New Year, New Recipe–Kale Chips

Happy 2015!! I just made homemade Kale Chips for the first time and I have to share. Preheat oven to 300. You will need the following ingredients:

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Note that this is my first time making and so all I had was baby kale. Next time I will not use baby kale as they were very tender and easily broke when trying to remove them from the baking sheet. I was able to carefully pick up the majority of the cooked chips, but just FYI, next time I will try regular kale.

I used what would fit on my baking sheet, which was about two handfuls of the kale, stems removed. In separate bowl, whisk approx 1 tbs olive oil and 1/2 tbs Braggs’s together. Pour over the kale and toss until evenly spread. Place the kale evenly on your baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet with another baking sheet and bake for approx 10 minutes or until crispy.

This was my finished Kale:

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Hearty Tomato Basil Chicken Soup

I made this yesterday for my husband and I who are on Day 13 of our 2nd AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. We made it through our cleanse–woop woop!! This was so delicious and perfect for the cold weather day we had yesterday. We had the leftovers for dinner tonight. It was perfect!! If you are doing the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, I would recommend this recipe for when you are past the Cleanse Phase (day 11 or after). Hope you enjoy:-)

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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic

2 stalks celery, sliced or chopped

2 carrots, sliced and peeled

3 cans diced tomatoes (no salt added)

1 can cannellini beans

3 cups shredded (cooked) chicken–I used an organic rotisserie chicken using no skin or fat and white meat

2 to 3 handfuls fresh spinach

1/4 cup fresh basil (I tore mine into small pieces)

Dash crushed red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste (I only used pepper)

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute or two. Add in the remaining ingredients. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Then cook on low and simmer for at least 20 minutes. I let mine cook about 45 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.

This should serve 4 to 6 bowls.

My Advisor Order–where do I put it all?!

So I just unpacked all my shipment boxes and here it all is….

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Have I mentioned how amazing the Gingerbread bars are? Umm, I ordered NINE boxes!! If you want to try one, let me know:-) And let’s not even get started on SPARK!! Not sure if you can tell, but there are 5 boxes of the Grape pouches and 2 grape canisters and 2 boxes of the fruit punch pouches and 2 fruit punch canisters. Can you tell what our favorites are? 🙂 As I was unpacking I couldn’t resist trying for the 1st time the Tropical multivitamin chews and the DHA purple champ chews and they both did not disappoint!! So delicious and I’m thrilled to have vitamins that I know my boys will LOVE!

Friends and Family–you have to see what all these products are about. I would not be sharing if I didn’t love them myself and know and trust in AdvoCare!

Until next post,

Shana

 

Ladies Alive Nashville 2013

Yesterday I attended my very 1st Advocare event and oh my, it was life changing! If you have been considering going to a Ladies Alive (or any Advocare event), I highly recommend it. I have known for a few months now that the products are amazing and they work. I feel fantastic! But now I have had the opportunity to see what Advocare is about. I am recharged, inspired, encouraged and motivated–to spread the word about Advocare and help change people’s lives BUT to also make myself better and stronger. This weekend made ME want to be better. Thank you for that!! Here are some keywords that stand out for me: brave, warrior, united, determined, resilient, powerful, endurance, strength, hope, faith, love, desire, passionate, friendships. The first picture below is of my Advocare mentor and myself at the event. We are long time graduate school friends and we hadn’t seen each other in over 8 years!!

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Until next post,

Shana

SPARK: My favorites

I can definitely see why Spark is one of Advocare’s best sellers. As an avid coffee drinker and lover, it has been an easy transition from coffee to Spark. While I did give up coffee completely during my two pregnancies, other than that, I NEVER went without it. And I am sure I will have coffee again, but I must say that I am enjoying and welcoming the switch to Spark! So far into our 24day challenge, my husband and I have had the Mandarin Orange Spark, Watermelon, Fruit Punch, Grape and Cherry Flavors. My least favorites are the Mandarin Orange Spark. For me personally, I will probably only have this flavor when mixing with the fiber drink during the cleanse phase. And then this morning I tried cherry for the first time and thought it was just okay. My favorites are watermelon and fruit punch and then my TOP favorite so far is without a doubt the……

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GRAPE SPARK!!! It was sooooo good and yummy!! I can’t wait to have another one and so, when I enjoy something as much as I did the grape spark, it makes giving up the coffee that much easier!!!

Until next time,

Shana