chopped Swiss chard

1 large or 2 small sliced garlic cloves

4 T. water

Fresh lemon juice

Sea salt

Pepper

Put 1 T. water in non stick pan. Sautee garlic until tender and set aside. Pour remaining water into pan and add chard. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Drain off excess juice and return to pan adding in sauteed garlic. Before serving, give a squirt of lemon juice and a shake of salt and pepper.

Servings: 1 vegetable

Minted Cucumbers

1 large cucumber

1 minced garlic clove

2 T. fresh lemon juice

2 T. chopped fresh mint or 1/2 t. crushed dried mint leaves

Onion salt

Pepper

Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise, remove seeds and dice. Mix cucumber with garlic, lemon juice, and mint. Season with onion salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 45 minutes.

Toss before serving and garnish with whole fresh mint leaves.

Servings: 1 vegetable

Lemon Zest Asparagus

1/3 lb. asparagus

1 T. fresh lemon juice

Prepare the asparagus by rinsing thoroughly and breaking off any tough, white bottoms. Cut into 1 and 2 inch sections, slicing the asparagus at a slight diagonal.

Fill in a medium sized saucepan half way with water and bring to a boil. Add the asparagus for exactly 2 minutes. Drain the hot water. While the asparagus are still hot, toss them in a bowl with lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or room temperature.

Servings: 1 vegetable

HCG Phase 2 – Beverages

Ever wonder if there’s a different way to add a little zip to that boring water and coffee you feel stuck with? Well, there is!! I have some awesome beverage ideas for phase 2 that will not only be great while on the HCG diet, but fabulous for when you’re off of it!

Orange Slushy

3/4 c. crushed ice

1 orange

5 drops Valencia Orange flavored stevia

Mix in blender until smooth. Pour into glass and serve.

Servings: 1 fruit

 

Strawberry Orange Smoothie

3/4 c. crushed ice

1 orange

1 c. fresh or partially defrosted strawberries

5 drops Clear stevia

5 drops Valencia Orange stevia

5 drops Vanilla Creme stevia

Mix in blender until smooth. Pour into glass and serve or freeze to make shaved ice.

Servings: 2 fruits

 

Lemonade

1 c. water

1 T. fresh lemon juice

5 drops Clear stevia

15 drops Lemon stevia

Stir in glass and add ice to serve or freeze to make shaved ice.

Servings: 0 fruit (Allowed the juice from 1 fresh lemon per day.)

 

Strawberry Lemonade

1/2 c. crushed ice

1 c. water

1 T. fresh lemon juice

7 to 10 small-medium fresh or partially defrosted strawberries

25 drops Lemon flavored stevia

10 drops Clear stevia

Mix in blender until smooth. Pour into glass and serve or freeze to make shaved ice.

Servings: 1 fruit

 

Iced Raspberry Coffee

1 1/2 c. crushed ice

1 T. milk

1/2 c. strong coffee

10 drops Vanilla Creme stevia

5 drops Chocolate Raspberry stevia

Mix in blender until smooth. Pour into glass and serve.

Servings: 1 milk

 

Frozen Cappuccino

1 c. crushed ice

1 T. milk

5 drops Vanilla Creme stevia

5 drops English Toffee stevia

5 drops Clear stevia

Mix in blender until smooth. Pour into glass and serve.

Servings: 1 milk

 

Hot Chocolate

8 oz. hot water

5 drops Chocolate stevia

2 drops Vanilla creme stevia

 

Cinnamon Dolce

1 c. crushed ice

1 T. milk

5 drops Vanilla Creme stevia

5 drops English Toffee stevia

5 drops Clear stevia

Mix in blender until smooth. Pour into glass and serve.

Servings: 1 milk

HCG Phase 2 – Seasoning Mixes

Getting tired of that bland fish and chicken yet? Fear not! I am here to save the day with five fabulous seasoning rubs for your fish, poultry, meat, and veggies! They’re even tasty when you’re not on the HCG diet, too!!

Cajun Dry Rub Seasoning

8 T. paprika

3 T. cayenne

6 T. ground black pepper

2 T. garlic powder

1-1/2 T. onion powder

6 T. sea salt

2 T. ground cumin

4 T. dried oregano

4 T. dried thyme

Combine all the ingredients, blending well. Store in an airtight container away from heat and light. Dry rub seasonings can be rubbed into meat, fish, poultry, or added to gumbos, pastas, or almost any dish that you want to spice up!

Makes about 2-1/2 cups

Classic Poultry Seasoning

1 T. onion powder

1 T. garlic powder

2 T. dried sage leaves, crumbled or whole

2 T. dried thyme leaves

2 T. dried parsley leaves

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and blend. Put in a container with an airtight fitting lid and store away from heat and light. Shake or stir to re-blend before each use.

This tangy blend of herbs is just right to make your chicken super tasty without the heat!

Makes 2/3 cup

Cajun Poultry Seasoning

2 T. paprika

3/4 T. cayenne

1 1/2 T. ground black pepper

3 T. garlic granules

1 1/2 T. onion powder

1 1/2 T. sea salt

1/2 T. ground cumin

1 T. dried oregano

3 T. dried thyme leaves

2 T. dried sage leaves, crumbled or whole

2 T. dried parsley leaves

For a finer texture, pour all ingredients in a food processor and pulse several times. Store seasoning blends in an airtight container, away from heat and light. For best flavor, use within 3-4 months.

Makes 1 1/4 cup

All Purpose Seasoning

1 T. sea salt

1 T. garlic powder

1 T. onion powder

1/2 T. ground black powder

Combine in a small bowl and store in an airtight container, away from heat and light.

Southwest Seasoning

1 T. chili powder

1/4 t. garlic powder

1/4 t. onion powder

1/4 t. dried oregano

1/2 t. paprika

1 1/2 t. ground cumin

1 t. sea salt

1 t. ground black pepper

In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an air tight container away from heat and light.

ENJOY!!

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HCG Phase 2 Recipe – Chicken Apple Salad

Chicken Apple Salad

2 c. raw spinach or romaine lettuce

1/2 c. chopped apple

100 grams chicken breast

Vinaigrette, Lemon, or Citrus Dressing

Cook and chop chicken. Arrange spinach or lettuce on plate, sprinkle with chopped apple and chopped chicken. Spray or spoon on Vinaigrette, Lemon or Citrus Dressing.

Servings: 1 protein, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fruit

Enjoy!!

HCG Phase 2 Recipe – Spicy Taco Salad

Spicy Taco Salad

 

Here’s a great recipe for those spicy food lovers out there!

 

Spicy Taco Salad

2 c. Romaine Lettuce

100 grams 93% Fat Free Ground Beef

1/4 t. Garlic Salt

1/4 t. Chili Seasoning

2 Onion flavored Melba Toast rounds

Vinaigrette Dressing (see previous post for recipe!)

Prepare ground beef on George Foreman grill. Crumble beef and mix in garlic salt and chili seasoning. Top lettuce with ground beef mixture. Spray or spoon on Vinaigrette Dressing and sprinkle with crumbled Melba rounds.

Servings: 1 protein, 1 vegetable

Enjoy!

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HCG Phase 2 Salad Dressings!

 

During the HCG diet, phase 2 is the hardest! With such a strict diet of vegetables, seasonings, and sweeteners it’s hard to feel like you’re not missing out on all the “good stuff” in life.

To help you fight those cravings, I have three great salad dressing ideas that can be tossed on top of those boring cucumbers or bland celery! Give them a try! What have you got to lose other than maybe a pound or two? ;o)

 

Vinaigrette Dressing

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar

1/2 c. water

2 shakes celery salt

2 shakes onion salt

ground pepper to taste

20 drops clear stevia

2 packets stevia

Combine ingredients, pour into jar, and refrigerate.

 

 

Lemon Dressing

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar

1 c. water

1 T. fresh lemon juice

25 drops clear stevia

1 packet of stevia

Combine ingredients, pour into jar, and refrigerate.

 

 

Citrus Dressing

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar

1 c. water

1 T. fresh lemon juice

15 drops clear stevia

10 drops Apricot Nectar flavored stevia

1 packet of stevia

1/4 t. Chinese Style Five Spice (optional)

1.4 t. garlic salt (optional)

Combine ingredients, pour into jar, and refrigerate.

Happy HCG’ing and enjoy THE NEW YOU!

Mineral Makeup, is it for you?

There always seems to be a constant debate whether or not mineral makeup is the way to go. Like any product on the market it has its pros and cons. In this post, we will go over a few and allow you to decide whether mineral makeup is the right fit for your lifestyle.

Pro’s:

~ Loose mineral makeup is “Non-Comedogenic.” This means that people with acne prone skin or sensitive skin have a less chance of having a break out or reaction to mineral makeup. Non-comedogenic products have far less ingredients than traditional foundations. Mineral makeup is usually based off of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica, iron oxides, and ultramarines.

~UV Protection is a huge plus with mineral makeup. As I mentioned in a previous post, it is crucial to keep your skin protected head to toe from the sun, especially your face. Titanium oxide and iron oxide are great sources of sun protection making mineral makeup a great protector against UV rays.

~Being able to control your coverage with mineral makeup is always a nice incentive. You can have a light sheer coverage or go heavier and have complete coverage. It’s up to you and your brush with mineral makeup!

~Believe it or not, mineral makeup is pretty water resistant! After a day of swimming, your mineral makeup can still stay put if it is good quality. Though, this is never a guarantee just as with sunscreen. It can sweat off, rub off, or just plain wash off!

Con’s:

~Unfortunately, mineral makeup is more expensive than traditional foundations. You also need to invest in a brush to apply the makeup. As with traditional makeup, you can just rub it on with your hands or a cheap sponge. Quality brushes give the best coverage and do come with a price tag.

~My my, can mineral foundation make a mess! As it is a loose powder, when applying it goes EVERYWHERE! Your bathroom may become a lightly tanned shade until you clean it up. Though this seems like a silly con, it does bug many consumers.

~If too much mineral foundation is applied, it can give a very shiny caked on look. Though, such is the case with traditional foundations, it is easy to over use this product. It is best to start in light layers and slowly add to it as necessary.

Well I hope this clears some things up; including your complexion! ;oP