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HCG Diet Menu Vegetarian Options on the Market Today

Vegetarian HCG Diet Menu

This menu provides several vegetarian options for people on the DIYHCG Diet plan. If you want to shop for vegetarian diet options, we recommend this online store, DIY Diet Store.

Meat and seafood play an important role in the daily menu of the HCG Diet since these foods are high in protein and protein burns fat. But what if you’re a vegetarian? Back when Dr. Simeons worked with the HCG Diet Protocol, about 60 years ago, there weren’t many options. In fact, Dr. Simeons only allowed three substitutions, 250 ml (1/4 liter) skim milk, 100 grams of non-fat cottage cheese, or one whole egg plus 3 additional egg whites. His experience showed that vegetarians that ate these substitutions lost weight significantly slower than non-vegetarians who were following the basic protocol.


Keeping this in mind and taking into consideration the availability of new vegetarian products on the market today, we have done some experimenting of our own with significant success, although the weight loss results are still not quite the same for vegetarians overall as for participants who follow the original protocol.  Based on the original protocol, the following nutritional guidelines are being used to find vegetarian/vegan alternatives.


HCG Alternative Nutritional Guidelines for Vegetarians


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.)


The nutritional facts (calories, carbohydrates, sugar, fat, and protein) on the label of specific food products/brands are analyzed to see if the values fall in the above nutritional ranges to determine if the food item is a suitable substitute for the very low calorie phase of the HCG Protocol.  Below is a list of 14 HCG diet menu vegetarian options, meatless meats, egg whites, yogurt, and protein powder. A vegetarian can choose a different entrée for each meal for the next 2 weeks!

Vegetarian Options for DIYHCG Diet Plan - MorningStar Farms®


MorningStar Farms® Garden Veggie Burgers (67g)

Per 1 patty - Calories: 110 cal | Fat: 4.5g | Carbs: 9g | Sugars 1g | Protein: 11g


MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™ (87g)

Per ¾ cup - Calories: 90 cal | Fat: 3g | Carbs: 6g | Sugars 1g | Protein: 13.5g


MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Original Burgers (64g)

Per 1 burger - Calories: 130 cal | Fat: 5g | Carbs: 8g | Sugars 1g | Protein: 16g


MorningStar Farms® Veggie Meal Starters® Chik'n Strips (75g)

Per 75g - Calories: 125 cal | Fat: 3g | Carbs: 3.5g | Sugars 0g | Protein: 20g

Other Vegetarian Protein Options for DIYHCG Diet Plan


Quorn® Turk’y roast (90g)

Per 90g - Calories: 100 cal | Fat: 4.5g | Carbs: 8g | Sugars 0g | Protein: 13g


Quorn® Naked Chik’n Cutlets (69g)

Per 69g - Calories: 80 cal | Fat: 2.5g | Carbs: 5g | Sugars 0g | Protein: 11g


QLightlife® Smart Ground Meatless Crumbles Original (1/2 cup)

Per 1/2 cup - Calories: 105 cal | Fat: 0g | Carbs: 9g | Sugars 1.5g | Protein: 16.5g


Gardein® Meatless Chick’n Strips (78g)

Per 78g - Calories: 130 cal | Fat: 6g | Carbs: 4g | Sugars 1.5g | Protein: 16g


Beyond Meat® Feisty Crumble (3/4 cup)

Per ¾ cup - Calories: 120 cal | Fat: 4.5g | Carbs: 1.5g | Sugars 0g | Protein: 19.5g

Vegetarian Yogurt & Protein Powder Options for DIYHCG Diet Plan


Two Good™ Greek Yogurt (many flavors) (1 yogurt cup, 150g)

Per 150g - Calories: 80 cal | Fat: 2g | Carbs: 3g | Sugars 2g* | Protein: 12g


Isopure® Low-Carb Protein Powder (several flavors) (33g)

Per 1 scoop (33g) - Calories: 110 cal | Fat: .5g | Carbs: 1g | Sugars 0g | Protein: 25g


Natural Force® Organic whey Protein Powder (several flavors) (27.56g)

Per 1 scoop (27.56g) - Calories: 110 cal | Fat: 1g | Carbs: 2g | Sugars 1g | Protein: 20g


Gaiam® Organic Whey Protein (27.6g)

Per 1 scoop (27.6g) - Calories: 106 cal | Fat: 2g | Carbs: 2g | Sugars 0g | Protein: 20g


Bob Evans® Egg Whites (245g)

Per 1 cup (245g) - Calories: 133 cal | Fat: 0g | Carbs: 0g | Sugars 0g | Protein: 27g


*This item has 2g sugars instead of the ideal listed above (0-1g) but we still added it to the list since non-fat cottage cheese, which Simeons allowed, is a milk product that has 6 sugars!


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