**Gratitude & Friendship** **Sportissimo** **Chicken and White Bean Chili**

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Dear Friends,

Even when a change is your choice, it’s still hard. Personally, I am resistant to change. I like the comfort of a routine and I enjoy the security of a safe place. Change is also scary. Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than just going for it. Or as Wayne Gretzy said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

For the past four years The Los Gatos Lodge has served as my venue for my boot camp. I will always be grateful for their staff and the property. I appreciate all they did for Couture Conditioning, and I enjoyed meeting some very interesting guests. I especially appreciate my incredibly wonderful boot camp friends that made those four years so special.

Change is also good! “If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don’t run you’ve already lost.” – Barack Obama

I’m excited to announce:

Sportissimo and Couture Conditioning will be working together! Our new location for boot camp will be in and around Sportissimo and King’s Court. We will be conveniently located to our schools, we will have close proximity to Blossom Hill Park; and it’s just a short jog to Vasona Park. When I announced the change to my committed boot camp friends I was a little nervous. I cannot thank them enough for their support! A great friend eased my concerns and lifted my spirits, when she pointed out that she will be able to workout, grab a Peets coffee, and complete her grocery shopping, without ever having to get back in the car! :)

Sportissimo is more than just our local running and specialty fitness store. I have known Sergio for many years and have always appreciated the relationship he and his family has with our entire community. His commitment goes beyond providing his customers with great products and superior customer service. It’s also about ‘Giving Back to the Community’. Their community involvement ranges from sponsorship of local events and races to benefit our schools and charities, to hosting fundraising events while promoting wellness and fitness!

For every new 12 class bootcamp package purchase, you will receive a $20 dollar Sportissimo gift card. Every bootcamp participant will also receive a store discount!
We will officially kick off classes at King’s Court on Monday March 20th!! Please join us for a FREE first class.

Bootcamp will start at a NEW time, 8:45AM Monday – Friday. We will continue to have our early 6:00AM class on Tuesday and Thursday.

What’s For Dinner:

Chicken and White Bean Chili Roundup

Chicken and White Bean Chili

Courtesy of BeachBody Recipes & Kirsten Morningstar

This craveable chili recipe is lighter than traditional chili, and not just in color. It features creamy white beans and tender chunks of chicken in a flavorful broth and hints at the fresh flavors of spring with juicy red bell peppers and aromatic cilantro. It’s lightly spiced with cumin and chili powder and mild, roasted green chilies. Instead of high-calorie cheese this Chicken and White Bean Chili is topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Total Time: 1 hr.

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cooking Time: 45 min.

Yield: 6 servings, about 1½ cups each

Ingredients:

1 Tbs. olive oil

2 medium onions, chopped

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2¼ cups raw cubed chicken breast (about 12 oz.)

4 cloves garlic, chopped

4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth

2 cans (15-oz. each) cannellini beans, drained, rinsed

1½ tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

½ tsp. ground black pepper

1 (4-oz.) can roasted green chiles

Coarsely chopped cilantro (for garnish; optional)

Preparation:

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

2. Add onions and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.

3. Add chicken; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 6 minutes, or until no longer pink.

4. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

5. Add broth, beans, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and chiles. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes.

6. Divide chili into 6 serving bowls; garnish with cilantro if desired.
Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 252

Total Fat: 5 g

Saturated Fat: 1 g

Cholesterol: 36 mg

Sodium: 415 mg

Carbohydrates: 30 g

Fiber: 6 g

Sugars: 3 g

Protein: 23 g

Always great to spend time with you!

Much love,

Lori

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