Sweet Things That You Can Eat On The hCG Diet

One of the most difficult things about embarking on a clean eating plan has to be dealing with imminent cravings and, of course the dreaded fear of missing out (FOMO), especially if you are the only person in the household following said eating plan.  You can be relieved to know that during phase 1 or the loading phase of The hCG diet Australia program you can definitely appease your sweet tooth with pretty much anything that you want, but keep in mind that it is preferable that you choose a food higher in fat rather than sugar.

But what happens when you hit phase, the weight loss phase?  How is it possible to eat something sweet without going over 500 calories a day?

What Sweet Things Can You Eat For Those Sugar Cravings?

It is always a bit daunting thinking about what you can eat that will satisfy your sweet cravings without completely ruining your diet.  Thankfully, The hCG diet Australia team has already thought about this and how to make your life a little easier when the cravings hit by ensuring that their recipe plan includes a few sweet treats that will no doubt keep you satisfied and prevent you from reaching for the closest chocolate bar as soon as the junk food cravings hit.

Making Your Sweets Yourself So You Know What’s In Them

When you have completed the weight loss phase of the program and transitioned to phase 3 or the maintenance phase you are able to start introducing some additional foods however, it is extremely important that when it comes to adding in sweet treats that you make them yourself.  This ensures that you know exactly what ingredients are going into your food without the addition of nasty additives and preservatives. It is also important to remember that sweet treats must remain a ‘sometime’ food.

Let’s face it no-one is perfect and we do not want to deny ourselves of ever eating junk food again, as this may lead to binge eating and a total reversal of all the positive changes experienced throughout the program.  In saying that I reiterate that treats are meant to only be eaten occasionally, so enjoy them every now and again however, not every day.

It is also imperative that you continue to monitor your weight when introducing new foods during phase 3 to ensure that you remain at your ‘new’ weight. Being mindful of the re-introduction of certain foods also enables you to identify how your body may react to certain foods after you have eaten them.

After completing the Maintenance phase you are able to start exploring different ingredients and cooking methods that you may not have previously been exposed to which will help you whip up yummy, healthy alternatives to your old junk food snacks.  For example, making your own chocolate using coconut oil and a good quality cocoa powder, some vanilla powder and a natural sweetener like honey or stevia is a must.  All you need is a small amount to savour alongside your favourite herbal tea or a coffee to help satisfy any cravings.

So, let’s dive into our top 5 picks for healthy snacks for weight loss during the hCG Diet.

Fruit: a good choice of snack during weight loss

Twice a day you can choose a fruit from the allowable food list, fruit is a ready-made snack, it is easy, convenient, and affordable. But why is it a good choice of snack during weight loss?  Simply put, fruit is packed full of fibre, it is nutrient dense, and the fruit chosen in the hCG weight loss plan is low in calories, which will support your weight loss goals.  Additionally, fruit can act as an alternative to the treat that you would normally eat when your energy is low and you have hit an afternoon slump, or anytime really that you are experiencing sweet cravings.

Spice up your fruit to make it a delicious, healthy alternative to junk food

By adding a few key ingredients for example spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and stevia to your fruit portion it is possible to create a desert that will not only be a healthy alternative to junk food, but is also delicious.

Strawberry sorbet – healthy and easy

Another favourite treat of mine is whipping up a tasty strawberry sorbet, not only is it ridiculously yummy, it is super easy to make using a high-powered blender.

You will also be pleasantly surprised how after just a few days of phase 2 eating how quickly the sweet cravings disappear and how much you will look forward to experimenting with all the different recipe options available on the program.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Another favourite chocolate alternative treat of mine and of my family is chocolate avocado mousse, again simple to make, delicious and full of good, healthy fats.  There are really no limitations when it comes to finding alternatives to the junk food that you may have enjoyed in the past.

Banana Pancakes

As a weekend breakfast treat banana pancakes made with eggs, banana and a little natural sweetener are a quick easy breakfast that the whole family can enjoy. One of the best birthday cakes I have ever had was one that my husband made for me a couple of years ago that was made from a base of almond meal (no wheat) and topped with a delicious chocolate, avocado icing, yum!  The sky is the limit when it comes to finding a healthier alternative to the junk food counterparts.

The only thing you need when making these recipes is an open mind and a willingness to not return to your old habits and ways of eating.  Remember, that when you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.

There are several online and hard copy resources available to explore when it comes to options like Paleo cooking, Low-carbohydrate cooking, or clean eating.  The world is changing as many of us are starting to open not only our eyes but our minds and becoming more aware of the impact that the food we eat has on both our mind and our body.  If you would like to know more about the impact of white, refined foods on our health refer to this blog What’s with Wheat.

 

Liza Brunell

Adv Dip Health Science Naturopathy, Nutrition