Natural and Artificially Flavored Drinks on the HCG Diet
Coffee and tea, the only allowable beverages listed in Dr. Simeons’ manuscript other than water, can wreak havoc on your HCG Diet weight loss if you make the wrong choices.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to choosing coffee and tea on the VLCD of the HCG Diet is to KEEP IT SIMPLE. When coffee or tea is “flavored,” it should be a big red flag. When something is flavored, it has had something added to it like a natural or artificial flavor, an extract, or a sugar or artificial sweetener. And, of course, none of these additions are allowed in Phase 2 of the HCG Diet.
To keep you safe from HCG Diet stall-causing coffees and teas, simply read the ingredients list on the back of the package. If the ingredients list anything more than just “coffee” (Arabica coffee, Robusta coffee, etc.) or “tea” (Green tea, Black tea, Oolong tea, etc.), it probably isn’t a good idea.
But don’t worry, if you’re looking for some extra flavor in your coffee and tea, there’s always stevia! Although there are “natural flavors” in the flavored stevias we carry; we have tested them to know they don’t affect weight loss on the HCG Diet. So, don’t take chances with your weight loss. Just add a few drops of 100% HCG Diet-approved Sweetleaf® Chocolate, English Toffee, Hazelnut, or Clear Stevia in your coffee, tea or water to keep your taste buds satisfied.
Try some of these recipes from our 101 Worry-Free HCG Diet Recipes cookbook:
During the summer months our “Strawberry Lemonade” will cool you off. Take ½ cup of crushed ice, 1 cup water, 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice, 7 to 10 small-medium fresh or partially-defrosted strawberries, 25 drops of Lemon Drop Stevia and 10 drops of Clear Stevia and mix in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve or freeze to make shaved ice. This will be one of your allowed servings of fruit for the day. Other drink recipes included in our 101 Worry-Free HCG Diet Recipes cookook are “Strawberry Orange Smoothie”, “Iced Raspberry Coffee”, and “Cinnamon Dolce” or make a mock soda such as “Root Beer”, “Dr. Pepper”, “7-Up” or “Grape Soda”.
During the fall and winter season; warm up with our sugar-free “Hot Chocolate” recipe. Mix together 8 ounces of hot water, 5 drops of Chocolate Stevia and 2 drops of Vanilla Crème Stevia and enjoy! The best thing about this recipe is that you can drink as many cups of this “Hot Chocolate” as you want.