Such a variety of colors and flavors!

This smoothie is refreshing, healthy, and easy to make.  It doesn’t get much better than that!  Have it for breakfast or as a mid-day snack.  You can even make it and save it in the refrigerator for later! I found it especially tasty with an extra squirt of lime.  The recipe gets our seal of approval here at Park Avenue Nutrition.


1 Cup Mango

½ Cup Pineapple

½ Lime

½ Cup Almond Milk

2 Mint Sprigs

1 Tbsp Cocoa

 Place all ingredients in a blender until desired consistency is reached and enjoy!

-posted by Fiona

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Variety of peppers at the Union Square Market

On Wednesday I decided to swing by the Greenmarket on Union Square to pick up some fresh produce.  When I emerged from the subway I was amazed at the market’s size and diversity.  Not only were there numerous vendors selling deliciously beautiful produce but there were also a substantial amount of booths dealing with sustainability and environmental businesses.  I was bombarded by Greenpeace advocates who informed me about coal pollution and alternative sources of energy.  I stopped and learned about greenroofs, rooftop beehives, solar energy, and composting.  As I continued walking I entered the food and produce section of the market and was in awe of the colors and variety.  An assortment of apples, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, pickles, lettuce, and cheese filled my eyes.  Each bakery stand had bread more appetizing than the next.  And there was even a stand with ostrich eggs and jerky!  It took me a good half hour to get through the market, and I didn’t want it to end.

Greenmarkets are continuing to sprout throughout the city and although they may not be as large as the one on Union Square, they are definitely worth visiting.  Each greenmarket has it’s own inviting and unique atmosphere along with a medley of nutritious produce.  Not only are the fruits and vegetables cheaper than in most grocery stores, but by purchasing from a Greenmarket you’re supporting small, local farms.  Park Avenue Nutrition wants you to find the Greenmarket nearest to you and support it!

 What Our RD’s Have to Say:

“It’s nice to interact with local farmers who are so passionate about what they grow.  I love the cooking demos because they teach new ways of using seasonal vegetables.  And being able to ask questions about ingredients is important for those who have allergies.  Overall, the greenmarkets are a great way to meet new people!”

-Alexis W. RD

A Recap: Three Reasons We Love Greenmarkets

 1. You’re guaranteed to have a good time!

2. They help you support local businesses!

3. They’ll help you eat more nutritiously and educate you about the environment and sustainability.

 Check It Out!

 Here’s a link to the greenmarket website: http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket

-written by Fiona

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The emerging mushrooms

Last week at the Park Avenue Nutrition office we received a package; I had no idea what to expect as I tore through the cardboard shipping box.  When I peered in I discovered a smaller cardboard box labeled “Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden.”  Lisa explained that the mushroom growing kit was from a west coast company called “Back to the Roots.”  I was instantly intrigued by the thought of nurturing my very own set of edible mushrooms.

After reading more about the “Back To The Roots” company and visiting their website I became even more interested.  The company recycles Peets coffee grounds and uses them as the growing medium for the mushrooms.  They guarantee a set of pearl oyster mushrooms in only ten days.

Needless to say I immediately set up the mushroom kit and have been watching it keenly for the past couple days.  The mushrooms have just began to sprout out of the box, it’s so exciting!  Everyone I show is fascinated and slightly jealous.  When they grow enough I plan to use the mushrooms to create a delicious dinner.  Although I’ve never tasted them, oyster mushrooms are said to have a delicate flavor and a velvety texture.

Not only is it fun to grow the mushrooms, but they’re healthy too!  A serving of oyster mushrooms has only 28 calories but is packed with nutrients.  A serving provides 3 grams of protein, and noteworthy amounts of riboflavin, niacin, potassium, and pantothenic acid.  So here at Park Avenue Nutrition we give our seal of approval to the Back To The Roots company and their Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden!


A Recap: Three Reasons Why We Love Back To The Roots Mushroom Garden

 1. You can easily grow your own mushrooms in ten days

2. The mushrooms are delicious and healthy

3. The company is eco-friendly and recycles coffee grounds as the mushroom growing medium

-written by Fiona

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Park Avenue Nutrition Seal of Approval: Reviews

Marmara Mediterranean Restaurant
1160 3rd Avenue (Between 93rd and 94th)
Lisa Cohn gives her seal of approval to Marmara; this Mediterranean and Turkish style restaurant uses fresh and all-natural ingredients to create their delicious meals. The grilled calamari is prepared with tarragon olive oil and lemon juice. This delicious dish is low in calories and full of flavor. Getting an A+ from Lisa Cohn and her nutrition assistants.

Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health
Lisa Cohn gives her seal of approval to the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. This institute holds classes for the public on all different types of cuisine. One of Lisa Cohn's assistants, Naomi, had the honor of participating in an authentic Mediterranean vegetarian cooking class taught by Jennifer Abadi, author of A Fistful of Lentils. Mrs. Abadi shared that most of the spices in Mediterranean cooking came from India. The class made Laban, a tart thick yogurt that can be used as a spread as well as Shakshuka, a hearty tomato and egg stew with white beans.

Farainella Italian Bakery, Pizza & Panini
1132 Lexington Ave
Lisa Cohn gives her seal of approval to Farinella, Italian Bakery, Pizza, & Panini. This pizzeria makes their food with fresh, all-natural and organic locally produced ingredients. The 4ft long rectangular pizza is baked to perfection, and the shape reflects on the way pizza is cooked in Italy. One of Lisa Cohn's assistants, who has just returned from living in Rome for 4 months, says Farinella's pizza is delicious and reminds her of living in Rome. She gives her seal of approval to the Primavera slice, loaded with fresh mushrooms and zucchini; the pizza has very little sauce but tons of flavor.

Park Avenue Nutritionist Lisa Cohn in the News


Lisa on WFAN 660 New York, NY
+The best ways to start and maintain a diet or nutrition routine
+Steps that can be taken nutritionally to address the winter blues
+How media/societal influences about body image impact persons with eating disorders.
Listen to the Interview



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