Eat More to Lose Weight: 1,500-Calorie Summer Diet Plan
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Eat More to Lose Weight: 1,500-Calorie Summer Diet Plan

Lose five pounds this month by eating 1,500 calories a day. Our personalized eating plan will let you eat all your favorite foods -- even pasta and ice cream.

Mix-and-Match Meals: The Plan

You can eat more and lose more with this personalized eating plan. How it works: Mix and match 21 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and 14 snacks, and you'll never feel deprived or bored.

Want waffles every day for breakfast? Go for it! Need quick takeout ideas? We've got 'em.

It's all up to you -- choose and enjoy whatever foods you like. On this diet, you're the boss.

You can mix and match snacks -- like a 1/2 cup of raspberry sorbet for 100 calories. Yum!

Mix and match breakfasts -- like sliced pear and almond-butter toast for 350 calories. Yum!

Mix and match lunches -- like an avocado and black-bean wrap for 400 calories. Yum!

Mix and match dinners -- like garlic-basil shrimp and zucchini pasta for 450 calories. Yum!

And for more ideas, check out our Create a Diet Menu Planner:

350-Calorie Breakfast Choices

Whole-Grain Waffles with Berry & Walnut Compote

2 frozen low-fat whole-grain waffles
1/4 cup blackberries
1/4cup strawberries
1 ounce (14 halves) walnuts

Make it: Toast waffles. Top with mashed fresh berries and walnuts.

Florentine Egg Scramble on an English Muffin

2 eggs
1/2 cup cooked fresh spinach
1 whole-grain English muffin, toasted
1 cup cut cantaloupe

Make it: Scramble eggs with spinach. Serve on English muffin with cantaloupe on the side.

Sliced Pear & Almond-Butter Toast

2 slices whole-grain bread
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 medium pear, sliced

Make it: Toast whole-grain bread. Spread almond butter on toast and top with fresh pear slices.

Tart Cherry Muesli with Vanilla Soy Milk

1 cup light vanilla soy milk
1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup dried cherries

Make it: Pour light vanilla soy milk on raw old-fashioned oats (prepare the night before and keep in the fridge overnight for softer oats). Mix in dried tart cherries.

Tomato-Basil Ricotta Toast

2 slices whole-grain bread
1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
5 fresh basil leaves
4 slices tomato

Make it: Toast whole-grain bread. Spread with low-fat ricotta cheese and top with fresh basil leaves and tomato slices.

Banana & Honey Smoothie

1 cup light vanilla soy milk
1 small banana
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons old-fashioned oatmeal
1 tablespoon flaxseeds, ground

Make it: Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Lemon-Blueberry Granola Parfait

3/4 cup blueberries
6 ounces low-fat lemon yogurt
1-ounce crunchy granola bar

Make it: Top blueberries with low-fat yogurt and crushed granola bar.

 

400-Calorie Lunch Choices

BBQ Black-Bean Burger & Slaw

1 black-bean burger
1 whole-grain hamburger bun
1 tablespoon low-sodium barbecue sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mix
1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil

Make it: Microwave burger according to package directions. Serve on bun with sauce. Combine vegetable mix with vinegar and oil.

Tuna, Red Grapes & Walnuts on Greens

2 cups spring greens
3 ounces chunk light tuna
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
3/4 cup red grapes, cut in half
2 tablespoons low-fat
vinaigrette dressing

Make it: Top greens with tuna, walnuts, and grapes. Drizzle with vinaigrette.

Takeout! From Panera Bread

Black-bean soup and 1/2 Classic Cafe salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions) with fat-free poppy-seed dressing

Turkey, Pear & Swiss Sandwich

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 slices whole-grain bread
5 thin slices turkey
1 medium pear, sliced
1 slice low-fat Swiss cheese

Make it: Spread mustard on bread. Top with turkey, fresh pear slices, and cheese.

Avocado & Black-Bean Wrap

2 whole wheat tortillas
3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/5 avocado, chopped
2 tablespoons bottled salsa
1 cup bagged romaine lettuce

Make it: Wrap black beans, avocado, salsa, and lettuce in tortillas.

Takeout! From McDonald's

Hamburger and Side Salad with low-fat balsamic vinaigrette
Apple Dippers with Low-Fat Caramel Dip

Balsamic Chicken Salad Pita

1 cup precooked and diced chicken
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1 large stalk celery, chopped
1 whole wheat pita
1 cup bagged mixed salad greens

Make it: Mix together chicken, vinegar, scallions, and celery. Fill pita with chicken mixture and salad greens.

 

450-Calorie Dinner Choices

Takeout! From Applebee's

Southwest Cobb Salad: grilled chipotle chicken, shredded cheese, broccoli, diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, corn, and black beans served on a bed of mixed greens with cilantro ranch dressing

Garlic-Basil Shrimp & Zucchini Pasta

1 cup whole-wheat pasta noodles
3 ounces frozen precooked and shelled shrimp, thawed
1 cup chopped zucchini
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil

Make it: Cook pasta. Mix hot noodles with remaining ingredients.

Spicy Peanut Chicken Wraps

2/3 cup precooked chicken strips
1/4 cup chopped scallions
2 tablespoons peanuts
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 cup shredded cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mix
2 whole wheat tortillas

Make it: In skillet sprayed with cooking spray, saute chicken, scallions, peanuts, hot sauce, and shredded vegetables for 8 minutes. Wrap in tortillas.

Takeout! Sushi

Miso soup (1 cup)
Tuna roll (6 pieces)
Small seaweed salad

Three-Pepper Cilantro Fajitas

1/3 cup each sliced red, green and yellow bell peppers
1/2 small onion, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup canned low-fat refried beans
2 whole wheat tortillas
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Make it: Saute peppers and onion in olive oil for 8 minutes, or until tender. Warm refried beans; spread on tortillas. Top with sauteed vegetables and cilantro.

Artichoke & Tomato Panzanella Salad

2 slices whole-grain bread
1 cup chopped canned artichokes, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1/2 cup canned white beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons low-fat Italian vinaigrette dressing

Make it: Toast bread and cut into small squares. Add artichokes, tomatoes, white beans, toasted bread squares, and Italian vinaigrette and combine.

Hoisin Grilled Fish & Summer Vegetables

4 ounces fish, such as salmon or tilapia fillets
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce (Chinese barbecue sauce found in the Asian section of grocery stores)
1/2 cup chopped yellow squash
1/2 cup pea pods
1/2 cup chopped carrots
2/3 cup cooked brown rice

Make it: Spray a sheet of tin foil with cooking spray and place fish, hoisin sauce, yellow squash, pea pods, and carrots on it. Fold and seal. Cook packet on grill for 10 to 12 minutes (vegetables should be tender and fish should flake easily with a fork). Serve over brown rice.

 

150-Calorie Snack Choices

Eating between meals is a good thing! Choose two of these treats each day -- each is under 150 calories!

Skinny Cow Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich
1/2 ounce raisins and 2 tablespoons soy nuts
10-ounce light yogurt smoothie (such as Stonyfield Farm)
14 almonds and a small apple, peeled
1/2 cup raspberry sorbet
12-ounce Caramel Frappuccino Light (without whipped cream)
1 ounce chocolate-covered almonds
18 soy crisps
FAGE Total 0% Greek yogurt and 3/4 cup blueberries
100-calorie mini bag popcorn
1 ounce string cheese and 4 whole-grain crackers
Edy's Creamy Coconut Fruit bar
1/4 cup hummus and 1/2 cup baby carrots
Root beer float (1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt, 12 ounces diet root beer)

 

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July 2007.

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