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Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen Meal Plan

How to Eat for the Daily Dozen Meal Plan [Video]

Delicious and satiating Daily Dozen meal plan including food for an entire day. Enjoy healthy and tasty breakfasts, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks.

In order to know all about Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen checklist, go and check out my previous article. The latter explains all the healthy food categories, lists of foods to eat as well as recommended servings and portion sizes.

Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen Meal Plan Challenge

The Daily Dozen Meal Plan

My daily dozen meal plan is part of Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen Challenge and incorporates all those healthy plant foods in the recommended quantities. So, scroll down for breakfasts, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks, beverages, and exercise.

Should you be more of a visual person, feel free to watch the below video:


As I like to start my mornings light not to burden the digestive system, I had 2 medium pears as a first breakfast.

Nutritional value: 136 kcal.

Checked boxes: other fruits [2]

Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen meal plan Cauliflower Oatmeal
Low-Glycemic Cauliflower Oatmeal

My main breakfast was Low-Glycemic Cauliflower Oatmeal. The only thing I changed was that I used 20g (0.7oz) rolled oats + 30g (1.06oz) oat bran and 50g (1.8oz) berries (blueberries and cherries).

Nutritional value: 259 kcal.

Checked boxes: grains [1], cruciferous vegetables [1], flaxseeds [1], berries [1].

Why low glycemic breakfast? Go and read my thorough blog post on Low Glycemic Diet.

For more inspiration, read Guide to Low-Carb Porridges and Savoury Porridge Guide.

Alternatively, watch the entire 4-part series on how to make balanced porridges:

Daily Dozen Meal Plan Lunch

It’s worth mentioning that for easy and quick healthy lunches as well as dinners, I almost always prefer to compile a balanced Buddha bowl.

Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen meal plan Lunch Buddha Bowl

That being said, my lunch bowl consisted of:

  • 60g (2.1oz) Romaine lettuce
  • 50g (1.8oz) red bell pepper
  • 50g (1.8oz) white cabbage
  • 130g (4.6oz) chickpeas
  • half an avocado

The dressing:

  • 4 tbsps oat yogurt
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 1 tsp Indian spice mix
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Simply mix all the dressing ingredients together, pour on the bowl and enjoy! I love to stir everything well to enhance flavours.

Nutritional value: 384 kcal.

Checked boxes: greens [1], other vegetables [1], legumes [1], herbs and spices [1], other fruits [1].

Daily Dozen Meal Plan Dinner

As mentioned above, my dinner was made in Buddha bowl style as well. Only this time I also included a warm and comforting dish, i.e. my sweet potato and lentil stew.

Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen meal plan Dinner Buddha Bowl

The ingredients in my dinner bowl:

  • 40g (1.4oz) baby spinach
  • 20g (0.7oz) rocket
  • 1/10 of my sweet potato lentil stew
  • 50g (1.8oz) beetroot
  • 2g (0.07oz) dried wakame seaweed, rehydrate
  • Green onions

Furthermore, I sprinkled on some dehydrated sprouted buckwheat, just because I had some 🙂

Nutritional value: 253 kcal.

Checked boxes: greens [1], legumes [1], other vegetables [1].


Let’s move on to my daily dozen meal plan dessert. Since I’m literally in love with raw buckwheat and its versatility, the dessert is mainly made of this heavenly pseudo-grain.

Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen meal plan Dessert

The Ingredients:

  • 50g (1.8oz) raw buckwheat
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seeds
  • 50g (1.8oz) oat yogurt
  • 4 tbsps applesauce
  • 1 tbsp mesquite powder
  • 2 tbsps raspberries
  • 70g (2.5oz) mango
  • 20g (0.7oz) goji berries

Soak buckwheat for at least 6 hours, then drain and rinse. Simply process all the ingredients in a blender or use an immersion blender.

Nutritional value: 416 kcal.

Checked boxes: grains [1], nuts and seeds [1].

Check out how I make a similar recipe in my video 5 Nutritious Methods to Make Porridge.

Here are more recipes using raw buckwheat:

Daily Dozen Meal Plan Snacks

The first snack that I had between breakfast and lunch was 2 Brazil nuts equaling 63 kcal.

It’s noteworthy, that I have at least 2 Brazil nuts every day to meet the recommended daily allowance of selenium.

Savoury vegan sorghum muffins that make a perfect healthy breakfast or snack requiring only 5 ingredients.
Savoury Sorghum Muffins

Then, between lunch and dinner I snacked on one savoury sorghum muffin and 4 low-fat bliss balls.

I created the recipe for those savoury sorghum muffins in January this year and with my hand on my heart, I can say that I’ve been having at least one muffin daily since then. They are simply so delicious!

My low-fat bliss balls are made of healthy ingredients and no refined sugar. I simply love this recipe because it’s perfect for healthy snacking, rich in minerals and vitamins, and above all super easy to make. What a great way to eat beans, right!

Healthy low-fat no dates chocolate bliss balls that make a great plant-based energy boosting sweet treat. Those energy balls are refined sugar free, oil-free and gluten-free.
Low-Fat Chocolate Bliss Balls

Nutritional value: 523 kcal

Checked boxes: grains [1], legumes [1].


Throughout the day I drank lemon water, regular water, green tea, and ginger tea.

More precisely I had 2 glasses of lemon water first thing in the morning, a cup of green tea between breakfast and lunch, ended my day with ginger tea and had several more glasses of water during the day.

Checked boxes: beverages [5].


On this particular day I went on a 24-km (90-minute) bike ride, which counts for the daily serving of exercise.

Checked boxes: exercise [1].

However, on other days I might walk 10,000 steps and do a really short 10-minute yoga session.

Total calories: 2035

Remember, calories are not as simple as they seem. Did you know that whole nuts may have 30% fewer calories than you’d expect? It’s because in case of whole nuts the oil is trapped inside unchewed fragments whereas in nut butters all the oil is readily available and absorbed. Even raw versus roasted almonds makes a difference, that is you get about 10% more calories eating roasted almonds as opposed to raw. Read all about it from Dr. Greger’s How Not to Diet.

According to one of the energy calculators my recommended daily intake would be about 2074 kcal. So that leaves room for another small snack like dark chocolate, which I actually had, but didn’t document 🙂

The Scientific Meal Planner

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  • Combine as many recipes as you like to compile your meal plan.
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  1. Hi. Nice post, but not what I was looking for when entering my search string. Not much for this day is of interest or doable for me. Too complicated, uncommon ingredients, too much time in the kitchen, etc. I realize it’s difficult to try to do the daily dozen–every day–along with other foods we need, and especially to keep it simple enough that half a day in the kitchen is not required. I can put together a menu for one day, using “every day” foods, but that’s about it. I’ll keep searching. Nice website.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to share your recipes. Iam very grateful

  3. The recipes look really nice but it’s interesting that you’re getting more calories from your snacks and desserts than your “meals”, with the afternoon “snack” really the heaviest meal of the day.

    I have a similar eating pattern, but the problem is one’s stomach is never really empty, especially if you add 8 cups liquid into the mix (and notice in your regiment above you would be dehydrated on 5 cups of liquid especially with 90 mins of cycling).

    In my case, there’s a psychological component, a fear of “unhealthy” foods, which causes me to eat in moderation as I try to avoid the dangers, but also squeeze in those healthy items which are low density. But inevitably I have to gorge on calorie dense snacks and desserts.

    When I see someone add cauliflower to oatmeal it makes me wonder about their eating mindset too. Unless you really love cauliflower 🙂

    • Everyone can divide the meals as best for them. For example, one could eat the main meals and snacks as one mealtime.

      What’s there not to love about cauliflower! 😊 So delicious.

  4. Thank you, this is very helpful! I’m just learning how to eat this way and really need the inspiration and guidance. This peek into your food day is just what I needed.

  5. Thank you, Nele. This is just what I needed to get motivated/started eating the Daily Dozen. If you had not made the effort to share, I would still be wondering how to start.

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