This Is What a 1200-Calorie Meal Plan Looks Like

Looking to try a 1200-calorie diet? Here's what you need to know.

This Is What a 1200-Calorie Meal Plan Looks Like

By Reina Berger

Whether you are looking to jumpstart weight loss or you simply want to improve your health and wellness, a 1200-calorie meal plan is a great place to start. With the help of registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick, you can choose from two different options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. As always, consult your doctor before starting any weight-loss plan to make sure it suits your needs. Once you get the hang of these food plans, you can mix and match different ingredients and come up with more meal inspiration to keep you from getting flavor fatigue. By eating well-balanced meals full of protein, fiber, and healthy fat, you will stay satisfied and avoid giving in to those pesky cravings.


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Snacks

If you're craving a snack between breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you have two great options to choose from. Kirkpatrick recommends sticking to 50-100 calories, which means you can choose anything from a handful of nuts, some sliced fruit, or chopped-up veggies. She suggests combining flavorful and creamy hummus with baby carrots for just 88 calories, or a 94-calorie combination of almonds and strawberries to give you something sweet and crunchy to enjoy.

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3 Secrets for Choosing the Best Rotisserie Chicken at the Store

How can you know you're getting one that's fresh, juicy and crispy?

The rotisserie chickens at the store can make a great, quick dinner for the family. They can also be good pre-made bases for many recipes! But when they're all sitting together in the same case, how can you know you're getting one that's fresh, juicy and crispy? Here are three insider tips for choosing the best chicken.

1. Reach for the Back

Go for a chicken that's in the back of the case. Because the store typically loads the case from behind, you can bet the chickens in the front will have been sitting there the longest.

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