Easy 1200 Calorie Meal Plan


Congratulations on choosing to eat right! This Easy 1200 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 Easy 1200 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
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Hazelnuts, 5 nuts
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Chop pear and cook with oatmeal. Top with chopped hazelnuts. Serve with milk and coffee.
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Shrimp, cooked, 5 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, rye, 1 medium
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 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
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp

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
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Atlantic Salmon (fish) (.5 filet option = 198g), 2.5 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Lettuce, leaf salad, 2 cup, shredded
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Beans, navy, 0.5 cup
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Saute chopped onions with fresh garlic in oil, add 2 cups water, rice and beans and season with oregano, cumin, ground cloves, and cayenne pepper to taste and simmer for about 1 hour. Top with Mozzarella Cheese and serve.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, 0.6 cup (1 serving)
  • *Flax Seed, 0.66 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Hard Salami, 3 slice (3-1/8" dia x 1/16" thick)
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Potato Chips, reduced fat, 0.75 oz
  • Cream Cheese, 1 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Dinner - 455 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 - 160 calories
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)

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
  • 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 - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Portobello Burgers RECIPE, 2 serving
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Nature's Own Whitewheat Hamburger Bun, 1 serving
  • Kraft Light Done Right Ranch Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
  • Yellow Mustard, 1 tsp or 1 packet
  • Directions: Place burger and cheese on bun and top with mustard. Serve with cucumbers and ranch, plus a grapefruit.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Orange Juice, 5 fl oz
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • American Cheese, 1 slice (1 oz)
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Morning Star Garden Veggie Burger, 1 serving(s)
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Orange Juice, 5 fl oz
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Directions: Spread Hummus on Tortilla and top with Peppers, roll and enjoy!
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Portobello Burgers RECIPE, 2 serving
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Nature's Own Whitewheat Hamburger Bun, 1 serving
  • Kraft Light Done Right Ranch Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
  • Yellow Mustard, 1 tsp or 1 packet
  • Directions: Place burger and cheese on bun and top with mustard. Serve with cucumbers and ranch, plus a grapefruit.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices

Day 7

  • 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
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 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
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)