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Hay Diet Meal Ideas

author image Brian Willett
Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for and He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
Hay Diet Meal Ideas
A chicken salad with zucchini, red onions and olives. Photo Credit: Baloncici/iStock/Getty Images explains that the Hay Diet was invented to address medical conditions other than obesity. However, this diet plan may also help you lose weight. The Hay Diet focuses on the way in which you combine your foods--items from "incompatible" groups are not to be eaten within 4 hours of each other. The Hay Diet suggests high levels of fruits and vegetables, but many other foods can be eaten as well. Before beginning this or any other diet plan, consult a doctor.

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Chicken Salad

According to the Hay Diet food combination list at the website Dieting Review, you are free to combine vegetables such as lettuce with proteins such as chicken. Thus, a potentially effective weight-loss meal would be chicken salad. Because chicken is low in fat and salad greens are low in calories, the meal will be a low-calorie one, depending on your toppings. The Hay Diet food combination chart indicates that you may also combine oil and nuts with chicken. These can add variety to your salad, but are also high in fat. As explains, the fats from nuts and oils are considered healthy, and may decrease your risk of heart disease and improve your cholesterol levels.

Whole Grain Pasta With Broccoli

According to the online weight-loss resource The Diet Channel, the Hay Diet recommends consuming small amounts of starches such as pasta, and notes that these must be whole grain. While starchy foods cannot be combined with proteins on the Hay Diet, you may combine them with vegetables such as broccoli. Do not top your pasta with meat sauce, as that will combine protein and starch. Broccoli is a better choice because it is relatively low in calories considering its volume--this may make up for the small serving of pasta.

Steak and Asparagus

Although steak may not seem like a diet food because it is high in fat and calories, it is permissible on the Hay Diet if combined correctly. According to, steak and other meats may be combined with low and non-starchy vegetables such as asparagus. You may substitute artichokes, cabbage or broccoli for the asparagus as well. As with starches, The Diet Channel recommends consuming proteins in limited quantities, so be sure your serving of steak is reasonable. Also, do not top or cook your steak with oil or butter, as those fats can't be combined with protein.

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