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>Healthier Summer Cocktails and Mocktails

CocktailIt’s important to drink a lot of pure water, especially if you’re out in the sun all day. On occasion though, the situation calls for something more fun or festive. Below are a few cocktails and mocktails to try at your next summer soirée.

 

Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

> 2/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

> 1/2 cup Coconut Yogurt

> 1/2 cup almond, Coconut Mylk or Cashew Hemp Mylk

> 1/4 cup pomegranate juice

 

Blend these ingredients for a pretty purple beverage that’s best served in a clear glass or frozen mug. You can also stop by Organic Avenue for a Total Sweetheart Smoothie as a guilt-free treat made of blueberries, bananas, almond butter and Cashew Hemp Mylk. It’s sure to satisfy a sweet craving.

 

Skinny Margarita

> 6 ounces tequila

> 3 ounces triple sec

> 8 ounces club soda

> 4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice

> 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest

A margarita on the rocks or blended is perfect for any time of the day, and this version has only 150 calories. Using the lime zest around the rim eliminates the need for salt, but you can always add a little bit, if you prefer.

 

Chia Citrus Cooler

> 2 tablespoons chia seeds

> 4 cups freshly squeezed citrus juice of choice

Pour 1 tablespoon of the chia seeds in two separate mason jars. Add half the liquid to both jars and stir well. Chill a few hours before drinking, and give it a good shake to break up clumps of chia seeds before drinking.

 

Classic Cosmopolitan

> 1 ounce vodka

> 1 ounce cranberry juice

> 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

> 1 teaspoon agave or coconut nectar

Add contents and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.

 

Watermelon Water

> 4 cups watermelon chunks

> 1 quart chilled water

> 1/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar

> 7 basil leaves

> Pinch of sea salt

Puree melon in a food processor or high-speed blender. Stir in other ingredients and serve from a pitcher, or double up the ingredients to add to a punch bowl. You can also add vodka or rum to this for an adult cocktail, or simply spike an OA Watermelon Juice for the same effect!

 

Bloody Mary

> 2 ounces vodka

> 4 ounces organic tomato juice

> 1/2 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce

> 3 drops hot sauce

> Pepper and/or horseradish (optional)

Serve in a large glass with ice and your favorite garden veggies. Celery, green beans, peppers, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, baby asparagus, and cilantro are all great to add. This is the ideal weekend morning drink for when you’re just not ready for anything sweet and tropical yet. Plus, if you have kids, you can make them a virgin one.

 

Citrus Sangria

> 1 bottle chilled red wine (medium dry is best)

> 16 ounces chilled plain or lime club soda

> 8 ounces Orange Juice

> 2 sliced limes

> 2 sliced lemons

> 2 sliced oranges

> 2 ounces brandy (optional)

Add all ingredients to a large pitcher. Cover it and chill. Serve over ice. Enjoy with lots of good friends, and don’t forget the Coconut Water for the morning after!

>Foods for a Fabulously Healthy Fourth

Berry ParfaitJuly Fourth is the official kickoff of summer, jam-packed with barbeques and get-togethers. We can’t wait to head to the beach and perhaps a rooftop this weekend. And, we know that we’re bound to encounter some foods there that aren’t exactly health promoting: hot dogs, hamburgers, mayo-drenched slaws—the American classics. It’s important to enjoy yourself and indulge a bit, but also have some plant-based options around to balance out the treats.

We’ve got you covered with some clean, yet incredibly tasty recipe ideas to knock the flip-flops off even your most traditional friends!

 

Guacamole Potato Salad

Instead of reaching for the mayonnaise, which can be difficult to digest, try making an avocado-based sauce to coat your potatoes. Loaded with fiber, healthy fat and protein, you can’t go wrong!

> Peel, chop and steam Yukon gold potatoes.

> While the taters are cooling, mash up a couple of avocados with lemon or lime juice.

> Add red onion, bell pepper and any herbs you fancy. If you’re not into cilantro, you can include some chopped dill or basil instead.

> Mix in a touch of Djion mustard, our secret ingredient, for extra tartness.

> When the potatoes are cooled, toss them in large bowl with the creamy guac and refrigerate until you’re ready to party it up.

 

Gluten-Free Millet Veggie Burger

These hearty burgers are free of all common allergens and can include any veggies or spices that suit your fancy!

> Bring water to a boil in a medium-sized pot.

> Lower the heat, add ½ cup of dry millet and let simmer for 15 minutes.

> Strain millet and set aside to cool.

> Sauté 3-4 cloves of garlic in coconut oil in a skillet until gently cooked.

> Add a chopped onion, and stir until the onions become translucent.

> Add chopped kale, broccoli, carrots (any veggies you’d like!) and cook for a few minutes.

> Stir in curry powder, cayenne pepper or any of your favorite seasonings.

> Add the cooked millet and mix well.

> Cut the flame and add 1 cup of millet flour.

> Stir until the mixture cools.

> Form the cooled mixture into patties with both hands (makes about 7-8)

> Cook each patty on both sides with a touch of coconut oil in a skillet.

> Enjoy with crunchy romaine lettuce, sliced avocado and Dijon mustard on a gluten-free bun.

 

Flag Parfait

While the American flag cakes topped with whipped cream and berries are fun and festive, they’re usually loaded with white flour and refined sugar, not to mention the dairy. For a healthier take on this staple, why not create coconut parfaits topped with fresh, organic strawberries and blueberries?

> Chill a can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight.

> The next day, a few minutes before you’re ready to whip, chill a mixing bowl in the fridge.

> Open the can and spoon the hardened coconut cream into a bowl (Save the water for your afternoon green smoothie).

> Add a dash of maple syrup and vanilla extract for sweetness and mix until smooth.

> Refrigerate until you’re ready to add the fruit toppings.

> Separate into small bowls and top with chopped strawberries and whole blueberries.

If you don’t have time to prepare the coconut cream, stop into your nearest OA for our signature Coconut Yogurt, a perfect base for your patriotic masterpiece!

>We’ve Got That Summertime Spinach

Cooked SpinachWhen the temperature officially hits 80 degrees, we’re naturally drawn to lighter food options like fruits and greens. We especially love versatile ingredients that are currently in season. Not only do they taste better, but research also suggests that produce picked at its peak contains more nutrients than when harvested out of season or stored for long periods of time. Fruits and veggies also lose nutrients as they travel long distances, so a local, seasonal food is the ultimate find. One of our all-time favorites is spinach, which just so happens to be readily available at our NYC farmers’ markets.

 

Popeye’s favorite food indeed has many benefits and can easily be incorporated into your diet with the ideas below.

 

Iron it Out

The Sailor Man taught us that spinach contains iron, but due to its high oxalic acid content it can be difficult to assimilate—unless it’s paired with a vitamin C-rich food. Just squeeze a bit of lemon or lime juice on your salad, and you’ll reap the iron’s benefits. Iron is essential to produce hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.

For a great breakfast smoothie, blend your favorite vitamin C-containing fruits (blueberries, mangoes, pineapple, etc.) with baby spinach and coconut water. No time to make your own? Visit an OA store for our signature Lite Weight Smoothie.

Build Lean Muscle

Naturally occurring nitrates in spinach, just like those found in beets, may help build muscle strength, according to a Swedish study. The nitrates may help bring more oxygen to muscles and aid in post-workout recovery as well.

You can always go the green smoothie route after the gym, or if you prefer to chew, try a simple spinach salad with creamy avocado, nature’s high-protein fruit. Add a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt, and you’re good to go! Our Lunchbox and Deli Salad Scoops are also great on-the-go snacks—nut and seed-based protein on a bed of leafy spinach.

Strengthen Bones

Spinach is one of the best sources of vitamin K, known for both blood clotting and maintaining healthy bones, and the minerals calcium and magnesium present build strong bones as well. Just make sure to do the vitamin-C pairing for maximum absorption.

If you’re in the mood for a simple, bone-supportive side (or light meal), try a spinach sauté. Throw chopped garlic and onion in a pan with a bit of coconut oil on medium heat and stir until translucent. Add the spinach and stir until it soaks up the flavor and wilts to your liking. After it cools, squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top.

 

No matter if it’s juiced, blended, tossed or cooked, enjoy lots of spinach while it’s in its prime this summer. If you’re on the way to the beach or coming back from a long travel, stop into an Organic Avenue location for restorative plant-based goodness featuring spinach and more!

>Celebrate Pride with ‘The Big Rainbow Salad’

The Big Rainbow SaladJune is Gay Pride Month, and this week we’re celebrating here in Manhattan. To get into the spirit, we decided to create a recipe for ‘The Big Rainbow Salad,’ honoring a fruit or vegetable in each color of the rainbow. Lots of color not only equals lots of pride, but also lots of antioxidants, which can be valuable if you’re planning on attending multiple parties and events this week!

 

Here’s how to build ‘The Big Rainbow Salad’:

> Add 3-5 ounces of baby spinach to a large bowl

> Shred half a head of purple cabbage and 2-3 large peeled carrots

> Mix all components together to become the salad base

> Chop a yellow bell pepper and cut a handful of cherry tomatoes in half—add these beautiful colors to the bowl

> Toss a handful of blueberries and blackberries on top for sweetness

> Dress the salad with the juice of a whole lemon and the flesh of a ripe avocado, massaged into the veggies

> Add a pinch of Himalayan pink salt to bring out the flavors

> Enjoy with 2-3 friends!

 

Here are the specific health benefits of each colorful component:

Red: Tomato

Known for the antioxidant lycopene, which helps protect our cells from free radical damage—a perfect way to balance out the effects of any recreational foods and beverages you may indulge in this week.

Orange: Carrot

Loaded with beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A for healthy eyes, bones and radiant skin.

Yellow: Yellow Bell Pepper

Bell peppers of all colors are full of potassium, an electrolyte which helps the body’s regulate fluid—a great way to stay hydrated before and after Pride celebrations.

Green: Spinach

Rich in minerals iron and calcium—make sure to eat with a squeeze of lemon. Antioxidant vitamin C will help you absorb the iron to build new red blood cells for oxygen transportation.

Blue: Blueberry

Anthocyanins, the major antioxidants in blueberries give them their bright blue hue and can have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.

Indigo: Blackberry

Eating blackberries may help to tighten skin tissue, giving you a fresh and youthful look without expensive serums and creams.

Violet: Purple Cabbage

A great source of dietary fiber, which keeps you feeling satiated and aids in digestion. Add crunchy raw cabbage to all of your salads for its cleansing effects!

 

No matter who you are, celebrate Pride this week by taking care of the unique individual that is YOU. Wishing everyone a happy, safe and healthy celebration!

With LOVE,

Organic Avenue

>Eating for SPF: 6 Foods that Protect Against Sun Damage

Sunshine on the SeaThe sun is shining more often these days, and if you’re like us, you’re inclined to spend every free minute outdoors. It’s no secret that we’re huge proponents of natural zinc oxide-based sunscreen, like those from Coola, The Honest Company and Pratima. However, it’s not just what you put on your skin that strengthens the protective barrier between your cells and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it’s what you put in your body that counts even more.

Check out our top 6 SPF foods to pair with your favorite sunscreen all season long:

 

Tomatoes

Research suggests that the antioxidant lycopene found in tomatoes may provide long-term protection against UV damage. Lycopene is best absorbed when paired with a healthy fat, like extra-virgin olive oil, so give ‘em a drizzle before consuming. We also enjoy a sprinkle of mineral-rich Himalayan pink salt and a squeeze of fresh lime juice on ours!

Featured in: Lentil Soup*, Tomato Garden Vegetable Soup*, Three Bean Chili*, Savory Chickpea Soup*

Watermelon

Super-hydrating and super-satisfying, watermelon actually contains 40% more lycopene than raw tomatoes according to the USDA. This essential antioxidant neutralizes free radicals, protecting cells from potential sun damage, and it helps keep your immune system strong.

Featured in: Watermelon Juice

Bell Peppers

Nutritional therapist Dana James explains that bell peppers contain capsiate, an antioxidant which decreases UVB-induced skin damage and may prevent inflammation from sun exposure. These ‘fruity’ veggies (yes, bell peppers are technically fruits) can add a hint of sweetness and crunch to any summer salad.

Featured in: Lunchbox Salad Collard Wrap, Lunchbox Salad Wrap, Lunchbox Salad Scoop, Shredded Curried Cabbage

Carrots

Grounding carrots are known for their high beta-carotene content, which the body converts to vitamin A for healthy eyesight. Beta-carotene can also help to prevent sun damage, and according to Women’s Health, a recent Korean study suggested this antioxidant actually repairs cells from past sun exposure. Grate into a raw salad, roast with coconut oil or gently steam with a pinch of sea salt to bring out their sweetness.

Featured in: Carrot Juice, Carrot Ginger Soup*, Big Kale Salad, Lentil Soup, Broccoli Slaw, Lunchbox Salad Collard Wrap, Lunchbox Salad Wrap, Lunchbox Salad Scoop, Thai Collard Wrap, Deli Salad Scoop

Matcha

One of our favorite energy boosters, matcha green tea is loaded with antioxidants, particularly catechins, which protect the skin from UV damage, according to dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone. Just add a boost of organic, stone-ground matcha powder to your morning smoothie, or brew it the traditional way using a whisk and ceramic bowl.

Featured in: Matcha Chia Glo, Iced Matcha Latte*, Revival Smoothie*

Cacao

Not only is pure, raw chocolate crave-worthy, mood-boosting and energizing, it also contains a high percentage of sun-shielding flavonoids—4 times the amount found in tea. If you’re searching for a chocolate bar to give you a lift, make sure the cacao content is 70% or higher. The darker the chocolate, the more antioxidants present. Or, you can use raw cacao powder to make your homemade smoothies or desserts even more delicious!

Featured in: Chocolate Mousse, Revival Smoothie*, OA Fine & Raw Sea Salt Bar, OA Fine & Raw Almond Chunky Bar

 

*Available at select locations

 

>Gift Ideas for the Healthy Dads in Your Life

Father and Child on the BeachIt’s that time of year to celebrate dad and let him know how much you appreciate his guidance and generosity. Even if wellness is on your dad’s radar, he may be used to putting other family and work obligations ahead of staying healthy. Lovingly remind him to eat his veggies and stay active with gifts that promote self-care.

 

Track His Progress

Wearable fitness trackers are all the rage these days. Whether it’s a Fitbit, Jawbone or Nike Fuel Band, you can’t go wrong to help your dad keep tabs on his physical activity and number of calories burned each day. Fitbit’s Charge HR is the best on the market according to Forbes—a result of “60 hours of research and 10 days of real-world testing.” With a high-tech tracker on his wrist, he’ll perfect his ‘dad bod’ in no time!

Get Him New Gear

If your dad wants to get in shape for summer, but needs that extra push to hit the gym, gift him new workout clothes! A fresh pair of breathable shorts and a functional t-shirt, like an anti-odor top from Lululemon will help him feel more confident. We’re also fans of Uniqlo’s AIRism line for t-shirts that will keep him cool even during the most intense circuit training or cardio sessions. For additional functional and stylish pieces, check out Men’s Health’s picks for spring 2015.

Just Bounce

If dad has limited time or doesn’t want to commit to an expensive gym membership, introduce him to our favorite piece of exercise equipment. We’re not talking about the Bowflex—it’s actually a rebounder (mini-trampoline). If he jumps for just 7-10 minutes each morning, he’ll tone his entire body, improve his digestion and cleanse his lymphatic system. We love the Jumpsport, which is designed with bungee cords instead of metal springs, for a quiet and low-impact bounce. Rebounding is a great cardio alternative to running, as it’s gentle on the knees and joints. As always, make sure your dad checks with his doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen.

Clean Grilling

Grill gifts are standard for dads who love to spend their weekends tending to the barbecue, even on their special day. To reserve some extra room for plant-based ingredients on the ‘cue; pick up a potato and vegetable grilling tray, like this one from Williams Sonoma. Sneak some of our favorite Japanese sweet potatoes onto the rack, and you may find your pop forgoing the last piece of porterhouse for their satisfyingly starchy goodness. For additional barbecue tips to share with dad, check out our post on ‘Grilling with Love.’

Juice Him Up

If your dad has trouble getting his veggies in, try the liquid form. Juice is super nourishing for the cells, as it bypasses digestion and its nutrients are assimilated in just 20-30 minutes. One cold-pressed juice a day, and your dad will be on his way to instilling a long-term healthy habit. Order a Custom Mix-and-Match 6-pack of our best-selling juices like Royal Red and Sweet Greens and have all of the organic deliciousness delivered straight to his door.

 

Wishing all of our favorite dads a fun, healthy and joy-filled Father’s Day! We’ll be firing up our grill with veggie kebobs in their honor.

xoxo,

Organic Avenue

>Summer Skincare Tips for a Naturally Radiant ‘Glo’

Summer SkincareSince summer is the season we’re most active—traveling, spending time outdoors, often in and out of the water—some of us neglect elements of our skincare regimen, perhaps even throw it out completely. While it’s always a good idea to simplify what we put on our skin, and how many products we use, it’s important to maintain a routine throughout the warmer months. Your skin is your largest organ, and any substance you apply topically makes its way into your bloodstream pretty quickly. That’s why it’s important to use natural products whenever possible. Here are our top tips for healthy, glowing skin this summer.

 

Keep it Clean

The major skin issue from high temperature and humidity is extra oil production, resulting in breakouts. On the flip side, air conditioning can dry out the skin, causing the sebum to overcompensate and secrete even more oil. If you’re spending a lot of time in chlorinated pools, you might be susceptible to additional inflammation. You want to keep your skin clean, but make sure you don’t strip your skin’s natural oils, which protect against UV damage.

While there are many natural cleansers on the market, including our fave Tata Harper, you can also give your skin a deep clean and maintain its optimal pH using simple 1-ingredient solutions. We love jojoba oil and hemp seed oil as face cleansers. Although it may sound counterintuitive to cleanse oily skin with oil, these plant-based oils won’t clog your pores and may actually balance out excess sebum. Just like with any new product, however, do a test first before committing. Another all-natural favorite is raw honey, especially manuka honey—a gentle, antibacterial solution for breakout-prone skin.

You can use these ingredients just like any other face wash. Simply splash your face with warm water (not hot, which is too drying), and gently massage the natural goodness into your skin. Rinse and pat dry with a clean towel.

The Miracle of Coconut

While coconut oil can be too heavy as a facial cleanser or moisturizer (it is a fantastic eye cream, though!) we love it as a body moisturizer. According to Clinical Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, coconut oil is a great alternative to the petroleum-based moisturizers on the market, as it helps to strengthen underlying tissue and remove excessive dead cells on the skin’s surface. A little dab of coconut oil goes a long way, which makes a jar last forever—and who doesn’t want to smell like a tropical paradise every day?

Some believe that coconut oil has a natural SPF of 10 and may provide short-term sun protection. We feel that if you’re going to be in the sun for an hour or more, it’s a good idea to grab a natural zinc oxide sunscreen, like our favorites by Coola and The Honest Company.

Hello, Aloe!

Despite proper planning and SPF application, we may still find ourselves with that accidental sunburn at some point this summer. Nature’s best remedy is pure aloe vera gel. While you can grab a bottle at the health food store, there’s nothing better than getting your relief straight from the plant itself. Simply cut a leaf off and slice it open. You can leave the peel on your skin directly or rub the juice right in. To enhance its cooling properties, refrigerate a leaf for a few minutes before applying to your skin.

Aloe can also be used to calm all other types of skin inflammation, including breakouts. And just like coconut oil, it makes a soothing eye serum, to send those bags from late summer nights packing!

 

There are plenty of amazing ingredients from Mother Nature to give you your best skin ever. It’s essential to put the right stuff on your skin, but we also know that what goes in your body counts even more. Above all, stay hydrated and load up on antioxidant-rich foods for soft, bright and beautiful skin this summer and beyond. All the more reason to sip Cucumber Juice and Matcha Chia Glo poolside this weekend!

>Summer Soup Ideas

GazpachoEven though the weather has warmed up, there’s no need to forgo a cold weather classic. When prepared raw or chilled post-cooking, soup can be a satisfying light dinner or lunch to get through the dog days of summer. All you need is your favorite vegetables and/or fruit, a bit of creativity, and a quality high-speed blender or immersion (stick) blender. It can also be a fun challenge to make a new creation using only what you have on hand in your fridge. Here are a few simple, customizable options of healthy, plant-based liquid meals to keep you cool in the coming months.

Cucumber Soup

Cucumbers are about 95% water, so they lend themselves naturally to cool, refreshing soups. Blending them with vegetable broth, fresh dill and a splash of Coconut Mylk gives you a simple summery meal. You can always play around with different seasonings and herb combinations to give it more bite. Cucumber is such a versatile base for a raw plant-based soup—let your culinary imagination run wild!

 

Gazpacho

Toss chopped, fresh tomatoes into a blender and add your choice of accompanying veggies, for a personal take on this summer classic. Bell pepper, cucumber and avocado are great additions for a more robust base. Throw in a pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper, along with fresh herbs like basil or chervil to excite your palate. And if you’re like us and can’t get enough garlic, add it in, too! Just use a small amount of water or vegetable stock to help facilitate blending of all this deliciousness. Gazpacho is meant to be chunky, so no need to blend too long.

Watermelon Soup

Fruit soup, anyone? This smoothie bowl is a quintessential light meal for those with a sweet tooth. Blend together a whole watermelon (sans seeds), a little bit of lime juice and a few sprigs of fresh mint and basil. Pour it into a bowl and top with fresh blueberries and vegan coconut whipped cream. The sweetness will cool off even the hottest days and the red watermelon, blueberries and white cream combine to make it the perfect contribution to a Fourth of July potluck.

Potato Soup with Indian Spices

Take some potatoes, peel ‘em, dice ‘em and boil ‘em. Sauté some onion and celery in coconut oil and add in any curry or garam masala spice mix you have in your pantry. Drain the potatoes and throw them in with the onion/celery/spice mixture. Let them cook a bit and then hit it with some vegetable broth and Coconut Mylk. Cook together for a few minutes on low to medium heat and then use your immersion blender to mix it all together—length of time depends on how smooth you like the texture. Enjoy warm, or chill in the refrigerator for a few hours if it’s a scorcher outside!

Summer is just days away—so it’s time to make your blender your best friend and try out some of these recipes. For a chilled soup on the go, you can always stop into OA for our Spicy Avocado—a creamy, peppery guacamole in a bottle.

>Stay Cool with Cucumber & Watermelon

Cucumber & WatermelonAs the temperature outside rises, it’s crucial to stay hydrated to be in tip-top shape for work, physical activity and socializing with family and friends. In addition to pure water, adding more water-containing fruits and veggies (and their juices) into your diet will provide the extra quenching your cells need. Two of the most hydrating fruits on the planet are cucumber and watermelon (yes, cucumber is a fruit) and they provide a host of additional benefits to keep you healthy this summer.

Cucumber, often thought of as a vegetable due to its green color, is technically a low-sugar fruit. Made up of about 95% water, cucumber is the ultimate hydrating and cleansing agent. It also has alkalizing properties, helping to balance the blood’s pH to its optimal state—keeping you in a state of good health.

Another major benefit of consuming cucumber is its high silica content. Silica is a trace mineral that helps our bodies assimilate calcium—essential for healthy teeth and strong bones. Silica also aids in the production of collagen, the protein in connective tissue (responsible for holding our body together). It’s the key to supple, smooth and youthful skin at any age. Forget those expensive creams at the beauty counter and grab an OA Cucumber Juice instead. You can also slice a whole cuke and enjoy as a snack any time of day. Sprinkle with sea salt and a squeeze of lime for flavor enhancement.

Approximately 92% water, watermelon’s remaining 8% is loaded with lycopene. According to the USDA, watermelon contains 40% more lycopene than raw tomatoes or any other red-hued food per serving. Lycopene neutralizes free radicals, protecting our cells from damage and keeping the immune system strong.

Watermelon may also aid in post-workout recovery by soothing sore muscles. Turns out that this juicy melon contains citrulline, an amino acid that relaxes blood vessels, improving blood flow to our muscles. No time to cut up and eat a whole melon? Drinking OA’s refreshing Watermelon Juice is an easy way to assimilate all of the fruit’s vital nutrients. Who could ask for a better gym buddy?

Whether you go light and subtle with cucumber, or bold and sweet with watermelon (or grab both!) you can’t go wrong. Stop by Organic Avenue to stock up on their juices to accompany you to both the office and the beach alike, all summer long!

>Fresh Fruit & Veggie Month

Fruit Veggie MonthHere in the US, June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. It’s a great opportunity to try out some new produce, as well as rotate old faves back into your dietary regimen—just in time for summer. At Organic Avenue, we’re highlighting some of the key fruits and veggies that make our recipes both crave-worthy and nutrient-dense. Here are 10 varieties of produce we’re celebrating this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Pineapple

> Native to southern Brazil and Paraguay, pineapples grow upside-down from how they’re  displayed at the grocery store.

> This bright fruit contains bromelain, an enzyme great for digestion

Featured in: Jalapiña, Royal Red, Lite Weight Smoothie*, Sweet Karma Smoothie*

 

2. Lemon

> A low sugar citrus fruit, the lemon comes in many varieties. It can be used for food, medicine, as a disinfectant and for many additional purposes.

> Kick start your digestion with alkalizing lemon, which also provides a daily dose of vitamin C.

Featured in: Lemon Shot, Master Tonic, Ginger Lemonade, Green Love, Sweet Greens, Medicinal Green, Royal Red

 

3. Cucumber

> Although primarily thought of as a vegetable, it’s actually a fruit that grows on a vine originally from Southeast Asia.

> A mostly water-containing fruit, cucumber contains silica—great for skin, strengthening the body’s connective tissue and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Featured in: Cucumber Juice, Mellow Love, Green Love, Sweet Greens, Medicinal Green

 

4. Cabbage

> Several colors are represented in the cabbage family, ranging from green and white to purple. Cabbage grows like lettuce, in heads.

> Vitamin K, C and fiber are the benefits of ingesting cabbage. If eating cabbage raw is too tough, try a light steam.

Featured in: Sunflower Falafel, Thai Collard Wrap, Lunchbox Salad Wrap

 

5. Avocado

> This versatile fruit is best known for its beautiful, creamy texture that can be added to salad dressings and desserts alike.

> Nature’s perfect food: a fruit that contains protein, dietary fiber and healthy fat.

Featured in: Spicy Avocado Soup, Avocado Smash Sandwich, Chocolate Mousse

 

6. Blueberry

> Maine celebrates the little blue purple berry every year during its many blueberry festivals, where one can find such treasures like blueberry ice cream, blueberry wine and blueberry skincare.

> One of the lowest glycemic fruits, this bright, sweet and tart berry is found on bushes harvested mid-summer.

Featured in: Symphony Bowl*, Nirvana Smoothie*, Total Sweetheart Smoothie*, Berry Blast Smoothie

 

7. Kale

> Kale is a leafy (and sometimes curly!) vegetable and recently came to notoriety as a result of its sulfur-containing phytonutrients.

> Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk. Calcium aids in building strong bones and preventing bone loss.

Featured in: Big Kale Salad, Big Clean Salad, Split Pea & Kale Soup*, Green Love, Medicinal Green, Sweet Greens, Power House Smoothie*, Lite Weight Smoothie*

 

8. Collard Greens

> A cool-seasoned veggie, collard greens are best grown in chilly climates since frost can stimulate its flavors.

> One cup of collard greens provides you with over 800% of your daily intake of vitamin K, helping to keep bones strong and regulate blood clotting.

Featured in: Thai Collard Wrap, Lunchbox Collard Wrap, Green Love, Sweet Greens, Medicinal Green

 

9. Lucuma

> A super-nutritious fruit born in Peru and is viewed as a symbol of fertility. Some people describe it as having a mellow sweetness, like a cross between caramel and sweet potato.

> With a perfect hint of sweetness to add to a smoothie, lucuma supports digestion, skin health and helps to heal wounds thanks to it high antioxidant count and vitamin C, zinc and iron.

Featured in: Green Monkey Smoothie, Dragon’s Breath Smoothie*

 

10. Dates

> Nature’s candy! Dates are often de-pitted and dried and can be found in many Middle Eastern foods.

> Dates are easily digested due to their high content of dietary fiber.

Featured in: Cashew Hemp Mylk, Power House Smoothie*, Berry Blast Smoothie, Total Sweetheart Smoothie*, Revival Smoothie*, Sweet Karma Smoothie*

 

*Available at select locations