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1200 calorie menu ideas!

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I've been eating a 1200 calorie and I just want some ideas from others who are also on a 1200 calorie diet! I am on a budget and I am the cheapest person you will ever meet :)   I am sorta getting tired of eating the same thing. I'm excited to hear some ideas Wink   

Here is what my diet looks like for the day:


1/4 c egg beaters with 2 tbs salsa and 1 tbs low fat cottage cheese ( 60 caories)

a banana(120 calories)

8 oz of low sodium v8 ( 50)

AM Snack:

apple (70 calories)

1/2 c cottage cheese with 2 tbs salsa ( 100 calories)


one slice whole wheat bread with one slice ham with mustard ( 140 calories)

1 c broccoli ( 40 calories)

one low fat cheese stick ( 60 calories)

PM Snack:

14 low fat wheat thins ( 130 calories)


4oz grilled turkey burger on one slice whole wheat bread with mustard ( 270 calories)

1 c broccoli ( 40 calories)

diet soda ( 0 calories)

evening snack:

2/3 c cheddar party mix :( ( 130 calories)

total calories: 1220

I also do jillian michael's 30 day shred 20 mins once a day


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Didn't think anyone but me liked cottage cheese and salsa!  That's one of my favorites.  But when I learned how much sodium is in cottage, I was shocked!  I have high blood pressure so have to watch it.  Some things that make a 1200 calorie diet interesting are just homemade marinades with chicken, brush on to fish steaks like mahi mahi, tuna.  I (inside)grill  talapia/tuna/mahi mahi and add chopped seasoned diced tomatoes on top (or just buy them already seasoned with something you like eg basil, garlic, etc).  Frozen vegetables are very low in calories and sodium so they are almost like fresh.  Keep lots of different ones on hand in the freezer and you don't have to worry about them going bad.  Buy family size, they are much cheaper and reseal with a twist tie. Thaw brussels sprouts and then roast them in the oven after spraying with butter flavored spray, sea salt and pepper. I have always enjoyed cooking so "lightening up" my recipe collection in my head wasn't really difficult.  I even lightened up my Loaded Potato soup by substituting light parkay and fat free half n half.  My husband could not tell the difference. If you like cooking, Cooking Light is a great magazine for ideas from entrees to sides and even desserts.  Go online and Google "recipes low calorie" and my favorite recipe site is  People review the recipes and also give little hints to make it better, or lower calorie, etc.  Have fun and good luck with making the absolute most out of the 1200 calories we get everyday.  And enjoy that cottage cheese and salsa! Sandi

Thank you sandy! I will definately check out those sites! I love cooking but my husband is not into my whole eating healthier thing :(. I did make chilli the other day and he didn't even know I used ground turkey instead of beef. Hopefully i can get some new ideas and he won't even be able to tell!

As Sandi said, white fish usually has low amounts of calories. I also like salads made with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and balsamic vinegar. Cabbage is low in calories and goes well as a side dish. Buckwheat has only 80 calories in 0.5 cup. Snap peas, green peas, snow peas, spinach are low in calories.

OP, judging from your other topic, you're going to up your calories by a few hundred. That will allow you to get a greater variety of foods into your day. I'm eating about 1,500 calories daily and today I had:

Breakfast: Oatmeal made with 1% milk, egg whites with hot sauce, coffee.

Snack: Apple dipped in plain, non-fat yogurt mixed with honey and natural peanut butter.

Lunch: Butternut squash and kale lasagna, peas and a square of dark chocolate

Post-workout snack: Protein shake.

Dinner: Taragon chicken with sweet potato apple gratin and spinach polenta.

Snack: Another square of dark chocolate.

Also, check out They have an entire section of recipes from Cooking Light magazine. I've made tons of them and my entire family loves them (husband, 5-year-old and 2-year-old).

Great!  Keep 'im guessing!  Luckily for me, my husband lost 25 unneeded lbs over the last year.  He has so much more energy that he's more than willing to try some good tasting and good for you food.  Spicing things up with herbs instead of salt has been my key.  I got a jar of No salt seasoning at Big Lots for a dollar.  I sprinkle that on everything, even my salsa and cottage cheese!!  LOL 

Here is a 1200 calorie menu from last week that filled me... of course I also drank about 2 litres of water during the day.

22 g High Fibre Cereal 73
110 g No Fat Yogurt 39

160 g Banana 142

410 g Amy's Orgranic Lentil Vegetable Soup 275
164 g Celery - Raw  26
68 g Baby Carrots 24
65 g Grape Tomatoes 12
25 g Roasted Red Pepper Hummus     45
95 g Salmon  142
110 g Frozen Corn     89
110 g White Rice 143


12 g Kashi GOLEAN Crunch! Cereal 49
130 g Apples - Granny Smith 68
122 g No Fat Yogurt 43
7 g Flaxseed 37

btw - I found it much easier to lose weight when I gave up the Diet Coke

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