Fresh Fall Flavors Abound at O2 Living

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Lifestyle and wellness community debuts fall café menu, shares tips for healthy eating

O2 Living, a natural lifestyle and wellness center in Cross River, New York, today unveiled its fall café menu, which includes unique dishes which feature local ingredients from farmers throughout the Hudson Valley.

“At O2 Living, we are committed to offering people access to the foods grown in their community,” said Rosemary Devlin, founder of O2 Living. “We believe in not only buying and eating locally, but eating for natural health and beauty.”

Devlin continued that eating healthy has benefits that go beyond feeling better and losing weight.
“People think about a cucumber as tasting delicious in their salad,” Devlin said. “What they don’t think about, are its Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Magnesium and Silica that are good for their connective tissue; or its Abcorbic and Caffeic Acids that are good for preventing water retention.”

O2 Living’s all natural fall café menu was created by executive chef Tom Donnelly in collaboration with O2 Living’s founder, Rosemary Devlin. Its dishes range from hearty soups and savory salads to decadent desserts that come without the guilt. Among the featured dishes is Chef Tom’s Butternut Squash Soup, made with locally grown vegetables, honey and cinnamon, among other savory ingredients, which are pureed into a hearty, dairy-free treat.

“By embracing the flavors of fall – such as apple, pumpkin and butternut squash – we were able to create dishes that are big on flavor and light on fats and sugars,” said Tom Donnelly, executive chef at O2 Living. “We’re excited to share these dishes with our guests and teach visitors that great tasting food can be easily made without using artificial or packaged ingredients.”

For those looking to eat healthier this fall, Chef Donnelly offers the following tips:

  •     Choose vegetables that are in season to give your dishes optimal flavor.
  •     Make simple swaps. Try substituting vegetables for half of your carbs and slowly increase the ratio as you become more accustomed to the flavors.
  •     Season foods with fresh herbs instead of pre-packaged seasoning blends with additives.
  •     Integrate foods that are high in fiber – such as pumpkins and sweet potatoes – into everyday meals, instead of waiting for a holiday feast.

To learn more about O2 Living and eating for natural health benefits, visit or schedule a consultation with a whole and natural foods expert by calling 914.763.6320.

About O2 Living (
Headquartered in Cross River, New York, O2 Living is an all embracing community dedicated to lifestyle/wellness. Established as Cross River Wellness, LLC (d/b/a O2 Living,) this natural spa and wellness center encourages people to live, learn and connect. It offers yoga, spa services, including signature Oxygen treatments, a retail boutique and all-natural Café nestled in Cross River’s quaint Yellow Monkey Village. The wellness community also features an online destination,, where members can connect and communicate about their experiences and build a greater sense of community with those who share their passion for and commitment to health and well-being. A second location is scheduled to open in Hastings, New York in 2011.


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