Cheap Healthy 1500 Calorie Meal Plan


Congratulations on choosing to eat right! This Cheap Healthy 1500 Calorie Meal Plan was designed for you by our nutrition experts to give you a week's worth of delicious and nutritious food that will help you reach your goals in a healthy way. We put in the time and research to ensure that these meal plans will keep you full and happy over the next week, and we've even linked to a few of our favorite recipes to make this whole process easier. (You'll be able to see the calorie totals to the right of each meal, in red.) Additionally, we've given you some guidance as to how big the portions should be for each food item. If you'd like to see more Cheap Healthy 1500 Calorie Meal Plans, track your food intake over time or get advice from our team of health experts, sign up for a FREE SparkPeople account in under a minute by clicking right here.

Day 1

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Egg substitute, liquid (Egg Beaters), 0.33 cup
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Yo Plus Digestive Health Strawberry Yogurt, 1 serving
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Cornbread, 0.6 piece
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Heat beans and rice, top with peppers, onions, salsa and sour cream. Serve with a banana and milk.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Bologna, turkey, 2.5 slices
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Granola Bars, peanut butter, 1 bar
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Lunch - 455 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)
  • 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 potato 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 - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Mashed Potatoes, 0.6 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Total Cereal, 0.75 cup (1 serving)
  • Hazelnuts, 5 nuts
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 455 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 - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, 1 serving
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce (tomato sauce), 0.5 cup
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti, cooked (pasta), 0.6 cup
  • Directions: Top spaghetti with sauce, feta, and poached eggs. Serve with tilapia, milk, broccoli and peaches.

Day 4

  • 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
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • Dinner - 650 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)
  • 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, 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 - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Peas, edible-podded, raw, 12 pea pods

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Cheerios Cereal, original , 1 cup (1 serving)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Yo Plus Digestive Health Strawberry Yogurt, 1 serving
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Cornbread, 0.6 piece
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 1 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Assemble a "tasting plate" with a sliced apple, carrots and celery, and crackers. For dipping, serve salsa, hummus and peanut butter.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Yogurt, plain, low fat, 0.5 cup (8 fl 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 or slice strawberries to top pancake.
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, 1 serving
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 1 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Assemble a "tasting plate" with a sliced apple, carrots and celery, and crackers. For dipping, serve salsa, hummus and peanut butter.
  • 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 7

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • 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 - 650 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • 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)
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Salami, 3 slice (3-1/8" dia x 1/16" thick)
  • Peas, edible-podded, raw, 12 pea pods
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)