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1500 Calorie Meal Plan | Kitchn

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Limiting your calories doesn’t mean going to bed every night with a growling stomach, and this meal prep plan proves it. By structuring your meals around lean proteins, whole grains, and fiber-rich vegetables and fruit, you can load up without bypassing your calorie marker.

This Power Hour is full of feel-good foods that won’t cramp your health goals. Each day clocks in at 1500 calories or fewer and includes a generous breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spend one to two hours in the kitchen this weekend and you’ll be set up for a wholesome week. Here’s how to do it:

This week’s shopping list is a balanced mix of produce, meat, dairy, whole grains, and pantry items. It assumes staples like olive oil, salt, and pepper are already on hand.

Power Hour: How I Get the Prep Done

A Week of 1500-Calorie Days

Pack 1 cup yogurt with 1/4 cup granola and 1/2 cup sliced strawberries.

Lunch (507 to 553 Calories)

Dinner (475 to 514 Calories)

Power Hour Meal Prep is the series where we help you put it all together. We show you how to eat well during the week with an hour or two of Power Hour prep over the weekend. Every plan is different; mix and match to find your own personal sweet spot.

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