Court Jester's April Newsletter!
Recipe of the Month:
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe Pesto



Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Set up a bowl of well-salted ice water. Cook the broccoli rabe in the boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes and then immediately plunge in the salted ice water. This will prevent the broccoli rabe from being overcooked and will set the lovely green color.

Drain the broccoli rabe and squeeze out any excess water; coarsely chop. Place the broccoli rabe in the bowl of a food processor and puree until it is a coarse paste. Add the pistachios and parmigiano and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning; you probably will need more salt. Add the ricotta and pulse until combined. Taste for seasoning once again-it should be full-flavored, slightly bitter and creamy at the same time. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. (If you are making the pasta right after the pesto, just use the broccoli rabe blanching water.) Cook the pasta 1 minute less than the cooking time on the package.

While the pasta is cooking, place the pesto in a large skillet and add about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the pasta cooking water; place over medium-high heat. When the pasta is ready, drain and add to the skillet with the pesto. Stir vigorously to combine and cook until the sauce is creamy and heated through, 1 to 2 minutes; add salt to taste. Remove from the heat, add 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, if desired, and stir vigorously. Garnish with more parmigiano. Voila!

Per serving: Calories 420; Fat 13.5 g (Sat. 4.4 g; Mono. 5.5 g; Poly. 2.7 g); Cholesterol 18 mg; Sodium 286 mg; Carbohydrate 54 g; Fiber 3.5 g; Protein 22 g

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Spring 2012
Master Class

    Court Jester will be offering a Master Class to it's members on Saturday, April 21st from 12-3pm.  This class will take place at the Court Jester East location, in the aerobics room.

We will be offering a continuous session that will include spinning, toning, boot camp, zumba, kettle bells and many more.  This is a great way to experience different classes and different instructors.  You also have the chance to meet and talk with the instructors.

Come join us for a great workout and a ton of FUN!!
The New Superfoods

 Eating healthfully just got a lot more interesting.  Introducing eight fresh cancer-fighting, age-defying, energy-boosting ingredients to add to your plate now.

1.  Jicama:  This slightly sweet and cruncy root veggie stars inulin, a belly-flattening fiber that acts as a prebiotic to promote helpful bacteria in the gut.  It's also an excellent source of vitamin C, which may boost collagen and fight wrinkles.   Try it:  Cooked or raw in slaws, stir-fries, tacos, and salads, or tossed in lime juice and sprinkled with chili powder. Find it at farmers' markets or Mexican groceries.
2.  Kefir:  It has more protein and less sugar than yogurt, but with the same creamy texture and tangy taste, and probiotics.  These healthy bacteria are a known immune enhancer, and may protect against colon cancer, says Tamara Freuman, R.D.   Try it:  Instead of yogurt in salad dressings or smoothies.  Plain kefir is in the dairy aisle, but Lifeway makes a dessert-ready frozen variety ( too.
3.  Chia:  One tablespoon of these nutty-tasting edible seeds has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal, plus bone-building calcium and heart-healthy omega-3s.  Chia is also a good source of iron, which many women don't get enough of, notes Freuman.  Try it:  On cereal, salads, and soups, or use it to thicken puddings and stir-fries.  (The seeds absorb liquid and acquire a gel-like texture.) Available at natural grocery stores. 
4.  Sprouts:  Three-day-old broccoli plants may contain up to 50 times more the anticancer agent sulforaphane than mature stalks - but without the pungent taste, says Kate Geagan, R.D., author of Go Green Get Lean.  Try them:  On sandwiches, wraps, pizza, baked potatoes, stews, stir-fries, tacos, and just about anything else you can think of.  Pick some up at your local grocery store or farmers' market.
5.  Barley:  This sweet, nutty supergrain is rich in niacin (for healthy hair and skin) and cancer-fighting lignans.  Plus, "the soluable fiber keeps your cholesterol levels healthy, cutting your risk for heart disease," says Geagan.  Try it:  In place of pasta, rice or oatmeal.  Or swap Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Barley Flour ( for up to a third of the flour in baked goods.  Both are  available at regular grocery stores.

Article courtsey of: Women's Health March 2012

Fitness Challenge: Transformation 2012

Small Group Personal Training Sessions

Now Forming
Are you ready to challenge yourself? Are you ready to meet and exceed all your 2012 Fitness Goals? Are you ready to transform yourself? 
Join the Court Jester Personal Training Team in our
Small Group Training Sessions!  Get the experience of a one-on-one Personal Training session, the expertise of our Certified Personal Trainers, and a GREAT workout at a fraction of the cost. 

Now forming the following Small Group Sessions:
TRX Spin Combo Small Group
Beginner Small Group

You'll have peer support, the help of Certified Personal Trainers, and health coaching to help you achieve results in becoming healthier, losing weight, and leading a better lifestyle. You'll see results, feel stronger mentally and physically, and have increased daily energy. The sessions will be held at different times throughout the week. Groups forming now, if interested, please contact us with your availability, fitness goals, and contact information. 

If you are interested and want more information TODAY, please call (607) 752-2628, or email us at

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216 Reynolds Road
Johnson City, NY 13790
(607) 729-3332
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Monday 5AM - Friday 9:30PM (24 hours)
Saturday 7AM - 8PM
Sunday 8AM - 8PM

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67 Robinson Street 
Binghamton, NY 
(607) 723-2522
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1 month $37
3 months $99
4 months $140
12 months $359

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