Strawberry Floats-Dairy Free

I’ve teamed up with my friends over at California Strawberries again to bring you a healthier take on a classic ice cream float. Instead of traditional soda and Ice Cream, I made my own strawberry soda by adding a simple homemade strawberry syrup made with fresh California Strawberries and unrefined sugar! I then topped it with mineral water and dairy free vanilla Ice Cream. You can choose to keep the strawberry syrup kind of chunky so you get yummy bits as you scoop them up with your Ice Cream or puree it so it’s easier to drink through a straw, I’ll leave that one up to you!

As you probably already know, we adore California Strawberries around here! If you’re looking for another healthy snack involving these cute blushing berries, check out my Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats I created with them last year. It’s a good one folks, I can’t believe I’m using “folks” now in my vocab lol! My dad, a fellow entreprenuer, uses that in his TV and radio ads, haha! I guess it’s true that you become more and more like your parents the older you get, time to down more of these floats to bring me back to my childhood again ;)

I love that this recipe is healthier, paleo and vegan friendly, easy to prepare and tastes great too! Did you know that strawberries are low in sugar, score, with just 50 calories per one cup serving? And they are packed with beneficial antioxidants and vitamin c, so I try to get in my serving of 8 strawberries a day. Plus, strawberries just scream summertime and are the perfect snack, you’ll want to make this float all summer long! Pinky promise with ice cream and a strawberry on top!

Strawberry Floats-Dairy Free

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. sparkling water
  • 2 scoops dairy free vanilla ice cream
    strawberry syrup:
  • 16 fresh California strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey/maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan bring strawberries, honey/maple syrup and water to a boil over medium heat. Mash strawberries as they cook to break them down & release more juices. Once boiling reduce to medium-low heat and cook for an additional 8 mins. Remove from heat and let cool. Add to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for a few hours.
  2. Divide strawberry syrup mixture between 2 tall glasses. Pour in equal amounts of sparkling water and stir to combine. Top each with a scoop of dairy free vanilla ice cream, serve immediately with a straw & spoon.
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The California Strawberry Commission. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

The Best Paleo Hamburger Buns

One of my favorite long weekends of the year is finally here and I wanted to make it a special one! Memorial day is the perfect time to bust out the grill and impress your loved ones with a delicious meal! Last year I made it special by serving my Easy Chicken Pesto Kebabs and honoring the memory of an incredible individual.

Most of the time I use veggies in place of buns when barbecuing, but on special occasions I like to bust out a grain free bun that reminds me of me of my gluten loving childhood. There’s something so nostalgic about a seedy carby bun topped with a juicy burger, slippery sauces and all the trimmings!

This bun recipe is one I have been serving for awhile now, but just haven’t shared yet. My nieces who eat a modified paleo diet request them for birthday parties and really enjoy them, I wanted to pass on the goodness so you can enjoy them with your family too! Not only are they grain and gluten free, but nut free as well. A lot of paleo bread recipes contain nut flours but this one uses cassava flour making it a nut free alternative for my friends out there who can’t have them!

If you need ideas of what else you can make so these cuties don’t seem so lonely, My Patriotic Coleslaw and Red White & blue strawberries would be perfect to serve along side some tasty hamburgers inside these yummy buns. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can also whip up my Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches for unforgettable summer dessert! What better way to usher in summer than with all the fun BBQ foods YOU can enjoy?!

The Best Paleo Hamburger Buns

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-5

Ingredients

    Hamburger Buns:
  • 1 cup cassava flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp psyllium husk powder
  • 1/4 cup pastured lard or bacon fat, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
    Topping:
  • 1 egg white, whisked
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add all hamburger bun ingredients to a food processor, mix until well combined and a ball of dough forms.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and divide dough into 5 equal sized pieces for average sized burgers or divide into 4 equal sized pieces for larger burgers.
  4. Roll each piece into a ball and then flatten and form into a bun shape with your hands.
  5. Place each dough bun onto the lined baking sheet, brush egg wash on tops of buns and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25 mins. or until center is cooked through, can broil on high for a few mins. to brown tops if desired.
  7. Slice in half and serve.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/05/the-best-paleo-hamburger-buns/

Lava Flow Mocktails with Collagen

Drinks like this remind me of our honeymoon to the Caribbean. We took a cruise starting in Puerto Rico and visited places like St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados and St. Thomas. Although I wish we could’ve spent a whole week on our fave island, St. Lucia!

Sipping on drinks like this have me planning out a whole new trip there in my head, even if it’s just a pipe dream. But really, please take me back!!

I want to hike the Piton mountains this time, do more snorkeling and spend most days lying on the beach sipping drinks like this (even if they don’t have any rum in them lol!) I made this mocktail version of a lava flow but added in some gut healing and skin boosting collagen. It helps with all the things alcohol doesn’t making it a healthier but “this still tastes naughty” option. I’ll turn a blind eye if you want to make it into a cocktail though, haha!

This drink also contains some healthy fats and it’s dairy free and refined sugar free! I created it with my friends over at Vitacost! I want to give them a huge hug every time I get my delivery! They make my life so much easier by keeping my pantry stocked full of healthier products like the collagen and coconut cream used in these drinks and I don’t even have to get out of my pj’s to shop! Cheers to healthy summer drinks and to shopping in your PJ’s!

Lava Flow Mocktails with Collagen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 2 cups of frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 2 cans of Native Forest coconut cream
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons of Vital Proteins collagen peptides
  • 3 tablespoons of Vitacost maple syrup, divided
  • salt
  • lemon

Instructions

  1. Add frozen strawberries, 2 tbsp maple syrup, filtered water, pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice to a high speed blender and purée.
  2. Transfer the strawberry mix to a large measuring cup/bowl and set aside.
  3. Clean out your blender and add in pineapple, blend until liquified and add in coconut cream,1 tbsp maple syrup, collagen pepetides, pinch of salt, a squeeze of lemon juice and ice. Blend until slushy.
  4. Fill your cups equally with the strawberry mixture, slowly pour the pineapple mixture on top.
  5. Slide a chopstick carefully up the sides of the cup to create a fun lava flow effect.
  6. Garnish with pineapple wedges and serve.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/05/lava-flow-mocktails-with-collagen/

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Whole30 Baked Zucchini Fries with Garlic Basil Aioli

I’m having a love affair with fries this month, first it was all about the Carnitas Street Fries and now these Baked Zucchini Fries are having a moment in my kitchen. I can’t say I’m mad about it though, healthier fries still taste amazing. Plus they take any meal from ordinary to somethin to talk about at the next neighborhood bbq :)

The best way to keep them crispy is to give them enough space on the pan. If you crowd them too much they will just steam and you won’t achieve that crispy exterior everyone loves. Slimy limp fries are just sad and no one wants that! I like to cut mine fairly thin so they cook up faster about 1/4” thick.

Baked zucchini fries were one of the very first recipes I made when I started eating Paleo. One bite and Matt and I were instantly in love! I remember thinking, if I can eat this on a Paleo diet, count me in! Have you had zucchini fries? And if you have, have you dipped them in a garlic basil aioli? Sweet serendipity they’re GOOD!

You can use my homemade easy mayo to make the aioli or a paleo/Whole30 friendly one you like to speed up the process. Just be prepared because when you add in the basil and garlic, magic will happen! Dunk your crispy fries into them and you will want to give me a big ol hug, or you can just email me to thank me lol!

Whole30 Baked Zucchini Fries with Garlic Basil Aioli

Ingredients

    For the baked zucchini fries:
  • 2-3 zucchini, washed & dried
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
    For the garlic basil aioli dip:
  • 4 tbs mayo
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Slice zucchini into even sized pieces about 1/4” thick.
  3. Grab 2 wide shallow bowls, add whisked eggs to one & then the almond flour & spices to another.
  4. Dip each squash fry into the egg wash & then dredge in the almond flour mix (use one hand for the egg & the other for the flour mix). Make sure to coat well & shake off any excess.
  5. Place fries onto parchment covered baking sheets with a nice amount of room between each one.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 mins or until browned & crispy, making sure to flip half way between.
  7. While fries are cooking mix together all aioli ingredients and refrigerate until fries are done. Dip baked zucchini fries into the aioli & enjoy!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/05/whole30-baked-zucchini-fries-with-garlic-basil-aioli/

Carnitas Sweet Potato Street Fries

Wow! This recipe has been a long time coming as so many of you requested I share it after teasing you for months on my instagram stories with it! I already had my Easy Instant Pot Carnitas recipe up, but I started making it this way pretty regularly on the weekend for Matt and I to grub down on, and…well…I wanted to pass on the love! When your husband tells you that you make sweet potato fries better than any restaurant, you pay attention! Then when he asks you for your secret, you know you have to pass on the goodness! Not to mention it is whole30 friendly, praise the food gods! You can make my Easy Classic Guacamole to top it with or just use store bought, although homemade is always better IMO!

I could tell you ALL the problems I had trying to take the photos, download them to my computer and then get the blog post up in time for Cinco De Mayo, but I won’t bore you with that story, lol! All I have to say is that when I run into that many problems getting a recipe up, I know that it”s going to be a good one! So with out further ado, here is the recipe sure to bring a fiesta to your weekend, whether you celebrate Cinco De Mayo or not!

Carnitas Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients

    For the Sweet Potato Fries:
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed & dried
  • 2 tbs avocado oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
    For the Chipotle Aioli sauce:
  • 4 tbs mayo
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Make the recipe for my Easy Carnitas , shred and refrigerate, crisp up in the oven just before serving.
  2. Make the recipe for my Classic Guacamole and refrigerate for later.
  3. Make the chipotle aioli sauce by adding all ingredients to a bowl and mix together well, refrigerate for later.
  4. Set oven to 425 degrees
  5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Slice sweet potatoes in half and then those halfs in half. Slice in to 1/4" strips and then into equal sized pieces. The smaller and more uniform you make them, the crispier and more evenly cooked they will be.
  7. Place an equal amount of sweet potato fries on both lined baking sheet, drizzle each pan with 1 tbs oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Mix well with hands, and make sure to give each fry enough space to crisp up, don't crowd them.
  9. Place both baking sheets in the oven and bake for 15 mins. and then flip. Check in 5 min increments from then on until fries are browned and crispy. Should take between 20-30 mins depending on how crispy you like them.
  10. Let cool until you can safely handle them . Add to serving plates, top with the crispy carnitas, guacamole and chipotle aioli sauce. Garnish with any other toppings you love and enjoy!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/05/carnitas-sweet-potato-street-fries/

Easy Peasy Classic Guacamole

Easy peasy guacamole for any day of the week! Because what is life without Guacamole?! As a native Californian if you don’t know how to make guacamole, people give you the stink eye, lol! This is such a great dip for grain free chips or veggies. I love to add to my Jicama Street Tacos or top on my Carnitas Fries for some extra goodness! This recipe is paleo and Whole30 Friendly too!

You basically just add the magical mixture of some pretty simple to find items and you will be in guacamole heaven! It’s easy peasy limey squeezy!

Easy Peasy Classic Guacamole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Category: appetizer

Cuisine: Mexican

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 medium avocados peeled & de-seeded
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 diced jalapeño (seeds removed for less heat)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Scoop avocado flesh into a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze lime juice on top along with salt, pepper & cumin.
  3. Use a fork to mash avocados to the consistency of your liking.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño & garlic.
  5. Serve with chips, veggies or along with your favorite meal!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/05/easy-peasy-classic-guacamole/

 

 

 

 

Whole30 Chicken Salad BLT Avocado Cups

Fellow foodie meet your new bestie, Whole30 Chicken Salad BLT Avocado Cups! The easiest, most tasty, healthy meal evahhh!! Use a ready made compliant rotisserie chicken from your supermarket and all your wildest dreams will come true (name that movie) I know, I know, cheesy but kind of true! If you’ve ever done a Whole30 you know that easy meals can really save your life! And this one is waving at you, it’s destiny!

I also used Primal Kitchen Mayo to make this even more of a breeze, but you can always use my Easy Whole30 Mayo too! This one is great for those who want something uber delicious but also simple to assemble for any meal of the day! Pre-cook the bacon ahead of time in the oven and you will thank me! Oven bacon is the bees knees, trust mean this one! I added in roasted pistachios which aren’t traditionally in a BLT but they add a great crunch factor and just up the flavor profile, making your taste buds happy campers!

I had fun creating this recipe with my favorite peeps over at Vitacost . They always help make my life a walk in the park by carrying all of my favorite Paleo and Whole30 friendly ingredients to keep my kitchen stocked! They carry tons of organic, gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO products, hallelujah! I’m so glad I found them!

I make these for my husband’s lunches because he adores them. When prepping them ahead of time make sure to squeeze some lemon juice on the tops of the avocados to keep them from browning. You can FIND THE RECIPE for these cuties over on the Vitacost website! You won’t even miss the bread, I pinky promise you!

Paleo Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

I figured since it’s December it’s finally acceptable to start posting all the cozy winter drinks, even if it’s still not that cold in California compared to the rest of the country. I mean it was 40 degrees when I woke up this morning and I kinda felt like I was going to die, ha ha! Well not really but I have become wayyyy too acclimated to California weather after living in basically the North Pole (Idaho) in college.

I remember the very first time I busted my arse slipping on ice while walking to class and having my nose hairs freeze to icicles only to instantly defrost once I walked into my classes, yikes! Oooh the fond memories of living in the arctic lol! I was a California girl through and through though, no matter how long I lived there I still was the crazy girl wearing flip flops in the snow. One thing that got me through the brutal winters there was hot chocolate, lotttts and lotttts of it!!

I wish I had this peppermint white hot chocolate recipe when I was there, I think it would have been the perfect drink on those blustery days! It has such a creamy, buttery flavor with a wonderful pop of peppermint that just makes it outta this world yummy! You can find the RECIPE HERE! You could also add my homemade marshmallows to make this hot chocolate epic!

I had so much fun creating this recipe with my friends over at Vitacost, they always make my shopping experience amazing! So many great paleo options to shop on their site with deals every day and SUPER fast shipping, like Amazon Prime fast you guyssss! I hope you make a mug of this belly warming drink to help you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

We’re about 2 weeks away from the official start of summer, but it’s 90 degrees here in the Sacramento Valley so summer has pretty much arrived! We’re basically swimming in strawberries at our house because, well, what’s not to love about strawberries?! I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who doesn’t adore them! You can make just about anything with them from sweet (like my Strawberry Balsamic Coconut Cream Popsicles & Chocolate Strawberry Hearts) to savory dishes, they never let you down, amiright?! These Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats are on the savory side because all I can think about in this heat is fresh juicy strawberries, avocado and seafood! It was only natural to combine them into a fun and fresh new recipe, one that will take you away to Cabo with the first bite.

I always feel like it’s summer as soon as these beautiful ruby red berries start popping up here in Northern California. California Strawberries have my heart, I remember as a kid, we used to grow them in our back yard and I always hated when the snails got ahold of them, like seriously the worst thing to discover as a strawberry loving child, all your strawberries eaten by these little pests! Luckily my grandparents lived just down the street with raised planters full of strawberries, so we never went without. My grandma always made gobs of jam during the summer, some of my fondest memories are making fruit jams in the kitchen with her. As kids my cousins and I used to slather her strawberry jam all over homemade bread and devour it all summer long! My face was always sticky with strawberry jam at grandma’s house, it was a special time and place!

Sadly I don’t have any strawberry plants right in my own backyard anymore, but I really don’t have to worry because they are available year round! California produces 90% of the nations strawberries, so cool right?  I love that I can find my beloved Organic California Strawberries at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores for just a few bucks during the peak season! It’s better than Christmas in my opinion! I picked up a big flat of them at the market to create these dreamy Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats. They’re a perfect no cook recipe to add to your list so you don’t have to turn on the oven and heat up the house when it’s unbearable outside!

You may not have thought that strawberries could work in a recipe like this, but I assure you that strawberries make a great substitute for tomatoes. Like tomatoes they are high in acidity and are sweet, but not too sweet! What’s great is that there is an abundance of ripe strawberries right now so they are a wonderful addition to many savory dishes instead of tomatoes.

Here are some reasons (as if you already needed them) to be loving more on these beautiful little berries!

-They are rich in Vitamin C! One serving of 8 Strawberries will give you more than an orange!

-They are lower in sugar compared to other fruits but packed full of flavor!

-These cute little berries are red to remind you they are packed full of nutrients that may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. This is an important one to my family as my husband is a stroke survivor!

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of raw shrimp, deveined (can use cooked)
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 3/4 c. strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 c. white onion, diced
  • 1-2 rounded tbsp. jalapeño, diced
  • 1/2 c. lime juice (enough to cover shrimp so they cook evenly)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut your avocados in half and remove the pit. Squeeze lime juice on top, sprinkle salt on them, place on a serving dish and set aside.
  2. Chop shrimp into bite sized pieces. In a medium shallow container add the shrimp, lime juice, strawberries, onions, cilantro and jalapeño. Let marinate until the shrimp is no longer see-through but opaque, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. After shrimp has marinated, add salt and pepper to taste and mix the ceviche well.
  4. Add the ceviche to the center of each avocado boat. Garnish with more cilantro, strawberries and red pepper flakes if desired. Serve chilled.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2017/06/strawberry-ceviche-avocado-boats/

I hope you love the recipe, and don’t for get to get your 8 a day! For more delicious strawberry recipes and inspiration visit the California Strawberries Website!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The California Strawberry Commission. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Whole 30 Chicken Veggie Poppers

Chicken veggie poppers

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fun blogger’s retreat in gorgeous Monterey, California. We toured an incredible strawberry farm and ate the most delicious food all made with, you guessed it, strawberries. I cannot wait to share with you what I learned! Stay tuned for that post soon!

While I was there, I was able to reflect on why I eat the way I do, and the healing that has come from years of eating real foods that make my body feel so good. I started my paleo journey with a Whole30, that soon turned into a love of making and eating food the way it was intended to be eaten, preservative & chemical free.

The whole30 really changed my life and I will forever be grateful for that gift. That is why I just adore creating whole30 recipes. They are simple yet so flavorful and they give me the energy I need to get through the day without crashing.

I have gotten so many compliments on this recipe. While I don’t have kids, many moms tell me that their kids LOVE them, and that makes my heart sing! They’re the perfect finger food and once you pop, you can’t stop (I had to) They’re seriously the funnest thing ever to eat!!  They make me feel like a kid all over again, and I love that so, so much!

I think the great thing about them, is that everything is packed into one delicious bite, the protein, fat & veggies! That way you don’t have to worry about you or you little ones eating everything on the plate, because you get it all in each bite you take! How awesome is that?! Finger lickin, chicken good!!

I’m so excited to finally have this recipe on the blog!! It’s one of the many recipes that I have shared on my Instagram, my Facebook page as well as the Whole30 recipes social media pages. I am slowly getting all my Whole30 recipes on here so you can find them easier and also pin them from here to Pinterest. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my little family does…the cat even likes them ;) Total score!

Chicken veggie poppers-Whole30

Ingredients

    For the poppers
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of grated zucchini
  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 2 tbsp. of sliced green onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced & sautéed
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill (can use dried)
  • 1 tsp. coconut aminos (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Olive oil, for cooking
    For the garlic dill aioli sauce
  • 1/4 cup of homemade mayo
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh or dried dill
  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°.
  2. Line a pan with foil and grease with a bit of olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Add a bit of olive oil to a pan and sauté minced garlic until fragrant. Set aside.
  4. Grate zucchini and carrots in a food processor and set aside.
  5. Wash chicken and pat dry.
  6. Put chicken thighs, grated zucchini, grated carrots, green onion, dill, sautéed garlic, cumin, Coconut aminos and salt-and-pepper into your blender/food processor and grind up together for a few minutes until all ingredients are Incorporated.
  7. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of your meat mixture onto your greased baking sheet and use hands to flatten and mold a bit.
  8. Brush tops of chicken poppers with oil.
  9. Bake at 400° for approximately 25 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  10. You can broil for an additional 3 mins. If you want them to brown up a bit more.
  11. Serve with a side of guacamole, salsa or an aioli sauce. I like mine with a garlic dill aioli.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2016/06/whole30-chicken-veggie-poppers/

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