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Dietitian Juliette Kellow BSc RD shows you how to put together a vegetarian weight loss meal plan.

Suggested Vegetarian Weight Loss Meal Plan

By Dietitian Juliette Kellow BSc RD


Being vegetarian can make putting a healthy meal plan together a little difficult. Making sure you get enough good nutrition with fewer calories is key.

Dietitian Juliette Kellow shows you how to put together a  healthy vegetarian calorie controlled diet.

This diet is suitable for all vegetarians including lacto ovo as it contains both eggs and dairy. For vegans who want to lose weight, see our vegan diet plan for weight loss

How it works

  • You can mix and match the meals and snacks to suit your needs, and substitute different meals - as long as you calorie count them!
  • Allow around 200-300 calories for breakfast, 300-400 for lunch, 400-500 for dinner and 100-200 for snacks depending on your daily allowance.
  • Juliette recommends including 200-300ml of skimmed or semi-skimmed milk to drink alone or in tea or coffee.
  • If your daily calorie needs are higher than given in this meal plan, increase portion sizes to suit, or add in extra vegetarian foods. You can do this easily in the WLR food diary.
  • All the recipes are available in in the wlr recipe database, making it easy to change quantities and/or ingredients, take a free trial to access them and print off a shopping list for the plan.

You'll find lots more ideas for vegetarian meals in wlr's recipe and meal ideas databases, you can add them to the planner to make your own meal plans. Plus you can create and calorie count your own recipes and meal combinations. Take a free trial to have a go.

~ Breakfasts  ~

Around 200-300 calories

Poached Egg  on Toast

Poached egg and tomato on toast - 195 cals 

1 poached egg, 1 slice wholemeal toast with 1tsp low-fat spread and grilled tomatoes.

Sesame Bagel with Cream Cheese and Tomato

Cream cheese and tomato bagel - 250 cals

1 toasted wholegrain bagel with 2tbsp low-fat soft cheese and 1 tomato.

Shredded Wheat with Banana

Shredded wheat and banana - 255 cals

2 Shredded Wheat with skimmed milk and 1 small banana.


Branflakes and fruit - 255 cals


4tbsp branflakes, 1 small banana, 1tbsp raisins and skimmed milk.

Muesli with Dried Fruits

Fruity muesli - 260 cals

3tbsp sugar-free muesli, 3 dried apricots, strawberries and skimmed milk.

Banana Milkshake with Bananas

Milkshake and fruit salad - 260 cals

Banana milkshake made by blending 150ml skimmed milk with 1 pot fat-free banana yoghurt and 1 small banana. Plus a bowl fruit salad.

Scrambled Eggs on Toast

Scrambled eggs on toast - 280 cals

1 slice wholemeal toast with 1tsp low-fat spread, 2 scrambled egg and grilled tomatoes.

Peanut Butter on Toast

Toast and peanut butter - 285 cals

2 slices wholegrain toast with 1tbsp peanut butter and 1 small glass of orange juice.

Fresh fruits with Cream

Fruit salad with yogurt and oats - 345 cals

Bowl of fruit salad, 1 pot low-fat natural yoghurt and 3tbsp oats.

Mushrooms on Toast

Beans, mushrooms and tomatoes on toast - 380 cals

1 small can baked beans, 1 grilled tomato, grilled mushrooms and 2 slices wholemeal toast with 1tsp low-fat spread.

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~ Lunches  ~

Around 300-400 calories

Jacket Potato with Cottage Cheese

Jacket potato with cottage cheese - 295 cals

1 jacket potato with 6tbsp cottage cheese and salad and fat-free dressing.

Houmous with Pitta and Crudites

Hummus, crudités and pitta - 300 cals

1 wholemeal pitta, ½ small tub reduced-fat hummus and vegetable crudités.

Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Celery

Tropical fruity salad - 330 cals

Iceberg lettuce topped with 6tbsp low-fat cottage cheese, 2 chopped dried apricots, 1tbsp raisins, 1 chopped apple, 1 slice fresh pineapple and 5 crushed walnut halves.

Egg and Tomato Sandwich with Lettuce

Egg mayo and tomato sandwich - 340 cals

2 slices wholegrain bread filled with 1 hard boiled egg, 1 tomato and 2tsp reduced-fat mayo. Plus 1 pot fat-free fruit yogurt.

Salad with Tomatoes and Avocado

Italian salad - 345 cals

Large salad made from ½ small ball reduced-fat Mozzarella cheese, 2 tomatoes and ½ small avocado with salad leaves, basil and balsamic vinegar. Serve with a 5cm piece Granary bread.

Bowl of Lentil Soup

Lentil soup and oatcakes - 355 cals

½ carton fresh lentil soup and 2 oatcakes topped with 2tbsp low-fat soft cheese and tomato. Plus 1 orange.

Wrap filled with Greek Salad

Greek salad wrap - 365 cals

1 large tortilla wrap filled with chopped lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cucumber, 50g crumbled feta cheese, 5 sliced olives and 1tbsp tzatziki.

Beans and cheese on toast - 370 cals

2 slices wholegrain toast with 1 small can baked beans and 1tbsp grated reduced-fat Cheddar. Plus a slice of canteloupe melon.

Rye Bread topped with cottage cheese and avocado

Cottage cheese and avocado on rye - 385 cals

2 slices rye bread topped with 6tbsp cottage cheese and ½ small avocado. Plus 1 bowl fruit salad.

Bean salad with tomatoes and feta

Mixed bean salad - 435 cals

3tbsp each of red kidney beans, chick peas and cannelini beans with spring onions, cherry tomatoes, green pepper and fat-free dressing. Serve with mixed leaves and 1 wholemeal pitta.

~ Dinners  ~

Around 400-500 calories

Creamy mushroom pasta

Creamy mushroom pasta - 285 cals

Fry 1 small onion, garlic and 1 small pack button mushrooms in a spray oil until brown. Add 150ml veg stock and 50ml dry white wine. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir in 2tbsp low-fat soft cheese with herbs and 150g cooked penne. Mix, heat and serve with salad and fat-free dressing.

Stir fry vegetables in a wok

Veggie stir fry with rice - 390 cals

Stir fry made from a spray oil, 1 small pack of stir-fry veg and 1tbsp reduced-salt soy sauce. Serve with 8tbsp cooked brown rice. Plus 1 slice canteloupe melon.

Roasted vegetables - 380 cals

Place ½ red pepper, ½ green pepper, 4 thick slices aubergine, 1 sliced courgette and cherry tomatoes in a roasting tin. Brush with 1tsp olive oil and sprinkle with fresh basil. Roast until the vegetables are soft and browned. Top 1 thick slice wholegrain bread with the veggies and ½ small ball reduced-fat mozzarella cheese. Place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted. Serve with salad and fat-free dressing.

Peppers stuffed with couscous

Stuffed peppers - 425 cals

Mix 4tbsp cooked brown rice with 1tbsp pine nuts and chopped spring onions, cherry tomatoes and 50g feta cheese. Cut 1 red pepper in half lengthways, deseed, then fill with the rice mixture. Cover with foil, bake until cooked and serve with salad and fat-free dressing.

Baked potato with cheese and beans

Jacket potato with cheese and beans - 440 cals

1 medium jacket potato with 1 small can baked beans, 2tbsp grated reduced-fat Cheddar, salad and fat-free dressing.

Cous Cous with vegetables

Moroccan salad - 475 cals

Mix 8tbsp prepared couscous salad with cherry tomatoes, red onion, coriander, 3tbsp each of chick peas and kidney beans, lemon juice and 1tsp olive oil.

Cheese omelette with tomatoes

Cheese omelette - 510 cals

Omelette made from a spray oil, 2 eggs, skimmed milk and 4tbsp grated reduced-fat Cheddar. Serve with a 10cm piece Granary bread and salad with fat-free dressing.

Tortilla wrap with vegetables

Veggie fajitas - 515 cals

Slice ½ red pepper, ½ green pepper, ½ red onion, 1 small courgette and 1 carrot. Fry in 1tsp sunflower oil with cajun seasoning until soft and brown. Top 2 large flour tortillas with the veg and 2tbsp each of salsa and grated reduced-fat cheese. Roll up and serve with salad and fat-free dressing.

Toast topped with spinach, avocado and poached egg

Egg Florentine - 515 cals

Top some lightly-steamed spinach with 2 poached eggs and 4tbsp grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese. Place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted and serve with a 10cm piece Granary stick.

Bean chilli in shallow pan

Vegetable chilli - 530 cals

Make a chilli using a spray oil, 1 small onion, 1 red pepper, ½ courgette, chilli powder, 1 small can tomatoes, 1 small can kidney beans, 1tbsp tomato puree and 150ml vegetable stock. Serve with 8tbsp cooked brown rice, 1tbsp soured cream and salad and fat-free dressing.

~ Snacks/Treats  ~

Around 100-200 calories

Stack of crispbreads

Crispbreads with Nutella - 122 cals

Two rye crispbreads thinly spread with 10g Nutella

Meringue nest with strawberries dusted in icing sugar

Healthy fruit pavlova - 100 cals

1 meringue nest filled with berries and 3tbsp low-fat natural yogurt.

Open packet of crisps

Crisps - 100-120 cals

1 small packet of low-fat crisps or savoury snacks.

Single serving of tzatziki with vegetable crudites

Tzatziki and crudités - 135 cals

½ small tub tzatziki with vegetable crudités.

Pitta filled with salad

Pitta and salad - 160 cals

1 wholemeal pitta bread with salad.

2 slices of toast topped with honey

Toast and honey - 109 cals

I medium slice of wholemeal or seeded bread, toasted, spread with 2 teaspoons of honey.

Fresh fruits in a bowl

Fruit salad and yogurt - 165 cals

Bowl of fruit salad with 1 pot low-fat natural yogurt.

Chunky vegetable soup in a bowl

Vegetable soup and toast - 175 cals

½ carton fresh vegetable soup and 1 slice wholegrain toast.

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds - 185 cals

2tbsp sunflower seeds.


Nuts - 195 cals

15 unsalted almonds.

Bowl of plain branflakes

Branflakes with milk - 225 cals

5tbsp branflakes with skimmed milk and 1 orange.

glass each of red, white and rose wine

Alcoholic drinks - 100 cals

150ml glass of dry white wine with soda water or red wine or 2 single measures (25ml) of spirits with diet or slimline mixers eg gin and slimline tonic or vodka and diet cola.

Lose Weight Vegetarian Style

A vegetarian balanced diet can be as good as a meat-based diet

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More Resources for Vegetarians:

The Vegetarian Society

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*WLR diet plans are designed to produce a healthy weight loss of 1-2lbs per week, based on UK Health Department estimates of average daily calorie needs for men and women in the UK. Of course, not everyone's needs are 'average', so predicted weight loss will differ from person to person. For a more accurate idea of how many calories you need as an individual, you can use the WLR tools free for 24 hours here

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