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Monday, 8 December 2014

A 7-Day, 1200-Calorie Meal Plan


Part of slimming down involves a simple, sensible exercise and eating plan.

Here's a week-long menu program, which keeps the calories low and offers variety with every meal.


Day 1 

Breakfast 
• 3/4 cup bran flakes, 1 banana, 1 cup fat-free milk

Lunch 
• Sandwich: 1 mini whole wheat pita, 3 ounces turkey breast, 1/2 roasted pepper, 1 teaspoon light mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce 
• 1 stick part-skim mozzarella string cheese 
• 2 kiwifruits

Dinner 
• 4 ounces broiled flounder or sole 
• 2 sliced plum tomatoes sprinkled with 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, broiled until just golden 
• 1 cup cooked couscous 
• 1 cup steamed broccoli 
• 1 fat-free pudding cup



Day 2 

Breakfast 
• Smoothie: Blend 1 cup frozen berries, 1/2 banana, and 8 ounces fat-free milk. 
• 1/2 English muffin spread with 1 teaspoon light margarine

Lunch 
• 1 cup vegetarian vegetable soup 
• 1 veggie burger in a mini whole wheat pita with lettuce and salsa 
• 6 ounces light yogurt 
• 15 grapes

Dinner 
• BBQ chicken: Brush 4 ounces boneless, skinless breast with barbecue sauce and grill. 
• 1/2 cup vegetarian baked beans 
• 3 small boiled red potatoes topped with 1 teaspoon light margarine and a pinch of dill



Day 3 

Breakfast 
• Oatmeal: In the microwave, cook 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats with 3/4 cup fat-free milk; 1/2 apple, chopped; 1 teaspoon honey; and a pinch of cinnamon

Lunch 
• Chicken salad: Toss 4 ounces shredded skinless roast chicken breast with 1/4 cup sliced red grapes, 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise, and 1 tablespoon fat-free sour cream. Serve over lettuce. 
• 1 banana

Dinner 
• 4 ounces steamed shrimp 
• 1 baked potato topped with 3 tablespoons salsa and 1 tablespoon fat-free sour cream 
• 3 cups spinach, steamed 
• 1 low-fat frozen fudge bar



Day 4 

Breakfast 
• 1/2 toasted English muffin topped with 1/2 small apple, sliced, and 1 ounce shredded reduced-fat cheese, any type. Microwave 30 seconds on High. 
• 6 ounces light yogurt sprinkled with 1 tablespoon slivered almonds

Lunch 
• 1 cup tomato soup 
• Sandwich: 1 mini whole wheat pita, 3 ounces thinly sliced roast beef, 1 teaspoon horseradish, mustard, tomato slices, lettuce 
• 1 cup raw veggies 
• 1 pear

Dinner 
• 3 ounces poached salmon 
• Slaw: Toss 1 1/4 cups coleslaw mix and 2 sliced green onions with 2 tablespoons fat-free dressing (no more than 30 calories per 2 tablespoons) 
• 3/4 cup cooked brown rice 
• 1/2 cup pineapple chunks in juice



Day 5 

Breakfast 
• 1 cup Cheerios, 1/2 cup berries, 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, 8 ounces fat-free milk

Lunch 
• Quesadilla: Spread 1/4 cup fat-free refried beans over 1 small whole wheat tortilla. Sprinkle on 1 ounce shredded reduced-fat cheese. Top with salsa and another tortilla; microwave 45 seconds on High. 
• 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese topped with 1/2 cup mandarin orange sections 
• Cucumber spears

Dinner 
• 3 ounces roasted pork tenderloin 
• 1 cup baked acorn squash, mashed with a pinch of cinnamon 
• 2 to 3 cups salad greens with 2 tablespoons fat-free dressing 
• 1/2 cup vanilla fat-free frozen yogurt topped with 1 cup berries



Day 6 

Breakfast 
• 1 toasted frozen waffle, spread with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and topped with 1/2 sliced banana 
• 8 ounces fat-free milk

Lunch 
• Tuna pita: 1 mini whole wheat pita, 2 ounces water-packed light tuna, 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise, mustard, and cucumber and onion slices 
• 10 baby carrots 
• 6 ounces light yogurt mixed with 1/2 banana

Dinner 
• Jambalaya: Combine 3/4 cup cooked brown rice; 1/2 cup corn; 2 ounces cooked turkey sausage, sliced; 1/3 cup salsa; and 1/4 cup canned kidney beans. Heat through.
• 3 cups spinach, steamed 
• 1 medium apple



Day 7 

Breakfast 
• 1/2 toasted English muffin layered with 1 ounce reduced-fat cheese, sliced; 1 tomato slice; 1/2 cup steamed spinach, drained; and 1 poached egg 
• 1 grapefruit

Lunch 
• Black bean salad: Toss 1/2 cup canned black beans, 1/2 cup mandarin orange sections, and chopped red bell peppers, red onion, and scallions with 1 teaspoon vinegar. Serve over salad greens. 
• 1 mini whole wheat pita 
• 1 pear

Dinner 
• 3 ounces broiled or grilled flank steak 
• 1 baked sweet potato with 1 teaspoon light margarine 
• 1 cup steamed zucchini 
• 1/2 cup pineapple chunks in juice








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