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HCG Diet Recipe Ingredients – Substitution List


Hello, Donna here! Today I’m sharing our hCG diet substitution list from my cookbook.  These are some of our favorite ingredient substitutions to use while on the HCG diet.

The Ingredients

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar: Bragg isn’t just another vinegar. It is raw, organic, and unfiltered, meaning it’s better for your body. Best of all, it tastes delicious. The quality of your vinegar really can enhance the flavors of your food. But if you don’t have any, you may use another brand.

Bragg Liquid Aminos: This all purpose, low sodium seasoning is a healthy gourmet alternative to Soy Sauce. The flavor is similar but milder and more diverse. In fact, there many ways it can be used to enhance flavors of main dishes, salad dressings, soups, and more. It is a ‘must’-have’ for many kitchens. Bragg Liquid Aminos contains 16 essential & non essential amino acids in naturally occurring amounts from liquid soybean protein.

Creamy Sauces & Soups: When blended until smooth, cottage cheese can be added to dressings and soups to make them creamy. You won’t care that it’s not thickened with flour or sour cream. Use it sparingly.

Eggs: Three eggs with only 1 of the yokes is 1 serving of protein.

Fat Free or Low Fat Cottage Cheese: One serving is ½ cup. This is a protein, so if a recipe calls for cottage cheese, reduce the protein accordingly.

MCT Oil: This is the only oil allowed on many diet programs. In fact, it is a ‘diet aid’, and the calories in MCT oil can be considered ‘free’ calories. Try to use at least 1, and up to 2 tablespoons every day. Fry with it, and use it in recipes. It boosts metabolism, balances blood sugar levels, satisfies appetite, creates ketosis (fat burning), and assists with regularity.

MCT Oil Calories: The fat burning benefits of MCT Oil overpower the calorie count. Research shows that MCT Oil increases fat loss during a diet. It provides a great replacement for carbs, due to its fast absorption and conversion into usable energy for the body and brain. Note that if over 1 tablespoon is consumed in one sitting it may cause a slight stomach ache. Don’t cook at excessively high temperatures with MCT oil.

Mayonnaise: Yes, you CAN have it, but ONLY if you replace the oil with MCT Oil. See the ‘Homemade Mayonnaise’ recipe in this book. It tastes great, and won’t hinder your diet. Use it to make dressings, sauces and dips for meats, salads, and vegetables. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Shirataki Noodles: Gluten free and fat free, usually made from yam. They have essentially no calories or carbs, so will not hinder your diet. They’re great for spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna (see recipes, this book), and more.

Stevia: Artificial sweeteners, including Splenda, trigger cravings for sweets and fatty foods. Stevia is natural and experts agree it is the best choice and an exceptional aid in weight management as it also contains no calories. It comes in a powder, packets, or liquid drops. Pick it up at your local health food or grocery store, or order online.

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