mediterranean diet
March Newsletter 2011
March Newsletter 2011
Lemon Broccoli with Avocado
Meatless Mondays
CYH Blog - Healthy Chocolate, Superfoods, India, Vit D & more
Nutritional Yeast

CYH-new photo2Finally, warmer days keep teasing us, assuring us that Spring is in the near future (just a few weeks away!).  Although you can go on a detox diet at any time, Springtime has traditionally been regarded the most important time of the year to cleanse.   However, there are so many different detox diets out there that it can be confusing!  Download my Spring Clean Your Body, Mind & Soul tips for an overall cleanse.  Read over the tips and see if you think it's something that you could embrace, even if there are just a few things you'd like to incorporate into your routine to cleanse.  As with everything else, I encourage you to find what works best for you.  Included in this newsletter is a simple, detoxifying recipe below. 

As many of you know, I embarked on my second trip to India last month and arrived home safely.  It was yet another enlightening and terrific experience.  When you have a chance, please read my blog post about it which has my pictures for you to view. 

For those of you who are local, I've picked up another yoga class and will now be teaching every Saturday morning at Fair Haven Yoga Studio at 9am for a 75-minute challenging yoga flow.  Please stop in!


I appreciate being able to share my newsletter with you.  Feel free to pass this along to anyone you feel may be interested.  Wishing you health & happiness!


Lauren Forney, HHC, RYT, AADP
Holistic Health Counselor
Registered Yoga Teacher

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Lemon Broccoli with Avocado
Before I say anything else, I'd like to point out that this is the FIRST recipe that I've ever suggested that contains brocolli!  Not that I have a problem with it (I actually LOVE it), but I feel that people view brocolli as boring and "healthy" when it's actually delicious, nutritious and super simple to make!  But I've digressed.  Incorporating dark leafy green vegetables into your diet is a fantastic way to cleanse your body from the inside out!  Here is a simple recipe below that takes about 15 minutes to whip up. 
lemon broccoli
2 bunches broccoli
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
teaspoon sea salt
1 ripe avocado 

Chop broccoli into bite-size pieces, keeping stems separate from crowns. Fill a pot with 1 inch of water, place a steamer basket inside, cover and heat to boiling. Add stem pieces and steam for 2 minutes. Then add crown pieces, cover and  steam for 5 minutes while you prepare other ingredients.  In a mixing bowl, combine the juice of the lemon, the olive oil and salt.  Chop the avocado into chunks and add to the bowl.  Add the warm broccoli to the bowl, mix gently and serve.  I love this dish over some fluffy cooked quinoa sprinkled with goji berries!
Meatless Mondays
March to the beet of a different drumstick!meatless monday animals
Many of you may already know, I'm a dairy-free vegetarian.  I began eliminating meat products at the very young age of 12 and have never looked back.  My evolving herbivore diet has been a beautiful process that I continue to love and enjoy, however, I never push it upon others to go vegan/vegetarian.  I will always admit though, that lessening your consumption of meat (and dairy!) will (almost always) significantly improve your health.  I have been a longtime fan of the Meatless Monday movement, and like to remind everyone of it every now and then because it is so beneficial to your health along with the environment.  If you can't seem to give up meat, no worries, everyone's body requires different needs.  Just please make sure to consume high-quality animal products that are organic and free-range.  In the meantime, everyone can try to go meatless on Mondays!  Check out their site and sign the pledge to go meatless one day of each week.  There are endless recipes and inspiring articles for you to read.  Remember, all of my recipes are always vegetarian, so contact me for any ideas or questions you may have about vegetarianism.  I had NO guidance growing up vegetarian until I went back to school for nutrition, so I am passionate about helping those who want to do it correctly. 
Center Your Health's BLOG
If you haven't gotten around to checking out my blog, here are some of the things I've been blogging about this past month.  I hope you enjoy!

 Chocolate Banana Super Milkshake
 Prevent Vitamin D Deficiency
 10 Superfoods by David Wolfe
 Different Styles of Yoga
 CYH's Songs of the Moment: The King of Limbs
A Wedding in Colorful Chennai, India
 Dark Chocolate = Healthy Chocolate
Wellness Tip of the Month
  nutrition yeast
Nutritious Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast has been one of my favorite condiments since going meatless. Nutritional yeast is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses, then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging the yeast.  Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12, so if you're vegan, it's a good idea to add some to your food regularly. Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of your health food store. You can look for either nutritional yeast flakes or powder, but be sure you don't get brewer's yeast by mistake, as its quite similar in appearance.

Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce.  I use it in place of Parmesan cheese all the time and it's fantastic!




Lauren offers one-hour in home presentations on a variety of different nutrition topics.  Giveaways, handouts, recipes and light snacks are provided.  These informative presentations are for anyone who is interested in living a healthier lifestyle, but just needs some direction.  Rally up a small group of your friends and/or family and pick what topic you'd like to learn more about below! 

Topics to choose from:
Basic Nutrition 101, Fridge/Pantry Raid, Healthy Skincare, Cravings, Sugar Blues, Quick Healthy Meals, Detox & more...

Cost: $20 per person ($10 each if you bring a younger daughter/son),
Free for host!

Contact me for more details and we'll plan a nutrition talk for a small group in your home!  Please contact me at or call 732.383.7784
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