Learning how to calculate container counts for the 21 Day Fix can seem very intimidating at first, but making recipes fit into 21 Day Fix containers is actually very easy. The 21 Day Fix eating plan teaches you how to use portion control for weight loss without counting calories.
Learning how to count containers for the Fix is pretty straightforward until you start making recipes like soups, stews, casseroles, and chili, and where several foods from the approved food list are mixed. It’s important to remember that recipes like these are never exact, and that is okay.
What are the 21 Day Fix container sizes?
The first step of counting containers in a fixed recipe is knowing how much of one type of food fits in each color coded container so you can accurately count them.
- Green (vegetables): 1 cup
- Red (protein) 3/4 cup
- Yellow (carbohydrates) 1/2 cup
- Purple (fruit) 1 cup
- Blue (healthy fats) 1/3 cup
- Orange (seeds and dressings) 2 tbsp
- Teaspoons (oils and nut butters) 1 tsp
Is it 21 Day Fix approved?
Next, you will need to make sure all of your ingredients are on the approved 21 Day Fix food list. Simple swaps like brown rice for white rice, whole wheat pasta for plain, and olive oil for vegetable oil can Fix a recipe quickly.
Be sure and double check your specific program because the 21 Day Fix program, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and 80 Day Obsession all have slight variations on the approved list.
Let’s learn How to Calculate Container Counts for the 21 Day Fix
In the picture below I have used my Easy Fajita Breakfast Casserole Recipe to show you just how easy it is. We start by adding all of the ingredients from each containers together.
- 1/2 cup onion (1/2 green) + 1 1/2 cup bell peppers (1 1/2 greens) = 2 Green containers for the entire recipe.
- 1 tablespoon of olive = 3 teaspoons for the entire recipe
- 4 eggs = 2 reds for the entire recipe
Now you will figure out the container count by dividing each container total by the number of servings. This recipe is 2 servings, so you will divide each container total by 2.
- 2 greens/2 servings = 1 Green Container per serving
- 3 teaspoons/2 servings = 1 1/2 teaspoons per serving
- 2 reds/2 servings = 1 red per serving
Your final total is 1 Green, 1 Red, and 1 1/2 teaspoon per serving.
Still struggling to understand?
That’s ok–I need to see things in action. While this video is long, it goes through each step of how to count containers for the Ultimate Portion Fix.
If you’re more if a visual learner like I am, check out this video where I break down my 21 Day Fix Goulash.
21 Day Fix Meal Plan Options
If this is too much right now–maybe you’re on your first round of the Fix–use one of these easy and free 21 Day Fix meal plans instead.
I have several meal plans with the containers already figured for you, just click your calorie bracket below.
- 21 Day Fix Meal Plan A | Eating Plan A 1,200-1,499 Calories
- 21 Day Fix Meal Plan B | Eating Plan B 1,500 – 1,799 Calories
- 21 Day Fix Meal Plan C | 1,800 – 2,099 Calories Per Day
- 21 Day Fix Meal Plan D | Meal Plan 2,100 – 2,299 Calories
- 21 Day Fix Meal Plan E | 2,300 – 2,499 Calories Meal Plan
- 21 Day Fix Meal Plan F | 2,500 – 2,800 Calories Meal Plan
Where can I get 21 Day Fix recipes with container counts?
If converting your own recipes isn’t your thing check out some of my favorite recipes below (they already have counts).
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