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GREEN JUICES THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL HEALTHY AF BUT WON'T MAKE YOU GAG

By Betchy Crocker

Betches have long been drinking green juice after a drinking bender to feel healthy. Unfortunately for us when we're already suppressing our gag reflex, veggie juices can be hella disgusting. Unless you’re a crunchy wook-vegan-nature-loving-tree hugger, don’t spew that shit at me about how you can feeeeeeel the toxins draining from your body while you try not to chew that yam and carrot concoction you call a juice. Spare me. We both know you’re miserable. Of course, if a betch needs a lil detox boost, some veggie juices are better than others. If you don’t own a fancy juicer and aren’t likely to drop the bucks on a $600 machine you’ll use on and off for a month before giving up, here are our favorite veggie juices so you can look fetch in your bikini this summer.

1. ZÜPA NOMA Organic Tomatillo Jalapeño

At just 80 calories for the whole bottle, you’re going to want to stock up on these. As far as a green juice goes, it’s totally different, and the whole gang of ZÜPA NOMA drinks are actually classified as drinkable soups, not juices. Stick with us even though it sounds gross. Instead of an oddly sweet vegetal concoction, this shit is like drinking the finest green bloody mary mix known to man betch. Plus, all the other flavors (like organic cucumber avocado fennel, organic tomato gazpacho, etc.) are savory and delicious.

2. Jamba Juice Great Greens

If you’re someone who still, for whatever reason, goes to Jamba Juice, go finish the 8th grade getchu a Great Greens smoothie. A small will deliver three servings of veggies to your hungover body, including cucumber, kale, and spinach. Plus there’s like, fiber and shit, so you’ll feel full and less likely to reach for a cheeseburger later.

3. BluePrint Green Juice

Kale, apples, ginger, romaine, cucumber and more come together for this shit which isn’t as sweet as other green juices. The $9 price tag may turn you off, but the lack of sugar, additives, and gagging make it a welcome addition to the list. Plus, it’s only got 130 calories and is 100% real juice.

4. Juice Press Mother Earth

This one from Juice Press blends celery, cucumber, kale, chard, and more for a really, really, really veggie-blasting drink. It may be a little extreme in taste (like, there’s NO sweet factor), but it’s not bad and is only 70 calories, so...grab this.

5. Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens

If you just looooveeee the taste of veggies, grab this off the shelf. Apparently, Evolution Fresh were some of the first green juice makers, so they’re totally legit. There’s a lot of parsley and lemon in this one, though, so if you’re not all about that herbal life, skip.

6. O2Living Green Vitality

A 16 oz bottle of this shit has 140 calories and only 6 grams of sugar. It isn’t super sweet, has cucumber and fennel which we fucking dig, and will help keep you full. Blessings.

7. Odwalla Groovin' Greens

If you crave sweetness to cut the chugging of green juices, opt for Odwalla. Yah, there’s 36 grams of sugar, but you can blame the tropical pineapple, mango, and apple juices for that. It’s also only 150 calories for the bottle, which, honestly, counts as a meal when I’m struggling.

The Store-Bought Green Juices That Are (and Aren't) Healthy for You

Just because it's green doesn't mean it's healthy

Laura Madeira

University of Richmond

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While we may all like to get our green juices from a trendy juice bar on the West Coast, it's hard to justify a cross-country flight for juice that'll probably cost you $8 a pop. As a born and raised west coaster, I've noticed that the West Coast is significantly ahead of the East Coast in terms of health foods, specifically juice bars. If you're one of the many people who's town doesn't support their green juice addiction, you might have to go elsewhere to get your fix.

You can always find Bolthouse Farms in giant containers in the produce sections of grocery stores. Before you commit to the 52oz bottle, you should read the label. The roughly 150 calories and 30 grams of sugar per 15.2oz bottle aren't too bad, but they sneak in some unknown ingredients. These also include "natural flavors." When you see this in stores, don't be tempted by the spirulina, you can do better.

Suja: Glow

Suja juice is quickly becoming one of the most popular juices out there. They use wholesome ingredients and are USDA organic certified. Rather than pumping their juice with a bunch of fruit juices to add sweetness (and sugar), they use organic tea to cut the bitterness. While $8 may seem steep, this stuff is the real deal. 

Odwalla: Groovin' Greens Juice

Unlike some of their other products, Odwalla's Groovin' Greens Juice is low-calorie with only 150 calories for the entire 15 oz. bottle. Although the sugar content of 36g is high, this comes from the four fruit juices included:pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and apple. This juice also has no sugar added and no fruit from concentrate, which makes it a great substitute for freshly made green juice

BluePrint: Arugula Kale

BluePrint juices can be found at almost every Whole Foods out there. Their new Arugula Kale juice has 130 calories, 25 grams of sugar, and is 100% real juice. Plus it has ginger in it, which will give your body that extra boost.

Evolution Fresh: Sweet Greens

We've all waited in the mile-long Starbucks line and picked up some of these bad boys to look at. They have only 100 calories per bottle and 20 grams of natural sugar (a.k.a. no sugar added). Next time you're trying to be healthy at Starbucks, think about picking up one of these.

O2living: Green Vitality

O2living's green juice has to take the cake. Their 16 oz bottle of Green Vitality juice has 140 calories and only 6 grams of sugar. They don't use any fruit juices as sweeteners, which keeps the sugar content low. If you're looking for the healthiest juice in the grocery store, you've met your match. 

While the rainbow of options can be overwhelming, it's important to look past the pretty colors and shiny labels. Reading the labels can save you the calories and sugar you could've blown on some ice cream. As much as you may like it, no one wants to be drinking green stuff without some health benefits. 

It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten a meal that I could honestly call motivational. But after a mind-bending lunch of macrobiotic soup, ancient grains and agave-sweetened smoothies on the garden patio at the O2 Live Food Café, I vowed to start eating more thoughtfully.

Affiliated with O2 Living, a holistic spa and wellness center in the charming cluster of rustic-chic buildings that is the Yellow Monkey Village, the cafe offers an array of dishes to eat in or take out that are colorful, inventive and mostly raw. The chef, Tom Donnelly, who previously worked in more conventional restaurants, has lost 45 pounds since taking on the challenge of feeding vegans and vegetarians.

“I hunt, I fish — I’m not a vegetarian myself,” said Mr. Donnelly, who seems to revel in the adventure of preparing food without flames, but sympathizes with eaters who stray. “Who doesn’t love French fries? But I make better choices now.”

From a tasting menu, I especially liked the smoothie made with almonds, coconut and blackberries ($4.95); a salad of Chinese black (or “forbidden”) rice, tumbled with mango, bell peppers and cilantro ($5.95); “pizza” made with Ezekiel bread, hummus, tomato paste, pesto and avocado ($7.95); and a pretty pink strawberry ice cream ($2.50).

A best seller is the cafe’s “rainbow juice cleansing protocol,” followed for three to five days. The assortment of daily juices — an antidote to the French fry lifestyle — can be picked up at the cafe or delivered to your doorstep by 8 a.m.

ALICE GABRIEL O2 Live Food Café, 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Route 35, Cross River. (914) 763-6320; O2living.me. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP FROM O-2 CAFE

January 7, 2011 3:34:40 PM PST
If you're looking for a place to get healthy food and a spa treatment, you don't have to go far.

It's a holistic experience that includes a healthy cafe? and it's a good way to stick to some of those new years resolutions you may have made.

O-2 Cafe is located at 6 Yellow Monkey Village in Cross River.

Here's the recipe for one of their menu favorites:

Macrobiotic Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

1 lbs. Butternut Squash peeled and rough chop 1 Medium Onion sliced 1/2 lbs. Carrots peel and rough chop 2 quarts Vegetable stock 1 Bay leaf 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg 4 tablespoons Local Honey 1 tablespoon Organic extra virgin olive oil Garnish Micro celery Micro bulls blood Sprouted and spiced pumpkin or sunflower seeds

Method

1) In a medium pot sweat the Onions in the EVOO until translucent.

2) Add the Cinnamon and Nutmeg and slightly toast.

3) Add the Butternut Squash and Carrots and Honey.

4) Add the Vegetable stock and Bay leaf. Simmer for one hour or until squash and carrots are tender.

5) Remove Bay leaf.

6) Place in VitaMix blender and pur?e.

Garnish with sprouted seeds and live sprouts. The combination of the slow cooked soup and live sprouts make this a great seasonal macrobiotic soup. This time of year Macrobiotic soups like this are a great way to incorporate enzymatically live foods into your diet. It's a great way to start a happy and healthy new year.

 

Flood Creative Receives American Graphic Design Award for its Work with o2living


Cross River, New York: Flood Creative was selected from over 9,000 entries as a recipient of a 2014 American Graphic Design Awards for the re-branding package design project put together for o2living earlier this year. Other winners of the 2014 American Graphic Design Awards include notable brands such as Amazon, General Motors, Starbucks, and Walmart.

The 51st Annual American Graphic Design Awards were presented by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA), the business-to-business magazine for creative professionals. According to the GDUSA website, the awards program honours the power of design to shape commerce, culture and communications across all media.

o2living is thrilled to be featured alongside such a talented pool of companies as an American Graphic Design Award winner and to work alongside Flood Creative in the creation of a brand that promotes health and wellness, from the inside out. “We are building a community for healthy living. The state of wellness has always been a matter of importance if one wants to enjoy the human experience with passion and desire.”- Rosemary Devlin, o2living Founder.

o2living is the producer of cold-pressed juices and kids juices, and operates a holistic spa and wellness community based in Cross River, NY. o2living juices are certified organic and gluten-free, and are available throughout greater New York. For further information about o2living products and services, please visit the o2living website at www.o2living.com.

 From BevNet: http://www.bevnet.com/news/2015/flood-creative-receives-american-graphic-design-award-for-its-work-for-o2living

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Green Drinks (North)
O2 Living 
Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River
(914) 763-6320; o2living.me
Have a hard time getting your minimum five servings a day of fruits and vegetables? Just one o2living green drink—made with organic kale, parsley, cucumber, fennel, salt, and lemon—delivers nearly eight of them in one delicious 16-ounce bottle. O2 also makes Lemon Twist, Red Radiance, Carrot Kick, and Almond Envy juice drinks, all just as healthy—and tasty. Bottoms up!

Bye Bye Butter

O2’s new chef does a 180, revamping his culinary repertoire from carnivorous to vegan.


Chef Tom Donnelly, a North Salem resident

Chef Tom Donnelly grew up in rural Pawling, New York, fishing and hunting deer and pheasant with his dad and two brothers. After graduating from the CIA in Hyde Park, he worked at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill, Pratt Mansion (on 5th Avenue across from MoMA), and Manhattan’s famed One If By Land, Two If By Sea, where he honed his classic French style. To broaden his scope, he moved to Northern California and worked for two of Alice Waters’s protégées, and it was at this time that he first became interested in the locavore fresh-food movement. He now heads up O2 Living Café, a raw-food eatery in Yellow Monkey Village (Rte 35, Cross River 914-763-6320). Over a cup of passionfruit tea, we asked him some questions.

It’s quite a shift moving from classic French with all the butter and cream to a vegan, macrobiotic, and gluten-free menu. How has your style of cooking changed?
I feel as if I’m learning to cook all over again. I have to be more creative today than in the past twenty years of my career. One thing I’ve learned is to use tempeh instead of meat. It’s an underutilized food.

Do you use different tools, techniques?
A serious blender is key for vinaigrettes, soups, and smoothies—a tool all vegetarians need. We use the Vita-Mix blender here; it’s the best on the market. And foams can make an ordinary dish sing! Sprouting is tremendous, and we do that in the café. Mung beans have an earthy, mushroom-like flavor while sunflower seeds taste like spring. You can feel the heat, the energy, as they sprout—it’s as if they’re saying, ‘We’re alive!’ You can’t be afraid to go out on a limb. After working in Japan for the Pan-Pacific Group, it seemed like heresy to suggest vegetarian sushi rolls—but they are among our most popular dishes. I’m working on a fruit sashimi for spring, using mango and melons.

Do you still eat meat and dairy?
I believe in eating everything in moderation. We have canine teeth for a reason—we were meant to eat meat. But since I started working here in June 2009, I’ve had my breakfast and lunches here every day and usually have a greens drink, a kind of a liquid salad with celery, fennel, kale, and other good things. For dinner, I eat whatever I want.

How has this diet affected you personally?
I was thirty pounds overweight and my cholesterol numbers were through the roof. My doctor told me my blood pressure was so high that I was ready to have a stroke. I even used to get kidney stones from all the butter and cream I consumed. In just six months, I lost the weight, am completely off my blood-pressure medication, and my cholesterol levels are back to nearly normal. I feel better now than I have in my whole life.

What do you do to make dishes taste good, if you can’t use butter, cream, or meat juices?
I use lots of extra-virgin olive oil, for starters. And avocado is a vegan’s best friend; I steep it with a little tea water and mulch it into a purée for a creamy texture and great taste. Plus, I’ve found that pink Himalayan salt is the cleanest and purest salt.

What is your favorite grain?
Red quinoa—we make a salad here of red quinoa with almonds, scallions, and flax that I love.

So, what do you eat when you eat out?
Last night at Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua, I had the beef carpaccio, followed by the beef short ribs—one of my favorite meals. I was having a carnivore craving.

Do you take advantage of the yoga classes at O2 Living?
Not yet. I find that being in a kitchen, working with food, is my meditation.

The Time To Right The Wrong in Your Life is Now


By O2 Living


Executive Summary: This White Paper examines The Juice Cleanse and its use in
removing toxins from the body. Inspired by Lance Armstrong’s initiative, particularly
Dr. Cynthia Foster’s articles on cleansing toxins from your body, O2 Living’s medical
research group worked with holistic wellness physicians and nutritionists to create
signature fresh detoxifying juices that could be incorporated into O2 Living’s evolving
wellness program.


Juice Cleanses have become an increasingly popular way for people to cleanse dangerous
toxins from their bodies. O2 Living research and development group began working with
medical doctors, holistic wellness physicians, nutritionists and chefs to establish a juice
cleansing program that was unique to the brand. O2’s founder, Rosemary Devlin, and her
team of professionals, developed a signature line of detoxifying juices that feature only
fresh, carefully prepared, organic ingredients. This combination of ingredients, together
with a specific protocol, helps to remove years of toxin build-up from the body. Based on
the teams’ research, there are many detoxification programs that are actually toxic and
chemically processed. One should carefully research cleansing prior to initiating a
program.

 

The History of Cleansing
The origin of juice cleansing dates back to 1747 when Dr. James Lind, who studied
medicine at the College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland, conducted a study into the
disease of scurvy. Dr. Lind was able to document that the use of citrus fruit blends in
directed dosages, and in a controlled medical environment, could treat and eventually
eradicate this disease (Historic Figures).

The relationship between toxins and empirical use of specified nutritional molecules was
further advanced by the work of Sir Frederick Hopkins. Dr. Hopkins arrived at the
nutritional center point after pursuing a career in an entirely different field. In 1896, Dr.
Hopkins published works on the derivatives of proteins. The study provided the
foundation for his famed study of nutritional methodologies and the role they have in
preventing complex diseases of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, muscular
system and the gastrointestinal system. In 1929, he was the co-recipient of the Noble
Prize for this medical discovery.


A few years ago, Prince Charles caused a controversy with the British medical
establishment at a medical conference hosted by The Prince of Wales’ Foundation for
Integrated Health. During his address, Prince Charles challenged the doctors to include
Gerson Therapy in the treatment of cancer patients, 200 of who were in the audience.


Gerson Therapy dates back to Dr. Max Gerson who was born in 1881 in the German
town of Wongrowitz. He followed the enlightened approach to science and medicine that
Antoine Levoisier, Dr. Link, and Dr. Hopkins employed in their pursuits of wellness. Dr.
Gerson researched and studied the link between specific molecular designed fruit
beverages and detoxifying the body of the toxins to promote cure and health.


The link became the foundation for what is now known as Gerson Therapy. However, the
use of molecular based fruit treatment fluids and additional components of Gerson
Therapy stands at odds with proponents of traditional chemotherapy to cure cancerrelated
illness. Sloan Kettering has posted this debate on their website and is a source of
empowerment for cancer patients when consulting with their doctors.


Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling complemented Dr. Gerson’s work. Dr.
Pauling was a leading authority on wellness and the intellectual force behind
orthomolecular medicine. He went beyond his career in pharmacy to expand the
parameters of his wellness experience and concluded that orthomolecular methods of
treatment for disease were also the key to achieving health. The right molecule from the
right natural product was the key to leading healthy lifestyles.


The Need to Cleanse
The body is a very complex machine and, on a daily basis, is cleansing and detoxifying
itself. Like a machine it need constant servicing. A cleanse allows the body to efficiently
remove the toxins collected in everyday life. Periodic, focused cleansing gives your body
time to recoup while supporting your natural detox system with care and healing
compounds.


During a cleanse, your digestive system is the main focus. Our digestive system regulates
which nutrients get into our body and which toxins are removed. Its key players are the
mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, liver, kidneys and colon. Each utilizes
specific enzymes to break down both our food and toxins. Therefore it is crucial to avoid
certain foods and beverages—and incorporate others—while taking specific supplements
to aid the digestive process. Also key are the skin, blood, lungs and lymphatic system.


When going on a cleanse, one must be careful to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of
water to avoid feeling fatigued. It is equally important to understand that although you
will lose weight, it is specifically intended to help achieve overall health and well-being.


Before developing its line of signature cleansing drinks, O2 spent extensive time
developing the drinks' flavors. The objective was to develop drinks that embraced the
principles of orthomolecular wellness but also tasted good. 02 Living’s Executive Chef,
Tom Donnelly, was an integral part of the process.


You Are What You Eat
O2 Living’s Executive Chef, Tom Donnelly, specializes in creating healthy, wellbalanced
meals and fresh juices for the holistic wellness center’s guests each day.
Formerly a traditional chef designing the SAD (Standard American Diet) menu for hotels
and fine-dining restaurants, Chef Donnelly was unaware, prior to joining O2 Living, that
the SAD menus were not nutritionally sound and could negatively impact one’s health.

Shortly after joining O2 Living, Chef Donnelly developed flu-like symptoms, which
precipitated a visit to his doctor. At the examination, he was advised that he had
dangerously high blood pressure and was more than 20 pounds overweight. Chef
Donnelly was immediately prescribed Benazapril for the treatment of his high blood
pressure and, following subsequent blood work, Simvastatin for the treatment of his high
cholesterol.

Upon returning to work at O2 Living, Chef Donnelly added O2’s signature greens drink
to his daily regimen and eventually completed a three-day cleanse, recommended as a
good introduction only. He soon began to feel better, which he attributes to his healthier
lifestyle, which included the greens drinks, three-day cleanse and a significantly lower
calorie diet, all of which were dramatic changes for a man who formerly consumed 2,500
calories daily.

Within nine months of beginning his new food regimen, Chef Donnelly graduated to a
seven-day greens juice fast, lost 38 pounds and, with the blessing of his doctors, stopped
taking both medications. As a testament to his success, Chef Donnelly keeps his medical
record on file at O2 Living to share with guests.

Concluding Summary: As we have seen throughout the history of cleansing, toxins can
have a negative effect on the body and even cause diseases, such as cancer. If practiced
correctly, juice cleansing can help to achieve optimal well-being. It is a way to cleanse
the body of toxins and part of a balanced lifestyle.

O2 Living's Live Food Cafe

Stop in for a bite, discover a new way to eat!

O2 Living's Live Food Cafe

Recently I stopped by O2 Living in Yellow Monkey Village to take a yoga class but, once I caught a glimpse of the pretty little café attached to the studio, I decided to see what the fare would be like at this holistic wellness center. I hoped it would complement post-yoga zen-like state.

I was not disappointed.

The Live Food Cafe is a vegan restaurant (no animal products used whatsoever) that promotes healthy living through a plant-based diet. The man behind the meals is Tom Donnelly. He's a self-described "traditional chef" who has retrained his cooking prowess to include only organic, vegan ingredients. Not only does he prepare delicious meals and juices, he is also a walking advertisement for how changing your diet can change your life.

"Eight months ago, I was 50 pounds heavier," says Donnelly. "When I started working here I had to learn all about macro-biotic and whole life diets and I thought wow, there's something to this."

Donnelly says he eats the foods he now cooks and drinks lots of green juices; composed of cucumber, fennel, celery, kale, parsley and lemon, he calls them "liquid salad." In eight months, not only has he lost weight, he's lowered his cholesterol and no longer takes daily medication.

"I feel amazing. My life has totally turned around," Donnelly said.

O2 Living and the Live Food Café are the brainchild of Rosemary Devlin, a 17-year-resident of Irvington and the mother of five boys. One of Devlin's sons suffers from chronic asthma. As Devlin researched treatments for asthma, she discovered the benefits of yoga, breathing and a vegan diet.

"Everything we do to our bodies each day, including all of the food we eat, plays a large role in determining how we will function for the rest of our lives. I hope with the yoga studio, new spa and vegan life food cafe, O2 Living visitors will learn what treating your body well means and become inspired to do so every day," said Devlin.

I couldn't choose just one dish, so I decided to taste-test some of the café's most popular dishes and daily specials. I tried Donnelly's vegetable sushi, marinated tempeh wraps (soybeans fermented into a cake-like form – it tastes much better than it sounds), and a chickpea salad with apples, celery, carrot and a local cider vinegar – delicious!

There's no oven to be found at this café, just a dehydrator, a blender and a food processor. "It's all knife skills," says Donnelly.

There's also an assortment of breakfast breads, teas, and fresh fruits and parfaits. Diners may indulge a sweet tooth with the raw, organic cookies.

I have to say I felt so good after my meal. It's amazing how terrific a diet full of veggies and whole grains can make you feel. My my guilt-free meal also made a small imprint on the environment: the cafe recycles, composts and uses only eco-friendly products.

You don't have to take a yoga class or a spa treament to enjoy the cuisine at the Live Food Café. It's open daily to the public, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call (914) 763-6320 or visit their website.