Fixate

Autumn Calabrese Presents FIXATE – new cookbook

July 14 – Today’s the day Autumn’s new cookbook gets released! If you love 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme, you know how satisfying it is to stay on track with healthy eating. The new Fixate cookbook introduces 101 new recipes to help keep that momentum.

Get your pots, pans, and kitchen essentials ready, because we’re debuting Autumn Calabrese’s 21 Day Fix-based cookbook, FIXATE, this summer! This all-new cookbook takes Autumn’s simple color-coded container portion control system and applies it to 101 of her favorite family recipes. Each FIXATE recipe lists color-coded container equivalents and nutrition facts. Plus, FIXATE includes Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian recipes along with Autumn’s personal tips for preparing meals quickly, and stocking your kitchen with absolute must-haves.

Mulberry tree

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are so great! All of the good stuff that's in a smoothie, with the satisfaction of feeling like a real meal.

Smoothie bowls are so great! All of the good stuff that’s in a smoothie, with the satisfaction of feeling like a real meal.

Berries everywhere! On special at the grocery, at farmer’s markets, in your garden! For myself, we have three mulberry trees and I needed to find a way to put these to good use. So, I washed them, froze them and now are using them in smoothies like crazy.

Berry smoothie bowl

Berry smoothie bowl ingredients

Berry smoothie bowl

Berry smoothie bowl with chia, flax and oats

My recipe:
1/4 c. mulberries
1/4 c. blueberries
1/2 c. dark cherries
(any combination of berries that equal 1 cup will work – just use what makes you happy!)

1/2 c. beet juice
I topped my smoothie bowl off with ground flax and chia seeds. I also added some shakeology powder – I would have added it prior to blending, if I had remembered! I think this would have made it creamier as well, so I would definitely recommend adding protein powder and will add a scoop next time. I also sprinkled a tablespoon of oats on top.

Freezing my own berries

Freezing summer berries

It’s the best time of year to stock up on fresh berries. They’re in season, super-fresh and a great price. This year, I’ve frozen strawberries & mulberries to use in smoothies later. I’ve purchased strawberries from the grocery while I’ve picked the mulberries myself from the several mulberry trees that we have. When I compare a bag of frozen berries at about $3 for a small bag, versus getting a 4 lb basket of strawberries on special for less than $3 or picking my own mulberries for free, I’ll take the bargain every time:) This savings really adds up because I have some sort of berry smoothie almost every day.

Mulberry tree
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Wash the berries – some people say to wash them with a little vinegar, but I just use water. Wash them thoroughly though. Let them dry a little bit and then spread them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Make sure to spread them around so they don’t freeze together in one clump. Put them in the freezer – it is best to leave them for several hours or until they freeze completely.

Mulberries

Mulberries

Once the berries are frozen, scoop them into freezer bags to be used later.

Frozen mulberries

Frozen mulberries

Then, I used the mulberries to make the following smoothie:
1/4 c. frozen mulberries
1/4 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 c. frozen dark cherries
1/2 c. beet juice
I topped my smoothie bowl off with ground flax and chia seeds. I also added some shakeology powder – I would have added it prior to blending, if I had remembered! I think this would have made it creamier as well, so I would definitely recommend adding protein powder and will add a scoop next time. I also sprinkled a tablespoon of oats on top.

Berry smoothie bowl

Berry smoothie bowl

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