2000 Calorie Budget Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • 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
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 1 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Assemble a "tasting plate" with a sliced apple, carrots and celery, and crackers. For dipping, serve salsa, hummus and peanut butter.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Roasted Beets RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Hard Pretzels, 1 oz
  • French's Sweet & Tangy Honey Mustard, 4 tsp

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Silk, Plain Soymilk, Original 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 595 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 - 650 calories
  • Feta Cheese, 1.5 oz
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.5 cup
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, rye, 1 medium
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Saute garbanzo beans until heated, combine with cooked spinach and top with feta cheese.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Vegetarian Chili RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 0.13 fruit without skin and seeds
  • Directions: Mix rice into chili and heat. Top with onions and avocado.

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Toast waffle, then top with Greek yogurt, sliced almonds and chopped pear. Serve with tea.
  • 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
  • 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 - 300 calories
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Cheese Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Low fat cream cheese, 1 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Top one stalk of celery with peanut butter and the other with cream cheese.

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Directions: Scramble eggs in a nonstick skillet, then add cheese and heat until melted. Stuff eggs and cheese into the pita. Serve with an apple.
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Asian Chicken Salad RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • Dinner - 650 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 - 300 calories
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Granola Bars, peanut butter, 1 bar
  • *Flax Seed, 0.66 tbsp

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Tilapia (3.5 oz or 99.2g), 6 oz
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Garlic-Spiked Broccoli and Mushrooms with Rosemary RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Couscous, 1 oz, dry, yields
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz
  • Directions: Drizzle tilapia with oil and lemon juice, then broil until flaky. Serve with pineapple and cottage cheese, garlic-spiked broccoli and mushrooms, and couscous.
  • 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 - 300 calories
  • Morningstar Farms Breakfast Patties (original sausage), 2 patty
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 1 cup, chopped or sliced
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Egg substitute, liquid (Egg Beaters), 0.33 cup
  • Directions: Scramble eggs in nonstick skillet. Add tomatoes and crumbled veggie sausage. Serve with toast.

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Tofu, firm, prepared with calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride (nigari), 0.75 cup
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • White Rice, long grain, cooked, 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Saute tofu and chopped onions and mix with cooked broccoli and rice and top with grated cheese.
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • 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)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Heat beans and rice, top with peppers, onions, salsa and sour cream. Serve with a banana and milk.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Tofu, firm, prepared with calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride (nigari), 0.75 cup
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Sesame Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Saute tofu in sesame oil until crispy. Add broccoli and rice, and heat through. Drizzle with vinegar.

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Yogurt, plain, low fat, 0.5 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, 1 muffin, toaster
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 595 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
  • 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 - 300 calories
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 1 oz
  • Kraft Light Done Right Ranch Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup