2500 Calorie Diet Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Silk, Plain Soymilk, Original 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Cheerios Cereal, original , 1 cup (1 serving)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.5 cup
  • Greek Chickpeas and Spinach RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Roasted Beets RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Couscous, 1 oz, dry, yields
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Top Greek Chickpeas and Spinach with an extra serving of each. Sprinkle on cheese, and serve alongside couscous, roasted beets and melon. Drink your milk!
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Beans, white, 0.5 cup
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Heat oil and add minced garlic and saute. Add chopped tomatoes and properly prepared beans, cover with fresh spinach, cover and simmer about 10 minutes. Spoon over prepared noodles and top with cheese.
  • 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 2

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 750 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 - 805 calories
  • American Cheese, 1 slice (1 oz)
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Portobello Burgers RECIPE, 2 serving
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Yellow Sweet Corn, Canned, 0.2 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • 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 - 365 calories
  • Tofu, firm, prepared with calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride (nigari), 0.75 cup
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • 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. Add broccoli and heat through. Add pineapple, rice and vinegar and stir well.

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, 0.6 cup (1 serving)
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Shrimp, cooked, 5 oz
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • 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 - 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 5

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • American Cheese, 1 slice (1 oz)
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 - 365 calories
  • Asian Chicken Salad RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Sesame Oil, 1 1tsp

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Louis Rich Turkey Bacon (1 slice), 4 serving
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Lunch - 750 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 - 805 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 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 - 365 calories
  • Beans, pinto, 0.6 cup
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Tortilla Chips, 0.75 oz
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Mix mashed beans, salsa and sour cream together. Use as dip for carrots and chips. Eat with tangerines.

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Silk, Plain Soymilk, Original 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Cheerios Cereal, original , 1 cup (1 serving)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Kraft Jello-o Brand Fat Free Pudding, Chocolate, 1 Serving
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Portobello Burgers RECIPE, 2 serving
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Nature's Own Whitewheat Hamburger Bun, 1 serving
  • Almond Butter, 0.5 tbsp
  • Directions: Serve Portobello Burgers on buns; slice apple and dip in almond butter. Serve veggies with hummus.
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Vegetarian Chili RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Saltine Crackers, unsalted (Saltines), 8 cracker
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Whole Wheat Hard Pretzels, 1 oz
  • French's Sweet & Tangy Honey Mustard, 4 tsp