Cheap Healthy 1200 Calorie Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Apple juice, unsweetened, 4 fl oz
  • Cream of Wheat, regular, cooked with water, without salt, 0.75 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Swiss Cheese, 1 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Beans, white, 0.5 cup
  • Summer Frozen Fruit Bars RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti, cooked (pasta), 0.6 cup
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Cook pasta, beans and spinach and place in bowl. Top with cheeses and mix well to create your "Alfredo" sauce. Season with Mrs. Dash. Enjoy a frozen fruit bar as dessert.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Peas, edible-podded, raw, 12 pea pods

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Yogurt, plain, low fat, 0.5 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, 1 muffin, toaster
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Kraft Jello-o Brand Fat Free Pudding, Vanilla, 1 Serving
  • Beans, white, 0.5 cup
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Salad Greens With Cranberry Vinaigrette, 0.5 serving
  • Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, 1 muffin, toaster
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 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 - 160 calories
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • 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 - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Southwestern Grilled Pork Tenderloin RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Vegetarian Chili RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Cornbread, 0.6 piece
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Directions: Top chili with sour cream, onions and cheese. Serve with cornbread and pears.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 4 ounce(s)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • 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")
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Asian Chicken Salad RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Mixed Vegetables, frozen, 0.1 package (10 oz)
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti, cooked (pasta), 0.6 cup
  • Low fat cream cheese, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Mix tuna with cheeses, vegetables and pasta and heat until cheese is melted. Serve with fruit cocktail.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Cream of Wheat, regular, cooked with water, without salt, 0.75 cup
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Directions: Cook Cream of Wheat according to package directions. Stir in peanut butter and sliced banana. Serve with milk.
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Yo Plus Digestive Health Strawberry Yogurt, 1 serving
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Apple juice, unsweetened, 4 fl oz
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • 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)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Rub tilapia with olive oil and lemon pepper. Bake at 375F for roughly 20 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork. Serve with broccoli steamed in microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Peas, edible-podded, raw, 12 pea pods

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • 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 and heat in the microwave until slightly melted, wrap and eat.
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Low fat cream cheese, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • 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)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Almond Butter, 0.5 tbsp
  • Lunch - 455 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, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Chicken Marsala RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • 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)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)