Autumn Calabrese loves to eat. You can tell the Super Trainer for Beachbody is a foodie if you look at her California kitchen. An enormous fork and spoon hang on the wall in addition to fun food-themed artwork. There’s a Wolf oven range, a double-door Sub Zero refrigerator, and not one but two islands for food prep.
If you look at Autumn Calabrese, the author of cookbooks and co-host (with her brother chef Bobbie Calabrese) of her Beachbody cooking show “FIXATE,” you might wonder how the heck someone who loves food so much stays so lean, healthy, and energetic, with great skin to boot! Wouldn’t you love to know what she eats in a day? We certainly did, and we figured you would, too. So, we asked Autumn to fess up.
Turns out she’s not hiding any revolutionary secrets. Keeping the pounds off while still eating gourmet food is all about 1) controlling portion size; 2) eating a balance of macronutrients (proteins, carbs, and fats); 3) significantly reducing processed foods (especially added sugars); 4) and staying super hydrated. She details the steps in her new book Lose Weight Like Crazy Even if You Have a Crazy Life! (It’s full of great recipes, too.)
“I wanted to teach people that eating for your health (which will lead to weight loss when done consistently over time) isn’t all that hard,” Calabrese says. “It doesn’t require starvation, it doesn’t require you to give up major food groups, it doesn’t require you to isolate yourself from social gatherings, and it doesn’t have to taste bad.”
For now, let’s take a look what’s on her plate today, and if you’re looking to eat better yourself, try these 8 Easy Tricks for Eating Healthy Every Day.
Breakfast sausage, which Autumn makes herself from lean ground turkey, maple syrup, salt, rosemary, pepper, juniper, nutmeg, and water. She cooks that up along with a side of sautéed veggies, and oats with a dash of pumpkin spice seasoning, vanilla extract and a drizzle of maple syrup. “And I have to have my coffee,” she says. She used to hit a coffee shop every morning for a large vanilla-flavored latte before she realized it contained 500 calories and 81 grams of carbs. “Now it’s Cafe Americano with 1 sugar in the raw and a splash of unsweetened soymilk,” she says.
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After her workout, Autumn refuels with a banana and a glass of Chocolate-flavored Beachbody Performance Recover, a powder mix designed to speed muscle recovery and promote lean-muscle growth.
Autumn sips water throughout the day to stay hydrated and keep hunger at bay. “I’m never without a 16-ounce travel bottled filled with water with a straw,” she says. “I find I drink more water if I’m using a straw, but that might just be me.” Her quota: 64 ounces of water per day. “You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water every day,” she says.
For her midday meal, Autumn opts for baked salmon, brown rice, and buffalo cauliflower bites.
“Salmon is a go-to lunch for me because it’s so satisfying,” says Calabrese. “And the baked Buffalo cauliflower bites are seriously addictive! I love that I’m getting all the Buffalo flavor I want but by eating veggies instead of a lot of wings.
Vegan vanilla Shakeology (Beachbody’s meal replacement shake powder) blended with frozen cauliflower and blueberries. “I love to add veggies and fruit to shakes for extra flavor and nutrients and to beat down hunger in between meals,” she says.
Whole-grain pasta and meatballs with a small salad drizzled with dressing. (Autumn’s cookbooks feature low-calorie homemade salad dressings like Lemon Dijon, Avocado, Honey Mustard, and a healthier Ranch. “I grew up in an Italian family; my dad owned pizza restaurants so I must have my pasta fix,” she says.
An apple or some berries. “Occasionally, I’ll make Peanut Butter Apple Cookies for dessert,” she says. That’s right, even trainers indulge in some treats once in a while. If you’d like to do so too, try these 44 Healthy Desserts Nutrition Experts Swear By.