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> Summer Blockbuster Snack Suggestions

PopcornIf you’ve recently adopted a healthier diet or steer clear of processed foods altogether, the movie theatre isn’t typically the place to get your snack on. If you need to munch on something during the feature, like we do—no need to worry. Whether you’re getting in on the action with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation or cracking up with Amy Schumer in Trainwreck, these foods will satisfy your taste buds and enhance the movie house experience. Just don’t tell anyone we encouraged you to smuggle in non-concession snacks!

 

> Trail Mix

We’re big fans of versatile trail mix—you can tailor it to whatever you happen to be in the mood for, and you can throw it together in a couple of minutes. Plus, small sandwich bags are perfect to stuff in a pocket or purse. Our current combo of choice is sprouted almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds with a few raisins to sweeten things up.

> Nut Butter & Crackers

Look for individual packets of nut butter, like the cashew, almond and coconut butters from Artisana at your neighborhood health food store. Simply tear off the corner and squeeze some onto a cracker. Mary’s Gone Crackers are perfect because they taste great with any variety of nut butter, and they’re loaded with essential omega-3 fatty acids for heart and brain health.

> Kale Chips

Skip the processed potato chips and make your own custom kale chips. All you need is a bunch of kale, a tablespoon of melted coconut oil and a teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt. Top with nutritional yeast for a ‘cheesy’ flavor. If you don’t have access to a dehydrator, bake them in the oven on a very low temperature. You can also get creative and bake some zucchini and carrot chips—for a variety of crunchy goodness.

No time to spend in the kitchen? Stop by Organic Avenue for kale and chia seed chips by itskale. They’re crunchy tortilla chips infused with protein-rich chia and everyone’s favorite leafy green.

> Dark Chocolate

Don’t mess with a classic. Bring a couple of bars of dark chocolate to break into squares and pass around to friends. Make sure the cacao content is 70% or higher for the most antioxidants. The OA Sea Salt and Almond Chunky bars, handcrafted in Brooklyn by Fine & Raw, not only meet that requirement, but also taste like heaven in a wrapper!

> BYO Popcorn

For many, it doesn’t feel like a movie night without a bag of popcorn in hand. If it’s fluffy, crunchy kernels you’re craving, but you don’t want the risk of consuming GMOs and trans fats, grab a few bags of Himalayan Pink Popcorn at OA. Made with just three ingredients—organic corn, organic coconut oil and Himalayan pink salt, you can have the complete movie experience and stick to your health goals, too!

> Restore Your Hair with Plant-Based Oils

Argan OilGorgeous, shiny and strong hair is possible without expensive products—many of which are loaded with harmful ingredients. While popular hair care items may beautify temporarily, skip the commercial products for long-term hair health. Instead, stock your medicine cabinet with oils from Mother Nature’s finest sources.

 

> Argan Oil

If you want to see the tree responsible for this luxurious oil, you’ll have to book a flight to Morocco. The argan tree produces a small, hard-shelled nut surrounded by a fleshy pulp. The oil extracted from this nut protects against sun damage, increases elasticity, repairs cellular damage, moisturizes dry ends and adds luster and shine. A little goes a very long way, so use sparingly.

> Avocado Oil

Unlike many oils that sit on the hair strand to protect it, avocado oil has a unique composition that allows it to penetrate the hair shaft for the deepest conditioning possible. Apply it to wet hair to moisturize or smooth a dab through dry hair for instant shine.

> Castor Oil

Due to its high Vitamin E content and antibacterial properties, castor oil has been a multipurpose remedy for generations. It may have the ability to accelerate hair growth, and it also reduces split ends, combats frizz, prevents thinning and locks in moisture.

> Coconut Oil

Not only our favorite cooking oil, coconut oil is a beauty staple in our cupboard. The proteins in the oil are attracted to the proteins in your hair follicles. Like avocado oil, coconut oil also penetrates the shaft to moisturize and strengthen hair. Many swear it helps to reduce color fading, too.

> Safflower Oil

This oil is odorless and rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids to nourish each individual strand. Safflower oil also contains vitamin E to protect hair from free radical damage. It’s primarily recommended for use on damaged, dry, relaxed, or color-treated hair.

> Sweet Almond Oil

The unique benefit of sweet almond oil is its ability to smooth the hair’s cuticle layer. It also strengthens follicles, adds sheen and may prevent hair loss due to A, E and B Vitamins.

> Hemp Oil

Hemp seeds are loaded with essential fatty acids that promote hair growth, strengthen follicles, and moisturize deeply. Hemp is just as good for your hair when taken internally, too. Incorporate hemp into your diet by stopping at Organic Avenue for an energizing Café Mocha. In addition to hemp seeds, it contains cold-pressed coffee, antioxidant-boosting raw cacao, and protein-rich cashews and chia seeds. Sip today for more luminous locks!

> Staycation All I Ever Wanted

The High LineAugust is typically the month when New Yorkers try to fit in their last weekend getaways—and perhaps an extended trip to an exotic location they’ve been waiting for all year. If this is you, have a great time! You deserve the R&R. But, if you’re unable to make it out of town, no problem! Staycations can be just as fun and relaxing—especially when the city streets are less crowded. We’ve compiled a list of the best places and activities to enjoy in town on the last days of Summer 2015.

 

 

Park it Here

There are so many beautiful places to enjoy nature in NYC, but The High Line is our go-to park when we’re downtown. Take a long walk with a companion down the historic railway and refresh with a Lite Weight Smoothie after! The 23rd street entrance is just west of our Chelsea store, on 10th Avenue.

It’s classic New York—certainly not a new find, but what’s better than a Sunday in the Central Park sunshine? Our favorite spot is Sheep Meadow. Located on the west side of the park between 66th and 69th street, this sprawling lawn is the perfect place to deepen your tan, socialize with friends and enjoy a picnic. The people watching is on point, too. You may even make new friends to join your gathering! Stop by Organic Avenue for 32 oz. bottles of our summer classics like Coconut Water and our #summersuperstar Piña Love to share the hydration.

 

Movie Night Out

If you’re film buffs like us, there are plenty of outdoor screenings taking place all over NYC this summer. Grab a friend (or a special someone), a blanket, healthy snacks and you’re good to go! Here are a few showings in the next couple of weeks, all close to Organic Avenue locations for your refreshment convenience.

Wednesday, August 12th 8:00pm – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – Pier 1 in Riverside Park South

Thursday, August 13th 6:30pm – The Wizard of Oz – Union Square Park

Monday, August 17th 5:00pm – Chinatown – Bryant Park

Tuesday, August 18th 8:00pm – Roman Holiday – Tony Dapolito Recreation Center (3 Clarkson Street)

Monday, August 24th 5:00pm – Back to the Future – Bryant Park

Tuesday, August 25th 8:00pm – Dreamgirls – Tony Dapolito Recreation Center (3 Clarkson Street)

 

Summer Spa Day

Your staycation doesn’t have to be all about socializing. Take some time out for you, too! If you rarely indulge in a spa day, use this break from work to treat yourself to your favorite service—or perhaps one you haven’t tried before. There are many fantastic facialists and massage therapists all over the city. We love Pacific Touch and Sacred Touch for their holistic approaches to glowing skin. If saunas and baths are more your style, check out Spa Castle in College Point or Aire Ancient Baths in TriBeCa for a few hours to reconnect with yourself.

 

Recipe for Relaxation

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, there’s one room in our apartment that’s often neglected. Your own kitchen may feel like a new NYC location to explore! Spend an evening or two during your staycation to try out some new healthy recipes. Invite friends over for an impromptu dinner party—or light candles, play your favorite soothing tunes and enjoy your creations solo. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out classic OA recipes in our founder Denise Mari’s book, Organic Avenue: Recipes for Life, Made with LOVE*.

>Impress Party Goers with Unique Flavored Ice Cubes

Mint, Raspberry and Blueberry Ice CubesIt wouldn’t be a party without serving your guests a signature cocktail or mocktail. Rather than using ordinary ice to keep the drinks cool, why not turn the fun factor up a few notches? Flavored ice cubes are all the rage right now—they’re practically effortless to make, but have a big impact on the drinking experience. Here are a few ideas, using all plant-based ingredients, to inspire your future drink menus.

 

> Mint

This soothing herb tastes good in just about everything—whether you’re serving pure water, cold-pressed juice, or an adult beverage. Place a mint leaf into each cube of water, and it will float and freeze in an open position. The attendees will love the beautiful presentation!

> Hibiscus

The vibrant pink color of hibiscus will dress up any drink. Don’t be surprised if your guests turn around and use these at their next party! The hibiscus flowers need to be boiled and steeped, just like you’re making tea. Allow the liquid to cool and pour into molds, making sure there’s piece of flower in each one.

> Ginger Lemonade

If you’re serving fresh lemonade at your summertime event, stop by Organic Avenue for Ginger Lemonade. Pour this tonic into ice cube trays and add them to spice up your homemade recipe.

> Raspberry Basil

The combination of sweet raspberries and fragrant basil is addicting. Add chopped raspberries with a piece of fresh basil to each cube for full-bodied flavor. Alternately, you can blend the two ingredients with water to create deep red ice cubes for a pop of color in every glass.

> Zesty Lime

Add strips of lime zest to the cubes for a refreshingly tart enhancement to your signature drink.

> Ruby Cubes

When pomegranate seeds are frozen in ice cubes, they look like sparkling jewels trapped inside. These seeds float, so fill the water halfway in each mold and add the seeds. Freeze, and add more water to freeze the top half, securing the seeds in the middle. Try this recipe with Coconut Water for subtle sweetness, too!

> Layered Cubes

If you’re creating cubes to complement a holiday or event’s color scheme, layered is the way to go. Similar to the pomegranate cubes, create a layer and freeze, add the next layer and freeze—continuing the pattern until you have all the colors you desire inside the cube.

> Cleanse Cubes

You don’t need to be hosting an event to treat yourself to special ice cubes. We all know the importance of drinking lots of H2O, especially while embarking on a cleanse program. You can even use these recipes to enhance your water during your next Love Deep cleanse. Make a tray of a variety of cubes with nutrient-dense and detoxifying ingredients, such as beets, berries, lemon zest and sage. Sip in between your cold-pressed juices for a uniquely delicious experience!

>Wellness Activities to Celebrate Friendship Day

Friends in OceanWhat would life be like without great friends? International Friendship Day is this Sunday, August 2nd, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by doing something health-promoting with your closest pals.

 

Get Beachin’

If you’re in NYC, beautiful beaches are just a short drive or train ride away. Relax on the sand with your besties and catch up on the events of the summer so far. Vitamin D is important for strong bones and a healthy immune system, but make sure to wear a natural sunscreen if you’re lying out during peak hours of exposure. Antioxidant-rich foods will also help protect against sun damage in conjunction with your sunscreen.

To cool off, make sure to take a group dip in the ocean. Seawater contains minerals and living microorganisms absorbed through the skin, which may have immune-boosting antibiotic and antibacterial effects. The salt water is also great for detoxifying your skin and keeping it smooth and hydrated.

 

Get Movin’

There’s nothing like sweating together to forge the bond of true friendship. There are tons of exhilarating group fitness classes that you can try—spinning, dance cardio, kickboxing, yoga, the list goes on. Be sure to check out the free fitness events all over NYC, many of which are outdoors this season. Post-workout, replenish at OA with a Coconut Water and Revival Smoothie—featuring protein-rich almond butter and antioxidant-boosting cacao.

 

Get Cookin’

If your friends are all foodies like ours, why not spend the day at one of your homes and prepare (and enjoy!) a healthy meal together? Each member of your crew can find a recipe for one course and bring the ingredients required. If you’re not sure where to look, check out one of our favorite recipe blogs like Detoxinsta, Choosing Raw or Deliciously Ella for inspiration. For a simple and scrumptious dessert, here’s a repost of the macaroon recipe our squad goes crazy for.

 

Cacao Coconut Macaroons (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Yields 20-24 macaroons

Ingredients:

14oz bottle of Organic Avenue Coconut Mylk (canned works as well)

4 teaspoons maple syrup

¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (or sea salt)

2 teaspoons coconut flour

2 tablespoons cacao powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

> Preheat oven to 350°F

> Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

> In a small saucepan, whisk together Coconut Mylk, maple syrup and salt over low heat, until well-combined.

> Add coconut flour and cacao powder, and bring to a boil. Stir for 2 minutes until thickened.

> Cut flame, and add vanilla extract and shredded coconut. Stir until well-combined.

> Using a tablespoon, transfer the batter onto the baking sheet. Use your hands to shape them into balls, if necessary.

> Bake at 350°F for approximately 20 minutes, until the macaroons are slightly crispy on top.

> Allow macaroons to cool on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

> Enjoy with a tall glass of Coconut or Cashew Hemp Mylk!

 

Get Cleansin’

It’s always easier to kick start a healthier habit, like a cleanse, when you make a commitment with a group. Your friends will create an environment of support and hold each other accountable for sticking to the plan. If some of you have cleansed before, or are curious about embarking on a cleanse program for the first time, summer is the perfect time to do it. If your friends want to Love Deep or Go Green together, check out OA’s Group Cleanse program, with special rates for cleanse companions!

 

 

>Healthy Summer Picnic Snacks

Summer PicnicWhether you’re trekking into the wilderness for a day or planning a get together with friends and family in Central Park, you’ll need ideas for plant-based picnic snacks. Eating healthy food in the great outdoors will keep your group energized to make the most of the beautiful day. Below are snacks that you can easily pack in a cooler (or orange OA cooler bag), and others that can be stored in a backpack or picnic basket without the need for ice.

 

Nut Butter-Stuffed Dates

These are great for snacking throughout the day or an ultra-healthy dessert. Plus, they’re easily digested, filling, and energizing .Just remove the pit from a plump medjool date and stuff raw almond, cashew or coconut butter inside. As an alterative to nut butter, we also love to replace the pit with a pecan half. Instant raw pecan pie!

 

Kale or Sweet Potato Chips

For kale chips, simply tear the leaves into medium-sized pieces. If you’re using sweet potatoes, thinly slice them with a mandolin. Place the veggies in a dehydrator overnight or bake at a low temperature in the oven. Leave them plain, or top with Himalayan pink salt, cinnamon and coconut sugar for a sweet experience. For savory, spicy chips, sprinkle curry or chili power on top, along with the salt.

 

Gluten-Free Pasta Salad

Since you’ll be outside in the heat, it’s best to avoid any heavy dressings on your pasta salad. A touch of olive or macadamia nut oil with lemon or lime juice is a simple and tasty compliment to the macaroni. Love avocado? Omit the oil and toss with the citrus juice. You can add any veggies that tickle your fancy—steamed broccoli, snap peas and mushrooms all work well. Our favorite gluten-free pastas are made from brown rice and protein-rich quinoa and easy to find at any market.

 

Crudités and Hummus

You can’t go wrong with fresh cut veggies and creamy hummus to please the picnic crowd. Instead of opting for a store-bought brand, impress your friends with a homemade organic dip. This is a simple recipe that you can spice up with olives, jalapenos, bell peppers, or any ingredient you’re inspired by!

> 1 (15oz.) can chickpeas

> 1/4 cup tahini

> 1 tablespoon olive oil

> 2 cloves garlic

> 1 teaspoon cumin

> 1/2 teaspoon salt

> 1 lemon, juiced (or Lemon Shot)

Use a blender or food processor to process the chickpeas. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

 

Veggie Wraps

Delicious wraps are easy to assemble at your picnic location. Pre-chop your favorite veggies at home and store them in sealed containers. When your crowd is hungry, add ‘em to the wrap with a sauce, roll ‘em up, and enjoy! You can go for the classic whole-wheat tortilla or a gluten-free brown rice version. For raw options, bring sliced collard leaves or a package of nori sheets. Guacamole, romaine and shredded carrots wrapped in nori is a crunchy delight!

No time to prep your own? Stop by Organic Avenue for Lunchbox Salad Wraps—they’re available in both whole-wheat and gluten-free collard green varieties. The sweet and savory filling features almonds, celery, dried cranberries and our signature cashew mayo. It’s hard to believe it’s not real tuna salad!

>Plant-Based Popsicle Recipes

Berry PopsiclesHere in NYC, we’re in the midst of a major heat wave. High temps call for a bit more creativity in the kitchen, as many of our cooked favorites aren’t too appealing right now. In addition to tossing lots of leafy green salads with cucumbers, we’re experimenting with popsicles as a cooling dessert or anytime snack. Check out three deliciously healthy recipes in our freezer right now.

 

 

 

 

 

Avocado Cream Pop

Makes 8-10 popsicles in a standard popsicle mold

Ingredients:

> 4 ripe avocados

> Juice of 1 lime

> 1 ½ cups Coconut Mylk (canned also works well)

> 2/3 cup coconut sugar (or liquid stevia extract to taste for a low-sugar option)

> 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

1. Soak popsicle sticks in warm water for about an hour.

2. Blend all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor, until the mixture achieves a pudding-esque consistency.

3. Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold. Add the popsicle sticks and freeze for 4-6 hours (overnight is best).

4. After they’re frozen, run the mold under hot water for a few seconds to release the pops.

5. Enjoy the sweet creaminess and cooling effect!

 

Pop Goes the Green Smoothie

Makes 8-10 popsicles in a standard popsicle mold

Ingredients:

> 1 cup spinach

> 1 ½ cups chopped pineapple or mango (frozen works well)

> 1 banana

> 1 cup Coconut Water

 

1. Soak popsicle sticks in warm water for about an hour.

2. Blend all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor, until the mixture achieves a smoothie-like consistency.

3. Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold. Add the popsicle sticks and freeze for 4-6 hours (overnight is best).

4. After they’re frozen, run the mold under hot water for a few seconds to release the pops.

5. Savor your nutrient-dense green smoothie on a stick!

 

Chia Pudding Pop

Makes 8-10 popsicles in a standard popsicle mold

Ingredients:

> 2 cups Coconut Mylk (canned also works well)

> 2 tablespoons chia seeds

> 1 ½ cups chopped raspberries (or fruit of your choice)

> ¼ cup shredded coconut

> 2 tablespoons coconut nectar (or liquid stevia extract to taste)

> 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

1. Combine all ingredients in a large container or mason jar. Stir until well combined.

2. Seal and let sit in the fridge for 2-4 hours until chia seeds expand and create a gel-like pudding.

3. Soak popsicle sticks in warm water for about an hour.

4. Pour the pudding into the popsicle mold. Add the popsicle sticks and freeze for 4-6 hours (overnight is best). After they’re frozen, run the mold under hot water for a few seconds to release the pops.

5. Enjoy your protein-packed frozen chia pudding!

>Best Foods for Staying Cool

Cucumber & WatermelonWhen Mother Nature turns up the heat, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven or stove. Summer is the time to focus on fresh, raw foods that will hydrate and energize, instead of complex dishes that will weigh you down. You can still include cooked components in your meals if you’d like, but simple is best in order to keep cool. Here are some easy-to-incorporate ingredients to regulate your body temperature when it’s sweltering out there.

> Cucumber

‘Cool as a cucumber’ is a common expression for a reason. Cucumbers have high water content, so they’re super-hydrating. Even when eaten at room temperature, they still manage to take your temp down a notch. Eat them plain, dip them in guacamole, or add them to your water.

> Watermelon

Summertime’s favorite fruit satisfies even the most intense sweet craving, and it cools you down, too! Watermelon is packed with vitamins and amino acids, and it contains more lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, than any other fruit or vegetable. No time to cut up a watermelon? Grab a Watermelon Juice from Organic Avenue.

> Mint

This herb has the unique ability to trigger sensors in your body that make you feel cool. Add a sprig to your water or favorite green smoothie. Alcohol dilates blood vessels, which ultimately raises your core temperature; so if you’re going to drink a poolside cocktail, make it a minty mojito!

> Leafy Greens

Greens like arugula, spinach and watercress thin the blood and allow you to release body heat, which lowers body temperature. A big leafy salad is the perfect meal on a hot day. You don’t have to stick with a traditional all-veggie salad either. Fruit digests well with leafy greens, so simple bowl of spinach, strawberries and a squeeze of lemon juice will do the trick.

> Coconut Water

Coconut Water from young Thai coconuts is one of the most hydrating substances on the planet, and will keep you healthy all summer long. It balances pH levels, cleans the digestive tract, promotes circulation, boosts your immune system and carries oxygen and nutrients to cells.

> Lemon

Our favorite water-enhancer promotes detoxification and offers a cooling effect. It also boosts your immune system. You don’t have to limit your flavored H2O to just lemon, either. Toss in limes, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries for a refreshing and fun beverage.

> Spicy Foods

Okay, you’re probably thinking that spicy food is the last thing you want to eat to cool off, right? Turns out, the warmth is only temporary. Spices induce sweat, which lowers your internal temperature—essentially perspiring away the heat.

>Introducing our Summer Superstars!

#summersuperstars

We’re proud to welcome three new members to the Organic Avenue family, just in time for the peak of summer. Stop by any OA location today to try our #summersuperstars. Feed your brain with their key health benefits here—you’ll want to scoop up all three!

 

OXYGENATOR SHOT

Sweet and tart, this concentrated boost of beet juice will help bring oxygen to your cells for a more effective workout and faster muscle recovery. The combination of beet and lemon is also extremely cleansing for your digestive tract—the perfect way to rebalance after a long summer night. We love to add the Oxygenator to any of our green juices for an energizing kick!

 

PIÑA LOVE JUICE

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with each sip of this fragrant fruit blend. Pineapple and pear are both high in antioxidant vitamin C, and pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme great for digestion. Cooling mint is also a digestive aid and may be a stress reliever—all the more reason this juice is a vacation in a bottle! If you’re craving a sweet treat but still want to get your greens in, mix the Piña equal parts with our refreshing Cucumber Juice or classic Mellow Love.

 

SUPER POWER SMOOTHIE

The refreshing and satiating blend of antioxidant-rich blueberries and whole chia seeds in sweet pear juice makes the Super Power Smoothie your new summer go-to. Blueberries contain phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which not only give them their blue hue, but also may promote a healthy heart. Chia seeds give this smoothie a fun texture and additional superpowers—complete protein and omega-3 fatty acids for brain health. Super Power is the perfect meal replacement to throw in your beach bag this weekend!

>Take Your Workout to the Water

PoolOne of the major reasons we love summer is that we can head to any body of water or outdoor pool and get in our workout while enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Water is nature’s perfect fitness tool, and exercising in it barely feels like work!

 

Benefits of Exercising in Water

> Buoyancy: Water exercise is ideal for those who have bad joints or are recovering from injury. Water offers an upward force that can support as much as 90 percent of your body weight. So, someone who can’t run because of bad knees or due to a back injury can still burn calories and tone muscles without the strain on the aching locations.

> Lower Heart Rate: You’re able to work more efficiently in water than on dry land. Every body surface receives the same hydrostatic pressure, which helps your heart circulate blood. Your heart rate will beat about 15 times less per minute in water, which makes it ideal for those with high blood pressure.

> Toning Resistance: You may be surprised at how defined you become, if you exercise in water regularly. Water provides resistance proportional to the force it’s working against, thanks to frontal resistance, drag forces, and viscosity. Plus, it resists in every direction, so it tones muscles you’re not even targeting at the time.

> Burns Fat: The increased resistance allows you to burn significantly more calories in water than on land. Studies show that the weight loss from water exercises is more targeted to body fat.

 

Additional Benefits

Some of the following benefits are reaped with all forms of exercise, but many specifically target water-based activities.

> Stress and tension relief

> Increased energy level

> No risk of falling

> Reduced chance of injury

> Improved posture and balance

> Increased muscle strength

> Increased flexibility

> Ease of sore muscles and joints

 

Not a Swimmer? No Problem!

You don’t have to perfect your breaststroke to reap the benefits of exercising in water, as there are many other options if laps aren’t your thing.

Water jogging burns about 17 calories per minute! You can even walk or march, if you prefer. To turn up the intensity, do a set of jumping jacks every few minutes.

To tone your abs and trim your waist, stand against the side of the pool with your arms on the edges. Draw your knees in and extend them straight. Repeat this crunching movement to the side to tone your obliques. You can also do leg lifts, squats and arm curls while immersed in water.

Even though your body temperature is much cooler than it would be during a hike or bike ride, it’s important to keep hydrated, especially if you’re out in the sun. OA’s Watermelon Juice is the perfect thirst-quenching treat post-pool!