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Sample Low-Cholesterol 1200 Calorie Meal Plan

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


Updated July 03, 2014

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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 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.

You can also always consult your physician and/or a dietitian for guidance.


Look for links to recipes within this meal plan. The total calories, fat, etc. of this meal plan are based on these preparations.


Beverage: 1 cup (8oz) decaffeinated coffee with 2 oz skim milk

1 serving Melba Peach Smoothie

2 slices whole grain bread (make sure 100% whole wheat flour is the first ingredient listed)

2 tsp stenol/ light plant sterol spread, such as Benecol


8 oz nonfat yogurt with 2 tsp honey


Beverage: 1 cup (8 oz lemon or orange flavored seltzer)

1 serving Tomato Spinach Soup

1 serving Chicken Caesar Salad


10 red or green grapes, seedless


Beverage: 1 cup (8oz) decaffeinated flavored iced tea

1 serving Low Fat Chicken, Asparagus, and Quinoa Salad

2 Chocolate-covered Strawberries

Optional beverage: glass of red wine*

Nutrition Information Total For The Day: Calories 1200, Calories from Fat 230.2, Total Fat 25.8g (sat 8.1g), Cholesterol 108 mg, Sodium 1,445 mg, Carbohydrate 197g, Fiber 25.2g, Protein 78g

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

One glass of red wine contributes an additional (5 oz Serving): Calories 127, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (sat 0.g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 0 mg, Carbohydrate 5.5g, Fiber 0g, Protein 0.1g.

*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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