1600 Calorie Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Egg substitute, liquid (Egg Beaters), 0.33 cup
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Shrimp, cooked, 5 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, rye, 1 medium
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Beans, navy, 0.5 cup
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Saute chopped onions and peppers with fresh garlic in oil, add 2.5 cups water, rice and beans and season with oregano, cumin, ground cloves, and cayenne pepper to taste and simmer for about 1 hour. Top with Mozzarella Cheese and serve.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Egg white, fresh, 2 large
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Feta Cheese, 1.5 oz
  • Atlantic Salmon (fish) (.5 filet option = 198g), 2.5 oz
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Beans, navy, 0.5 cup
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Saute chopped onions and peppers with fresh garlic in oil, add 2.5 cups water, rice and beans and season with oregano, cumin, ground cloves, and cayenne pepper to taste and simmer for about 1 hour. Top with Mozzarella Cheese and serve.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Directions: Dip cold steamed green beans in hummus.

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 - 595 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Directions: Spread hummus on tortilla, top with peppers, roll and enjoy!
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Mixed Vegetables, frozen, 0.1 package (10 oz)
  • Baked Potato, with skin, 0.5 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.)
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Directions: Stuff baked potato with tuna and cheese; heat until cheese is melted, and top with sour cream. Serve with buttery vegetables and grapes.

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Spread peanut butter on toasted waffle, then stir berries into the yogurt. Serve with coffee.
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Feta Cheese, 1.5 oz
  • Atlantic Salmon (fish) (.5 filet option = 198g), 2.5 oz
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Lentils, 0.6 cup
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Fully cook lentils until soft to add to pureed, seasoned and cooked tomatoes for 'meat' sauce.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)

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 - 595 calories
  • Swiss Cheese, 1 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.5 cup
  • Watermelon, 1.25 cup, balls
  • Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce (tomato sauce), 0.5 cup
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti, cooked (pasta), 0.6 cup
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Heat chickpeas, mozzarella, spinach and sauce, and pour over cooked pasta. Top with Parmesan. Serve with watermelon.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Morning Star Garden Veggie Burger, 1 serving(s)
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small

Day 6

  • 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 - 595 calories
  • Feta Cheese, 1.5 oz
  • Atlantic Salmon (fish) (.5 filet option = 198g), 2.5 oz
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • 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
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Egg white, fresh, 2 large
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Directions: Spread hummus on tortilla, top with peppers, roll and enjoy!
  • 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
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Lettuce, leaf salad, 2 cup, shredded
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp