“How can I eat according to the 21 Day Fix meal plan without having to cook separate meals for myself and my family?” “What foods can I eat?” “I have no idea what to make for dinner!”
These are things that I hear often from my challengers who are trying to follow their plan with the 21 Day Fix, as well as from some friends who just want to try to eat healthier foods. But what about the husband and the kids? What do they eat? Easy…I’ll show you how I do it.
Honestly, you can continue eating most of the same foods you already eat, or at least cooking many of the same dinners that your family enjoys. As I have shown in my previous post on how to meal plan for the Fix, I always plan my dinners first. Those are the most complicated because that is the meal each day when our family all eats the same thing. I don’t enjoy eating a salad every night, and I am certainly not going to cook multiple meals for my family, so I just cook something that I know everyone is going to enjoy.
Some of our typical meals before I started following the 21 Day Fix were:
- burgers and homemade fries
- tacos, burritos, or fajitas
- brinner (breakfast for dinner)
- fish tacos
- barbecue pork
- buffalo chicken
- grilled steak and potatoes
- hot dogs or sausage and macaroni and cheese (that’s a bad one, haha!)
And honestly, we still eat most of these meals now! The only thing I do differently is clean up some of my recipes. I use fresh ingredients and lean meats. I usually forego the bun or tortilla with burgers and tacos, but my family eats them if they want. I typically opt out of cheese and any sauces that contain sugar. I make my own spaghetti sauce and use whole wheat noodles. Even pizza can be a fun meal at home — just use pita bread or some other type of crust and everyone can make their own individual pizza! The only meal I have cut out is the hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. Oh and did we LOVE to eat that. On rare occasion, I’ll let the kids have Applegate hot dogs and Annie’s organic mac and cheese, but that’s usually a weekend treat. I use that time to either eat leftovers or make myself a salad.
We have also discovered some new meals we enjoy, and surprisingly my kids have adapted to eating “healthier” style foods! Baked chicken or fish, sweet potato fries, roasted broccoli, kale chips, sliced berries on whole wheat pancakes (and minimal real maple syrup needed, if at all!), even a Cobb salad is a family favorite.
What are your favorite family meals on the Fix? Or what are your favorite family meals, and you want to know how to incorporate them into your Fix plan? Drop a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to help you clean it up and work it into your plan! 😉