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>Fall for Farro

FarroNow that the air is crisp and cool, hearty grain and veggie dishes are once again staples in our diet. We love quinoa and millet, but we’re also experimenting with farro, another ancient grain. While it’s not gluten-free, farro contains less gluten than wheat, and may be tolerated by some with minor gluten sensitivities. Here are some of farro’s main health benefits:




> Protein to rebuild muscle tissue (7 grams per ¼ cup)

> Fiber to feel full faster and longer and assist in digestion

> 4 times as much fiber as white rice

> It’s a complex carb that breaks down slowly, keeping energy levels stable

> Magnesium, which may help relieve tension in the body

> Zinc for a strong immune system


Farro is the Italian name for emmer wheat, an ancient strain of hard wheat from the Fertile Crescent in western Asia. It’s revered for its roasted, nutty flavor and chewy texture. Its cinnamon notes and cashew undertones add a sophisticated touch to your favorite dishes. Check out our favorite easy-to-prepare farro recipes below!


Simple Farro Recipes

Although soaking farro isn’t required, it helps to make the grain more digestible. If you do soak it, place in a pot with enough cold water to keep it submerged, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate for eight hours.

Farro can be prepared in the oven, on a stovetop, or in a slow cooker. As there are different varieties of farro, cooking times won’t be exact unless you always use the same kind. The good news is—it doesn’t get mushy, even if it’s a bit overcooked.



> 1.5 cups farro

> 4 cups water or vegetable stock

> 1 tablespoon olive oil

> 1/4 teaspoon salt

Rinse farro in a fine mesh sieve and drain. Transfer to a medium-sized pot. Add the water or stock and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered 25 to 30 minutes. Fluff in the oil with a fork.



> 1.5 cups farro

> 4 cups water or vegetable stock

> 1 tablespoon olive oil

> 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a kettle of water to a boil. While you’re doing this, rinse the farro in a sieve and drain. Add farro, oil and salt to a pot with a lid. Add four cups of boiling water. Stir and cook in the oven for 35 minutes until it’s soft, yet chewy.


Slow Cooker

> 1.5 cups farro

> 5 cups water or vegetable stock

> 1 tablespoon olive oil

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high for two to four hours, depending on the variety of farro you’re using.


Breakfast/Dessert: Maple Farro Delight

> 1 cup farro

> 3.5 cups water

> 5 tablespoons maple syrup

> 1/2 cup Coconut Mylk (or non-dairy milk of choice)

> 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Stir farro and water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in milk and syrup. Gently stir in cinnamon. Yields 3 servings.


Lunch/Dinner: Spinach & Mushroom Farro Stir-fry

> 1.5 cups farro

> 3 cups vegetable broth

> 1.5 cups sliced mushrooms

> 2 handfuls spinach

> 1 garlic clove, finely minced

> 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

> 2 tablespoons walnut oil

> 1 cup chopped yellow onion

Gather all of your measured ingredients. Note that the walnut oil can be substituted for any oil of your choice (try coconut, avocado or macadamia nut oil, too!) You can also substitute spinach for kale.

Heat farro and broth over medium heat until broth is fully absorbed. In a separate pan, add oil, vinegar, onion and garlic, and sauté approximately 7 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté a few more minutes. Pour farro into saucepan with spinach and mushrooms. Mix all ingredients. Add spinach and cook for a few minutes until it begins to wilt. Lightly flavor the farro with Himalayan pink salt or sea salt. You may want a pinch of cayenne or black pepper, too. This dish can be served cold or hot. Yields 4 servings.

>7 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Metabolism-Boosting FoodsIn the spring and summer, it’s often easier to maintain a balanced weight. The warm weather tends to make you crave lighter foods—especially seasonal fruit and water-containing salads. For many, the cooler fall air can have the opposite effect. Some folks become less active and crave their go-to comfort foods when the temperature starts to dip. It’s important to enjoy hearty meals on a crisp evening (especially if they’re full of plant-based goodness), but make sure to apply our 7 tips below to look and feel your best—even when you’re spending most of your time indoors.

1. Exercise More Frequently – You may already train for an hour each day, but you can still maximize your workout by splitting it into multiple intervals. Break those 60 minutes into two or three short workouts throughout the day. Try a short routine when you wake up, a quick midday set and another 15 to 20-minute workout in the evening. If you follow this protocol, when your body gets to a resting point and metabolism slows, you’ll fire it right back up again with the next workout.

2. Spice it Up – Spicy foods that turn up your core temperature help boost your metabolism. Instead of sprinkling sea salt on your homemade kale chips, load up on the chili pepper. Why not replace the hummus on your veggie wrap with a fiery tomato salsa?

3. Indulge in Oil – Coconut oil, of course! Some think it’s counterproductive to eat fat when trying to lose fat, but unrefined coconut oil is loaded with a unique combination of fatty acids that have a powerful impact on the metabolism. Coconut oil is thermogenic so it increases fat burning. A calorie is not just a calorie. The calorie from 1 tablespoon of coconut oil does not digest the same as an identical number of calories from butter, meat or processed foods.

4. Graze – Eating ‘three square meals’ a day is not always the best approach for those with a busy lifestyle, and this eating schedule won’t do your metabolism any favors. By grazing on smaller meals throughout the day, you’ll keep your metabolism sharp. The best thing about smaller portions—all of the calories consumed will be used for immediate fuel instead of stored for later in fat cells.

5. Eat Organic – If you haven’t started eating mostly organic foods yet, now is the time to make the transition. Your fat-burning system is not able to do its job when it’s busy trying to digest pesticides. Toxins directly affect your thyroid. Since your thyroid acts as your body’s thermostat to determine how fast your metabolism will run, you want to eat foods that are as clean as possible. Load up on seasonal organic greens and fruits!

6. Drink More Water – When it’s hot outside, you naturally drink more water. When the air becomes cool and crisp, many people start to slack on their water intake. Unfortunately, that second cup of coffee does not replace pure water. Try using a fruit-infused bottle that allows you to make flavored water with fresh fruit and herbs.

7. Embark on a Cleanse – A great way to rev your metabolism is to reset your digestive system with a cleanse protocol. Think about the pipes in your sink for a minute (literally). If the sink is backed up because the pipes are blocked, it doesn’t matter how clean the water is—it simply can’t move through the blockage. Taking three to five days to replace your regular meals with a cleanse program can restore your equipment. Organic Avenue’s all-juice Love Deep is available to ship nationally, but if you’re in New York, ask about our in-store Love Easy and Love Fast programs, too. These options contain both juice and food, which may make cleansing easier on a cold day.

>An Apple a Day

Apple We’re in the midst of peak apple season here in New York State. From now through the end of October, you’ll find many fresh, crisp varieties at your local grocer or farmer’s market. For even more apple fun, you can take a weekend drive to pick your own at a picturesque farm upstate or on the east end of Long Island.

Everyone knows that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but there’s no need to bore your taste buds with the same old McIntosh all fall long. There are so many different types, and each one shines in its own way. Here’s our A-Z breakdown of the best apple varieties to look out for this season.



> Ambrosia:

These medium-to-large apples are sweet and crisp—they’re a cross between Jonagold and Golden Delicious.

> Arkansas Black:

Deep purple Arkansas Black are hard at harvest and should be stored for a bit before using. While they don’t make the best applesauce, they’re fantastic for baking!

> Brae Burn:

Maturing late in the season, Brae Burns are not easy to find, but worth the effort to get your hands on. They’re incredibly sweet and taste best super fresh.

> Cortland:

These apples store well for quite a long time. Try slicing them up and adding to your favorite kale salads (like our Big Kale!).

> Empire:

The creamy white flesh of the Empire is not only juicy, but also extremely aromatic for an experience for all the senses.

> Fuji:

Recommended as one of the best varieties for applesauce-making, Fuji apples are sweet with aromatic tones. They’re also quite good for adding a sweet note to a hearty salad.

> Gala:

Perfect for a sweet applesauce, Galas are also fantastic for cutting the taste of dark, leafy greens in your morning juice.

> Ginger Gold:

Since these apples take quite a while to brown, they’re ideal for fruit platters when you’re entertaining this season.

> Golden Delicious:

Although primarily recommended for sauces, the rich flavor comes through no matter if they’re cooked or baked in an apple pie (gluten-free and plant-based, of course!)

> Granny Smith:

How can you resist the bright green color of these crisp, tart apples? Lower in sugar than other varieties, they’re great to add to your daily juice, or sweeten up in a caramel dip for Halloween!

> Honey Crisp:

Honey Crisp have a distinct sweetness perfect for baking a crowd-pleasing apple cobbler.

> Jazz:

A cross between a Brae Burn and Royal Gala, they’re become a preferred choice for apple butter and apple sauce in recent years.

> Jonathan:

The sweet-tart flavor of Jonathan apples makes them a fantastic choice for juicing.

> Junagold:

Considered a ‘jack of all trades’ apple, Jonagolds are a popular pick for sauces, salads, pies and other baked goods.

> McIntosh:

Since 1811, these apples have been one of the most popular fruits in the United States. Mild and sweet, they’re a nice complement to other varieties in apple sauce.

> Melrose:

One of the greatest attractions to Melrose apples is that they hold their shape in pies, so if you’re going for a fantastic visual display, these are your guys!

> Mutsu:

Sweet and crispy, Mutsu are similar to Golden Delicious and taste best fresh and raw.

> Paula Red:

These tart apples are great to turn into a sauce to compliment a savory veggie dish, like everyone’s favorite roasted Brussels sprouts.

> Pink Lady:

If you want sweet, smooth applesauce, Pink Lady is the variety to mash up in your kitchen this season.

> Red Delicious:

Best enjoyed fresh, red delicious apples taste amazing in your crunchy fall salad—a nice compliment to sweeter root veggies, beets and carrots (as found in the OA Big Clean Salad).

> Sun Crisp:

Excellent for baking and storing, Sun Crisp is a tart variety, with tropical notes of pineapple and banana—reminiscent of a sunny vacation, even on a crisp, fall day!

>Eating for Eye Health


No matter your age, it’s important to maintain the health of your eyes. After all, they are the windows to your soul! Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is beneficial for overall health, but there are some foods saturated with vital vision nutrition to add to your diet pronto.


Beta Carotene

This orange-red pigment is a carotenoid, which the body converts to vitamin A for absorption. Vitamin A assists with night vision and helps prevent the formulation of cataracts. Beta-carotene also protects the retina, which translates images to brain signals, as well as the macula, which provides our sharp, detailed vision.

Most people hear beta-carotene and immediately think of carrots. Organic Avenue offers bright and earthy cold-pressed Carrot Juice you should keep on hand strictly for this purpose. There are plenty of other plant-based foods loaded with beta-carotene too, including:

> Sweet Potatoes

> Apricots (Shredded Curried Cabbage)

> Spinach (Medicinal Green)

> Kale (Sweet Greens)

> Collard Greens (Thai Collard Wrap)

> Winter Squash

> Romaine Lettuce (Mellow Love)

> Red Bell Peppers (Lunchbox Salad Collard Wrap)

> Papaya



Not only is it a mineral to load up on when you’re feeling under the weather, zinc is also an extremely important nutrient for the retina.

Our favorite foods with high zinc content include:

> Cashews (Cashew Hemp Mylk)

> Spinach (Green Coco)

> Pumpkin Seeds (Matcha Chia Glo)

> Cacao (Chocolate Mousse)

> Sesame Seeds (Sunflower Falafel Salad)

> Garlic (The Big Kale Salad)

> Mushrooms (Mushroom Wrap)

> Oats (Overnight Oats)

> Almonds (Sunflower Falafel Wrap)


Vitamin E

A potent antioxidant, vitamin E is said to help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. Blurred vision is generally the first symptom of AMD, and this disease can unfortunately cause irreversible blindness.

Vitamin E is an easy addition to your diet, as it’s found in lots of delicious plant-based goodness:

> Spinach (Lite Weight Smoothie)

> Almonds (Power House Smoothie)

> Sunflower Seeds (Sunflower Falafel Salad)

> Pumpkin

> Avocado (Spicy Avocado Soup)

> Butternut Squash

> Olives (The Big Kale Salad)

> Pine Nuts

> Swiss Chard (Green Love)


Vitamin C

You already know vitamin C helps keep your immune system strong, but did you know that it also protects against damage that is caused by ultraviolet rays? Think of vitamin C as your eyes’ personal bodyguard.

In addition to stocking up on OA’s famous Orange Juice and adding a Lemon Shot to your salad dressing, check out these other C-packed fruits and vegetables:

> Guava

> Kale (The Big Clean Salad)

> Kiwi

> Broccoli (Broccoli Slaw)

> Strawberries

> Tomatoes (Tomato Garden Vegetable Soup)

> Peas (Split Pea & Kale Soup)

> Currants (Kale Quinoa Salad)

> Brussels Sprouts

> 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


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


> 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!