1600 Calorie Budget Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • 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 - 595 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, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • 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 - 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
  • 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)

Day 2

  • 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 - 595 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 - 650 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Chicken Marsala RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • 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
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Original Buttery Spray, 5 sprays, 1 serving
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 0.13 fruit without skin and seeds
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Heat black beans and premade brown rice. Add to tortilla, along with spinach, sour cream, avocado, salsa, and shredded cheese. Serve with a grapefruit.
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Mashed Potatoes, 0.6 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 595 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 - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)

Day 5

  • 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 - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 0.13 fruit without skin and seeds
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Heat black beans and premade brown rice. Add to tortilla, along with spinach, sour cream, avocado, salsa, and shredded cheese. Serve with a grapefruit.
  • Dinner - 650 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
  • 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 6

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, 0.6 cup (1 serving)
  • *Flax Seed, 0.66 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • 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
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Directions: Dip cold steamed green beans in hummus.

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, 0.6 cup (1 serving)
  • *Flax Seed, 0.66 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Beans, pinto, 0.6 cup
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • 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
  • Directions: Cook and chop broccoli and prepare pinto beans as necessary to top baked potato.
  • Dinner - 650 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)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Saute onions and add pureed tomatoes and cook for sauce. Add browned ground turkey and mix. Top cooked spaghetti with sauce and top with Parmesan cheese.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz