When you first start out on the 21 Day Fix, figuring out which foods and how much of them you can eat can take some getting used to. However, the program is ultimately pretty simple to follow once you get the hang of it. These tips and links should help you get organized in planning and tracking your meals.
How to Track Food for 21 Day Fix
- Read the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan book that came with your 21 Day Fix so you thoroughly understand the concept behind the program
- Become accustomed to what’s on the 21 Day Fix approved foods list (foods at the top of the list are better for you. Foods towards the bottom are still approved, but aren’t quite as good)
- Figure out your calorie bracket you’ll be following while on the 21 Day Fix (page 4 of the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan book)
- Once you know your calorie bracket, you’ll see how many containers of each color you’re allowed each day
- An explanation of how to tally your meals appears on pages 82-84 of the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan book. You can also print our 21 Day Fix tally sheets to track what you’ve eaten each day or check out some of the other creative ways to track your servings
- Now you’re ready to plan your meals…
Meal Planning for 21-Day Fix
- Think of 21 Day Fix approved foods you can cook ahead of time to either freezer, containerize, or eat later
- Get inspired by recipes that look good! Check out pages 44-69 of the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan book for simple recipes along with corresponding container counts.
- Want it to be really easy? Pages 73-75 in the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan book outline three days of eating plans that take the guesswork out of meal planning.
- We’ve also got dozens of ideas for you here: 21 Day Fix Meal Plans. Also, view some of our Clean Eating Meal Plans and Clean Eating Recipes for inspiration.
- You can adapt your own favorite recipes for clean eating, using the 21 Day Fix approved foods. Here are some clean eating substitutions
- Create your shopping list (my view go-to 21 Day Fix Shopping List)
Prepping Your 21 Day Fix Meals
- Sunday afternoon/evening is a great time for meal prep. Simple lunches you can take to work can include a chicken breast or fish, steamed veggies and brown rice/quinoa or some other whole grain
- Containerize! I love divided containers you can use to prepare multiple meals at once
- Mason jars are also great for meal prep – check out this Mason Jar Salad idea
- Get your 21-Day Fix Snacks ready. Corresponding colored baggies can be found at Target and Walmart.
- Not sure how to count your meals? Page 70-71 in the Eating Plan book is my go-to resource for learning how to calculate mixed foods.
MORE Resources for 21 Day Fix Menu Inspiration:
- Check out our list of 21-Day Fix Foods Available Online
- Join our 21 Day Fix Recipes Facebook Group
Some of the tips from my challengers:
- One of my challengers took the 21 Day Fix Foods List with her to the grocery store and bought all the foods she thought she would and enjoy and eat during the week. Because she had these foods on hand, she was stocked with everything she needed and had inspiration to base her meals off of these “approved” 21 Day Fix foods. Here is my favorite 21 Day Fix Grocery List.
- It’s great to prep entire meals ahead of time. Simply doing a grilled chicken or fish along with veggies and a whole grain creates a balanced meal and can be prepped a day ahead of time, and/or frozen for later.
Want to make meal planning for the 21 Day Fix even easier? Join my upcoming challenge group! I will help answer all your questions and our challengers will provide inspiration for recipes, meals and menu plans.