There are several effective diet plans out there, and one of the most exciting is the 21 Day Fix. The program is specially designed to help people lose weight through a mix of exercise, healthy eating, and portion control. And as with any diet, the main focus of this one is the food. Luckily, there are a wide range of 21 Day Fix recipes out there, and all of them can be delicious if you know what to make.
While it is easy to assume that dieting means eating bland or tasteless food, 21 Day is the exact opposite. Instead, rather than having to cut out delicious meals, you can eat many good, healthy snacks as long as you stick to a reasonable portion size.
A Range of Delicious Portions
There are many, many meals you can enjoy while going on the 21 Day Fix, and they range from hardy breakfasts to tasty snacks to scrumptious desserts.
Although putting together a diet plan can seem daunting, it’s quite simple if you know what recipes to follow. Most importantly, we’ll help lay out some of the best 21 Day Fix recipes that you can either incorporate into your already set plan or that you can use to get dieting right away.
1. Shrimp-stuffed avocados
A healthy-but-tasty snack, shrimp-stuffed avocados are a perfect way for people who want a burst of tropical flavor in their diet. And this recipe is easy, with three distinct parts: shrimp, avocado, and mango salsa.
For the shrimp, assemble:
- 1 pound of raw, peeled shrimp
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika.
Next, gather four to six ripe avocados that have been halved and pitted, as well as sea salt.
Finally, for the salsa, you need:
- 1 cup of fresh diced mango
- 1 seeded and chopped Fresno chili
- 1 chopped jalapeno
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Fresh, tropical, and savory
To assemble the dish, you first want to preheat a grill or pan to medium-high heat. During that time, mix your shrimp dry ingredients together. You can do this with a spoon, or you can shake them together in a bag. Then, coat the avocados with oil and gently sprinkle them with sea salt. Next, put them face-down onto your grill or pan and wait two minutes. Then flip them over and cook for two more minutes. When that time is up, set them on a plate out of the way.
Once the avocados are done, place the shrimp onto the cooking surface until they fully cook through. As the shrimp get their color, combine the salsa ingredients together in a single bowl so that they are fully mixed. Then, take the shrimp off the grill and stuff your avocados with a mix of the salsa and grilled shrimp. Finally, you can serve according to your desired portion.
2. Slow-cooker banana bread oatmeal
The above recipe is one of the heartier 21-Day fix recipes. In contrast, slow-cooker banana bread oatmeal is a lighter option that is also incredibly easy to make. Best of all, this mixture gives you the warm, rich taste of banana bread while helping you slim down and pumping you full of the nutrients you need to start your day.
The ingredients for this one are:
- 3 cups water
- 4 cups unsweetened almond milk, divided
- 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 6 Tbsp. chopped raw walnuts
- 1 cup dry steel-cut oats
- 6 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
Many of the recipes on this list are a bit involved, but this oatmeal is great because it is so easy to assemble.
Simply dump the water and one cup of the almond milk into a three-quart slow cooker along with the bananas, flaxseed, cinnamon, salt, oats, and nutmeg. Next, cover and let the mixture go to cook in your slow cooker for between six to eight hours. When it’s done, divide the oatmeal into servings and top each with maple syrup, walnuts, and the rest of the almond milk.
3. Lemon-Herb Salmon
Fish is a lean protein. That makes it fantastic for people who want to slim down. Though you can prepare the delicate meat in numerous ways, lemon-herb salmon is one of the most delicious recipes out there.
This recipe calls for:
- 2 cups water
- 1 medium eggplant
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 small onion
- 1 summer squash all cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2/3 cup farro
- 3 Tblsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
- 1 Tblsp. red-wine vinegar
- 2 tsp. honey
- 3 Tblsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 Tblsp. rinsed and chopped capers
- 1-1/4 pounds wild salmon divided into four portions
- 1 Tblsp. lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
Time to prepare
Once you have the above ingredients, position your oven racks so that they are in the upper and lower thirds of your oven. Then, preheat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and line two rimmed baking sheets with foil. Next, coat with cooking spray, and you’re ready to go.
Place the water and farro into a saucepan and bring them to a boil. Afterward, reduce the heat to low as soon as they get rolling and simmer until the farro becomes tender (roughly 30 minutes).
As that cooks, toss the eggplant, bell pepper, squash, onion, and tomatoes with the oil, a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a large bowl. Next, divide the vegetables onto the baking sheets and roast them in the oven until they brown (about 25 minutes).
When they finish cooking, return them to the bowl and top them with vinegar, capers, and honey.
The final part of this dish is the salmon. Next, coat your pieces with Italian seasoning, the remaining salt and pepper, and lemon zest. Then place the fish onto the baking sheets and let them cook for between 6 and 12 minutes. Once done, take them out and serve them with the vegetables and farro. Finally, you can garnish the dish with lemon wedges as well.
4. Tuna salad sandwich
It’s always great to have strong breakfast or dinner options when dieting, but there are plenty delicious 21 Day Fix recipes for lunch as well.
One such example is a tuna salad sandwich. Although many people may shy away from this dish, thinking tuna as bland or unoriginal, it can be incredibly tasty if you prepare it in the right way.
To create an exciting tuna blend, you need:
- 1 can of solid white tuna in water
- 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 chopped red onion
- 1/4 chopped celery stalk
- 1 tsp. chopped red bell pepper
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp.fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. capers
- 2 slices whole-grain bread
- 2 tomato slices
- 1 lettuce leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
However, note that you don’t need all of those ingredients. While they work together beautifully, everyone has different tastes. Most importantly, you should feel free to try different combinations and remove any additions to the tuna you don’t like.
Sandwiches and beyond
Creating this salad is as easy as you’d imagine. Simply combine the tuna with lemon juice, onion, bell pepper, celery, parsley, capers, pepper, and oil in a small bowl. Make sure everything is fully mixed and then spread it over one piece of bread. Finally, top that with your tomato slices and lettuce before finishing with the other piece.
That’s all you have to do for the sandwich, but there are a few other ways you can use this salad. Versatility is extremely important when it comes to any diet because it keeps your meals fresh, and tuna salad is no exception.
After you portion out the spread, you can do all sorts of things with it. You can make open-faced sandwiches, mix it in with raw vegetables, have it on its own, or even put it in pasta noodles.
How you eat it is up to you, but as long as you follow the 21 Day rules tuna salad will provide you with a tasty lunch whenever you want.
5. Turkey wraps
In the same vein as the tuna salad sandwich, crunchy turkey wraps are a fantastic way to enjoy healthy lunches. These perfectly portioned snacks are a great pick-me-up and keep you filled with fuel regardless if you eat them during the day or at night. They can also be used to supplement any cravings you might have, which makes them a great choice for when you first start dieting.
The ingredients for these wraps are:
- 4 romaine lettuce leaves
- 4 slices of smoked turkey
- 4 tablespoons soft goat cheese
- 4 avocado slices
- chopped red bell pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons of chopped walnuts (You can also use roast beef or chopped pecans if you wish.)
Adding Crunch to Your Diet
You will notice there are no tortillas with these wraps, and that is because to keep them as healthy as possible, the lettuce serves as the shell. First, top each leaf with a turkey slice and then spread that slice with about a tablespoon of goat cheese. Next, sprinkle a tablespoon of walnuts or pecans on the roll. Then, top it with a slice of avocado, as well as the chopped bell peppers.
As with the tuna salad, you can freely mix-and-match the wraps as you see fit. After all, some people may not like nuts, while others may not enjoy goat cheese. So, make sure you choose the healthy foods you enjoy the most.
So, don’t be afraid to experiment with 21 Day Fix recipes. For example, if you think something would taste good inside the wrap, try it out. You never know what great combination you might find.
6. Tropical chicken salad
No diet would be complete without a salad. There are many salads that slot right in with 21 Day, but few are as unique as tropical chicken. This incredibly refreshing snack combines sweet tropical fruit with the bite of chili powder and fresh pop of juicy chicken.
Rather than weighing you down like creamy dressings, this light salad is extremely minimal. That does not only make it good for shedding pounds; it also enables you to enjoy many different flavors in one dish.
To make this spicy dish you need:
- 2 Tblsp. 100 percent pineapple juice
- 1-1/2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tblsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 chopped and seeded Serrano chili
- 1/4 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt.
- 1/4 mango peeled and cubed
- 1/4 avocado
- 1/4 cup cubed fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup cubed jicama
- 3 cooked skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 12 chopped cilantro leaves.
Light, filling, and delicious
First, cut the chicken into pieces. Then, combine the pineapple juice, oil, vinegar, Serrano chili, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cumin together in a small bowl. Mix the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined and set them aside. Next, grab another slightly larger bowl and use it to combine the avocado, jicama, diced chicken, pineapple, and mango. Finally, cover the larger ingredients with dressing and gently toss them together. If desired, you can garnish it with cilantro.
This can be eaten right away, or you can make it and save it for later. However, if you want to save it, keep the dressing and salad separate until right before you eat.
7. Buffalo cauliflower bites with blue cheese sauce
Buffalo wings have an incredible amount of calories. So much so that they are not included in any diet. However, if you take that delicious sauce and drape it over cauliflower, you get a great 21 Day recipe that is both tasty and slimming.
This spin on the tailgate classic is a healthy alternative that comes with a flavor-packed buffalo sauce. So, this is a great way to get a flavor you love with none of the guilt. This dish calls for:
- 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
- 2 Tblsp. crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1 Tblsp. cornstarch
- 6 cups cauliflower florets.
- 2 tsp. ground chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. ground smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. olive oil
A new Buffalo twist
To start this recipe, preheat your over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, combine the yogurt and cheese together in a bowl to make the sauce and place it in the refrigerator.
Next, lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray and assemble the cauliflower so that it’s evenly spread across the surface. Season the florets with 1/4 teaspoon with salt and bake them until they are crisp (about 20 minutes).
As the cauliflower bakes, mix the hot sauce, vinegar, and cornstarch together in a medium saucepan. Whisk the combination until the cornstarch fully dissolves. Then add chili powder, garlic powder, maple syrup, onion powder, paprika, oil, and the last of the salt to the pan. Heat everything over medium heat and stir for about 10 minutes. Once your sauce is thick, set it aside.
Next, remove the cauliflower from the oven and pour the sauce over the florets. Then, make sure everything is fully coated and then pop them back in the oven for five more minutes. Serve them while hot with the sauce from the fridge. However, you can eat them on their own as well.
8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
Finally, we finish with dessert. Don’t assume that because you’re eating 21 Day Fix recipes, you can’t enjoy a tasty snack every once in a while. Thankfully, there are plenty of healthy sweets, and this chocolate peanut butter shake is one of them.
In fact, it is not only delicious, but it also helps you get extra servings of vegetables as well. And yes, that may sound odd, but you’ll never even notice that addition. This just tastes like the sweet, rich blend of chocolate and peanut butter you know and love.
A cool, creamy blend
The ingredients for this thick drink are:
- 16 ounces of ice
- 8 to 10 ounces water
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (any brand will do)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 handful of spinach.
First, collect those ingredients. Next, toss them into a blender and mix until they reach a shake-like consistency. This is one of the easiest recipes to make on this list, but it is also delicious. So, if you want a bit of sweet in your diet, this is the way to go.
Meals for Every Part of the Day
There are an endless number of healthy 21 Day Fix recipes out there. However, the above eight all give you ways to enjoy your diet without sacrificing taste. As you know, it may never easy to figure out what to cook while on a diet. However, the dishes in this guide will enable you to get more from your 21-Day.
So, what are your favorite 21 Day Fix recipes? Tell us about them in the comments.