Just because you are on a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet, does not mean that you must give up all your favorite foods. In fact there are many things that you can eat. One of the easiest ways to follow a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet is to plan out every meal and snacks each day
Allot provides about 350 calories for breakfast. You may be surprised what kind of breakfast you can eat that are 350 calories or less. For example, you can eat two whole-grain waffles with 1/4 cup strawberries and walnut compote. You can also eat a Florentine egg scramble and place it on an English muffin. This meal would include two eggs, a whole-grain English muffin and even a cup of cantaloupe. You can also eat sliced pear and two slices of whole-grain bread with a tablespoon of almond butter for another option.
Allow yourself about 400 calories for lunch. A tasty 400 calories lunch could include a grilled black bean burger with coleslaw or a turkey, pear and Swiss sandwich. This sandwich will include 1 tsp. mustard, two slices of whole-grain bread, five turkey slices, one medium pear and a slice of low-fat Swiss cheese. You can actually put the pear slices on your sandwich.
Although McDonald’s would not seem to be the best place to eat if you are on a 1,500-calorie diet, you can find a good lunch for less than 400 calories there. For example, you can order a hamburger with a green salad, a low-fat balsamic vinaigrette dressing, apple dippers with low-fat caramel dip.
Dinner can contain up to 450 calories, or a little more if you ate fewer calories at breakfast and lunch. Applebee’s has a menu item that can be eaten for dinner. The Southwest Cobb Salad includes grilled chicken chipotle, diced tomatoes, corn, black beans, grated cheese and broccoli served with cilantro ranch dressing. This meal is less than 450 calories.
If you’re looking for something even spicier, make spicy peanut chicken wraps. These wraps comprise 2/3 cup shredded chicken, 1/4 cup scallions, 1 tbsp. hot sauce, two whole-wheat tortillas, 2 tbsp. peanuts and a mixed cup shredded broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and cabbage.
Your snacks can be eaten at any time of day. You can allot up to 150 calories for a snack. There are many companies now that make snack bags in 100-calorie servings. For example, you get a bag of Oreos or chocolate chip cookies that contain only 100 calories. Likewise, you can find 100-calorie mini-bags of popcorn. You can also take a drink that is less than 50 calories.