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>Building Muscles Without Meat

Stuffed Winter Squash

There are plenty of protein options out there for non-meat eaters to use for building muscle and staying fit. From nuts and seeds to whole grains and beans, the alternatives can be just as good (and sometimes better!) for packing on lean muscle. Our suggestions below also avoid the typical meatless path: soy-based foods. Too […]

>They’re Not Just Pretty…Edible Flowers Guide

Calendula

Flowers are certainly beautiful in your garden and as a centerpiece on your table, but their beauty goes well beyond skin deep. There are plenty of flowers that also provide impressive flavor, as well as health benefits when eaten. Always remember to use flowers that are clearly identifiable and haven’t been treated with pesticides. In […]

>How to Be Swimsuit Ready (and Still Enjoy Food!)

Beach Party

Memorial Day is on its way, and if the weather allows, it’s the first weekend many of us will be making an appearance in a bathing suit this year. While it’s most important to eat to support our internal health, we also know that looking great on the outside is a happy side effect of a […]

>Fight Your Springtime Allergies with Food

Dandelion

Spring is underway, and we’re finally getting a taste of warm weather here in New York City. We’re committing to outdoor workouts, leaving our desks for lunch, and ditching the subway to walk to our destination whenever possible. There’s only one downside to this transition. Even if you’re a relatively healthy person, it can be […]

>Hikers & Bikers! High-Energy Trail Mix Options

Hiker

Hiking and biking are two of the most enjoyable workouts you can do outdoors—so much so, that you won’t even feel like you’re exercising. The scenery is ever changing, so you won’t get bored with your surroundings—and you’ll burn a ton of calories. Since you’re expending so much energy, it’s always recommended to pack a […]

>Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Apple and a Baseball

Baseball season has just begun, and if you’re like many spectators, you may have a hard time staying on track with your healthy diet when ballpark food is all around you. And if your seats are near the aisle, it will be easy to robotically pass food and money back-and-forth the entire game. As if […]

>March Madness: Take the OA Health Challenge!

Basketball Plate

For many, March is just that ‘in-between’ month before the spring weather hits—a countdown to brighter, warmer days ahead. For sports enthusiasts, March is one of the year’s highlights—the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament—68 college basketball teams competing for the national championship. Whether you have a team to root for or not, OA has pitted […]

>Healthy ‘Shamrock Smoothies’ to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Smoothie Ingredients

Each St. Patrick’s Day, many people flock to their local fast food joint for a seasonal green shake. While it may look festive, the source of its vibrant color is quite far from the green plants we love. The shamrock hue is the result of a Yellow # 5 and Blue # 1 combo, two […]

>All Arugula All the Time

Arugula Leaves

Move over kale, there’s a different green emerging as the most popular kid on the playground. Arugula, also called salad rocket, garden rocket, or just plain rocket, has been cultivated since Roman times in the Mediterranean area for its long list of health benefits. It’s loaded with antioxidants to support the immune system and fight […]

>Mayo Who?

'Mayo' Dressing

Mayo may be one of the most versatile condiments ever created, but it’s also one of the unhealthiest. Traditional mayonnaise is loaded with bad fat, cholesterol and sodium, and only 1 tablespoon has about 90 calories. If you’re going to devote 90 calories to a condiment, shouldn’t it at least be good for you? One of […]