2500 Calorie Bulking Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • 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
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • 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, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Kraft Jello-o Brand Fat Free Pudding, Chocolate, 1 Serving
  • Turkey Stuffed Cabbage RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Watermelon, 1.25 cup, balls
  • Yellow Sweet Corn, Canned, 0.2 cup
  • Cornbread, 0.6 piece
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Apple juice, unsweetened, 4 fl oz
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Apple juice, unsweetened, 4 fl oz
  • MultiGrain Cheerios Cereal, 1 cup
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 1 oz
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Bagels, plain, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Kraft Light Done Right Italian Salad Dressing, 2 tbsp
  • Hazelnuts, 5 nuts
  • Directions: Spread cream cheese on bagel. Top lettuce with dressing. Serve raisins and nuts on the side.
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Morning Star Garden Veggie Burger, 1 serving(s)
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • 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: Add crumbled veggie burgers, spinach, sauce and mozzarella to pasta. Heat and top with parmesan. Serve with peaches and pears and milk.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Bagels, oat bran, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Pork Sausage, 3 link (raw dimensions: 4" long x 7/8" dia), cooked
  • Orange Juice, 5 fl oz
  • Pancakes, 1 pancake (4" dia)
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Hard Salami, 3 slice (3-1/8" dia x 1/16" thick)
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Potato Chips, reduced fat, 0.75 oz
  • Cream Cheese, 1 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 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
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • 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. Divide the raisins between both.

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Pork Sausage, 3 link (raw dimensions: 4" long x 7/8" dia), cooked
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Feta Cheese, 1.5 oz
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Almond Butter, 0.5 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz
  • Directions: Stuff pita with hummus, feta, lettuce and tomatoes. Slice apple and serve with almond butter. Juice lemon into water.
  • Dinner - 805 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)
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • 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 - 365 calories
  • Bologna, turkey, 2.5 slices
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 630 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 - 750 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Beans, red kidney, 0.6 cup
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 1 cup, chopped or sliced
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Tortilla Chips, 0.75 oz
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Top chips with beans, cheese, peppers and tomatoes; cook until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream. Make peach salsa by chopping peach and adding to store-bought salsa.
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Swiss Cheese, 1 oz
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Watermelon, 1.25 cup, balls
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Potatoes, baked, flesh and skin, with salt, 0.5 potato (2-1/3" x 4-3/4")
  • Kraft Light Done Right Ranch Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Yellow Mustard, 1 tsp or 1 packet
  • Directions: Spread mustard on chicken (pounded thin) and bake at 400 degrees F until cooked through. Top with thawed, drained spinach, and cheese, roll and secure with toothpick. Bake until cheese is melted. Serve with baked potato and sour cream, side salad with ranch dressing, melon and milk.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Salad Greens With Cranberry Vinaigrette, 0.5 serving
  • 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
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 630 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 - 750 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
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Mashed Potatoes, 0.6 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • 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 - 365 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • French's Sweet & Tangy Honey Mustard, 4 tsp

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Orange Juice, 5 fl oz
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Feta Cheese, 1.5 oz
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Cider Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Kraft Jello-o Brand Fat Free Pudding, Chocolate, 1 Serving
  • 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)
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, 1 muffin, toaster
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)