2500 Calorie Low Cholesterol 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 2

  • 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
  • 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
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Couscous, 1 oz, dry, yields
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • 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 3

  • 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
  • American Cheese, 1 slice (1 oz)
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • Directions: Mix tuna, celery and mayonnaise together. Spread over bread and top with cheese. Broil until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Serve with grapes and carrots dipped in hummus.
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Vegetarian Chili RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 0.13 fruit without skin and seeds
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Original Buttery Spray, 5 sprays, 1 serving
  • Directions: Top chili with sour cream and avocado. Place cheese in pita and heat. Serve with fruit, green beans (topped with butter spray) and milk.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Whole Wheat Hard Pretzels, 1 oz
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Mix salsa and cheese, then heat.

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 630 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)
  • Granola Bars, peanut butter, 1 bar
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.5 cup
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Potatoes, baked, flesh and skin, with salt, 0.5 potato (2-1/3" x 4-3/4")
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Saute raw, cubed potatoes and chopped onions in oil for a few minutes to brown. Add pureed tomatoes and simmer until potatoes are soft. Add garbanzo beans and heat. Dish up and top with shredded cheese.
  • 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
  • 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 5

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • 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 - 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, black, 0.6 cup
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Prepare beans as indicated, heat, mix with corn and sauteed chopped onions, add to tortilla and fold.

Day 7

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • 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 peppers and mix with cooked broccoli and rice and top with grated cheese.
  • 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
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Prepare beans as indicated, heat, mix with corn and sauteed chopped onions, add to tortilla and fold.