2500 Calorie Weight Gain Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Vegetarian Chili RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Yellow Sweet Corn, Canned, 0.2 cup
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 0.13 fruit without skin and seeds
  • Directions: Add corn and rice to chili and heat. Top with avocado and serve with an orange.

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Yogurt, plain, low fat, 0.5 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, 1 muffin, toaster
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" 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")
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • 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
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 4 ounce(s)
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz
  • Directions: Wrap asparagus with thinly sliced turkey.

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Pork Sausage, 3 link (raw dimensions: 4" long x 7/8" dia), cooked
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 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
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Dinner Rolls, rye, 1 medium
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" 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")
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • 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 - 365 calories
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Apple juice, unsweetened, 4 fl oz
  • Peas, edible-podded, raw, 12 pea pods
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp

Day 5

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 6

  • 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
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Tilapia (3.5 oz or 99.2g), 6 oz
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Summer Frozen Fruit Bars RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Rub tilapia with olive oil and lemon pepper. Top with parmesan cheese and bake at 375F for roughly 20 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork. Serve with broccoli and carrots steamed in microwave for 2 minutes.
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup