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August Newsletter 2012
Center Your Health Newsletter August 2012
DIY Ice Cream
3HCs Healthy Happy Hour
CYH Blog - Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, recipes and other great stuff.

laurbeachheadshotIf one more person says to me, "Can you believe it's already the end of the summer?" I'm going to scream!  No, I cannot believe it and I certainly don't want to dwell on it.  Instead, I want to put my energy into enjoying every last day of hot sunny weather, sleeping/napping with the windows wide open and the fan humming, and the endless piles of juicy fresh fruit at all of the local farmers markets.  Besides, all of us locals who live down the shore get to enjoy our beautiful beaches during all of September without the hustle and bustle of the summer tourist crowd.  It's like an extra free month of summer for us!  (Not to rub it in or anything.)  So, even though it's our nature to linger over things that happened in the past and think about things that will happen in the future, let's revel in the NOW of this very moment.  This way, by the time fall comes around we'll be able to welcome it with open arms because of all the delicious summer days we savored.  To cool off on a hot summer day, try making my DIY ice cream recipe below.  Also, stop by for a 3 Healthy Chicks Healthy Happy Hour on Thursday, August 30th (details below) for a night to unwind in a chic Red Bank lounge with FREE food and drinks.  Happy last month of summer!  Delight in it!!

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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DIY Ice Cream
It was another uber hot Sunday afternoon on the shore.  The beau and I had just came in from a few hours on the beach and we were relaxing outside in the backyard...

Me:  "I'm going to make some ice cream, do you want any?"

Lammer:  "Uh, no, thanks."  (Looking at me like I had 2 heads.)

So, I go into kitchen, pull out a few frozen bananas (whenever I have bananas that are getting too ripe, I peel them and place in ziplocs in freezer to use for shakes and ice cream), stick them right into our mini food processor, then add a splash of vanilla almond milk that was in the fridge, and blend.  I sprinkled a few chocolate chips on top and go back outside.  Lammer was immediately intrigued at what I was eating and couldn't get over how FAST I was able to whip it together.  He asks to try and on his third HUGE guy bite I started yelling (whining like a child rather) for him to stop because I had already asked if he wanted a bowl of his own.  Next time now I know to make more!

Sure, there are plenty of incredibly amazing ice creams on the shelves, but why not just make your own when it's that simple, healthy, and affordable?!  Most ice creams are LOADED with sugar and other additives.  Who needs that?  So Delicious & Coconut Bliss makes the most decadent coconut milk based ice creams ever imaginable.  But if I keep those in my freezer I'll eat the whole pint within one day, and that's no exaggeration.  Let me tell you from first hand experience with doing that, it doesn't feel good! 

Anyway, depending on how I'm feeling, sometimes I'll add a scoop of peanut butter to the recipe below.  Sometimes I'll sprinkle the ice cream with some granola, a crushed up cookie or chopped fresh fruit.  Or, I'll make mint chocolate chip ice cream by adding some fresh mint from my garden, a few drops of mint extract oil, along with dark chocolate bits folded in.  YUM.  Get creative with it and ENJOY!

3 frozen bananas (whenever you have bananas in the house getting ripe, peel them and store in a large ziploc for when you need to make a shake or fresh ice cream)
1/4 - 1/2 cup milk (I prefer dairy free of course - coconut milk or almond milk work wonders!  If you're using cow's milk, please use organic)

Place banana chunks into a food processor and begin to process.  (Can use blender if you don't have food processor, you just may have to pause and scrape off sides a few times while blending) 
Add 1/4 cup of milk and continue processing.  You can add more milk if needed for the texture.

I like to eat immediately while it's a soft serve consistency, but for scoops like in my picture above, place in a sealed container and freeze for 30 minutes to an hour.  This recipe makes about 8 - 10 scoops, so adjust if you're making just a bowl for you. 

Add whatever toppings your heart desires and enjoy your healthy, homemade treat! 
3 Healthy Chicks Healthy Happy Hour is Back!
Thursday, August 30th from 6 - 8pm at RED in Red Bank 


3 Healthy Chicks are bringing their Healthy Happy Hour BACK in full effect.  Join us at RED on Thursday, August 30th in Red Bank for FREE FOOD & ONE FREE DRINK!  Yup. We said it, free food & a free fancy drink.  Bring anyone you'd like! This is a fun, casual event as always. We'll be handing out some new and improved ways to "keep it healthy" while out at happy hour, even including some yummy "mocktail" recipes.  Live music, too.  Click on the image below to respond to our Facebook invite and mark your calendar!   All are welcome. 


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!

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
 Stiff Neck Frustration
Pause during work and click this each day
Wendy's Brown Rice & Edamame
What makes me happy right now:  Olympics, summer concerts, yoga outside
Post-it Note Wisdom:  The Journey is the Reward
 Prevent Vitamin D Deficiency
What makes me happy right now:  Morning kisses, jersey tomatoes & multinational music
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