When setting your personal daily calorie goal, it’s important to take into account your lifestyle, individual health factors and goals. To be clear, 1,200 calories per day is not a lot, and if your goal is weight loss, it’s close to the minimum the National Institutes of Health recommends for women, and the lowest count recommended for men. It’s always a good idea to speak with your doctor or a registered dietitian for help creating a personalized plan.
That said, if you’re aiming for 1,200 calories per day, the good news is you can enjoy a variety of satiating and nutrient-rich foods — especially if you eat seasonally. Spring is the perfect time to break out of your veggie rut and focus on colorful produce like asparagus, greens, citrus, spring peas, cabbage and sweet potatoes. It’s also a great time to plant an herb garden, either in your backyard or on your windowsill. Fresh herbs add delicious flavor and contain antioxidants that help protect against cell damage.
This sample 1,200 calorie menu highlights some of the season’s top veggies and herbs while also leaving room for dessert.