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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
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Love, Love, Love...A Heart Opening Mantra.

laurbeachheadshotI used to love Valentine's Day as a kid in grammar school.  It was always so exciting picking out my pack of Valentine's Day cards and then personally writing them out to each and every person in my class.  Notes of love (romantic ones or not) are so sweet and mean so much!  I'm all about notes and letters, especially when they are sent via snail mail.  There is something so special about taking the time to write a note to someone you care about.  I've always felt that a little piece of my love or appreciation for them is folded into the note or sealed into the envelope before it's sent, and hope that it brings them a smile and warm feeling when they receive it.  Valentine's Day may be a silly excuse to sell useless garbage and unhealthy candy (that will only damage our precious hearts)...but I like to think of it as a day where I can express and share my love for myself and others around me!  Take a moment today to fully love and appreciate your friends, your family, your partner, your animals, all of the blessings in your life and most of all, YOURSELF. 

Happy day full of L - O - V - E! 

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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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

What is more decadent than chocolate covered strawberries? Strawberries are full of vitamin C, fiber and full of antioxidants. Try to buy organic strawberries, as they are one of the most pesticide-laden fruits out there because of their porous skin.  This fun recipe is dairy-free, and you know I don't think there is anything sexier than dairy-free...well, maybe meat-free, too!!



1 pound of large strawberries

2 cups of non-dairy chocolate chips (find these in the natural foods aisle or natural foods store)

1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk


Optional: shredded coconut, or 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (almonds or pecans are my favorites, if you'd like, you can toast for 5 minutes at 300)



Wash strawberries, leaving stem intact and let dry thoroughly.

Place chocolate chips in a bowl that can withstand very hot temperatures. Pyrex glass or metal - not plastic!

In a small sauce pan, heat up almond or coconut milk until fully boiling.

Pour into bowl with chips and whisk vigorously until the chips are melted and the chocolate has a nice sheen.

Dip strawberries in the chocolate and then gently roll the tip in the chopped nuts. Place on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper.

When all the strawberries are dipped, sprinkle with shredded coconut or chopped nuts of your choice, put cookie sheet into the refrigerator until the chocolate has chilled and is no longer sticky.   


Serve cold and enjoy each decadent bite.

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Love, Love, Love . . . A Heart Opening Mantra


Love is a tangible phenomenon, not just a romantic ideal. It is a sensory experience that can be cultivated, and that we can learn to dwell in. Say the word, "love" quietly to yourself right now, a couple of times, listen to the resonance of it, and wonder about what it means. The word love is one of the sweetest sounds in our language. Listen to how soft it is.  Notice where you feel a warmness in your body when you repeat this word.  Now dwell, for a few breaths, or a few minutes, with all these impressions. Savor the way your breathing feels as you repeat this powerful mantra and invite love into your heart. 

Love wants to permeate you everywhere. Let it. Let the feeling flood into all the dark areas of your being.  Soak it up, through and through, into your heart and belly, into every secret place.  Sitting there, or lying there, love the air around you, the space around you, the light in the air. Let your love expand of its own accord in all directions, out from your heart and into the universe.

Every day, spend some time breathing with the experience of love. Think of anyone or anything you love, and simply be with the sensations and emotions, feel it all.  At any moment of stress or frustration, just begin repeating the mantra, love

Every moment of love you've ever experienced still exists in your being, resonating now like a hum in your cells. This is more than an image, more than a memory; it is a living current that grows stronger with awareness. When you feel the movement of love flowing through you this way, you are truly an enlightened being radiating love and light to all beings that you encounter. 

To eat meat or not to eat meat...
Many people express an interest in consuming a vegetarian diet but don't do so because they are unsure of how to do it or are not ready to give up meat. Fortunately, there are options with lots of great resources available to help and Lauren can help you off to a healthy start! 
This event will be a VEGAN POTLUCK, too.  Come learn, share, and enjoy! 
The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society presents (brought to the community through Monmouth University's Center for Human & Community Wellness):  AN INTRODUCTION TO VEGETARIANISM with guest speaker Lauren Forney of Center Your Health on Sunday, April 1, 2012 @ 5pm held in the Samuel Hays Magill Commons on Monmouth University Campus.  RSVP to and
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Save the Date!
Sunday, April 1st @ 5pm
with Lauren
@ Monmouth University 
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