Easily calculate and create meal patterns based on estimated nutritional needs using several calculations provided (Mifflin, bariatric kcal/kg IBW, weight loss/maintenance calculator, and more). The estimated nutrient needs/meal pattern calculator is an excel document with five worksheet tabs:

  • Client Profile – displays client information on one page with estimated nutritional goals, notes for fitness/physical activity, and heart rate goals – I use empty space for adding my website, links to the dispensary, etc.
  • Calculator  – input client information needed to utilize the calculators provided to estimate nutrient needs. 
  • Meal Pattern Builder – utilize the estimated nutrient needs calculated to build a meal pattern custom to each patient/client. Provided USDA Food Patterns Recommended Daily Amounts for Each Food Group chart for reference. 
  • Progress – reference charts to determine client progress
  • Body Fat % Calculator 

This tool was created for easy, efficient planning and to use with Meal Pattern Brochure Template to provide education to patients/clients. 

Also included:

  • Meal Pattern Builder Worksheet (Xcel) – this is a 5-day planner to help educate clients/patients on the step-by-step process of how to build a meal following their custom meal pattern utilizing the “Choose Your Foods” List. This excel document has a summary of daily nutrients (meal pattern choices), built-in serving size drop-down menus for each food group, and 5-days worth of planning. All you have to do is teach your client/patient how to use the worksheet to build meals they enjoy. 
  • Example 5-Day Meal Plan and Patterns (PDF) – 9 pages examples of 1600, 1800, 2000, 2200, 2500, 2700, and 3200 calorie meal patterns w/ example 5-day meals.
  • Nutrition Meal Pattern Trifold (PDF) – 2-page front and back trifold brochure (blank) to write in the custom meal pattern for your patients/clients. An editable version is available for purchase as a separate item/product. 
  • FREE Choose Your Foods (PDF) – 35 pages;  visit EatRight.org to purchase booklets (if needed). I love the booklets for patients to give them something tangible.
  • FREE Strength Workout Template

This is a great alternative to meal planning, it is simple, effective, and provides the structure needed to help clients/patients learn about nutrition and what/how much to eat daily. We know meal plans take HOURS and HOURS of time. Allow this simple tool to work in your favor to provide a pattern and let your client/patients choose their own foods. 



Terms and Conditions

This document is to be used as a tool in nutrition counselling or nutrition groups. The content is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Users are encouraged to advise their clients to always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner for questions about their health or nutritional requirements. The author is not responsible for errors, omissions or individual usage. All materials are protected under copyright and are only intended for use by the sole individual or entity who purchased the resource.

License: You may not share, sell or distribute these files to others. Printed files are permitted for use with clients in individual or group sessions only. By purchasing and using this file, you agree to include copyright information on all pages. You may not remove copyright information.

© 2022 Lauren Kern, MS, RD, LD. Lauren Kern, MS, RD, LD maintains all rights to the designs and files.

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