Variety on the HCG (Health Conscious Guru) Diet – Barbequing
When it starts getting warmer outside and you’re preparing for a pre-vacation round of the diet, remember that your outdoor grill is a great source of convenience and flavor for your food. You can grill just about everything on the very low-calorie phase.
Here are some helpful hints to get the most from your grill on the diet:
- A great way to add even more flavor to your food is to marinate your protein portions before grilling them. Our Simple Girl diet-safe salad dressings, are a great option to use as a marinade and come in four flavors, Sweet Vinaigrette, Sweet Mustard, Citrus Ginger and Balsamic Vinaigrette. Or, you can make your own diet-safe marinade by mixing up some apple cider vinegar, water, stevia, and diet-safe (sugar- free, oil-free, starch-free) spices.
- Reminder – although you are not allowed to “mix vegetables” (eating more than 1 vegetable at a meal), you are allowed to “mix proteins”. This means that you can treat yourself to a combination of proteins like steak and shrimp so long as you don’t eat more than 100 grams at a meal.
- Don’t move your protein for at least a minute after putting it on the grill in order for it to not stick to the grate.
- For any vegetables you don’t want to put directly on the grate, wrap them in foil, and put them on the grill with your protein. My favorite grilled vegetable is a Vidalia onion. Simply peel it, cut in quarters, sprinkle with salt and pepper, wrap in foil and grill. You won’t believe how delicious something so simple can be. It’s so fast and easy and cleanup is a cinch!
- For a smokier flavor in your grilled diet food, you can use wood chips or cook your protein on a wood plank.
- Simple Girl also offers diet-safe, sugar-free, very low carb, barbeque sauces: Carolina Kick BBQ Sauce and Southern Blend BBQ Sauce. Try basting your bbq with one of these sauces; it’s delish!
- Want to kick up the heat? Try our Simple Girl Hot Sauce on your meats.
- The grill can be not just a flavorful choice, but an efficient one, too. With the extra space a grill provides, you can cook a whole week’s worth of protein and veggies. This way you don’t have to grill every day to enjoy grilled foods every day on the diet.
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