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Keep me well elixir, guide to safest cooking oils & season's greetings.

Totally loving the fact that I can bundle little Hanley and myself up for a nice walk around the December! These beautiful days have been such a treat. I hope you're enjoying them as much as we are. The business of the season and taking care of my little honey has me away from the kitchen - I miss it so much! Throwing quick smoothies together for nutrition has been my saving grace lately.  I've shared a few seasonal ones on my website for you to enjoy. (Links at bottom in Blogging & Archive section)

Blessings from my family to yours for a beautiful holiday this season and an amazing 2016!

Lauren F. Grogan
Holistic Health Coach
Registered Yoga Teacher
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Keep Me Well Elixir
Have you ever googled, "benefits of raw apple cider vinegar?" The stuff is unreal. It's a staple in my home for a number of different reasons. In it's raw form, apple cider vinegar has a significant amount of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. When looking for raw apple cider, Bragg's is the brand you want to opt for. I make sure to drink this throughout fall/winter as a preventative for colds/flu. Also, raw apply cider vinegar can help boost immunity by rinsing the digestive tract and other bacteria-ridden areas as it moves throughout the body. You can find Bragg's ACV in almost any grocery store these days.

4 cups water
4 tbsp Bragg's apple cider vinegar (with the mother, the chunks of stuff floating in the jar!)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
2-3 tbsp honey (preferably raw, and only if you need a sweetener - I rarely need any but this drink is an acquired taste, you can use 4 drops of stevia if you prefer, also)

Mix ingredients together and store in glass bottle (or separate into two bottles). This will last for up to a week in the fridge. Enjoy! 
Guide to Safest Cooking Oils (download)
by Radiant Life
One of the most common questions I get asked by clients are, "What oils should I be using to cook with?" It's really confusing with so many different oils, brands and things you hear about. That's why I'm attaching Radiant Life's guide to the safest cooking oils here for your reference.

Download the guide HERE.

Also, my absolute favorite extra virgin olive oil is Kasandrinos. I wait for sales and bulk up to always have some on hand, so worth it!
Join us for our last kirtan of 2015
with That Kirtan Band
Our last kirtan of the year will be on Friday, December 11th at Freehold Yoga Center. Click on the picture below for more information. Please check out our Facebook page for other gigs. All are welcome at our kirtans, especially newbies!  Please come to share your voice with us and experience the bliss. (Kirtan is devotional chanting, a form of Bhakti yoga.) 
Lauren's Bloggings & Archive 
Here's what I've been blogging about during this past month:

Winter Smoothie: Eggnog
Winter Smoothie: Gingerbread
Sweet Pear Smoothie
Don't Forget to Savasana
Candy Apple Smoothie
Sauerkraut for Sugar Cravings
Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken
Apple Crisp for Two 

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