Simple 1600 Calorie Meal Plan


Congratulations on choosing to eat right! This Simple 1600 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 Simple 1600 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
  • 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
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Grilled Lemongrass Beef RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Top sweet potato with beans and salsa.

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 - 595 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Kraft Light Done Right Ranch Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Spread peanut butter on both slices of bread, then top with berries (instead of jelly). Dip carrots in ranch, and serve with iced herbal tea and a string cheese.
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • American Cheese, 1 slice (1 oz)
  • Portobello Burgers RECIPE, 2 serving
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Yellow Sweet Corn, Canned, 0.2 cup
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Top sweet potato with beans and salsa.

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Orange Juice, 5 fl oz
  • Pancakes, 1 pancake (4" dia)
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 1.5 ounce(s)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Tofu, firm, prepared with calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride (nigari), 0.75 cup
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • White Rice, long grain, cooked, 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Saute tofu and chopped onions and mix with cooked broccoli and rice and top with grated cheese.
  • Dinner - 650 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
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 4 ounce(s)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz

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 - 595 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, top with peppers, roll and enjoy!
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Tilapia (3.5 oz or 99.2g), 6 oz
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Rub tilapia with olive oil and lemon pepper. Bake at 375F for roughly 20 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork. Serve with broccoli and carrots steamed in microwave for 2 minutes.

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 - 595 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Kraft Light Done Right Ranch Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Spread peanut butter on both slices of bread, then top with berries (instead of jelly). Dip carrots in ranch, and serve with iced herbal tea and a string cheese.
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Tilapia (3.5 oz or 99.2g), 6 oz
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Rub tilapia with olive oil and lemon pepper. Bake at 375F for roughly 20 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork. Serve with broccoli and carrots steamed in microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Egg substitute, liquid (Egg Beaters), 0.33 cup
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Original Buttery Spray, 5 sprays, 1 serving
  • Directions: Cook eggs in a skillet coated with buttery spray. Once cooked through, place in tortilla and roll up. Serve with grapes and milk.
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Dilled Shrimp with Farfalle, 1 serving
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 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 - 650 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 - 160 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Egg substitute, liquid (Egg Beaters), 0.33 cup
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Original Buttery Spray, 5 sprays, 1 serving
  • Directions: Cook eggs in a skillet coated with buttery spray. Once cooked through, place in tortilla and roll up. Serve with grapes and milk.
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Feta Cheese, 1.5 oz
  • Atlantic Salmon (fish) (.5 filet option = 198g), 2.5 oz
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Chicken Marsala RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti, cooked (pasta), 0.6 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Lettuce, leaf salad, 2 cup, shredded
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp