1200 Calorie Meal Plan


Congratulations on choosing to eat right! This 1200 Calorie Meal Plan was designed for you by our nutrition experts to give you a week's worth of delicious and nutritious food that will help you reach your goals in a healthy way. We put in the time and research to ensure that these meal plans will keep you full and happy over the next week, and we've even linked to a few of our favorite recipes to make this whole process easier. (You'll be able to see the calorie totals to the right of each meal, in red.) Additionally, we've given you some guidance as to how big the portions should be for each food item. If you'd like to see more 1200 Calorie Meal Plans, track your food intake over time or get advice from our team of health experts, sign up for a FREE SparkPeople account in under a minute by clicking right here.

Day 1

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Bagels, oat bran, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Egg white, fresh, 2 large
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • American Cheese, 1 slice (1 oz)
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Directions: Mix tuna, celery and mayonnaise together. Spread over bread and top with cheese. Broil until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Serve with grapes.
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Flank Steak, 3 oz
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Baked Potato, with skin, 0.5 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.)
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Chicken Marsala RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti, cooked (pasta), 0.6 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Beans, red kidney, 0.6 cup
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Prepare beans as necessary then marinate with Balsamic Vinegar and chopped onion and chill. Eat as a cold salad.

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Cream of Wheat, regular, cooked with water, without salt, 0.75 cup
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Directions: Cook Cream of Wheat according to package directions. Stir in peanut butter and sliced banana. Serve with milk.
  • 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, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Tilapia (3.5 oz or 99.2g), 6 oz
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Rub tilapia with olive oil and lemon pepper. Bake at 375F for roughly 20 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork. Serve with broccoli steamed in microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Morning Star Garden Veggie Burger, 1 serving(s)
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small

Day 4

  • 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
  • American Cheese, 1 slice (1 oz)
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Directions: Mix tuna, celery and mayonnaise together. Spread over bread and top with cheese. Broil until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Serve with grapes.
  • 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
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Lettuce, leaf salad, 2 cup, shredded
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp

Day 5

  • 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
  • Kraft Jello-o Brand Fat Free Pudding, Vanilla, 1 Serving
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Microwaved Summer Squash, 1 serving
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Chop hard boiled egg and mix with light mayo and Mrs. Dash lemon pepper seasoning.
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • White Rice, long grain, cooked, 0.5 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Add grated ginger and minced garlic to warm oil in skillet and heat for a minute then add cooked rice, mix and heat throughout. Add in almond slivers and serve.
  • 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)

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Egg white, fresh, 2 large
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Beans, pinto, 0.6 cup
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Tortilla Chips, 0.75 oz
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Directions: Soak, rinse and drain beans if needed then mash. Break up chips and add to lettuce, top with mashed beans and shredded cheese with sour cream on top and a splash of taco sauce.

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Apple juice, unsweetened, 4 fl oz
  • Cream of Wheat, regular, cooked with water, without salt, 0.75 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Feta Cheese, 1.5 oz
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Cider Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Atlantic Salmon (fish) (.5 filet option = 198g), 2.5 oz
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Couscous, 1 oz, dry, yields
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz
  • Directions: Broil salmon. Heat broccoli. Serve with couscous, milk and grapes, and squeeze lemon on fish and veggies.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Salami, 3 slice (3-1/8" dia x 1/16" thick)
  • Peas, edible-podded, raw, 12 pea pods
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)