Sample Low-Cholesterol 1200-Calorie Meal Plan

One Day of Delicious, Low-Cholesterol Meals Totaling 1200 Calories

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Watching your calories, as well as your fat and cholesterol intake, is part of managing your cholesterol through diet. This 1200-calorie meal plan, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks, can help make doing this easy.

Remember that your dietary requirements may be higher or lower than 1200 calories depending on your weight, age, and activity level. Calculate Your Daily Calorie Requirements.

Otherwise, consult your physician and/or a dietitian for guidance.

Sample Low-Cholesterol 1200-Calorie Meal Plan


  • 1 (8-ounce) cup decaffeinated coffee with 2 ounces skim milk
  • 1 serving peach smoothie (blend a handful of peaches with a handful of raspberries, half cup low-fat vanilla yogurt, and low-fat milk)
  • 2 slices whole-grain bread (make sure 100% whole-wheat flour is the first ingredient listed)
  • 2 teaspoons light plant sterol spread, such as Benecol


  • 8 ounces nonfat yogurt with 2 teaspoons honey


  • 1 (8-ounce) cup lemon- or orange-flavored seltzer)
  • 1 serving tomato soup
  • 1 serving light chicken Caesar salad


  • 10 red or green grapes, seedless


  • 1 (8-ounce) cup decaffeinated flavored iced tea
  • Half cup cooked quinoa with 5 asparagus stalks cooked in 1 tsp. oil and 3 oz. grilled chicken breast
  • 2 chocolate-covered Strawberries Recipe
  • Optional beverage: 1 (5-ounce) glass of red wine (see Note below)

    Nutrition Information Total for the Day

    1200 calories, 230.2 calories from fat, 25.8 g fat (8.1 g saturated fat) 108 mg cholesterol, 1445 mg sodium, 197 g carbohydrate, 25.2 g fiber, 78 g protein

    Tip: To make these dishes even more heart healthy, lower the sodium by using a non-sodium salt substitute.

    Nutrition stats with optional wine: 1 (5-ounce) glass of red wine contributes an additional: 127 calories, 0 calories from fat, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 5.5 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 0.1 g protein

    Note: Be certain to ask your doctor if alcohol is permitted on your diet plan and with your current medication regimen. Pregnant or nursing women should completely abstain from alcohol.

    This information does not replace the advice of your doctor.

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