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January Newsletter 2012
Center Your Health Newsletter January 2012
Mashed Cauliflower
CYH Blog - Lower Cholesterol Naturally, Spiced Greens, Yoga Is Film Review, Knit & Eat Party 2/4, Veggie Lasagna!
Icy Weather = Time to Practice Mindfulness

laurbeachheadshotThis morning I woke up and felt like cooking up some steel cut oats for the first time, and I'm so happy I did.  My place smelled sweet and cozy while the oats warmed on my stove and I enjoyed the hearty bowl of goodness while sitting in the sun on my couch, eating in silence.  I started off my day with two really great things - adding something new and nutritious to my diet while treating myself to a few delicious moments of silence, sunshine, and relaxation.  It's always a great thing to try new things, and even better to slow down to take the time to enjoy them! 

Check out my recipe and enjoy:  Warm Apple Steel Cut Oats Bowl

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2012!

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
Holistic Health Coach
Registered Yoga Teacher

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Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed cauliflower is a great substitute for mashed potatoes. Low in carbs and high in nutrients, the "cauli-taste" is very mild. Try it even if you think you won't like. Top with chopped herbs or sunflower seeds for extra texture and taste.  Either way, it's super simple and totally delicious! 



1 medium head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets (about 6 to 7 cups)
1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste



Bring a large pot of sea salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until very tender, about 10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and then drain well and transfer cauliflower to a food processor or blender. Add oil and reserved water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and puree until smooth. (Or, mash cauliflower with a potato masher). Season with salt and pepper and serve.


Benefits of Cauliflower:  Among the cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower is something you might want to add to your regular diet because of its multiple health benefits. Cauliflower consumption has been studied for its cancer-preventing potential and antioxidant properties. Cauliflower contains many nutrients, making it an excellent addition to any diet.  It is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. It is a very good source of vitamin B5, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, and molybdenum. Additionally, it is a good source of protein, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, and iron.  In other words, eat it up!   

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!

Wellness Tip of the Month 

Icy Weather = Time to Practice Mindfulness        

So it's finally cold enough out to where if there's even the slightest bit of moisture on the ground, it freezes over making every step we take a risk for a slip, fall, or car accident. 
Now, more than ever, we need to practice our mindfulness! 
Not only do we need to be aware of where we are walking/driving, but also of where our body is as we move.  Practice your mindfulness and walk/drive with concentration.  Allow that be your meditation time and be present in those moments.  When you're present and aware, you'll be much less likely to make a clumsy move! 

I will be teaming with my two co-wor kers once again for a 2nd Baftani: Knit & Eat party, Valentine's Day style! Join us Saturday February 4 th from 2-5pm for an afternoon of healthy foods (prepared by yours truly!), some simple yoga stretches, learn to knit the I-Cord by my talented friend, Pegah, and enjoy lovely decorations by my other creative friend, Diana!  Please check out the original post for this event by clicking on the image to the right,
and sign up ASAP to reserve your spot.

Be sure to tell your friends! Hope to see you there.

Register now for Knit & Eat
Party in NYC with Lauren & friends
February 4th from 2 - 5pm
CENTER YOUR HEALTH