I’ve been asked this question a few times now, so having used the HCG shake for over a year, I decided to pass on my experience. I use the shake not just as part of an HCG diet regimen, but also to help maintain a healthy weight after the HCG diet.
First, I love the shake as cold as I can make it. Once, on a whim, I decided to try the shake with hot water – I was thinking hot chocolate yummy! But that didn’t work out very well. For some reason the flavor that I love cold just didn’t work for me hot. Because of this, I always use ice whenever I make the shake.
My preferred method of making the HCG Shake is to have my 5th grade daughter do it for me every morning. Hey its so easy even a 5th grader can do it! You can call me lazy, but she loves to make things in the kitchen, and she seem to enjoy making a shake for me and my wife every morning. I’ll try to video her making the shake and post it here so you can see it. She puts a couple of cubes of ice into the blender with just enough cold water to fill the blender up to the 12 ounce mark. Then she blends the ice and water together. Once the ice and water are being blended together, she taps in two scoops of the HCG Shake powder and about 30 seconds later I have an ice cold shake ready to get me through another morning.
I also often use the shake for lunch. I really believe that planning ahead and making your diet convenient are some of the key components of making any diet work. Sadly, I haven’t found a way take my daughter and a blender to work with me every day :-(. So I had to come up with a solution that would work well for me and be convenient as well. I tried taking a bottle of the HCG Shake powder to work and keeping it in my desk. Then I’d just stirring the shake powder into a glass of water with ice. The result was ok, but not even close to as good as what my daughter was making for me every morning. The powder doesn’t dissolve as well, and tended to clump around the ice. I didn’t want to get rid of the ice because I love the HCG Shake even better when it is ice cold. I went to the big box retailer down the road from my office, and found a solutions. Oddly enough, the solution was both simple and cheap. Here is a picture of my solution:
I got a three pack of Ziploc(r) Twist n’ Loc(r) just like this for less than $4. Now when I’m planning my meals for the next day, I have a great way to take the HCG Shake on the road with me. before I used these containers, I measured out 12 ounces of water into the container and used a permanent marker to make a mark on the side. It already has a mark for 1 cup, but I like more than one cup of water in my shake. I honestly don’t use the mark anymore because I’m familiar enough with the container to know when it has the right amount of water in it. When I’m planning my meals, and I know I need a shake at work or anywhere on the go, I just put two scoops of powder into one of these cups, screw the lid on, and I’m ready to go. At work (or I’ve even just walked into a service station while traveling) I get a few pieces of ice out of the ice machine, put them in the container and then fill it with water until the mark is covered. Then I put the lid back on and shake the container (I can even shake it upside down!) to mix the powder into the water. Shaking the container (especially with ice in it), works very well. I get a smooth, evenly mixed, ice-cold shake. When I’m done, I just rinse the container with water and take it home to run through the dishwasher. Its perfect for taking a serving of the HCG Shake on the go.
This method of taking the shake on the go works so well for me, that I also keep one of these containers in my car all the time just in case I end up working late or having some other type of emergency. For me, that is when my diets breakdown. I don’t have an emergency plan and it is easy to justify running through that fast-food drive through – its an emergency after all – instead of sticking to my plan. Now when some emergency hits, I have a backup shake to get me through it until I can get back home and prepare the right kind of food.