Quick 1600 Calorie Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • 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 - 595 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Tilapia (3.5 oz or 99.2g), 6 oz
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Garlic-Spiked Broccoli and Mushrooms with Rosemary RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Couscous, 1 oz, dry, yields
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz
  • Directions: Drizzle tilapia with oil and lemon juice, then broil until flaky. Serve with pineapple and cottage cheese, garlic-spiked broccoli and mushrooms, and couscous.
  • 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
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Spread peanut butter on toasted waffle, then stir berries into the yogurt. Serve with coffee.
  • Lunch - 595 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
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Dinner Rolls, rye, 1 medium
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 3

  • 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)
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 1.5 ounce(s)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • Dilled Shrimp with Farfalle, 1 serving
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Low-fat Maple Granola RECIPE, 0.3 serving
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Directions: Top shrimp and farfalle with steamed broccoli and parmesan. Serve with a roll and margarine, and indulge in vanilla frozen yogurt topped with granola and strawberries for dessert.
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Beans, white, 0.5 cup
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • 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 - 160 calories
  • Beans, red kidney, 0.6 cup
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Prepare beans as necessary then marinate with Balsamic Vinegar and chopped onion and chill. Eat as a cold salad.

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • 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, roll and enjoy.
  • Lunch - 595 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, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • 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 - 650 calories
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Almonds, 6 almond
  • Directions: Serve frittata with green beans and buttered toast. Top frozen yogurt with berries and almonds.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Bologna, turkey, 2.5 slices
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • Almond Butter, 0.5 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 595 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, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • 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 - 650 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Beans, navy, 0.5 cup
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • 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)
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Saute chopped onions and peppers with fresh garlic in oil, add 2.5 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 Salami, 3 slice (3-1/8" dia x 1/16" thick)
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 6

  • 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 - 595 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
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Peas, edible-podded, raw, 12 pea pods

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Yogurt, plain, low fat, 0.5 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Low-fat Maple Granola RECIPE, 0.3 serving
  • Almonds, 6 almond
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Layer berries, granola, cereal and almonds and almonds in a bowl or glass. Serve with tea.
  • Lunch - 595 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)
  • Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup
  • Nature's Own Whitewheat Hamburger Bun, 1 serving
  • Potato Chips, reduced fat, 0.75 oz
  • French's Sweet & Tangy Honey Mustard, 4 tsp
  • Kraft Light Done Right Ranch Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Beans, navy, 0.5 cup
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Mixed Vegetables, frozen, 0.1 package (10 oz)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Pacific Natural Foods Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Directions: Saute vegetables in olive oil, then add drained and rinsed beans and broth. Heat, then serve with toast, and cottage cheese with peaches.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)