Excellent J Pierce
Are you following Dr. Simeons' Protocol and wondering how to change your menu up a bit? Maybe even looking for a vegetarian option? Look no further! This Easy Protein Smoothie Base Mix can be used as a meal replacement and is designed to support the low calorie and maintenance phases.
On the VLCD (very low-calorie phase of the diet), also known as Phase 2:
As a protein replacement simply add water and drink plain (or with a few drops of your favorite stevia flavor added).
As a protein AND fruit replacement, add water in a blender with a handful or strawberries or an orange for a great tasting meal alternative.
As a protein, fruit AND vegetable replacement, add water in a blender with a handful of strawberries and a couple handfuls of raw spinach for a filling and tasty complete meal.
In the Maintenance Phase (Phase 3) or on some other eating plan, blend with fresh fruits and veggies for a smoothie that's all your own!
Easy Protein Smoothie Base Mix:
Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1 packet (31g), Calories 110, Total Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol <5mg, Sodium 400mg, Potassium 600mg, Total Carbohydrates 3g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 0g, Protein 20g
Ingredients: Protein blend (whey protein isolate [milk], calcium caseinate), potassium gluconate, fructooligosaccharide, sunflower oil, salt, sodium phosphate, gum arabic, silicon dioxide(anti-caking agent), glucomannan (konjac flour), natural flavors, xanthan gum, potassium citrate monohydrate, vitamins and minerals (absorbic acid, maltodextrin, ferrous fumarate, vitamin E as acetate, niacinamide, copper gluconate, zinc oxide, potassium iodide, vitamin A palmitate, manganese sulfate, cholecalciferol, pyridoxine HCI, D-calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, sodium molybdate, riboflavin, chromium chloride, D-biotin, vitamin B12, folic acid, phylloquinone), mono- and diglycerides, magnesium oxide, tricalcium phosphate, sunflower lecithin, mixed tocopherols, Rebaudioside A (stevia extract). (Contains milk. Manufactured in a facility that also processes soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.)
How was it determined that this smoothie mix is an allowable protein substitute while on Phase 2 of the diet?
*Based on the original protocol, the following nutritional guidelines are being used to find vegetarian/vegan alternatives with significant success. The nutritional facts of any specific food products/brands should be analyzed to determine if calories, carbs, sugar, fat and protein fall in the below nutritional ranges, and therefore, are the most suitable substitutes available for the low calorie phase. To be clear, this information is provided as some of the better substitute food sources available, but these do not necessarily provide the typical results.
Calories: 80 - 130 (The lower the better.)
Carbs: 0g - 9g (The lower the better.)
Sugars: 0g - 1g (The lower the better.)
Fat: 0g - 6g (The lower the better.)
Protein: 8g - 25g (The higher the better.)
Excellent J Pierce
My husband and I did the HCG diet together and got bored of the lunches and found that the shakes gave a great change up to the diet. The shakes are good, not real flavorful but don't have any after taste and mix well and are not clumpy. We tried blending with strawberries but really preferred to just drink them cold and eat our fruit separately. Jill