I get a lot of clients that message me after they purchase the 21 Day Fix and say they are having trouble figuring out the portion control containers that their program came with. The 21 Day Fix is meant to keep eating simple, so I thought I would share some tips on how to use the containers properly so you can meal plan with ease and also see better results!
First, let’s talk about each container…
There are 6 colours corresponding to 6 different types of foods.
The green container is for vegetables. These can be cooked or raw, sliced or diced. Some examples include Romaine lettuce, spinach, squash, bell peppers, and mushrooms. If you’re making a salad with lettuce, go ahead and squash that lettuce in there for a voluminous salad.
The purple container is for fruits. Berries, cherries, and grapes can easily fit right into the container, no chopping necessary. But larger fruits like watermelon need to be chopped into bite sized pieces and then put in the container.
The red container is for protein. Fill this container with chicken, fish, lean red meat, eggs, Greek yogurt, tofu, etc. There is a long list of proteins in the 21 Day Fix Guidebook, so pick and choose your favorites.
The yellow container is for carbs and starches. This container is for foods such as yams, rice, beans, and whole-grain pasta. For foods that don’t fit into the container, like a tortilla or piece of bread, check your 21 Day Fix Guidebook to determine the correct portion size.
The blue container is for healthy fats. I like to put nuts, cheese, mashed avocado, or hummus in my blue container.
The orange container is for seeds and dressings. This container is the smallest, and is used for calorie-dense foods such as salad dressings, coconut, and seeds. There are a bunch of 21 Day Fix approved salad dressing recipes in the guidebook, so definitely check them out. You can make them ahead of time in a jar and store them in the fridge for a few days.
The tsp is for oils and butters. A teaspoon is not provided with your containers, so you’ll have to use your own. It’s used for yummy things like nut butters and coconut oil!