This Is What a 2000-Calorie Plan Looks Like

Find out what to eat by using this handy guide.

This Is What a 2000-Calorie Plan Looks Like

If you want to lose a few pounds or simply improve your wellness habits, determining how many calories to eat per meal can be really helpful. This 2000-calorie meal plan serves as a general guidepost to help get you started. With the help of registered dietitian Megan Casper, M.S., RDN, owner of Nourished Bite Nutrition, 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 making these meals, you can start mixing and matching different ingredients to keep things fresh and find your favorite combinations. By eating well-balanced meals full of protein, fiber, and healthy fat, you will stay satisfied longer and give your body the nutrients it needs.

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Lunch

Hearty, flavorful lentil soup will keep you healthy and satisfied. Lentils, are high in fiber and are also packed full of essential vitamins and minerals like folate, copper, and iron. Combined with onions, tomatoes, carrots, celery and spinach, this soup packs in the veggies and vitamins. Bonus: top off the meal with an orange. Not only will it help satisfy your sweet tooth but oranges are high in vitamin C, which helps with the absorption of iron from vegetable sources. In the mood for something crunchy? Try a mixed green salad topped with chicken breast, cucumber, pecans, apple, and a splash of olive oil and lemon juice. Swap out chicken and top with chickpeas for a vegetarian option.

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