Easy 2500 Calorie Meal Plan


Congratulations on choosing to eat right! This Easy 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 Easy 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
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, 0.6 cup (1 serving)
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • 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, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • Lentils, 0.6 cup
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Fully cook lentils until soft to add to pureed, seasoned and cooked tomatoes for 'meat' sauce.
  • 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 2

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Peas, edible-podded, raw, 12 pea pods
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • 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
  • Beans, pinto, 0.6 cup
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Tortilla Chips, 0.75 oz
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Mix mashed beans, salsa and sour cream together. Use as dip for carrots and chips. Eat with tangerines.

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
  • Southwestern Grilled Pork Tenderloin RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 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 - 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 4

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Pork Sausage, 3 link (raw dimensions: 4" long x 7/8" dia), cooked
  • Orange Juice, 5 fl oz
  • Pancakes, 1 pancake (4" dia)
  • Lunch - 750 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)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" 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 potatoes and chopped onions 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 - 805 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Turkey, Ground turkey, 93% lean, 3 oz
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Saute onions and add pureed tomatoes and cook for sauce. Add browned ground turkey and mix. Top cooked spaghetti with sauce and top with Parmesan cheese.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Beans, red kidney, 0.6 cup
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Prepare beans as necessary then marinate with oil and Balsamic vinegar and chopped onion and chill. Fill prepared pita for sandwich.

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Directions: Stuff pita with peanut butter and sliced banana. Serve with yogurt.
  • 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
  • Kraft Jello-o Brand Fat Free Pudding, Chocolate, 1 Serving
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Tofu, firm, prepared with calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride (nigari), 0.75 cup
  • Apple juice, unsweetened, 4 fl oz
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Rotini with Steamed Vegetables RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Cider Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Low-fat Maple Granola RECIPE, 0.3 serving

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Morningstar Farms Breakfast Patties (original sausage), 2 patty
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Melt cheese in the tortilla, add scrambled egg, crumbled breakfast patties, roll and enjoy.
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Southwestern Grilled Pork Tenderloin RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Feta Cheese, 1.5 oz
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.5 cup
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, rye, 1 medium
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Saute garbanzo beans until heated, combine with cooked spinach and top with feta cheese.
  • 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 7

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Shrimp, cooked, 5 oz
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Cream of Wheat, regular, cooked with water, without salt, 0.75 cup
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Original Buttery Spray, 5 sprays, 1 serving
  • Directions: Heat frittata. Serve pre-cooked shrimp atop Cream of Wheat for a variation on shrimp and grits. Toast bread and spritz with butter spray. Serve with fruit cocktail.
  • 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
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Kraft Jello-o Brand Fat Free Pudding, Chocolate, 1 Serving
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • 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.