1200 Calorie Budget Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Place cheese on flat tortilla and heat in the microwave until slightly melted, wrap and eat.
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Yo Plus Digestive Health Strawberry Yogurt, 1 serving
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Apple juice, unsweetened, 4 fl oz
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Portobello Burgers RECIPE, 2 serving
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Yellow Sweet Corn, Canned, 0.2 cup
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Beans, pinto, 0.6 cup
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Mash beans with salsa, then use as dip.

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Total Cereal, 0.75 cup (1 serving)
  • Hazelnuts, 5 nuts
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Dilled Shrimp with Farfalle, 1 serving
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Couscous, 1 oz, dry, yields
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Garlic-Spiked Broccoli and Mushrooms with Rosemary RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Couscous, 1 oz, dry, yields
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Yogurt, plain, low fat, 0.5 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Pancakes, 1 pancake (4" dia)
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Original Buttery Spray, 5 sprays, 1 serving
  • Directions: Puree or slice strawberries to top pancake.
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Baked Potato, with skin, 0.5 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.)
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • Vegan Lentil Burgers, 1 serving
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Bread, italian, 2 slice, medium
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Top lentil burger with tomatoes and spread and enjoy on Italian bread.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Salami, 3 slice (3-1/8" dia x 1/16" thick)
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • Almond Butter, 0.5 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, 1 serving
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Silk, Plain Soymilk, Original 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Sesame Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Saute broccoli and pineapple in sesame oil. Add eggs and rice, then season with Mrs. Dash. Cook through. Serve with soymilk.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins, 1 serving
  • Almonds, 6 almond
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Silk, Plain Soymilk, Original 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Dinner Rolls, rye, 1 medium
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 1 oz
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Egg white, fresh, 2 large
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Directions: Cook the eggs in a nonstick skillet, then serve with toast. Either spread cheese on toast or scramble it in with the eggs. Serve with tea and tangerines.
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Atlantic Salmon (fish) (.5 filet option = 198g), 2.5 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Lettuce, leaf salad, 2 cup, shredded
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Atlantic Salmon (fish) (.5 filet option = 198g), 2.5 oz
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Mixed Vegetables, frozen, 0.1 package (10 oz)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 1.5 ounce(s)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Yo Plus Digestive Health Strawberry Yogurt, 1 serving
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Cornbread, 0.6 piece
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Turkey, Ground turkey, 93% lean, 3 oz
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Puree tomatoes and cook for sauce. Add browned ground turkey and mix. Top cooked spaghetti with sauce and top with Parmesan cheese.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)