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Meet the Trainer: Nikki Parisi

See that smile?  Looks can deceive you.  This woman will kick your ass.  (That’s what I hear anyway)  Oh and in a good way.  People serious about working out seek out Nikki because they know she’s not messing around.  You want results? It’s go-time with Nikki Parisi.

If you would like to train with Nikki her contact info is below. For more information about joining the Manchester Athletic Club and training with Nikki call 978-526-8900



Nikki Parisi   nlucido@manchesterathleticclub.com

Area of training expertise:

Multi-tasking(working more than one body part at a time)

Why workout?:

     To feel good, look good, and stay healthy

Favorite exercise:

I can’t pick just one, I love lower body exercises, and planks, planks, and more planks!

Favorite easy to cook recipe:


1 (3 pound)whole chicken
1/2 cup uncooked rice (I use brown)
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
•    3egg, beaten
•    2lemons, juiced


1.    Rinse the chicken and remove any organs that may be inside. Place in a pot large enough for the chicken to move around, but not too much room or the broth will be watery. Add the chicken neck if that is included with your chicken. Fill with enough water to cover by about 1 inch. Cover and bring to a boil. When boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, skimming the fat from the top as it collects.
2.    When the chicken is done, the meat should pull from the bones easily. Transfer the bird to a large bowl and set aside to cool. Add the rice, and season the broth with salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 20 more minutes, or until rice is tender.
3.    Whisk the eggs with the lemon juice in a bowl. When the rice is done, turn off the heat. Whisk one ladle full of hot broth into the eggs slowly so the eggs do not curdle. Gradually whisk in more broth until the egg mixture is heated. Then pour the egg mixture back into the pot, whisking briskly. The result should be a creamy, cloudy looking soup. You may season with additional salt, pepper or lemon juice at this point.
4.    You may add pieces of chicken to the soup before serving or serve soup with salted chicken on the side.
•    PREP 15 mins
•    COOK 1 hr
•    READY IN 1 hr15 mins

•    The soup should be filling, salty and slightly sour, so I use 2 juicy lemons although the flavor may be too sour for non-Greeks. Grocery store lemons tend to not be as juicy as organic lemons or lemons from a Hispanic/Mexican grocery store.

Bex’s Sweet Potato Chili Submission For The GMG Easy to Prepare Loaded With Flavor and Healthy Recipe Contest

The GMG Easy to Prepare Loaded With Flavor and Healthy Recipe Contest:

I’ll rate your recipe based on three criteria: Taste, Easy To Prepare (if you can make it in an office without a stove you get bonus points, without a microwave even higher), Nutritional Value. Minus 5 points for lack of photo.

I should also add that for nutritional value I’m going for something that will reduce fat, give energy but provide enough as to not lose muscle.  A fruit salad I understand is nice and all but it isn’t gonna get me through a work day.

For The First Four Weeks I will award one prize per week from our GMG Swag Bag to the highest rated pic/recipe.

Contest winner will have to pick up their award and if not claimed within two weeks it gets awarded to the next person.

Bex Sweet Potato Chili:

My original recipe calls for no meat but I’ve amended it for you. Photo attached is vegan and gluten free.

If you like heat, Tapatio Hot Sauce is the best hot sauce around but I haven’t been able to find any in MA.  It is not vinegary like Pete’s, Red Hot or Tabasco. Makes a huge difference. I use it in anything when I want a kick of heat.

Bex’s Sweet Potato Chili


1 pound lean ground turkey

2 T olive oil

1 large onion diced

1 garlic clove fine chop

1 large carrot small chop

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes

29oz + 16oz can diced tomatoes

16 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 package chili power

1t hot pepper flakes (optional)

2T Tapatio Hot Sauce (+/- depending on your preferred heat index)

Sauté the ground turkey in the oil until cooked. Remove turkey and add the garlic, chili powder and onion. Cook until soft. Add turkey back and everything else and cook until the sweet potato is soft on the fork. Serve with brown rice.

1-10 in each category with the cumulative score being the final and minus 5 for a lack of photo.

Taste: Looks mighty tasty, and I do like the heat.  10

Easy To Prepare: It’s easy enough for a chump like me to make but a step or two more than Sarah’s recipe from yesterday and definitely not able to make it at work without an oven.  5

Nutrition Value:Looks solid, I’m a huge fan of ground turkey over ground hamburger. Sautéing the turkey in the oil gets a slight ding I guess but still a very solid score. 9

Total for those of you keeping score at home Bex  scores a 24