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>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!

>3 Easy-to-Prepare Chia Seed Puddings

Vanilla Chia PuddingCh ch ch chia! You can find chia seeds everywhere and in everything these days—smoothies, tortilla chips, brownies, you name it. Hydrating, loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and a complete protein source, it’s no wonder this ancient seed has reemerged with a bang.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to get your chia fix is to create your own chia seed pudding. Check out 3 simply delicious recipes that we go cr cr cr crazy for!

 

Vanilla Chia Dream

Here’s our go-to recipe for a filling breakfast, dessert or anytime treat. With just 4 ingredients, it can be part of your daily dietary protocol, too.

Serves 1

> 3 tablespoons chia seeds

> 1 cup almond mylk, Coconut Mylk or Cashew Hemp Mylk

> ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

> ½ tablespoon coconut nectar or maple syrup, or 7-10 drops of liquid stevia extract

> Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Add all ingredients to a mason jar and stir well. Seal with lid and let the mixture sit for at least an hour in the refrigerator (overnight is best for a thicker, creamier pudding). We love to triple the recipe and store it in a 32oz mason jar—readily available for a chia craving.

 

Red Velvet in a Jar

Here’s an ultra-healthy take on the classic cake, without the refined sugar and artificial food coloring.

Serves 1

> 3 tablespoons chia seeds

> ½ cup beet juice or Royal Red

> ½ cup Coconut Mylk

> ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

> ½ tablespoon coconut nectar or maple syrup, or 7-10 drops of liquid stevia extract

> Handful of crushed raw pecans (optional)

Add all ingredients to a mason jar and stir well. Seal with lid and let the mixture sit for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Top with crushed pecans (or nut of your choice) when you’re ready to enjoy.

 

Tropical Coconut Parfait

The perfect summer treat, a spoonful of this coconut pudding will transport you to a tropical island—even when you’re enjoying it on the island of Manhattan!

Serves 1

> 3 tablespoons chia seeds

> 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut

> 1 ½ cups Coconut Mylk

> ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

> ½ tablespoon coconut nectar or maple syrup, or 7-10 drops of liquid stevia extract

> Diced fresh or dried pineapple (optional)

Add all ingredients to a mason jar and stir well. Seal with lid and let the mixture sit for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Top with fresh or dried pineapple pieces when you’re ready to enjoy.

 

If you’re on the go this week, you can still get your chia fix without stepping foot in a kitchen. Organic Avenue has you covered with our signature Chia Berry Tapioca. Infused with fresh strawberries, this coconut yogurt-based pudding is a convenient way to get healthy probiotics and antioxidants from your breakfast or snack!

>How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Beagle TravelingWhile we love New York no matter the time of year, summer is the season to get out of town—whether it’s a weekend getaway nearby, or an extended trip to an exotic or faraway location. For some, vacation is an excuse to forgo healthy habits established at home. While it’s fun (and necessary) to relax and indulge at times, it’s still possible to continue your wellness routine on your trip. Most importantly, you want to stay healthy while traveling in order to enjoy all that your destination has to offer.

 

Jet-Setting Success

Traveling, especially in-flight, can be extremely dehydrating. Above all else, make sure to hydrate before, during and after your flight. It’s well worth the wait to use the tiny restroom for happy cells! As far as what to drink, get your pure water, Coconut Water and green juice in before heading to the airport. While in-flight, stick to H2O. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will only dehydrate you more.

Digestion also slows down in-flight due to the extreme altitude, so it’s best to keep snacking to a minimum. If you’re on a long trip and must eat on the plane, do it as close to landing as possible—it’ll be easier for your body to process the food once you hit the ground. Pack some clean and easy to eat snacks in your carry-on. Our faves are ripe bananas, baby carrots, sprouted almonds and dark chocolate. We’ve also been known to mix up a Big Kale Salad on the plane before—staying fresh in our signature OA cooler bag, of course!

Menu Navigation

It’s likely you’ll be dining out for most of the meals on your vacation, unless you’re renting a home and cooking there, or staying with friends and preparing food together. If you’re relying on hotels and restaurants for your meals, always make sure to start with a raw salad, even if it’s just a plate of mixed greens with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil and squeeze of lemon. The enzymes in the raw veggies set your digestive system up for success. For extra digestive support, take a probiotic each morning on an empty stomach. As always, check with your doctor before adding any new supplements into your regimen.

If you choose to eat animal protein for your main course, make sure to balance it out with a lot of cooked veggies. Our favorite trick—create an entrée out of the veggie sides. You can even take a look at the sides offered with the protein dishes that may not be available a la carte. If you ask the server nicely, you may just find yourself with a big, satisfying plate of sautéed spinach, asparagus, roasted cauliflower and mashed sweet potatoes!

For quick and easy energizing breakfast options, grab fresh fruit at the hotel or pack a box of organic, gluten-free cereal in your bag. If you can find a local juice and smoothie bar, even better! Check out Happy Cow for a listing of all the vegan and vegetarian spots wherever you’re headed. And, Organic Avenue ships our juice nationally, so you can have a 6-pack of your favorite cold-pressed bottles waiting in your hotel fridge upon arrival.

Keep it Moving

Even if your game plan is to lie out in the sun with a piña colada in hand for most of your vacation, it’s important to fit in some physical activity—just 30 minutes each day is all you need. You’ll feel so much better—and look better in your new swimsuit! If you’re on the ocean or a lake, go for a refreshing swim or kayak. If you’re a runner, challenge yourself to jog on the sand for 2 to 3 miles. If you’re in a mountainous area, check out the nearest hiking trails. The possibilities are endless! And of course, if you’re stuck in the hotel on a rainy day, there’s always the gym, so make sure to pack your favorite running shoes.

 

No matter how far away from home you are, it’s possible to look and feel your best while out of town. Use the time off from your usual routine to truly care for yourself—body, mind and spirit—which doesn’t necessarily mean being extra strict. For support finding the right balance when you return to the city, OA and our knowledgeable Advisors are here for you. Wishing you safe and fun-filled travels this summer!

>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!