September 9, 2015 · 10:36 AM
Long time no post…I know, I know. Bad blogger!
The summer is a crazy time of year, as everyone knows. The kids are home, you sleep in (if you’re lucky), you move at a slower pace and there really isn’t much structure or a schedule to stick to. As a result, I didn’t have much time to write and tried to stayed focused on my nutrition and activity as best I could (I’ll do an post on what I’ve been up to shortly…I promise!)
Today, I wanted to share some revisions to the 21 Day Fix companion cookbook, FIXATE.
Myself, as well as all of my clients were filled with joyed when the announcement for this book was made. I ordered a copy as soon as it was available and I snagged a few copies while I was in Nashville for the annual Beachbody Coach Summit, to pass along to future clients. During the flight home I cracked it open and begin making a list of everything I was going to make when I got home and that’s when I realize something wasn’t right.
If you have been doing 21 Day Fix for awhile and are comfortable with the container system, you can tell by looking at a recipe roughly what the container counts should be and certain recipes just weren’t adding up. Thankfully, Autumn Calabrese (creator of 21 Day Fix) addressed the issue on message boards and they began answer questions regarding the container counts for the recipes in the book. Hence this post featuring FIXATE Cookbook revisions!
Below, is a .PDF revision for the book, so if you own it, be sure to save this, print it out or use it to manually change the container counts/colors in your FIXATE book.
Another great resource that Autumn supplied to us, was this video which explains WHY certain foods become counted as a purple or orange container, even though the food items is actually on the green or blue container list.
I hope these revisions and video help you on your 21 Day Fix journey! If you have any other questions about the cookbook and or the 21 Day Fix program, please feel free to ask them below! I have monthly support groups each month and would love to have you join my next one.
June 2, 2015 · 12:15 PM
Yesterday, the creator of the popular 21 Day Fix and 21 Day fix Extreme, announced her new FIXATE cookbook, which will be released this summer. It is going to feature 101 new Fix Approved recipes, complete with container counts.
I can’t tell you how stoked I am about this! If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know how much I have embraced this program and how much I love trying out new recipes!
The demand for 21 Day Fix approved recipes is insane. There are tons of recipes all over Pinterest and chances are, that’s how you found my blog. The program can be a little overwhelming and let’s face it, the first Fix didn’t really offer much in the recipe inspiration department, which can leave people who are not used to cooking feeling very overwhelmed.
Thankfully help from the creator is on the way!
Fixate will teach you how to make healthy, delicious meals that fit into your busy lifestyle. And every recipe includes container equivalents to use with 21 Day Fix, as well as nutritional information you can use with any Beachbody fitness program.
So what inspired Autumn to assemble this culinary masterpiece? Check out this Beachbody interview with Autumn to find out…
Autumn reached into her family history for inspiration. “My family was in the restaurant business, so I basically grew up in the kitchen,” she explains. “I was able to take my family’s recipes and make them healthier.”
“We took our time, tested the recipes and I love every single one of them,” she says with pride. “It’s not fancy cooking; there’s a variety of everyday go-to recipes and special recipes for special occasions.”
How many recipes are in the book, you ask? Try 101. Some were creations of a chef very close to Autumn’s heart: her brother. “That makes it even more sentimental for me,” she says.
Each of the recipes comes complete with detailed instructions, mouthwatering photos, nutritional information and container equivalents. What’s more, Autumn has added icons to each recipe that will let readers know if they are paleo, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian.
“This book is for everybody,” says Autumn. “You don’t have to be graduates of 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme. You also don’t have to be a chef or great in the kitchen. It’s for anyone who wants to make healthier versions of the foods they love.”
According to Autumn, “Everyone will use the book differently. For some, it will become their “go-to” cookbook they use every single day. Others may use it when they’re going to a special event like a barbeque or party.”
And in addition to all the amazing recipes, Autumn has also included a detailed checklist for her absolute must-have kitchen and pantry staples, as well as the basic utensils and tools that every cook needs.
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Inside Fixate you’ll find a section for every possible meal you can imagine: simple breakfasts, on-the-go lunches, sit down dinners, soups, salads, as well as healthy snacks like kale chips and protein bars.
Autumn insisted that all the “on-the-go” lunch recipes be easy and fast for working moms. “I based all of the lunches off leftovers from dinner and even breakfast,” she reveals. “I turned them into delicious, easy-to-make lunch recipes.” Autumn adds, “I also included a few of my favorite Shakeology recipes—even some Fix-approved skinny cocktails.”
And then there’s the desserts. “I have a big sweet tooth so I was really pleased with them,” she says. “I especially love the brownies (made with chick peas), peanut butter cookies and cake recipes, and the desserts are all gluten-free so absolutely everyone can enjoy them.”
As you can see, Fixate is going to be a really valuable tool for anyone following the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme or any other Beachbody program. Heck, the cookbook is going to be an amazing tool for anyone looking to clean up their diet, gain control of their portion sizes and just eat healthier!
Want a sneak peek? Click here to download 5 recipes from the book!
Make sure you keep an eye on this blog for updates about the book (I’ll be snagging an advanced copy of it in July) and you know I’ll be cooking up a storm and sharing my thoughts on it.
If you have been considering the 21 Day Fix, have questions about it and need someone to coach you through it, please feel free to contact me. There are some great specials on it this month and I’d love to help you see if it’s a good fit for you!