Yes, you can enjoy the holidays without sacrificing your fitness goals. We’re not talking about gnawing on a celery stick while everyone else enjoys three-course meals, and we’re not suggesting you sip sparkling water while everyone else ties one on at the holiday party. We’re here to help you achieve balance, and that includes eating delicious, vibrant food and indulging in a cocktail if you desire. Let Beachbody Super Trainer and 21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese and her brother chef Bobby Calabrese teach you the easy way to make perfectly portioned gourmet holiday recipes on FIXATE, the exclusive Beachbody On Demand cooking show!
Bobby and Autumn teamed up to create 14 holiday-inspired recipes. Coming from a large Italian family, many of their family get-togethers centered around food — especially pasta dishes like Grandma Calabrese’s angel hair pasta with squid sauce that the family would enjoy at their annual Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve.
“I do allow myself a cheat meal here and there but that’s what I love about the recipes we’ve created — they don’t have to be a cheat meal,” says Autumn. The food is amazingly delicious and totally Fix-approved. It’s the best of both worlds. I get to save my cheats for a glass of wine.”
So what was the strategy Autumn and Bobby, who worked as the head pasta chef at a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant in New York City, followed to create a celebration-worthy menu filled with decadent-tasting dishes that, from vegetable-focused sides to moist beef tenderloin to seasonal cocktails and desserts, offer something for everyone?
“When creating these recipes, the most important thing for me was not to be a buzzkill,” confesses Bobby. “I wanted to preserve the joy of eating such a feast and the traditional dishes that accompany it, while still meeting the strict nutritional standards we live by. That meant the food had to be delicious, and we couldn’t just eliminate classics like Thanksgiving gravy simply because they’re tough to Fix.
“Judging by the responses we’ve had from our Thanksgiving recipes, I’d say we nailed it. I’ve been getting messages from Fixers telling me how their dishes got rave reviews even from the members of the family who had no intention of eating healthy!” says Bobby.
Watch Autumn and Bobby make these special recipes on the FIXATE Holiday Special on Beachbody on Demand. Make all of the recipes, or pick and choose your favorites to plan the holiday menu that will surely please every palette.