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{up + out core}

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Why did I think KAIA CORE sessions were easier than BRIK?  Ummm, no.  Up + Out CORE has been kicking my ass big time.  Today, 1/2 way through week 3 and my legs have probably never been this sore.

I read in the Week #1 newsletter:

Coming off Brik can be a slippery slope if you are not mindful!

True that.  I have not been mindful.  I’m sure you’ve noticed that one of my favorite words, KAIA, hasn’t been used in a while?  I’ve been on vacation mode and I’m really not sure why.  I’m actually a little pissed off at myself.  Mindful meal prep and eating have been a slippery slope at this house.  And I can feel the repercussions.  CORE is not a vacay, so I better not act like it.  Well, I gave myself a wake-up call this week.  And I’m happy to say – I’m back bitches!

I’ve come to love a good challenge.  Something to keep me focused.  This CORE session we are working on the BIB Challenge.  Bi’s in Bloom.  Check it out:



The timer is set for 10 minutes and we are challenged to finish this BIB workout within that time or call “time” when completed.  Eight reps of each set twice.  Doesn’t sound that bad, right?  WRONG.  It’s a hell of a lot harder than it looks.  Sometimes I look up at the board and get completely lost or cant remember what I’m supposed to do.


Week #1 – 9:20

Week#2 – 8:34

Week#3 – 8:05

My goal for week# 5 – 7 minutes.  That’s two weeks to knock off 1:05 minutes.  I think I can, I think I can 🙂

I took a picture of the board and printed it out to take home and practice.  Like I said, I love a challenge 🙂


Week #3 NOW TIP:

What’s hot in nutrition for 2016? Lentils, dry beans, beans and chickpeas…yum! These are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe. They should be eaten as a part of a healthful diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic disease such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer.

I did a quick pinterest search using key words: healthy + easy + beans.

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet by Spoonful of Flavor is what I printed out and grabbed ingredients to make.

A healthy dinner doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive or take all day to prepare.  I stick to the recipes that are colorful, full of flavor and easy to make.  This skillet is a perfect example of flavorful, healthy and something everyone will enjoy.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 oz. can diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14.5 oz. can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • cilantro + green onion + avocado for toppers

** it looks like a long list, but I had most of these items in my pantry already.

Spray a large pan generously with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.

Add diced onion and cook for about 2 minutes until soften.

Add  ground turkey + garlic, cook until the meat is almost cooked through, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks.

Stir in all the spices + chiles, cooking for another minute.

Add black beans + corn + tomatoes + quinoa, stirring until everything is combined.

When the mixture starts to bubble add water, cover the skillet with a lid and lower the heat to medium-low.  Simmer for about 25 minutes or until quinoa is cooked.

Sprinkle the shredded cheese and cover with the lid cooking until the cheese is melted.

Top with cilantro + green onion + avocado.

Serve as is, in tortillas for tacos, or on top of your favorite greens.

This dish packs a lot of flavor.  I enjoyed it alone.  Today I packed it in a gluten free tortilla to eat as a burrito for lunch.  I’m super looking forward to lunchtime 🙂

I have a San Diego weekend coming up – so I’ve got my mind on Kaia, Kaia on my mind!!  See you bright and early tomorrow morning Kaia girls!!!


xoxo stacyb

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