Although 1,500 calories a day may seem like not enough, a person can eat healthy and well on only 1,500 calories. As long as a diet plan is organized and well thought out, a 1,500 calorie diet can be healthy, safe and fulfilling
For breakfast you can eat about 350 calories. Several types of healthy breakfasts are 350 calories and can give you the proper nutrients. You can have two whole-grain waffles and 1/4 cup of strawberries and blueberries. You can also create an egg scramble and eat it on top of an English muffin, along with a cup of sliced cantaloupe. For a lighter breakfast, slice a pear and eat it along with two slices of whole-grain bread and a small portion of almond butter.
You can eat about 400 calories at lunchtime. A turkey, pear and Swiss cheese sandwich is an alternative to lunch. It includes 1 tsp. mustard, 5 slices of turkey, two slices of whole-grain bread, a pear and a slice of low fat cheese. Although fast food may not be what comes to mind when after a 1,500-calorie diet, you can get a healthy meal for lunch at McDonald’s that are less than 400 calories. If you’re on the go, order a hamburger with a green salad that includes balsamic vinaigrette. Add a bag of apple dippers with a low-fat dip, and you have a lunch for less than 400 calories.
Because dinner is often the biggest meal of the day, you can spend about 450 calories at dinner times. If you eat less calories during lunch or breakfast, add a few calories for dinner, or simply stick with 450 calories for dinner. If you eat out, have Applebee’s a Southwest Cobb salad. The salad includes black beans, broccoli, diced tomatoes, chipotle chicken and shredded cheese. It also includes a cilantro ranch dressing. All this is less than 450 calories.
If you eat at home and have time to cook, cook spicy peanut chicken wraps. Included in these wraps are about 2/3 of a cup of chicken strips, about 1 tbsp. of hot sauce, 2 whole-wheat tortillas, 1/4 cup scallions and 2 tbsp. peanuts. Do this with a cup of shredded carrots, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.
Finding a snack for less than 150 calories is easy. Many food manufacturers now sell small bags of snacks that are less than 100 calories. A good snack can be a 100-calorie bag Oreos or a small bag of popcorn.