1500 Calorie Healthy Macro Meal Plan {40% Protein, 40% Carbs, 20% Fat}

    This 7 day macro friendly healthy meal plan is 1500 calories, 150 grams of protein, 150 g carbs, and 40 g of fat. Print this meal plan for a one page printable view of the plan, new healthy meal ideas, the shopping list, and the recipes!

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    weight loss Before and after pics amy roskelley

    After posting a “before and after” weight loss picture on Instagram, a reader asked how weighing and measuring food affected my relationship with food, and what kind of message that would send to kids in the home. {read my post here about the Non-Diet approach to kids weight loss}

    In full transparency, I’ve never suffered from an eating disorder, beyond the typical days of overeating because I’m mad at the world, or because food tastes so good.

    After thinking about this question though, I realized there is a big difference between weighing and measuring your food because you have a poor relationship with food, and doing it because you want to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need.

    Aesthetics vs Performance goals

    When it comes to healthy eating, I believe your motives determine your food relationship. Because I’m focused right now on a performance goal (build muscle and run fast), I want every ounce of protein, and every gram of carb my body needs for fuel. I also don’t want to overeat, because gaining weight also limits my ability to run fast and see muscle.

    When goals are based on aesthetics, I do think the food relationship can get complicated. Rather than eating to perform athletically, you are trying to control your appearance, and that is a losing battle, and not measurable.

    So, if you feel like your athletic performance can benefit from a controlled eating plan, read on.

    The 1500 Calorie Meal plan.

    printable for 1500 calorie macro meal plan
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    Right now, my macro goals are set by my coach, Shane Heugly. I am competing in another fitness competition in 2021, so I hired him to help me come back to the stage with more muscle. {see my first fitness competition here}. (To calculate your own macros, use my macro calculator here!)

    Shane has me eating 150 grams of protein, 150 grams of carbs, and 40 grams of protein [with 225 carbs once a week, although I didn’t include that in this plan].

    I’ve listed all the meals with the macros, and you can also print the meal plan here. If you need the recipes and shopping list, get the printable at the very bottom of this post, or here.

    7 Day Meal Plan Notes and Brands I used:

    For a complete list of my favorite low calorie brands, check out my buying guide here. For products specific to this meal plan, the links are below.

    • Each day I try to have a variety of all the food groups. Protein, grains, fruit, vegetables, and dairy. {see my nutrition basics here}
    • Where I have vanilla protein powder, I use the Optimum Nutrition (ON) Whey you can find at Costco – 130 calories per scoop. Although it’s not on this plan, I also like cookies and cream combat brand from Costco.
    • the Almond milk I use is the unsweetened vanilla almond milk that is 30 calories per cup. They carry this in most brands, even the generic store brand. The important thing to look for is that it’s 30 calories per cup.
    • I like my protein shakes thick like pudding or yogurt. So, you’ll often see xantham gum and sugar free pudding mix added to my protein shakes. this thickens it up so I can eat it with a spoon!
    • When you see chicken, I am using cooked chicken breasts to get the calories and macros. When you see ground beef , I am using 93% cooked lean ground beef. Cooked meat weighs different than raw. When I cook 5 ounces of chicken, I usually end up with 4 ounces of cooked chicken. Therefore, the shopping list has different amounts than the meal plan.
    • The liquid egg whites I get at Costco.
    • I flavor a lot of meals with sugar free maple syrup. I like the Walden farms here.
    • I used the Mayas Tortillas for 80 calories per tortilla)
    • The Bolthouse Ranch dressing I find in the produce department. It’s a yogurt based dressing. (their website is here)
    • If you have questions, or are trying to add these meals to myfitnesspal and it doesn’t add up, let me know because I saved a copy of the myfitnesspal printout.

    Sunday Meals 1531 calories, 140 protein, 144 carbs, 35 fat

    1 healthy meals for Sunday
    • Breakfast -(Eggs, toast, and fruit) 1 cup Egg whites, 1 egg, 1 ounce cheese, 2 slices bread, and a banana. 547 calories, 41 P/ 58 C/ 14 F
    • Lunch (Chicken salad) Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, 4 oz chicken, 1 ounce feta cheese, croutons, 2 tablespoons Bolthouse dressing, and sugar free Jello (391 calories 45 P / 22 C / 9 F
    • Snack (Protein pudding) 1 scoop ON protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, 0.25 teaspoon xantham gum, 1 Tablespoon sugar free pudding mix. 180 calories, 25 P / 10 C / 4 F
    • Dinner (Ground beef and rice) 1 cup peaches, 4 ounce 93% ground beef, 3 ounces mushrooms, 85 grams riced cauliflower, 1/2 cup white rice. 413 calories, 29 P / 54 C / 8 F

    Monday Meals 1499 calories, 149 protein, 141 carbs, 39 fat

    2 healthy meals for monday
    • Breakfast (Eggs, oatmeal, and fruit) 1 cup egg whites, 1 egg, 1 ounce cheese, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/3 cup oats [dry measurement], sugar free maple syrup 388 calories, 33 P / 35 C / 12 F
    • Lunch (Chicken wrap and fruit) 1 tortilla, 4 ounces chicken breasts, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, light mayo, and an apple. 425 calories, 40 P / 55 C / 6 F
    • Snack (Protein pudding) 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, sugar free syrup. 315 calories, 46 P / 12 C / 9 F
    • Dinner (Spaghetti zoodles) 4 ounces 93% ground beef, 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, 250 g spiralized zucchini, 1 dinner roll. 371 calories, 30 P / 39 C / 12 F

    Tuesday Meals 1552 calories, 153 protein, 146 carbs, 41 fat

    3 healthy meals for tuesday
    • Breakfast (Eggs, oatmeal, and fruit) 1/2 cup egg whites, 2/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 cup raspberries, 1/3 cup oats [dry measurement], sugar free maple syrup 313 calories 32 p / 39 C / 3 F
    • Lunch (Chicken salad) 3 slices turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato, 1/2 cup black beans, 4 ounces chicken, 1/2 ounce feta cheese, 2 tablespoons Bolthouse dressing. 457 calories, 54 P / 29 C / 13 F
    • Snack (Protein shake) 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, 170 grams frozen strawberries. 204 calories, 26 P / 17 C / 5 F
    • Dinner (hamburger and sweet potato fries) 4 ounces beef patty 93% lean, 1 ounce cheese, 1 hamburger bun, lettuce, tomato, 4 ounces broccoli, 100 grams sweet potato. 578 calories, 41 P / 61 C / 20 F {Sweet potato fries recipe here.}

    Wednesday Meals 1578 calories, 145 protein, 155 carbs, 43 fat

    4 healthy meals for Wednesday
    • Breakfast (Kodiak pancakes with peanut butter and banana) 3 tablespoons egg whites, 1/2 cup Kodiak Mix, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 banana, sugar free syrup. 577 calories, 29 P / 68 C / 23 F
    • Lunch (Chicken sandwich) 2 slices bread, 4 ounces chicken, lettuce, tomato, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 medium carrot or baby carrots. 400 calories, 44 P / 43 C / 5 F
    • Snack (Protein pudding) 2/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon sugar free pudding mix, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder. 270 calories, 42 P / 21 C / 1 F
    • Dinner (Steak and veggies) 4 ounces petite sirloin steak, 4 ounces broccoli, 3 ounces mushrooms, 85 g riced cauliflower. 331 calories, 30 P / 24 C / 14 F

    Thursday Meals 1492 Calories, 142 Protein, 145 carbs, 40 F

    5 healthy meals for thursday
    • Breakfast (Sweet potato pancakes) 100 grams sweet potato, 1/2 cup Kodiak mix, 1 large egg, 2/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, sugar free syrup. 448 calories, 40 P / 56 C / 7 F
    • Lunch (Tuna wrap) 1 tortilla, 1 5ounce can tuna, 1 tablespoon light mayo, lettuce, 1 ounce cheese, 3 slices turkey bacon, 1 carrot or 4 baby carrots. 414 calories, 36 P / 25 C / 21 F
    • Snack (Protein shake) 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop protein powder. 234 calories, 26 P / 25 C / 4 F
    • Dinner (Chicken teriyaki) 4 ounces chicken, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 4 ounces broccoli, 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce, 1 medium onion, 1/2 cup cooked rice. 393 calories, 40 P/ 39 C / 8 F

    Friday Meals 1519 calories, 151 protein, 146 carbs, 36 fat

    6 healthy meals for Friday
    • Breakfast (Scrambled eggs, toast and fruit) 1 cup egg whites, 1 large egg, 1 banana, 1 slice bread, 3 ounces mushrooms. 377 calories, 33 P / 45 C / 5 F
    • Lunch (Chicken salad and strawberries) 170 grams strawberries, 1 slice turkey bacon, 5 ounces chicken, 2 tablespoon Bolthouse dressing, lettuce, cucumber, tomato. 380 calories, 50 P / 27 C / 8 F
    • Snack (Protein pudding and popcorn) 3 cups popcorn, 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 0.25 teaspoon xantham gum. 253 Calories, 29 P / 25 C / 6 F
    • Dinner (Pizza and fruit) 2 slices from recipe for Greek yogurt pizza crust, 4 ounces turkey sausage, 5 slices pepperoni, 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, 1 ounce mozzarella cheese, 1 apple. 509 calories, 39 P / 49 C / 36 F

    Saturday Meals 1497 calories, 140 Protein, 142 carbs, 42 fat

    7 healthy meals for Saturday
    • Breakfast (pancakes and eggs) 1/3 recipe for low calorie pancakes, 2 eggs, 1 cup blueberries, sugar free syrup. 443 calories, 39 P / 44 C / 12 F
    • Lunch (Turkey wrap) 1 tortilla, 4 ounces deli turkey, lettuce, 30 grams avocado, 1 ounce cheese, 1 cup strawberries. 409 calories, 31 P / 42 C / 14 F
    • Snack (Protein yogurt pudding) 1 scoop protein powder, 2/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon sugar free pudding mix. 250 calories, 43 P / 16 C / 2 F
    • Dinner (Beef and Broccoli) 4 ounces sirloin steak, 1 cup broccoli, 1 T soy sauce, 1/2 cup cooked rice, 1/2 cup pineapple. 395 Calories, 27 P / 40 C / 14 F

    Print the 1500 macro friendly meal plan

    I created an entire printable for this meal plan. It has a one page print out of the meals, the shopping list, the notes, the recipes, and all the calculated calories and macros.

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    36 Comments

    • First off thank you!! Recipes are simple and taste amazing. Not just the typical broccoli,, chicken, egg whites, and sweet potato meal planning that I always come across. Sweet potato pancake were a disaster. If you have a waffle maker, I highly recommend using that to make it. Could never get the right consistency for pancake even after 4 tries.

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    • Hi! Love all your recipes. Thank you for sharing. I wasn’t able to access the 1500 calorie meal plan through your site. Could you send it to me so I can print it? Thank you!
      Monica

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    • Having trouble with the links! Looking for the shopping list and myfitnesspal info. Excited to try this plan…..just found out that Kodiak makes a gluten free version of their pancake mix…..hoping I can use that. I have Celiac.

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      • There’s no link for the MyFitnessPal record, but I emailed it to you.

        I love that Kodiak has a gluten free option!

        The shopping list is included with the meal plan that would be sent to your email from here

        https://healthbeet.activehosted.com/f/23

        Let me know if you have any questions!

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    • Hello,
      I’m just starting out. I’m switching from WW points to focus more on macros. WW is no longer working for me since turning 50. I’m thinking my biggest problem is not eating enough protein & eating too many carbs (fruits). Could you send me your PDF meal plans? Thank you so much for the great info.

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    • Hi there, when you weigh your meats out are they cooked already or raw? I would also love the 1500 & 1200 meal plan along with MyFitnessPal details if you don’t mind. Thank you!!!!

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    • Hi! Can I get the pdf for the meal plan please? This helps a lot and is in line with my macros goals too!! THANK YOU!

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    • Hi! Could you send me your fitness pal plan? I’m new to all this but your blog has great information! Thank you!!

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      • Hi Jillian! The pdf’s from My fitness pal has been sent to you!
        Let me know if you have any questions.

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        • Hi! Can you share your pdfs too? Started tracking a few days ago gotta start weight training… been noticing my carbs are too high and protein too low (vegetarian/fish,
          160lbs…5’2” goal to be at least 135!! Thank you

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    • Your meal plan spells it all out for me! So much easier to understand and with foods I actually eat. This is my plan for next week! Thank you

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      • YEAH!! I’m so glad Lyndi!! I’d love to hear about your progress and let me know if you have any questions!

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    • Amy, Could you send me the print out for the 1,500 calorie 7 day plan please? Never got the email and checked all folders. Thanks!

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    • I have been trying macros, and your plan puts it into such a simple format to follow. I struggled in the past with getting enough protein on a 40/40/20 split while also balancing food groups and your macros are almost identical to mine! It would be helpful if I could see your MyFitnessPal layout, too. Where can we see that? Thank you for this! I’m doing this meal plan next week.

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      • YES!! I’ll email you the myfitnesspal from this meal plan!

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    • Do you track all your meals in MyFitnessPal? This is where is find it the hardest. It is so overwhelming with all of the selections and knowing which one is the most accurate. Do you share your tracking with MyFitnessPal?

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      • Hi Jana! YES! I emailed you the pdf’s from myfitnesspal for this plan!

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    • Wow! I’m so excited to find your site🎉. I eat a 40:40:20 split and has always been so perfect for me. I’m excited to read all your content and follow you on social media. Thank you fir all your wonderful healthy info. ☺️🙏🏻 💪🏻 🙌

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      • Hi Heather!! So glad you found me!! I’m hoping to create a lot more plans with this split. It’s definitely the best fit for my body as well!

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    • Why does this balance of Macros accomplish? I’m still figuring the balance I need and I think this would cut body fat while maintaining muscle. Was this your intent? Thanks

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      • For me, it was fat loss maintenance and muscle growth. I reached my goal weight, now just looking to put on some muscle without gaining fat.
        This might not be a good fit for you though. I’d recommend talking with a registered dietitian to determine your personal macro requirements.

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