2500 Calorie Fresh Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Shrimp, cooked, 5 oz
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Cream of Wheat, regular, cooked with water, without salt, 0.75 cup
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Original Buttery Spray, 5 sprays, 1 serving
  • Directions: Heat frittata. Serve pre-cooked shrimp atop Cream of Wheat for a variation on shrimp and grits. Toast bread and spritz with butter spray. Serve with fruit cocktail.
  • Lunch - 750 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 - 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 - 365 calories
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Low-fat Maple Granola RECIPE, 0.3 serving

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
  • 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)
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • 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)
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 1 oz
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Bagels, oat bran, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Kraft Jello-o Brand Fat Free Pudding, Vanilla, 1 Serving
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Microwaved Summer Squash, 1 serving
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Chop hard boiled egg and mix with light mayo and Mrs dash lemon pepper seasoning.
  • 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
  • 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)

Day 4

  • 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
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Granola Bars, peanut butter, 1 bar
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • 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 - 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 5

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Morningstar Farms Breakfast Patties (original sausage), 2 patty
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Melt cheese in the tortilla, add scrambled egg, crumbled breakfast patties, roll and enjoy.
  • 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
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Beans, pinto, 0.6 cup
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Tortilla Chips, 0.75 oz
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Directions: Soak, rinse and drain beans if needed then mash. Break up chips and add to lettuce, top with mashed beans and shredded cheese with sour cream on top and a splash of taco sauce.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Beans, red kidney, 0.6 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Prepare beans as necessary then marinate with oil and Balsamic vinegar and chopped onion and chill. Fill prepared pita for sandwich.

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Original Buttery Spray, 5 sprays, 1 serving
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Swiss Cheese, 1 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Top salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, almonds and Swiss cheese
  • 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 7

  • 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
  • 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
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz