This 21 Day Fix Container Guide has everything you need to know (colors, foods, calories!) about your 21 Day Fix containers.
Hey, Fixers! Let me preface this guide a bit (because we’re jumping right in today!):
Recently in the 21 Day Fix support group that I co-host on FB (ok, so that makes me sound a bit like a game show host – You’ve just won a new lifestyle! – but you get the picture), a LOT of people have been asking how many calories/ fat / carbs / magic go into each container for the purposes of choosing store-bought products like bread and such. It’s also great information to have if you’re trying to turn your own recipe into containers and it uses something that maybe isn’t explicitly in the book (like flour, for example). So I offered to do the work of figuring it all out and to write a post about it, but I really struggled with whether or not to post this and let me tell you why.
The 21 Day Fix isn’t only about calories, but also fats and carbohydrates (macronutrients, if you will). Calories are not the end-all be-all of nutrition or weight loss, the same way the numbers on a scale don’t give you the whole picture on your health and fitness. I worried that having this info might prompt some of you to start counting calories (defeating the whole purpose and basically just making everything more complicated).
So please, please, please don’t start counting calories just because the calories are here. This program works because it’s SO much easier than that. I do hope, however, that this post will help you make good choices at the grocery store and even convert your own recipes into the 21 Day Fix masterpieces that would make Julia Child green with envy (Don’t roll your eyeballs at me, I totally have faith in you.).
Print this PDF and throw it up on the fridge for quick reference (PDF also includes container sizes!)
For a full updated list of approved foods, click here!
Ok, peeps. Here are all of your container deets:
♥ Green Container
- 1 Cup
- Calories: between 30 – 50 per serving; 40 calorie average
Foods include: tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli, onions, snow peas, zucchini, butternut squash, homemade salsa (1/2 cup!), vegetable broth (2 cups) etc..
Surprisingly excluded: corn (yellow), regular sweet peas (yellow), pumpkin puree (purple)
♥ Purple Container
- 1 Cup
- Calories: between 50 – 100 per serving; 75 calorie average
Foods include: cantelope, apples, bananas, pumpkin puree (2/3 cup), strawberries, unsweetened applesauce (3/4 cup), grapes, mango, etc..
♥ Red Container
- 3/4 Cup
- Calories: between 100 – 200 per serving; 145 calorie average
- Protein: 15 – 25 grams per serving; 21 grams of protein on average
- Fat: 2 -12 grams per serving; 6 grams of fat on average
Foods include: chicken, turkey, duck, fish, pork tenderloin, lean beef, shellfish, game, eggs, tofu, tempeh, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, etc…
Vegan note: in the new(ish) Vegan plan (found here) beans, lentils, edamame, peas and nonfat refried beans are also included.
♥ Yellow Container
- 1/2 Cup
- Calories: between 90 – 130 calories per serving; 115 calorie average
- Carbs: between 15 – 30 grams of carbs per serving; 22 carbs per serving on average
Foods include: Sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole grain pasta, quinoa, beans, lentils, sweet peas, corn, whole grains (such as barley, millet, etc.), whole grain bread, whole grain pancakes/waffles, etc..
Important flour note! 1/4 cup of whole grain flour or whole grain pastry flour is equal to 1 Yellow. Want more info on how to count homemade baked goods? I give a little lesson in my 21 Day Fix Cornbread post!
Another important note! Beachbody recently changed the yellow treat and beverage swaps – here is their info on that.
♥ Blue Container
- 1/3 Cup
- Calories: 100 – 160 calories per serving; 120 calories on average
- Fat: 8 – 16 grams of fat per serving; 10 grams on average
Foods include: avocado, nuts, hummus, canned coconut milk and cheese
♥ Orange Container
- 2 Tablespoons
- Calories: 50 – 150 calories per serving; 120 calorie average
- Fat: 4 – 16 grams of fat per serving; 10 grams on average
Foods include: salad dressings, olives, seeds, pine nuts, peanuts, unsweetened shredded coconut
- Calories: 32 – 40 calories per serving; 35 calorie average
- Fat: 3 – 5 grams of fat per serving; 4 grams on average