Easy 2000 Calorie High Protein Meal Plan!

Figuring out your macros, cooking, and cleaning up can be a lot of work. 

Knowing where to start with meal planning is hard, especially if you’re trying to hit a specific macronutrient goal like protein or carbs.

This high-protein 2000-calorie meal plan takes the guesswork out of cooking, cleaning, and meal planning. 

With three different days of recipes that provide 2000 calories and 175 grams of protein, this plan makes it easy for you to hit your target macros each day.

About this 2000-calorie meal plan:

This plan outlines three sample days of eating at 2000 calories. Each day includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks.

Not only will we cover the ingredients and recipes, but we will also provide the macros for each meal so that you can easily track your intake.


This meal plan provides 2000 calories, of which 35%, 35%, and 30% are dedicated to protein, carbohydrates, and fat. 

  • Percentage of calories from protein 35 %
  • Percentage of calories from carbohydrates 35%
  • Percentage of calories from dietary fat 30%


This 2000-calorie meal plan provides 35% of the daily caloric intake in the form of protein. This meal plan provides 175 grams of protein which is 700 calories from protein

  • Percentage of calories: 35% Protein 
  • Number of calories: 700 calories 
  • Number of grams: 175 grams of protein


This 2000-calorie meal plan provides 35% of the daily caloric intake in the form of carbohydrates. This meal plan provides 175 grams of carbohydrates which is 700 calories from carbohydrates.

  • Percentage of calories: 35% carbohydrate 
  • Number of calories: 595 calories 
  • Number of grams: 175 grams of carbohydrate


This 2000-calorie meal plan provides 30% of the daily caloric intake in the form of dietary fat. This meal plan provides 67 grams of fat which is 600 calories from fat. 

  • Percentage of calories: 30% fats 
  • Number of calories: 600 calories 
  • Number of grams: 67 grams of fat


Is an important part of any diet. As general guidance for fiber intake, women should strive for 21-26 grams per day, and men should shoot for 31-38 grams per day. 

This 2000-calorie meal plan, on average, provides 38 grams of fiber per day.

It is important to note that while I am a dietitian, I am not your dietitian. Please speak to your doctor or another registered dietitian to identify how many calories, grams of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber you need per day. 

Tracking Macros 

If you’re looking for a better handle on your nutrition and want to start tracking your macros, I recommend using the Cronometer app. I developed this 2000-calorie meal plan using the app, which makes tracking your macros a breeze. 

The app is free to download and use, and it’s a great way to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. Plus, it can help you stick to your calorie goals. So if you’re serious about eating healthy and achieving your fitness goals, give Cronometer a try.

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Day One:

2000 calorie meal plan

Breakfast: Chocolate Baked Oats


  • 1/2 Cup of oatmeal
  • 1/4 Cup Fage, Total 2% Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup Fairlife, Fat-Free Ultra-Filtered Milk
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 scoop Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, Ground
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 ounce Milk Chocolate Chips 


  • Preheat oven to 375F. Next, add all ingredients into the blender and blend for 1 minute. I find it easiest to use a personal blender like the ninja…
  • You can either bake this batter in 2-3 small ramekins or pour it into a large 9×13 casserole dish. I like to make little personal-sized Chocolate Baked Oats because then I don’t have to share.
  • Top with chocolate chips and bake for 25-30 min. 
  • Enjoy Warm!


Calorie and Macros For: Chocolate Baked Oats

See the full Chocolate Baked Oats Recipe.

Snacks: Greek Yogurt, Apple, and String Cheese


  • 1 container of Greek Yogurt
  • 1 medium Apple
  • 1 oz String Cheese – Low-fat

Nutrition Facts

Calorie and Macros For: Greek Yogurt, Apple, and String Cheese

Lunch: Tex-Mex Chopped Chicken Salad


  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
  • 1/3 cup Black Beans, Canned, Drained
  • 1/3 cup Corn, Canned, Drained
  • 3 oz Rotisserie Chicken
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Diced
  • 1/2 tbsp Jalapeno Diced
  • 2 tbsp Onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ranch Dressing
  • 1 tbsp Salsa, Ready-to-Serve
  • 1 oz Mild Cheddar Shredded Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Tortilla Strips


  1. Start by chopping and preparing the lettuce, tomato, and jalapeno onion, and drain the black beans and corn. Set these ingredients aside. 
  2. Next, shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. I like to use rotisserie chicken to make this salad easier and quicker, but you can certainly cook your chicken breasts if you prefer.
  3. Mix the prepared lettuce, black beans, corn, chicken, tomato, and jalapeno in a large bowl.
  4. To make the dressing, whisk together 1 tbsp each of ranch dressing and salsa. If you want a little more heat in your salad, add more salsa to taste. 
  5. Pour the prepared dressing over the salad and mix everything until coated. 
  6. Top with tortilla chips and shredded cheese. 

Nutrition Facts

Ingredients and Nutritionals for one serving of the Tex-Mex Chopped Salad 

46539 g 36 g20 g10 g
Calorie and Macros For: Tex-Mex Chopped Chicken Salad

Snacks: Rx Bar and Hard Boiled Egg


  • Rx Bar – Any flavor
  • One Hard-boiled egg

Nutrition Facts

27818 g 19 g14 g5 g
Calorie and Macros For: RX Bar and Hard Boiled Egg

Dinner: 4-ingredient Crockpot Chicken Tacos


  • 2 lb. Chicken Breast  
  • 10 oz Chicken Broth
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes and jalapenos
  • 1 packet of Taco seasoning


  1. In a large crock pot. Add chicken breast, broth, canned tomatoes, green chilis, and taco seasoning.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. 
  2. Once the chicken is cooked and easily shredded, please remove it from the crock pot and place it on a cutting board. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken. 
  3. Serve immediately in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or over rice. 

Nutrition Facts

The nutrition information is based on ~170 grams of shredded chicken and three 6″ corn tortillas, served with 1 tbsp cheese and salsa.

43949 g 35 g11 g5 g
Calorie and Macros For: 4-Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Day Two: 

2000 calorie meal plan

Breakfast: Meal Prep Breakfast Burritos


  • Eggs 10 eggs (500.0 g)
  • Egg Whites 25oz (708.7 g)
  • Onion 1.5cup (291.2 g)
  • Red Bell Peppers 1.5cup, chopped (223.5 g)
  • Green Chili 10oz (283.5 g)
  • Applegate Organics, Turkey Bacon 10 Slice (280.0 g)
  • Sweet Potato, Baked 2 medium – 2″ diameter x 5″ (300.0 g)
  • Olé, Extreme Wellness Tortillas(45.0 g)
  • Mexican Cheese Blend, Shredded 3oz (85.0 g)


  1. In a large pan, heat and spray with nonstick spray. Add the eggs, egg whites, onion, bell peppers, and chili sauce. Cook on medium-high heat until the eggs are scrambled and the veggies are cooked to your preference.
  2. Cook turkey bacon in a separate pan.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Wrap each burrito by adding 1/6 of the egg mixture to the tortilla and 1/2 tablespoon of Mexican blend shredded cheese. 
  5. Wrap the burritos in foil and refrigerate them for 3-5 days.
  6. When ready to eat, reheat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes until warm.
  7. Enjoy!


If you are not going to eat the breakfast burritos right away, you can store them in the fridge for 3-5 days. 

To reheat, microwave them for 2-3 minutes or warm them up in a toaster oven. 

To freeze, wrap each burrito individually in foil and place them in a freezer bag. When ready to eat them, remove them from the freezer and thaw them overnight in the fridge. Then reheat as directed above.

Nutrition Facts

49045 g 38 g18 g8 g
Calorie and Macros For: Meal prep breakfast burritos

Snacks: High Protein Cereal 


  • 3/4 cup of magic spoon cereal
  • 1 cup of FairLife Fat-free milk

Nutrition Facts

25828 g 19 g11 g2 g
Calorie and Macros For: High Protein Cereal

Lunch: Turkey Avocado Sandwich


  • 3 slices Sliced Turkey Breast ~83 g  
  • 2 slices Dave’s Killer Bread, Organic, 21 Whole Grain and Seeds  
  • 2 slices Tomato, Red, Raw
  • 1 leaf of Lettuce
  • 1 tbsp Mayo with Olive Oil, Reduced Fat
  • 2 slice Turkey Bacon
  • 1/4 sliced Avocado


  1. Assemble the sandwiches by adding a layer of turkey, avocado, bacon, and cheese to each slice of bread.
  2. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

48740 g 55 g15 g14 g
Calorie and Macros For: Turkey Avocado Sandwich

Snacks: Cottage Cottage Cheese and Almonds 


  • 1 cup of low-fat 1% cottage cheese
  • 25 grams of sliced almonds  

Nutrition Facts

30433 g 8 g15 g3 g
Calorie and Macros For: Cottage Cheese and Almonds

Dinner: BBQ Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner


  • 1 lb. Chicken Breast
  • 3 medium Sweet Potato  
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil 
  • 2 cups Broccoli
  • 4 tbsp BBQ Sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan, then add your chicken breast.
  3. Start boiling your chicken breasts for 3-4 minutes or just golden brown on each side.
  4. Meanwhile, dice your sweet potatoes and chop your broccoli. 
  5. Remove the sheet pan from the oven and add your sweet potato olive oil, salt, and pepper. Return the pan to the oven and roast until potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes.
  6. After the potatoes have cooked for 20 minutes, add your broccoli to the pan and cook for 5-10 min. 
  7. Remove the pan from the oven, drizzle BBQ sauce across the chicken and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

44640 g 45 g13 g7 g
Calorie and Macros For: Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Dinner

Day Three:

2000 calorie meal plan

Breakfast: Strawberry Blackberry Banana Smoothie 


  • 1/2 of a medium banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blackberries
  • 1/3 cup of greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 scope of protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds  


  1. Add blackberries, bananas, and strawberries to the blender.
  2. Add low-fat milk to the blender.
  3. Add Greek yogurt, protein powder, and chia seeds to the blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Blend until smooth
  5. Pour the smoothie into a glass and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

50148 g 64 g8 g16 g

Read more about the Blackberry Banana Strawberry Smoothie recipe. 

Snacks: Protein Bar and Almonds


  • No Cow protein bar
  • 1 oz of almonds

Nutrition Facts

35426 g 32 g19 g20 g
Calorie and Macros For: Protein Bar and Almonds

Lunch: Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt


  • 3 oz Shredded Chicken Breast  
  • One Ciabatta Bread – cut in half  
  • 1/4 Avocado – sliced
  • 1 slice of Gouda Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Light Chipotle Mayo
  • 1/2 oz Fire-Roasted Red Pepper


  1. Cook chicken breast and shred. Season with chipotle seasoning. – You can also use rotisserie chicken or the shredded 4-ingredient Crockpot Chicken
  2. Slice avocado, peppers, and toast bread.
  3. Assemble the sandwich and enjoy. 

Nutrition Facts

51534 g 30 g25 g4 g
Calorie and Macros For: Chipotle Chicken Melt

Snacks: String Cheese and Roasted Edamame 


  • 1 oz String Cheese
  • 1/3 cup of Roasted Edamame

Nutrition Facts 

20323 g 10 g9 g6 g
Calorie and Macros For: String Cheese and Roasted Edamame

Dinner: Cod Sheet Pan Dinner


  • 6 – 3 oz fillets of Cod
  • 2 large Sweet Potato
  • 2 cups of Broccoli
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice from one lemon
  • Dash of Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • Dash of Salt
  • Black Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into small bite-sized pieces 
  3. On a sheet pan, place parchment paper and add cod fillets and sweet potatoes. 
  4. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, lemon pepper seasoning, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. 
  5. Pour mixture over cod fillets 
  6. Bake for 15 minutes 
  7. Add broccoli to a sheet pan and bake for an additional 10 minutes 
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

44034 g 46 g15 g10 g
Calorie and Macros For: Cod Sheet Pan Dinner

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can you lose weight on 2000 calories daily?

You can lose weight by eating 2000 calories daily, but it depends on other factors like your activity level and body size.

How much weight can you lose eating 2000 calories a day?

To lose weight, you must eat fewer calories than you burn. A daily caloric deficit of 500 calories can result in 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week. You would have to use more than 2500 calories daily to achieve this. 

What should I eat to get 2000 calories a day?

The USDA recommends that, when consuming 2000 calories daily, an individual focus on eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and dairy. It would help if you aimed to consume foods from all five food groups at each meal.

Is 2000 calories a day a lot?

2000 calories per day are the average amount of calories for an adult to consume in a day. Depending on age, gender, activity level, and body size, some people may require more or fewer calories than this. 

Can a man lose weight on 2000 calories a day?

According to the NHS, on average, men need about 2500 calories daily, so a man could lose weight by consuming 2000 calories daily.

How can I lose weight eating 2000 calories a day?

If you wish to lose weight while consuming 2000 calories daily, you must create a calorie deficit. This means you will need to burn more calories than you consume (>2000 calories). 


This 2000-calorie meal plan takes the guesswork out of dieting and provides healthy, satisfying meals.

With three different days of recipes, each includes instructions, ingredients (with links), calories, and macros.  

You’ll know exactly what to eat daily to reach your fitness goals, whether that’s weight loss, muscle gain, or improving your overall health. 

2000 calories a day may be more than you need, but this meal plan can easily be adjusted by adding or removing snacks and adjusting portion sizes. And if you have any questions, our team of Registered Dietitians is here to help! 


Remember: this post is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Always check with your own physician or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here.

Noah Quezada is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist located in Denver, Colorado. Over the course of more than a decade, he has gained extensive experience in helping clients manage their weight through in-person sessions. Noah is also the 2023 President of the Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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