Today I want to talk meal planning for the 21 Day Fix. I think that this is one of the hardest areas of the program - and one of the most necessary. Planning really makes it possible, as the containers can be a tricky balance. It's not easy, especially at first, to figure out how to divide it all up. But as I got used to the routine, it became easier, and I've got some tips to help you out!
* Find a meal plan template that works for your style. I am a computer geek, so I made a spreadsheet. There are some great printables out there if you're more the handwriting type - Pinterest is full of them!
* Start by filling out your meal plan with anything you repeat regularly, like Shakeology for breakfast.
* Go for the dinners next - this is likely the area you will want to have the most variety, especially if you eat with others, so this will make sure you account for those containers right away.
* Plan some dinners that have leftovers and work those into the lunches - I like to vary my weekday lunches between leftover meals to reheat and green salads with chicken or other leftover proteins.
* After that, look at the containers you have left and fill in the remaining as your snacks or breakfast.
It made my life a lot easier to have a fair amount of repetition in the breakfast and snacks after all that other meal planning effort. My go-to's are Shakeology, fresh fruit/raw veggies, Boar's Head low sodium deli turkey, and peanut butter with crackers or a slice of bread. Anything portable and easy to prep/pack for work!
If you want some ideas for recipes, check out my recent blog posts for some that I've come up with - the Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini is especially popular! Pinterest is also a fantastic resource for some 21 Day Fix food inspiration, and of course Autumn's new Fixate cookbook is full of great 21 day fix approved recipes!
What have you found that works for you?