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AdvoCare Herbal (Group) Cleanse / Day 5

on May 17, 2015

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.
cookies

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂

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