Simple 2000 Calorie Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Baked Potato, with skin, 0.5 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.)
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Beans, white, 0.5 cup
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Baked Potato, with skin, 0.5 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.)
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Pacific Natural Foods Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Directions: Place cubed potato, broth and milk in a pot. Heat until potatoes are cooked, then puree (in blender). Thin soup with water if needed. Return to pot, add beans, cheese, and broccoli. Heat, stirring well. Serve with tangerines.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, 1 muffin, toaster
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Silk, Plain Soymilk, Original 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 595 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 - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • 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 - 300 calories
  • Atlantic Salmon (fish) (.5 filet option = 198g), 2.5 oz
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • 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
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • 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
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • 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 - 300 calories
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Cheese Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Low fat cream cheese, 1 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Top one stalk of celery with peanut butter and the other with cream cheese.

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 395 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)
  • Granola Bars, peanut butter, 1 bar
  • Lunch - 595 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
  • 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 - 650 calories
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • Vegan Lentil Burgers, 1 serving
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Bread, italian, 2 slice, medium
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Top Lentil burger with tomatoes and spread and enjoy on Italian bread.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Atlantic Salmon (fish) (.5 filet option = 198g), 2.5 oz
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Directions: Scramble eggs in a nonstick skillet, then add cheese and heat until melted. Stuff eggs and cheese into the pita. Serve with an apple.
  • Lunch - 595 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 - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • 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 - 300 calories
  • Beans, red kidney, 0.6 cup
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Original Buttery Spray, 5 sprays, 1 serving
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Swiss Cheese, 1 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • 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 - 300 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup
  • Hard Pretzels, 1 oz
  • French's Sweet & Tangy Honey Mustard, 4 tsp

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Yogurt, Yoplait Light, Strawberry, 6 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Kellogg's Eggo Lowfat Nutri-Grain Waffles, 1 waffle, round (4" dia) (include frozen)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Granola Bars, peanut butter, 1 bar
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • 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 - 300 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)