1800 Calorie Budget Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 4 ounce(s)
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Yellow Sweet Corn, Canned, 0.2 cup
  • Mashed Potatoes, 0.6 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • 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
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Silk, Plain Soymilk, Original 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Total Cereal, 0.75 cup (1 serving)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Butternut Squash Risotto with Greens, 1 serving
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 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
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • 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
  • Almonds, 6 almond
  • Directions: Serve frittata with green beans and buttered toast. Top frozen yogurt with berries and almonds.
  • 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 3

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • MultiGrain Cheerios Cereal, 1 cup
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Kraft Light Done Right Ranch Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Spread peanut butter on both slices of bread, then top with berries (instead of jelly). Dip carrots in ranch, and serve with iced herbal tea and a string cheese.
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Sesame Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Original Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Saute chicken in sesame oil until cooked, adding Mrs. Dash to taste. Add broccoli and onion and cook about 5 minutes. Top with sliced toasted almonds. Serve with brown rice, milk and pineapple.

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Total Cereal, 0.75 cup (1 serving)
  • Lunch - 595 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
  • 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.
  • 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 5

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • 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 - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • 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)
  • Potatoes, baked, flesh and skin, with salt, 0.5 potato (2-1/3" x 4-3/4")
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Saute raw, cubed potato in oil for a few minutes to brown. Add pureed tomatoes and simmer until potatoes are soft. Add garbanzo beans and heat. Dish up and top with shredded cheese.
  • 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
  • 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 6

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Silk, Plain Soymilk, Original 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Total Cereal, 0.75 cup (1 serving)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Low-fat Maple Granola RECIPE, 0.3 serving
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Egg white, fresh, 2 large
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Scramble eggs and whites in a nonstick skillet, then top with salsa. Mix granola into yogurt. Heat sweet potato in microwave, then top with sour cream.
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Couscous, 1 oz, dry, yields
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Pork Sausage, 3 link (raw dimensions: 4" long x 7/8" dia), cooked
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Lunch - 595 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
  • 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 Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices