2400 Calorie Budget Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Cream of Wheat, regular, cooked with water, without salt, 0.75 cup
  • Directions: Prepare cereal with milk instead of water
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, 1 serving
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 805 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
  • 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

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Swiss Cheese, 1 oz
  • Morningstar Farms Breakfast Patties (original sausage), 2 patty
  • Apple juice, unsweetened, 4 fl oz
  • Bagels, plain, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Directions: Melt sliced Swiss cheese between two halves of the bagel.
  • Lunch - 750 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 - 805 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Garlic-Spiked Broccoli and Mushrooms with Rosemary RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • MultiGrain Cheerios Cereal, 1 cup
  • Lunch - 750 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 - 805 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 - 300 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Peas, edible-podded, raw, 12 pea pods
  • Bagels, plain, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Yogurt, plain, low fat, 0.5 cup (8 fl 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 - 750 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, 1 serving
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Chocolate Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup (4 fl oz)
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Summer Veggie Casserole, 0.5 serving
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 0.13 fruit without skin and seeds
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Cook beans with peppers and onions. Top beans and rice with avocado and salsa. Serve with milk. For dessert: Top chocolate frozen yogurt with almonds and strawberries.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Yogurt, plain, low fat, 0.5 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Pancakes, 1 pancake (4" dia)
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Original Buttery Spray, 5 sprays, 1 serving
  • Directions: Puree strawberries to top pancake.
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Southwestern Grilled Pork Tenderloin RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • 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, italian, 2 slice, medium
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • 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 - 630 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • 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 with chopped hard boiled egg on top, heat in the microwave until slightly melted, wrap and eat.
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" 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
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Serve two helpings of the Garden Vegetables Frittata with asparagus (topped with olive oil), blueberries and toast with margarine. And drink your milk!
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • 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
  • 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 - 300 calories
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Low-fat Maple Granola RECIPE, 0.3 serving
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • Directions: Toast waffles. Top one with peanut butter and the other with applesauce. Serve with yogurt and milk.
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Whole Wheat Tortilla, medium (45g), 1 serving
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 0.13 fruit without skin and seeds
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Place heated beans and rice in tortilla with cheese, peppers, onions, and avocado. Serve with salsa and sour cream, with grapes on the side.
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • 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)
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp