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Meals: Day 7 (also well-suited for Diabetics)



4 Egg whites (liquid whites, such as All Whites brand, works well) 120 calories
1 stalk or 12g green onion, chopped 5 calories
1 cup or 30 g Spinach, chopped fine 7 calories
½ tbl Olive oil 60 calories
½ tsp Herbs and Spices**** 5 calories
2 tbl Salsa, low-salt 15 calories

1 cup or 144g cup blackberries 65 calories
6 nuts ( ½ oz, 14g) Macadamia nuts 100 calories


Sprinkle olive oil on non-stick pan and bring up to medium heat. Mix egg, onions, spices and spinach in bowl, and pour on heated pan. Cook thoroughly. Top omelet with salsa. Serve with berries and nuts on side.

Total breakfast Calories = 377


¾ breast (5oz, 140g) chicken (skinless, boneless), or 6oz turkey breast (deli, sliced), or 2 soy patties 200 calories
1 slice Whole-grain bread 100 calories
Romaine lettuce, 2 or 3 leaves 10 calories
3 slices Tomato 15 calories
Herbs and Spices**** 10 calories
2 tbl Avocado or guacamole 50 calories

½ oz, 14g or 10 Almonds or Hazelnuts 80 calories
1 cup, 160g, 6oz Cantaloupe, wedges 55 calories


Heat or cook chicken, turkey or soy patties. Put on single slice of bread, spread guacamole or mashed avocado, add herbs and spices. Add tomato. Complete sandwich by adding lettuce leaves. Serve nuts on side and have cantaloupe for dessert.

Total Lunch Calories = 520


Nutrition Snack*** (e.g. one Balance Bar or two Sherm’s Brownies) 200 calories



1 cup soy “hamburger” or lean ground turkey (cooked) 235 calories
½ cup Black beans, canned 115 calories
1 tbl olive oil 120 calories
1 cup crushed tomatoes, canned 30 calories
2 tbl lemon juice 5 calories
½ Medium bell pepper, diced 15 calories
½ Medium chopped onion 25 calories
1 tsp chili powder 8 calories
½ tsp ground cumin 5 calories
¼ tsp garlic powder 5 calories
½ cup water

1 oz. (28g) non-fat or soy cheese, grated or sliced 30 calories

1 Kiwi (55 Calories)


Use ½ the olive oil to sauté bell pepper and onion in non-stick pan for 1 min. Then, add remaining oil, spices, ground protein, beans, lemon juice and water to sautéed mix and simmer in pan for 10 to 15 minutes. Top with grated cheese and serve. Have Kiwi for dessert.

Total dinner = Calories 648

For more recipe ideas, visit our low-calorie cookbooks page.

Use this Quick-Jump Table to Access Each Day's Meal in a Seven-day Week:
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7

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These meals are merely suggestions. Once you become familiar with nutritious, low-calorie food choices, such as the ones above, menu and meal combinations are endless … so be creative!

* Vegetarians and Vegans
Adequate protein and omega 3 fats may be deficient in vegetarian or vegan diets. Other nutrients which are a bit tricky to get on a totally non-animal diet: vitamin B12 (no, fermented foods & spirulina do not contain it -- supplements are absolutely necessary for vegans and a good idea for the ovo-lacto); calcium, zinc, and iron (vegan iron is both relatively rare and not very bioavailable). It is especially important for veg(etari)ans to put their diets through nutrition software (see "References and Resources" below) to work out exactly how much you're getting of these & other nutrients. When you do your blood work, a ferritin test is especially important for veg(etari)ans. If you do not eat fish (or supplement with its oil), consider a flax supplement. In addition, true vegans are especially vulnerable to protein (amino acid) deficiency. Substitute meat, dairy and egg choices above with suitable vegetable-only protein products (tofu, rice-protein powder, beans, brewers yeast, etc). top of page

** Adding extra Calories
The number of additional Calories will depend on your sex, age, activity level, metabolism and length of time on CR. A good rule-of-thumb:

If you are losing more than 1 pound per week, you may be cutting Calories too fast.

One may add Calories by including extra nuts, olive oil or fruit. Alternatively, Nutrition Snacks*** may added – they are a good choice since one knows exactly how many Calories are in each serving. top of page

*** Nutrition Snacks: Bars, Muffins, Shakes and Mixes
The best Nutrition Snacks are based on recipes developed by others practicing CR. For example, check out Sherm’s Brownies and MegaMuffins as well as Walford’s Beyond The 120 Year Diet. These recipes were developed using nutrition-analysis software.

It is understandable that the convenience of commercial products may be desirable at times. The following products appear to be the least processed of the numerous brands available; they may be found in grocery or health-food stores:

Balance Bar (200 Calories per bar): there are several varieties offered by this brand; all are “Zone” balanced. The Outdoor bar seems best due to better-quality ingredients, least saturated fat and lack of vitamin/mineral fortification (you should be getting plenty from the remainder of your diet; otherwise, take a multivitamin). The Almond Brownie is also acceptable; however, it is fortified.

Nutribiotic ProZone bars and mixes (around 200 Calories per bar or mix serving): There are several varieties offered by this brand; all are “Zone” balanced. Like the Balance Outdoor bar, the ProZone bars and shake mixes contain quality ingredients and are not fortified.

Rebar (160 Calories per bar): Includes high-quality organic vegetable and fruit ingredients. It does not contain protein or fat. If using this product one may add, for example, raw almonds and non-fat yogurt, to “balance” the meal.

Balance Bar Trail Mix Bars - Fruit & Nut (210 Calories per bar): Includes organic and/or other high-quality ingredients in their meal-replacement bars. They also make a fruit/soy protein drink. top of page

**** Herbs and Spices
A low-salt, all-in-one spice mix, such as Veg-it or Spike, works well and is convenient.
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