HCG Maintenance Recipe: Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Cups
If you are reading this recipe, it is because you either finished the low-calorie phase (Phase 2) of the HCG Diet or that bottle of weight loss drops is nearly empty and you are getting close to finishing. Yay! During the VLCD, you were following a restrictive diet but no more. Now, what can you eat without gaining the weight back? The first three weeks of maintenance you are supposed to avoid starches and processed sugars and eat healthy whole foods, meat and seafood, vegetables, and fruit. This recipe is a great high-protein recipe for the HCG Diet maintenance phase (Phase 3) and after. You’re gonna love the taste and the nutritional benefits.
Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Cups
Recipe by Cindie M.
- 6 whole eggs
- 6 slices turkey or regular pork bacon
- shredded cheese of choice
- salt and pepper to taste
- chopped green onions and peppers (optional)
- Cook the bacon until it begins to crisp, but not completely.
- Wrap the bacon strips into rings in the cups of a muffin tin so they cover the edges and leave the bottom open.
- Crack a single egg into each bacon ring.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then cheese, and finally the green onions and peppers.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
Eggs got a bad rap for a while because of warnings that they contain too much cholesterol. However, we now know that, even though they are high in cholesterol, eggs help the body to produce the “good cholesterol”, HDL and not the “bad cholesterol”, LDL. Recent research has found that eggs are really healthy and they are now considered one of the most nutritious foods on the planet! One egg contains 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fat. They are an inexpensive, high-quality protein and incredibly nutritious.
Eggs contain all the daily vitamins and minerals that are needed to produce energy in all the cells of the body. The nutrients, vitamin A, B12 and selenium in eggs, are essential for a healthy immune system. Eggs also contain vitamins B5, B2, D, B6, and minerals such as selenium, phosphorous, calcium, zinc, iron and copper. One large egg contains 9% of the recommended daily allowance of phosphorus which plays an important role in the health of your kidneys, bones, muscles, and blood vessels, as well as each cell in your body.
Another important nutritional benefit of eggs is vitamin B2. Just one large egg contains 15% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B2, also called riboflavin. One of the eight B vitamins, B2 is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods because, like the other B vitamins, it is involved in energy metabolism. This vitamin may also help to prevent severe migraine attacks, act as an antioxidant that fights against free radicals and help in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. Vitamin B2 provides energy as it breaks down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It also plays an important role in keeping the nervous system, skin, eyes, mouth, and hair in good condition.
The egg is a perfectly balanced entrée of protein, fat and carbohydrate, a really healthy food. No wonder they call it the incredible-edible-egg!