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I’m still breathing and I have referral codes

Where oh where could she be?  Well let me tell ya, I spent over 3 hours working on a post (about 4 weeks ago) then….my computer crashed so I spent those weeks after POUTING in protest HaHa which you can clearly see didn’t do a thang for me!  THAT lost post was explaining WHY I’d dropped off from existence right in the middle of an AdvoCare (group) 24 Day Challenge! (For which I am so sorry btw) :/

Rather than trying to pick up where I left off (because you know I forget to sniff my Rosemary enough to help my memory haha) we’re just going to pretend that issue was resolved and move on lol~  (Though I do apologize for just leaving you floating in the wind all that time) :/

I have GOT to be one of the busiest people I know yet I just keep adding more fuel to the fire (praise the Lord for my essential oils because without them I’d never sleep, always be draggy and biting everyone’s heads off haha)…

Maintaining this blog has obviously been put on the back burner but I’m pretty good at keeping up with all my Facebook group pages so I’ll attach the links to those (y)

I still use/sell AdvoCare (nutritional supplements for weight loss, maintenance, boost metabolism, increase energy and enhance sports performance) www.chellespark.com but if you’re interested in knowing which products will best suit your needs please contact me so I can help guide you with the correct products.  IF it turns out that AdvoCare is something you intend to stick with (and trust me YOU WILL) I can tell you the most economical way to purchase your products is by enrolling as a distributor in order to get the discount of 20-40%.  Once other people see the change in you they WILL come and ask HOW YOU DO IT and then who knows, you may just start up your own little business. What IS AdvoCare?  It’s a solution for healthy weight management, nutrition for a healthy and balanced lifestyle through supplements in addition to help with a balanced eating plan, vibrant energy with on-the-go nutrition, and advanced sports nutrition (AdvoCare has several UNPAID sports stars that endorse this company and use our products and Drew Brees is actually our spokesperson)  https://www.facebook.com/groups/124212707745502/

I still make everything in our home to try to avoid the plethora of added toxins/chemicals into our bodies (I mean some things you just cannot avoid like when you’re OUTSIDE but when it comes to INSIDE my home we’re covered).  And when I say everything I mean EVERY THING that I can possibly think of (deodorant, cologne, hairspray, shampoo, toothpaste, and foods including condiments and mixing my own flours, milks and nut butters).  I’ve got friends asking me to do a “show” lol but then when I agree to seriously have everyone over to my house for “class” nobody responds :/   I think they’re afraid I’ll put them to work (they’d all really rather I do it for ‘em)!

I still love and LIVE doTERRA (essential oils) because I believe without these natural plant botanicals we would be in a whole heep of trouble consuming all the OTC synthetics the big pharmas push! www.mydoterra.com/chellespark I believe that most people these days are just starting to see the light when it comes to their family’s health and a lot of them are beginning to look for alternative methods.  My little was literally visiting her pediatrician every 4-6 weeks for almost 2 years and then we started implementing pure essential oils and WHAM-O we haven’t been ONCE!  Friends and family members started to take note and now a buttload of others have followed suit and found these medicinal tools to help their families.  (Essential oils do not heal the body yet they give the body what it needs to balance itself out)  These little bottles of goodness have changed our perspective on “alternative medicine” and that has changed our lives and the lives of many around us.  Without even trying, a business was built!  The time I put into studying the hows and whys of essential oils for my family has paid off in a financial way as well (added bonus Boo-Yah).  NOW—let me clarify, I am NOT a doctor, I do not work in the medical profession HOWEVER I’m not just JoBlow off the street trying to pedal-push snake oils.  I STUDY!  I’ve gone through many hours of education being taught by very knowledgeable doctors/educators and I’ve continued further educating myself through books, doctoral seminars, webinars, and essential oil classes.  Do I know it all? NO! But even my husband (he’s a hard critic) said to me last night, “You have a lot of educational knowledge about these oils” (yes, I bout passed out I pinched myself so hard to ensure I was indeed awake haha)  What ARE essential oils? They are volatile compounds extracted from every useful part of plants, flowers and trees but watching this short youtube video will explain a whole more than all the information I can verbally share w/ you :)  But then if you’d like to join my group for daily tips, specials and info click this link ——->  https://www.facebook.com/doterrachellespark?ref=bookmarks

I now sell Paparazzi Accessories $5 jewelry www.paparazziaccessories.com/35889 and I am having SO MUCH FUN with these online/FB parties.  If you’ve ever wondered what $5 jewelry looks like then check out my website or join my FB group (so you’ll be alerted of any specials and parties you might wanna take a look at to see how they work) —–>  https://www.facebook.com/ChellesSparklin5DollaBlingSalesGroup Now, I ain’t gonna lie, I love DIAMONDS, real ones (they’re my birthstone!) but who can afford to dress up every outfit with expensive jewelry? (NOT ME!)  The next best thing is costume jewelry that looks expensive but is only $5 each.  I kid you not! $5! Everything!  Necklaces comes with matching earrings, rings are stretchy or adjustable, bracelets are adorable, headbands are awesome and hair clips can be used for more than just hair (well with that said, you can even use a stretchy band ring as a decorative ponytail holder) I know right?! Who knew?  And if you feel $5 is still too much, you can host a party (from your un-clean, even disarrayed home haha no matter what state you live in) and get yours FREE!  As a matter of fact I have a party coming up Monday, July 6th at 7:00PM/EST http://www.facebook.com/events/847403495308739/ Paparazzi MYSTERY MADNESS party that I’d like to invite you to join ;) The person with the most earned points will become our mystery hostess and win all the hostess benefits (WooHoo it don’t get no better than free bling)

My precious, sweet, tender-hearted lil’ princess is 7yo and has a true desire to serve the Lord with gladness.  Ps 37:4 Delight thyself in the Lord and he will give thee the desires of thine heart.  God put a desire in my little’s heart to raise money for the homeless children (yes, there are homeless CHILDREN, street kids all around; babies left on the street, live toddlers dropped in dumpsters and 5 yo pushed out of moving cars to live or die alone) of the Philippines.  Our church supports a missionary named Sonny Dix and his wife started and runs The Lamb Center where she takes in as many of these children into her orphanage as the government will allow.  Her expenses are high and constantly growing (just as prices of everything go up everywhere) and my baby wants to raise money to send the orphanage.  She started a project called Hannah’s Mission right after school let out in May (it’s a yard sale page of sorts).  She has taken some of her prized possessions, those things which she deemed worthy that other’s might want to buy, put a price to them and trying to sell them on Facebook.  She has also talked to people in an effort to receive donations to her mission.  This little 7yo got to send $146 a couple of weeks ago and you would’ve thought she was mailing a million dollars.  Right after that she had two generous people offer to donate by matching $1 for $1 (the first agreed to match the next $100 while the other the next $50).  In the last two weeks she has received almost $200.  If you feel God’s calling to “help out” with supporting a good cause please consider donating to Hannah’s Mission https://www.facebook.com/groups/496571933843121/ or The Lamb Center http://www.sonnydix.com/LAMBCENTER.html

It dawned on me a couple of days er…uh…weeks ago that I buy a lot of items online #1 because I can’t find them locally or #2 because they’re cheaper online (when I’m buying enough to reach the free shipping requirements) and all of these websites I purchase from have referral programs that I don’t utilize as I should.  I’ve mentioned several times before that I use Vitacost.com (gluten free flours, organic snacks, raw ACV, etc) and that referral gives YOU and I (BOTH) $10 off $30 purchase (but it has to be YOUR FIRST purchase…then everytime you share your referrral code thereafter you’ll receive $10 of your next $30 purchase when someone new makes their first purchase) just click this link to recieve referral rewards—-> http://goo.gl/HQUgd0

Well now there’s a new website called Thrive Market.  Thrive is on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable.  The only thing about Thrive is that you must purchase a year membership ($59.95) such as like that of a Costco or Sams membership though they do offer you a free 30 day trial membership (which was all it took to get me hooked lol). By clicking this link —-> http://thrv.me/4rDJwN you who place your first order will get 25% off and I’ll earn $10 in Thrive Cash (when I started this post in JUNE that $10 was $30 for each referral!).  (Thrive does not have as many items as Vitacost but their prices are comparable and in some cases less expensive and their stock is expanding)

I’m sure there’s something I’m forgetting to share, quite frankly I’M POSITIVE there’s something I’ve left out….let’s go sniff some Rosemary :)
**DISCLAIMER:  This website (including any/all site pages, blog posts, blog comments, forum, videos, audio recordings, etc.) is not intended to replace the services of a physician, nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Information is provided for informational  purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating a medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have an urgent medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. Any application of the recommendations from this blog is at the reader’s discretion. AdvoCare and doTERRA are not liable for any direct or indirect claim, loss or damage resulting from use of this website and/or any web site(s) linked to/from it. I am an independant distributor of both AdvoCare and doTERRA Essential Oils and I simply share my personal experiences with said products (y)

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AdvoCare Max Phase (Group) / Day 13

May 23nd / Day 13

Upon waking drink SPARK! with 2st MNS pack (optional Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1)
Within 30 mins EAT with 2/MNS packs

BREAKFAST:  MRS (I use unswt almond milk w/ cpl frozen strawberries) & MNS/2
SNACK: Greek yogurt w/ honey and topped w/ granola (my sweet lil’ princess brought me “breakfast” in bed this morning because she thought I was feeling bad—NO SCHOOL so I was taking advantage of the quiet and just LAYING, she’s NOT used to seeing THAT!)
**30 minutes BEFORE LUNCH you need to take your last MNS pack

LUNCH: Left-over Cashew Chicken
SNACK:  Ants on a log (celery w/ PB & raisins/cranberries)
DINNER:  Almond Coconut Crusted Salmon

 After my surprise breakfast in bed this morning lil’ bit offered to go for a walk w/ me.  It was SO SWEET!!  We first started and she was running but the time we rounded the first curve she was tugging on me slowing me down haha so then we just held hands walking and she said, “It’s just about being together!” I ALMOST CRIED!  We were going to the strawberry patch today but it was CLOSED :( so I spent the morning taking “classes” while she watched “The Ten Commandments”.  Which brings me to share this idea!  My lil’ princess has the desire that God will use her as a missionary some day…she’s off to a great start, she witnesses to strangers at the park, she prays fervently and she wants to give away every dime she has.  She’s recently burdened over children and NOW she wants to start sending all her money to the Phillipines to help Brother Sonny Dix and his wife with their “Lamb’s Center” orphanage.  Now, the thing is she has pennies and that’s always a great start but I had the idea to start her a FB page called “Hannah’s Mission” like a yard sale page and she wants to start selling her things to raise money :)  I am beyond thrilled over this idea it’s just a manner of how to implement the idea.  I have an eBay store for which I will be donating a % of every sell to her fund.  I’m super excited and ask that you pray w/ me to help her this child SEE how God can move!

ALMOND COCONUT CRUSTED SALMON:
This was fabulous! Sweet yet salty! I woke up thinking about coconut crusted shrimp for dinner, but I did not have any nor did I feel like going to the store just for shrimp. I prefer to do things with what I already have. That way my food or money is not wasted. Plus, anything is good with coconut!!  (You need to adjust the ingredients to suit your needs, this recipe is just for single serve)
1 salmon fillet
2 tbs unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbs almond flour/meal
Salt & pepper, to taste
Salt-Free Seasoning, to taste

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. In a Ziploc bag, combine all ingredients. Add your salmon and shake to coat. Place the fillet onto a greased dish. Spread any leftover mix onto the top of the fillet. Bake for 15 minutes. Once done, set the broiler to low and broil for 3-5ish minutes. You just want to crisp the top of your salmon. Be sure to watch to avoid burning!

That’s it! I served mine with roasted red pepper hummus overtop a bed of baby spinach and stir-fried squash, zucchini, and carrots!

If you’re looking for what to do AFTER the 24 Day Challenge go to http://www.chellespark.com for ordering details :)  I ain’t gonna lie, if you contact me first, it’ll be much easier to determine which route best suits your needs <3

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AdvoCare Max Phase (Group) / Day 12

May 22nd / Day 12
Upon waking drink SPARK! with 1st MNS pack (optional Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1)
Within 30 mins EAT with 2/MNS packs

BREAKFAST: MRS (I used unswt almond milk w/ tsp PB) & MNS/2
SNACK: Greek yogurt w/ chopped strawberries and topped w/ granola
**30 minutes BEFORE LUNCH you need to take your last MNS pack
LUNCH: Tuna Cucumber wrap
SNACK: Homemade Cocoprotein shake
DINNER: Crockpot Cashew Chicken

**Someone asked me what to do w/ the extra OmegaPlex—TAKE ‘EM! You have 2 in your MNS/3 packs to take w/ a meal just take two more w/ dinner :)

Ya know how sometimes ya just want CEREAL? Well, I used to LOVE capt’n crunch but the sugar content was enough to take the desire for keeping up w/ that love affair and even store bought granola type cereals have sugars and most often wheat products. Therefore I’ve started making my OWN cereals! I make a yummy “COOKIE CRISP” and “CHEERIOS” options that are very time consuming simply because you have to make the small cookies or teeny tiny holes but this granola is way easier! It can be eaten alone, for cereal or as a yogurt topping.

GRANOLA/CEREAL:
5 cups seeds and nuts (use any kind you prefer, it is best if you soak and dehydrate them first to make them more digestible)
2 cups nut flours and/or fine shredded coconut
1 cup honey, melted
3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Additional/optional ingredients to add AFTER it is baked: (these foods will burn in the oven if in there too long, so I add them after it’s baked)
organic raisins
goji berries (superfood!)
organic dried cherries
organic dried blueberries
dried mulberries (really tasty!)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325°F
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
Stir in honey
Stir in coconut oil
Spread granola on lined baking sheet, you might need to use two sheets depending on how big yours are (this makes a big batch!)
Bake at 325°F for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and stir granola a bit with a spatula
Put back into oven and bake an additional 10-20 minutes. You want it golden and starting to crisp, but not too crispy or it will be very hard

TUNA CUCUMBER ROLL-UP: Slice cucumber lengthwise into thin slices, top with tuna and roll up

HOMEMADE COCOPROTEIN: So I love these cocoprotein drinks I used to get at Costco but they’re null and void so I’m experimenting with making my own. This ONE IS A KEEPER! 1 cup coconut water, 2-3 strawberries, half frozen banana, scoop chia, tsp PB, ½ c ice and scoop of chocolate protein <3

PALEO CROCKPOT CASHEW CHICKEN
1/4 cup arrowroot starch (or cornstarch)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 lbs. chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces (I use breasts too)
1 tbs. coconut oil
3 tbs. coconut aminos
2 tbs. rice wine vinegar
2 tbs. organic ketchup (tomato paste would work also)
1/2-1 tbs. palm sugar (I use homemade brown sugar, you can use any type of sweetener)
2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1/4-1/2 red pepper flakes
1/2 cup raw cashews
Place starch and black pepper in a large Ziploc bag. Add chicken pieces and seal; toss to thoroughly coat meat. Melt coconut oil in a large skillet or wok. Add chicken and cook for about 5 minutes until brown on all sides. Remove and add to crock pot. Mix coconut aminos through red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Pour mixture over chicken and toss to coat. Put lid on crock pot and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Stir cashews into chicken and sauce before serving.

PROTEIN MUFFINS: These are great for any time of day. They can be made ahead and stored in fridge/freezer to pull out and warm. I like having these on hand for those busy mornings, to grab quick for on-the-go or just because they’re delicious.
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1/2 banana, mashed
1 1/2 cups, Old Fashioned rolled oats
1-2 Tbsp chia seeds *optional
1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups milk (I used almond)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts *optional
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I use Lily’s)
I combined the banana and wet ingredients into a large mixing bowl and then add dry ingredients in stirring both well (I do not like having extra dishes and using separate bowls just doesn’t make sense haha). Scoop the mix into the muffin pan. Spray (or I use cup liners) muffin pan with cooking spray first! Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes. (There were NO left-overs of these muffins!! My family LOVED but if you have leftovers they will store well in fridge for up to one week)

Ok…I ain’t gonna lie!  I feel absolutely amazing!  I’ve got plenty of energy to get me through the day (though I typically DO have a second SPARK! I only use 1/2-2/3 scoop per serving) with no crashing (to be completely honest that 2nd SPARK! is an “I WANT” rather than an “I need” heehee). I’m (huh hem…TMI coming) pooping every day.  I’m not getting hungry.  I eat more than I ever did when I was heavy.  Ahhh…I’m feeling a lil’ teary-eyed (the word I wanted to use here was used by Rosana Rosana Dana on Saturday Night Live but I don’t know how to spell it LOL)…

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AdvoCare Max Phase (Group) / Day 11

May 21st / Day 11 / Let the MAX PHASE begin!
Oh but WAIT…have you re-weighed and measured yet?
I have felt fantastic, full of energy and motivated to keep going but I ain’t gonna lie I was a lil’ bit disappointed when I stepped on the scales to discover I’d only lost 3 OUNCES! Hold up, I’m NOT done yet—-I remeasured and to my SURPRISE I’d lost INCHES (woooooohoooooo) I lost a total of 4″ (cumulative of all areas measured with 1 1/4″ being off my waist!) I told ya’ll my clothes felt better <3

Now, as soon as you’ve written down all your number…store those scales in the closet and pretend they are broken! Then go have you SPARK! (This is my faaaaavorite time of day) and take your first MNS pack (w/ optional Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1).
Within 30 minutes go ahead and mix up that shake for breakfast (ok, so you don’t HAVE to drink you shake for breakfast, you can drink it for whatever meal works best for YOU)
My first day of the Max Phase did NOT go as I wanted to simply because I had a 1st grade field trip w/ a cookout at the park (not just a bust on the eating but it was COLD and I like to have froze too death lol)

BREAKFAST: MRS (Meal Replacement Shake – Mix w/ 8 oz of almond milk or water for LESS calories and feel free to add a couple frozen strawberries, ¼ banana and 1 tsp PB or ¼ c frozen berries of choice) WITH YOUR 2 “WITH MEAL” MNS PACKS (you can split these two up into separate meals but I prefer to go ahead and get those outta the way all at once)
**30 minutes BEFORE LUNCH you need to take your last MNS pack
SNACK: Oatmeal Cups/2 (PIN chocolate covered katie)
LUNCH: 2 Turkey hotdogs (no bun), large spoon of slaw (⅓ c?) and handful of Sun Chips :/
SNACK: Piece of grilled chicken w/ slice of tomato wrapped in large leaf lettuce
**I will generally have a 2nd SPARK! on my way to get the kids from school, this is a great time to consider taking more Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1
DINNER: Spaghetti w/ homemade sauce, turkey meat and GF noodles

Let’s talk a lil’ bit about these optional add-ons.
Catalyst is an Amino Acid Supplement (you get amino acids from your protein sources). It’s a blend of essential branched-chain amino acids and L-glutamine that supplies your body with muscle-building components and sustains your muscles during exercise and reduced calorie intake.* Whether you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle, Catalyst helps repair and protect muscles.* And it works great in conjunction with other AdvoCare® products like Spark™ Energy Drink and one of the Metabolic Nutrition Systems (MNS®). Other amino acids in Catalyst like L-arginine, taurine and betaine help fuel and maintain your muscles to support endurance and strength.* Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, Catalyst helps you retain muscle and reduce fat for a more toned and better defined look.*Helps maintain muscle mass during exercise & weight management* Aids in preserving muscle and energy levels during times of calorie restriction* Helps repair & protect muscle tissue* I have found the added bonus with Catalyst is reducing signs of cellulite and adding a lil’ boost of energy (not the kind that makes ya wanna run around the yard but just enough to help keep you going and not get draggy). AND the best thing I’ve discovered about it is it works great for curbing an evening sweet tooth…I kid you not! You can basically take Catalyst as many times as you want but I take 3 whenever I have a SPARK! and/or if I get a sweet tooth in the evenings that brushing my teeth won’t cure ;)
advo cat

ThermoPlus is an awesome metabolism booster! ThermoPlus® supplement is an innovative weight-loss enhancer that contains key botanical extracts to help support efficient metabolism and suppress appetite.* Together, they provide powerful support for stimulating fat oxidation and healthy metabolism when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.* Use it with a Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS®)for enhanced results.* Supports the body’s ability to convert fat into energy* Promotes a healthy metabolism* Contains oolong tea and sage extracts to support weight loss* Works great in conjunction with the AdvoCare® Metabolic Nutrition Systems (MNS®)* You can take up to 3 of these each day HOWEVER, when I first started on ThermoPlus I took 3 at one time…I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS! It made me feel awful! I suggest that you start with taking ONE before breakfast for a couple of days. Then add in ONE before lunch for a few days. If that seems to go okay then try taking TWO with your before breakfast SPARK! I truly do not feel that anyone NEEDS a third Thermo added but if after takng them a couple of weeks you still feel you need some extra boosting add in a third (but not all 3 at once). When you first start these you can literally feel your body “heat up” once your metabolism starts kicking, it’s actually very invigorating lol~
thermo

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AdvoCare Herbal (Group) Cleanse / Day 10

May 20th: Day 10 (YOU MADE IT—pat yourself on the back, high five the mirror, bow for you deserve all the praise!)

Upon waking drink a Spark (1 scoop or pkg per 8 oz of water—I actually do ⅔ scoop w/ 12 oz) with your Probiotic Restore Ultra pill pack (optional 3 Catalyst)
Within 30 minutes drink your fiber w/ 6-8 oz of water and don’t forget to chug it!
Within 30 minutes YOU NEED TO EAT!

BREAKFAST: Almond Butter Pancakes top w/ berries
SNACK: Coco Protein drink
LUNCH: Left-over pesto shrimp w/ sauteed spinach and small apple
SNACK: Protein treat
DINNER: BIG SALAD (church night are rushed, especially w/ son taking driver’s ed until 6 making church 45 mins away!)

ALMOND BUTTER PANCAKES:
½ cup almond butter
½ cup unswt applesauce
1 egg
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon

PROTEIN TREAT:
I totally found a perfect last day of the 10 day cleanse treat for you to enjoy for your snack. I accidently stumbled across this lil’ yummy trying to find something new and exciting for my children to enjoy, that looks amazing and yet nutritious to boot! Start w/ putting a glass (or 2) in the freezer overnight (I used a wine glass since this was a special “dessert” and made it look very fancy)
1 frozen banana
½-1 c water
Blend these two well and then
Add 1 scoop vanilla protein (my kids truly hate the taste of vegan protein but the sweetness of the banana takes care of that). Blend again but not too long or it will be very “frothy” and you’ll have way too much!
Melt/mix together:
1 Tbsp raw cocoa (I used less maybe ¾ and that turned out to be too much UNLESS your fixing 2 of these)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Drizzle chocolate mix inside frozen glass and then drizzle softened/melted nut butter (my kids aren’t “Paleo” so I used peanut butter but almond butter would be even better!)
Pour protein shake into beautiful glass and VOILA~
Walked 1 ⅓ miles
Approx 130 oz of water
protein treat
For those of you who are continuing on w/ the entire 24 DC I will guide you as far as when to take your pills and start you off on a meal plan but MY KIDS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL FOR SUMMER! Which means things are about to get REAL up in here :/ therefore I may be a lil’ busy!  You should be in the habit now of eating something nutritious (not empty calories from a package!) every 3 hours, consuming plenty of water and knowing what to or NOT to eat! Feel free to go through old posts for recipes and remember this—-STEAMED/RAW VEGGIES (should be the bulk of your meal covering half your plate), PROTEIN (at least 10g at each meal, the size of your palm) and COMPLEX CARB (half the size of your fist). Though you are no longer on a dairy restriction if you’re doing fine w/o then continue on the same path but don’t beat yourself up if you feel you must reimplement, just don’t overdo it! LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR BODY IS TELLING YOU!

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AdvoCare Herbal (Group) Cleanse / Day 9

May 19th: Day 9

Upon waking drink a Spark (1 scoop or pkg per 8 oz of water—I actually do ⅔ scoop w/ 12 oz) with your Probiotic Restore Ultra pill pack (optional 3 Catalyst)
Within 30 minutes drink your fiber w/ 6-8 oz of water and don’t forget to chug it!
Within 30 minutes YOU NEED TO EAT!

BREAKFAST: Scrambled eggs (spinach, chia, peppers) and cantaloupe
SNACK: Chocolate Chia pudding
LUNCH: Mixed greens salad (brocolli, cuke, tomatoes, carrots and protein/pork)
SNACK: Flax/almond crackers (5) w/ 3 oz tuna w/ grapes
DINNER: Pesto Shrimp over brown rice w/ steamed broccoli (w/ 4 OmegaPlex)

CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING:
1 cup unswt almond milk
1 scoop chocolate (DF) protein
1-2 Tbsp chia
Refridgerate for approx 30 min allowing it to thicken!

PESTO SHRIMP:
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional, for cheese flavor)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
sea salt and fresh pepper to taste
In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing.
Combine raw shrimp with pesto and marinate a few hours in a bowl.
Original recipe was for grilling purposes but I’ll cooked them on the stove top w/ a lil’ olive oil (approx 3-5 mins then flip for another 3-5 mins—do not overcook, shrimp will be tough)
Consumed approx 110 oz water
Walked 2 miles

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AdvoCare Herbal (Group) Cleanse / Day 8

May 19th: Day 9
Upon waking drink a Spark (1 scoop or pkg per 8 oz of water—I actually do ⅔ scoop w/ 12 oz) with your Probiotic Restore Ultra pill pack (optional 3 Catalyst)

Within 30 minutes drink your fiber w/ 6-8 oz of water and don’t forget to chug it!
Within 30 minutes YOU NEED TO EAT!

BREAKFAST: Scrambled eggs (spinach, chia, peppers) and cantaloupe
SNACK:  Chocolate Chia pudding
LUNCH:  Mixed greens salad (brocolli, cuke, tomatoes, carrots and protein/pork)
SNACK:  Flax/almond crackers (5) w/ 3 oz tuna w/ grapes
DINNER: Pesto Shrimp over brown rice w/ steamed broccoli (w/ 4 OmegaPlex)
CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING:
1 cup unswt almond milk
1 scoop chocolate (DF) protein
1-2 Tbsp chia
Refridgerate for approx 30 min allowing it to thicken!

PESTO SHRIMP:

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional, for cheese flavor)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • sea salt and fresh pepper to taste

In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing.

Combine raw shrimp with pesto and marinate a few hours in a bowl.
Original recipe was for grilling purposes but I’ll cooked them on the stove top w/ a lil’ olive oil (approx 3-5 mins then flip for another 3-5 mins—do not overcook, shrimp will be tough)

“WHAT is chia?” That’s a question I get often because the only thing that comes to mind is chia pets—you mean you EAT that stuff? Oh boy do I! Chia is considered a nutrient-dense SUPERFOOD!  These lil’ seeds pack a powerful punch!  Energy – Fiber – Easy to digest – Protein – Omega3 – Vitamins – Minerals AND when soaked in water can be used as a replacement for eggs in baking recipes :)
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And YES, I do continue using my essential oils even when I’m cleansing!  Duh, Lemon in the water is a “natural” cleansing agent.  Water can get bland after a while so adding Lemon (or even Lime) to water boosts the taste as well as energy ;)  Grounding Blend on the bottom of my feet to start the day off right!  Frankincense for general good health.  Diffuse Peppermint with Wild Orange to help “wake” the kids for school.  HEY, after the cleanse, I’ll be sharing with you a Protective Blend SMOOTHIE that is uh-mazing…Ya’ll wanna hear something funny?  I got an email from my lil’ Princess’ doctors office that’s says “we miss you” Bahaha I bet they do!  Before essential oils we dolled out lotsa dollars to them about every 6 weeks!  I ain’t gonna lie, I’m glad they’re there…..if we ever need ’em again ;)

Consumed approx 110 oz water
Walked 2 miles

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AdvoCare Herbal (Group) Cleanse / Day 7

I apologize, it seems somewhere along the way I veared off the beaten path and forgot to post the daily (day ahead) menu plan :D  Whoopsie! Sorry y’all, I promise to do better from here on out :)

May 17th: Day 7 (MY day 7 was Mother’s Day)
Upon waking drink a Spark (1 scoop or pkg per 8 oz of water—I actually do ⅔ scoop w/ 12 oz) with your Probiotic Restore Ultra pill pack (optional 3 Catalyst)
Within 30 minutes YOU NEED TO EAT!

**Tomorrow/day 8 we are making another change to the morning routine—you will add the fiber pack back in AND you will NO LONGER be taking those big ole horse pills at night (unless you’ve forgotten a pack somewhere along the way in which case you will need to continue on that!).

Today being Sunday/church this will NOT be a difficult to menu day as I just do not have time :) Typically I go for a coconut protein shake and the kids will eat dietary approved cereal w/ vanilla rice milk but this being our group cleanse time I wanted to offer up a lil’ more than that (you’re welcome haha)

BREAKFAST: EZ (2 ingredient) Pancakes
SNACK: Kind bar (because I can eat this between Sunday School and Worship service)
LUNCH: Mixed greens salad (cucumber, broccoli, tomatoes and chicken)
SNACK: Muffin in a mug
DINNER: 6 oz filet w/ sweet potato, small side salad and a slice of pumpernickel bread (honey took us out to Outback before church service. As a Mother’s Day special they offered a choice of cheesecake or carrot cake as dessert with my steak but I only had a taste…and it wasn’t even good)

EZ (2 INGREDIENT) PANCAKES:
1 medium ripe banana (did you know GREEN bananas have less sugar?)
2 eggs
Using a bowl and a fork mash and combine the ingredients together until a batter is formed and most of the banana lumps disappear. In a large skillet over medium heat pour the batter to make the pancakes, grease the pan with coconut oil or butter. When the pancakes are starting to set and bubble on the top, turn and cook them on the other side. (Depending on the size of your banana this will only serve 1 adult, maybe adult and small child. These do not need syrup but if you think it needs something remember the “sugars” and you’re trying to AVOID those (try topping with a tsp of peanut butter or a drizzle of honey)

MUFFIN IN A MUG: (Chocolate version-single serve)
Crack 1 egg in a microwave safe mug
1 ½ Tbsp golden flax meal (grind flax seeds)
1 ½ Tbsp almond flour
1 heaping Tbsp unswt cocoa
2-4 tsp truvia (sweetener of choice–if leave this off, after cook drizzle w/ honey Mmm)
½ tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Get your workout in today by mixing this boogar all together
Microwave for 1 minute
You can actually whip some coconut cream with a lil’ added vanilla for a frosting and top w/ berries and oh my soul it’s to die for!

At bedtime be sure to take your “Herbal Cleanse Pill Pack” with some water. This is the LAST night for these (whew—aren’t you glad?).

You’ve been doing this long enough now that things should start becoming a habit. Water consumption should be easier now and eating often should feel more natural. I remember I literally had to eat by the clock when I first started, always keeping an eye on the time but now my body let’s me know <3

How do you feel? What positive changes are you feeling? Would you like to start sharing what you’re eating? Speaking of eating, it’s always wise to keep a food journal in order to know which foods might make you feel a certain way…bloated/inflammation, digestive upset, stool changes. You’ll find that some foods will cause you to stall or make you feel thinner. Some of them don’t sustain as long as others and some make you so “full” you’re not ready to eat after 3 hours. Learn to listen to you body! Are you eating enough?! You don’t have to eat a LOT, it’s more important to eat 5-6 smaller meals during the day than just 3 large ones but you still need to make sure you’re consuming enough. I know this concept is hard to understand but you have to eat to lose! Let me know how I can help you reach your goals and make this a successful journey :)

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AdvoCare Herbal (Group) Cleanse / Day 6

May 16th: Day 6
Upon waking drink a Spark (1 scoop or pkg per 8 oz of water—I actually do ⅔ scoop w/ 12 oz) with your Probiotic Restore Ultra pill pack (optional 3 Catalyst)
Within 30 minutes YOU NEED TO EAT!

BREAKFAST: Breakfast Scramble w/ fruit salad
SNACK: Raw veggies w/ red pepper hummus (can make your own w/ chana dahl beans aka chickpeas and tahini)
LUNCH: Thai Chicken Salad and ½ grapefruit
SNACK: Fridge fudge (whuuuut?) **hint it has protein and healthy fats
DINNER: Oven Fried Salmon Cakes with sauteed spinach (w/ 4 OmegaPlex)

So, it’s Saturday and as usual a very busy day! Breakfast was good but I probably wouldn’t fix it again (sweet potatoes and eggs :/ just a lil’ diff). The day was moving very smoothly along and my salad was just before heading out the door to a Bridal Shower (w/ my goodie bag in tow). My will power was going w/ me but something happened on the way there…I got so draggy, I felt tired and I started yawning to the point I bout choked haha (I don’t generally have a yawn until 2:30-3 in the afternoon). Got to the shower feeling “strong” but droopy. There was punch, you know, that delish shower punch and I thought this will perk me up…then something inside me went haywire and I grabbed a plate, finding myself involved in conversation I picked up 3 chips, 2 triskets and 2 chicken’n biscuit crackers but THEN when I sat, I realized I was eating CHEESE! It was a baked chicken and cheese dip…3 BITES IN I realized what I was doing and before I knew it lil’ bit dropped her chocolate cake on my plate which I DID reject but on the way out the door I grabbed 2 “wedding” cookies and a mini pineapple muffin (neither of which I even like on a regular basis but today seemed to be the best thing I ever tasted). Then I get home and my husband has worked in the yard all day and wants pizza—not the kind I make w/ GF crust, SF sauce and DF cheese but BILL’S Pizza (my favorite pizza joint). We went :/ Though I have that mentality of “what a busted cleanse” I know that a treat from time to time is not going to kill me…it may take me a day or so to stop feeling like poo but won’t kill me! ;) When we fall off the train we can’t lay in the ditch and wait for a crane to drive by we must ourselves up and jump back ON! You know that old saying, “No use crying over spilt milk” well same philosophy goes when we eat bad :)

BREAKFAST SCRAMBLE:
10 eggs, beaten
1 sweet potato, diced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium sized onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 pieces of lean turkey sausage, diced
2 teaspoons Garlic salt
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted
Cook the sausage according to the package directions. While sausage is cooking, cook the sweet potatoes, onion, bell pepper and garlic in a large frying pan with the coconut oil over medium heat. Once the onions are translucent, add the eggs to the frying pan and mix as they cook. Add the sausages and mix together over medium heat until the eggs are completely cooked. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week in the fridge and enjoy every morning or a ready-to-go snackable ;)
fruit salad

THAI CHICKEN SALAD:
Chicken tenders (or chicken breast)
Salad mix (prewashed in a bag or chop your own)
Peanut Sauce (found in the regular grocery store in the Asian aisle)
Lime juice
Sliced almonds
I cook chicken tenders and portion them out for 2 tenders per salad. I usually mix a tablespoon of the peanut sauce with a tiny bit of natural peanut butter because the sauce is kinda spicy and I want to mellow it out. (FYI- The peanut sauce does have some sugar!! You could use coconut oil but it will have a different flavor) I add a squeeze of lime and toss in the salad and chicken, topping with some sliced almonds for crunch

FRIDGE FUDGE:
4 scoops chocolate protein powder in food processor/blender
Add ⅔ c ground chia
⅔ c water
¾ c coconut cream (this is the thick part separated from the “milk” in a can of coconut milk)
Add 4 Tbsp coconut oil
4 oz melted unsweetened chocolate
Dash of vanilla
Sprinkle of Truvia (or sweetener) to taste
Process all until smooth
Spread mix ½” high on anything plastic and flexible such as a flexible cutting board or bendable plastic lid to fit in freezer for 15 mins
Before it gets too hard, take out and cut into small square
This recipe makes a LOT so you’ll want to freeze at least half of it and store the rest in fridge. I would HALF the recipe and then freeze HALF of that :)

OVEN FRIED SALMON CAKES:
1 (14.75 ounce) can wild-caught pink or red salmon
1 cup cooked (or canned) sweet potato, mashed
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
2 scallions, white and green, very thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning (I use a no-salt seasoning)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon hot sauce (I omit)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
zest from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons (melted) butter
garnish with any of these:
Olive Oil Mayo
Paleo Ranch Dressing
minced fresh parsley
Awesome Sauce
1. Preheat the oven to 425F and cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Drain the liquid from the salmon and using your fingers, crumble the fish into a large mixing bowl, removing the bones and flaking the fish. Add the sweet potato, eggs, almond flour, parsley, scallions, Old Bay Seasoning, salt, hot pepper sauce, paprika, black pepper, and lemon zest. Mix well and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
3. Brush the parchment paper with some of the melted ghee, then use a 1/3 measuring cup to scoop the cakes and drop them onto the parchment. The patties should be about 2 1/2 inches wide and about 1 inch thick. Brush the tops of the cakes with ghee, then bake for 20 minutes. Carefully flip each patty with a spatula and return to the oven. (Brush with more ghee if that tickles your fancy.) Bake an additional 10 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and your sauce of choice.

At bedtime be sure to take your “Herbal Cleanse Pill Pack” with some water.
You have been at this for a week now! How do you feel? Are you sticking to the basics of the plan w/ your cleanse or are you like me and need variety? I hope you’re keeping up w/ your water consumption, hydration is important on so many levels but during your cleanse it is helping you to flush out those toxins!

I ain’t gonna lie, I don’t like pointing out my “failures” but there are some in my life who think I never fall off the health wagon. I wish I was “perfect” like some of my friends seem to think but I have to tell them “just read my posts” and for some reason it makes them feel better to know that I’m “human” too <3

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AdvoCare Herbal (Group) Cleanse / Day 5

May 15th: Day 5
Upon waking drink a Spark (1 scoop or pkg per 8 oz of water—I actually do ⅔ scoop w/ 12 oz) with your Probiotic Restore Ultra pill pack (optional 3 Catalyst)
Within 30 minutes YOU NEED TO EAT!

BREAKFAST: Sweet Crunchy Oatmeal topped w/ berries
SNACK: CocoProtein
LUNCH: Tuna salad w/ avocado and grapes (hair day woohoo)
SNACK: Maple Spiced Pecans w/ a small apple
DINNER: Chicken yakisoba (w/ 4 OmegaPlex)

SWEET CRUNCHY OATMEAL: (serves 1)
½-1 cup oats
1 date, pit removed (IF you need, I omit this sweetener)
Sprinkling of pumpkin seeds (optional for crunch)
Drizzle of maple syrup or raw honey
Splash of almond milk
Sprinkling of cinnamon
Cook oatmeal as you normally would. Add it to a bowl. Chop up the date. Add a splash of almond milk, a drizzle of maple syrup/honey, the chopped dates, and the pumpkin seeds to your oatmeal. Top with cinnamon. I even added some dehydrated strawberries :p
swt crunchy oatmeal

PROTEIN SMOOTHIE:
1 cup water
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
½ – 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1½ Tbsp cocoa powder
2 packets Truvia (1½ tsp.)
Hearty dash vanilla
Hearty pinch salt (don’t skimp as the salt really rounds out the flavors)
1 tsp. coconut oil
Heat the water and coconut oil til melted. Mix all the other ingredients to your blender of choice (I use a Vitamix and I do have a personal blender type size as well). Add the heated water/almond milk and blend well until everything is smooth. Drink up! (Add ice if want thicker consistency then blend until smooth again)

MAPLE SPICED PECANS:
2 cups raw pecans
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp chipotle or chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix all spices together with maple syrup in a bowl. Add pecans to the bowl and coat well. Pour pecans on a double layer of tin foil on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring the pecans every 5 minutes. After 15 mins, try a pecan (let it cool for a minute first!) and see if it’s crunchy and roasted. If not, cook another 5 mins.
As soon as they’re done, remove from oven and spoon nuts into a bowl. If you leave them on the foil too long, they will stick to the foil. Allow the nuts to cool. It’s ok if some of them stick together, you can break them apart once they’re cooled! Once they are cooled off (I even threw mine in the fridge to cool them quicker) – they aren’t sticky. They’re perfect.

CHICKEN YAKISOBI: (serves 4-6)
4 chicken breasts cut into strips
½ head of cabbage, cut in long strips
1 head of broccoli
¾ c shredded carrots
1 small onion
¼” fresh grated ginger (I use ½ tsp spice b/c I don’t use real ginger often enough to buy fresh)
¼ c Soy sauce (I make a homemade soy-free sauce or can use Braggs liquid or coconut aminos)
¼ c Worcestershire (I omit)
2 Tbsp Ketchup (I make SF ketchup)
1 Tbsp brown sugar (I make SF brown sugar, you could replace w/ 1 tsp molasses or honey)
3 Tbsp coconut oil for cooking (original recipe calls for 2 Tbsp sesame and 1 Tbsp peanut oils)

This dish calls for “ramen noodles” but I either leave noodles out all together OR I’ve added cooked quinoa to the dish after everything is prepared.
Heat oil in skillet, add onion and the grated ginger, saute for about 30 seconds (it’s okay if it sticks to the pan but don’t let it burn). Add the chicken strips and cook until they are no longer pink (about five minutes each side). Once the chicken is cooked through, add all of the vegetables. Stir, cover and cook until veggies are wilted (I typically cook everything all together for approx 15-20 mins)

At bedtime be sure to take your “Herbal Cleanse Pill Pack” with some water.

I have a lot of people wanting an actual DESSERT! Sometimes the sweetness of fruit or even a piece of chocolate doesn’t do much for the rest of the family. When you are moving away from a refined sugar diet to a sugar-free one (whether short or long term) does not mean that your desire for sweet just goes away! I can promise you it DOES get easier and eventually that fruit becomes sweeter and even sometimes too sweet (hard to imagine I know but you’ll see), you may even find after 10 days that you no longer WANT the same things you did before :)

But FOR NOW let’s concentrate on “better options”. Costco has “Cashew Clusters” (cashews, almonds, cane sugar, pumpkin seed kernels, rice syrup, sea salt and honey), this can easily be duplicated at home but they are a great choice. “Crunchy Rice Rollers” are slightly sweetened rice cakes that are delish alone or dipped in natural peanut butter for added pleasure (but these are white rice so an even BETTER choice could be brown rice regular rice cakes). But what about chips, crackers and cookies? Kale CHIPS are a big hit in our home and oh the health benefits of kale are too much to dive into right now (but they are one of the best food items you can put into your body), break up leaves, drizzle w/ EVOO, salt/pepper and maybe even a sprinkle of nutritional yeast then bake at 300 for about 10-15 mins. Make your own sweet potatoe chips and apple chips. “Harvest Stone” CRACKERS are brown rice, sesame and flax and they are so good alone or as a “side” for your chicken and tuna salads, crumble up on top of mixed green salads for a yummy crunch. Even Nabisco makes “GF Rice Thins” that are an acceptable replacement for those buttery sweet captains wafers smile emoticon You can make some homemade Rosemary Almond Flour Crackers Mmmm! Always be sure to pay close attention to serving sizes! AND you can always look through old posts for acceptable snack and dessert items like emoticon

Now, the topic you’ve all been waiting for (drum roll please)—

COOKIES..how about some No-Bake Cinnamon:
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
Heat chocolate chips, oil, honey, and almond butter in a sauce pan on medium heat. Melt the chocolate chips until they are a smooth consistency. Turn off the heat and add cinnamon, nuts and coconut. Be sure to coat everything in the chocolate. Drop a spoonful on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until hardened.

OR Energy Bites (like cookies in a ball)
1 Cup oats
3 Tbsp Ground Chia
3 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds, Coarsely Chopped
2-3 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
2/3 Cup Nut Butter (I use almond)
1/3 Cup Maple Syrup OR Raw Honey
2 tsp Vanilla
1/3 – 1/2 Cup Mix-Ins (such as Raisins, Dried Cranberries, or Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips-or a combination of all)
1. In large bowl, combine Oats, Ground Chia, Seeds, Cacao Powder, Cinnamon, and Sea Salt. Add in Nut Butter, Maple Syrup, Vanilla, and Mix-Ins. Mix until just combined.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 1 Tbsp of mixture and roll between hands into ball. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat until all the mixture is used. Depending on the size, this should make about 20-30 balls.
3. Place cookie sheet in refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set. Once chilled, store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

OR MY FAVORITE just plain ole chocolate chip cookies
1 3/4 cup oat flour (you can make this by grinding oats)
3/4 cup coconut sugar
2 flax or chia “eggs” (1 Tbsp of chia or flax + 3 Tbsp of water = 1 egg)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, chia eggs, oil, vanilla and salt, and stir well to create a uniform dough. Fold in the chocolate chips, then scoop the dough onto the lined baking sheet, leaving about 1 1/2-inches of space between the cookies. Gently flatten the dough with your fingers, as these cookies won’t spread too much with baking.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are lightly golden and the edges are firm. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
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