Criteria for Healthy Snacks on the HCG Maintenance Phase
Many dieters begin to get nervous when their HCG round is coming to an end. They worry about what to eat in the Maintenance Phase. During this time, you are trying to achieve a new weight set point. Its very important to continue keeping sugar and starches out of your diet. After the initial three weeks on this phase of the HCG Diet, you will begin to slowly add sugars and starches back into your diet.
There is no need to be nervous. Remember these simple rules when selecting snacks for the HCG Maintenance Phase.
When selecting snacks you need to pay more attention to sugar than fat. The only exception is the natural sugar found in fruits. You will, however, avoid very sweet fruits like melons, grapes, etc. during this time. The only time you want to choose a low-fat or non-fat option is when you buy dairy. With dairy products, the fat has not been replaced with sugar in order to make the product low-fat or non-fat. Be mindful though with yogurts and watch the sugar content. Preferably go with a Greek style of yogurt with no sugar, no honey or other sweeteners added. Remember you can add Stevia to sweeten it.
Many recipes can also be adapted to using Stevia instead of sugar. There are a large number of resources online for low carbohydrate/sugar-free recipes that will work for the HCG Diet Maintenance Phase. You can even find cookbooks especially for cooking with Stevia.
Here is a short list of healthy and safe HCG Maintenance Phase snacks:
Fruits and veggies
Cottage cheese with real fruit
Celery with cheese or peanut butter
Apple with peanut butter
Almonds or peanuts
Cheese sticks or cubes
Celery filled with tuna or chicken salad
Berries with fat-free milk
Strawberries and Greek style yogurt
Its best to include a protein with every snack.
If you want to try a snack that is a combination type such as snack bars, trail mix, yogurts, etc., follow these guidelines. Good, healthy combo snacks need to have 20 carbohydrates or less. Fiber should be 2 or more; sugar needs to be 10 or less; and protein should be at least 4. To sum up, the less carbohydrates and sugar, the better the snack is. The higher the protein and fiber content the snack has the better.