1500 Calorie Diet Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Almond Butter, 0.5 tbsp
  • 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 - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Pork tenderloin, 3 oz
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • 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
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Corn Chex Cereal, 0.75 cup (1 serving)
  • *Flax Seed, 0.66 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Beans, white, 0.5 cup
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Heat oil and add minced garlic and saute. Add chopped tomatoes and properly prepared beans, cover with fresh spinach, cover and simmer about 10 minutes. Spoon over prepared noodles and top with cheese.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 4 ounce(s)
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Directions: Wrap asparagus spear in thinly sliced turkey.

Day 3

  • 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
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Beans, navy, 0.5 cup
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Mixed Vegetables, frozen, 0.1 package (10 oz)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Pacific Natural Foods Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Directions: Saute vegetables in olive oil, then add drained and rinsed beans and broth. Heat, then serve with toast, and cottage cheese with peaches.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Orange Juice, 5 fl oz
  • Pancakes, 1 pancake (4" dia)
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 1.5 ounce(s)
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • 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
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Cheerios Cereal, original , 1 cup (1 serving)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 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)
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Beans, white, 0.5 cup
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Heat oil and add minced garlic and saute. Add chopped tomatoes and properly prepared beans, cover with fresh spinach, cover and simmer about 10 minutes. Spoon over prepared noodles and top with cheese.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Almond Butter, 0.5 tbsp
  • 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 - 650 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Turkey, Ground turkey, 93% lean, 3 oz
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • 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 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)
  • 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
  • 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 - 650 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.5 cup
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Mix the Mrs. Dash with the Sour Cream and blend with beans and chopped tomatoes and peppers, then fill pita with mixture.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)