Cheap Healthy 2500 Calorie Meal Plan


Congratulations on choosing to eat right! This Cheap Healthy 2500 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 2500 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 - 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
  • Butternut Squash Risotto with Greens, 1 serving
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • 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
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp

Day 2

  • 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
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • 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)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Whole Wheat Tortilla, medium (45g), 1 serving
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 0.13 fruit without skin and seeds
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Place heated beans and rice in tortilla with cheese, peppers, onions, and avocado. Serve with salsa and sour cream, with grapes on the side.
  • 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
  • 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 3

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Yogurt, plain, low fat, 0.5 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, 1 muffin, toaster
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Kraft Jello-o Brand Fat Free Pudding, Chocolate, 1 Serving
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Portobello Burgers RECIPE, 2 serving
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Nature's Own Whitewheat Hamburger Bun, 1 serving
  • Almond Butter, 0.5 tbsp
  • Directions: Serve Portobello Burgers on buns; slice apple and dip in almond butter. Serve veggies with hummus.
  • 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
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, 1 muffin, toaster
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • MultiGrain Cheerios Cereal, 1 cup
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • 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)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Whole Wheat Tortilla, medium (45g), 1 serving
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 0.13 fruit without skin and seeds
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Place heated beans and rice in tortilla with cheese, peppers, onions, and avocado. Serve with salsa and sour cream, with grapes on the side.
  • 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
  • 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 5

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Cheerios Cereal, original , 1 cup (1 serving)
  • Bagels, oat bran, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Morning Star Garden Veggie Burger, 1 serving(s)
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Nature's Own Whitewheat Hamburger Bun, 1 serving
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • French's Sweet & Tangy Honey Mustard, 4 tsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Directions: Place veggie burgers on bun and top with cheese and honey mustard. Serve apple, cucumbers and celery with peanut butter for dipping.
  • 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

Day 6

  • 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
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Shrimp, cooked, 5 oz
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 1 oz
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Bagels, plain, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Kraft Light Done Right Italian Salad Dressing, 2 tbsp
  • Hazelnuts, 5 nuts
  • Directions: Spread cream cheese on bagel. Top lettuce with dressing. Serve raisins and nuts on the side.
  • 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
  • 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