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COOLA Approved Stocking Stuffers

Dec 10, 2014


Above photo via Pinterest


Our top picks for stocking stuffers 2014!

Whether you want to put together a generous, fully loaded stocking or just throw in a little "something something" for a special friend or loved one, these stocking

stuffer ideas have got you covered!


COOLA! The more the merrier ;)

Liplux SPF 15 Peppermint VanillaFace SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint



Photo: Opening my first box of Tieks was like...



Sweaty Bands

Photo: Our popular classic Bedazzled is back with a colorful twist! Shop all three options now: http://bit.ly/1qxLeum



Sparitual Nail Lacquer

Photo: Six SpaRitual favorites, just in time for the holiday season! Perfect as a gift! 

#nails #nailart #nailpolish #naillacquer #sparitual #vegan #organic #5free https://sparitual.co.uk/index.php/shop/nail-lacquers/gift-sets/holiday-6pc-mini-kit



Tone It Up Perfect Fit Protein

Perfect Fit </br>45+ Serving Bag



Clarisonic Mia



Eco Candle Co. Soy Candle

Holiday Classics 26oz





- Happy Sun-Blocking®! 

COOLA Organic Suncare Travel Set

Dec 3, 2014

The perfect gift this season!

Our NEW signature COOLA Travel Set includes a quartet of our most popular luxury organic and natural suncare must haves, in TSA approved carry-on size! Each of our high-performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba, petroleum and phthalates. All in a reusable, travel-friendly and limited edition COOLA travel clutch! 

  • $75 Value!
  • Protects & repairs
  • Award-winning product assortment
  • TSA approved carry-on size products
  • Limited edition COOLA clutch

Includes TSA Approved Size Products:

  • 3.4oz Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada Sunscreen Spray
  • 2oz ER+ Radical Recovery® After-Sun Lotion
  • 0.85oz Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer
  • Full-Size Liplux® SPF 30 Original






- Happy Sun-Blocking & Happy Holidays from COOLA!

Don't Let Your Healthy Glow Go!

Nov 19, 2014

Yes, it may only be in the low 70s here in San Diego, but we're definitely starting to feel the effects of the dry, chillier weather on our skin! Luckily with ER+ After-Sun Lotion, Lotion Bars, and SPF moisturizers strewn throughout the office, we're managing to keep our skin hydrated + protected throughout the day. But other than COOLA's lovely moisturizers what else can you do to keep the flakely, chapped, and cracking skin at bay? Check out our favorite products and remedies for keeping our skin healthy, hydrated, and soft throughout the fall/winter months! 


Coconut Oil... for everything!!!

Coconut oil isn't only for the kitchen! This oil has endless benefits for skin and hair! And the best part... coconut oil is great even for those with acne-prone skin! Before bed, take a little bit of unrefined or virgin organic coconut oil, rub it between your fingers to soften the texture, and then apply it to your skin. Face, hands, and even your entire body will benefit from the moisturizing benefits. If you're still afraid to cover your face in the oil, try starting off by dabbing it just under the eyes and on your lips. You'll be shocked at the results you wake up to!


Eating Healthy + Drinking Water

Sometimes on a chilly day all you want to load up on is broccoli cheddar soup and other sources of salty delicious comfort food. Don't get us wrong, this is totally fine, but don't forget to throw in your vegetables and fruit throughout the winter months! The food we eat does more for our skin's appearance than we think, as these foods including berries, greens, fish, and nuts are chock full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that help fight free radical damage, keep our skin balanced, hydrated, and healthy. Keep drinking your water throughout the day as well! This will keep your skin's protective lipid barrier hydrated and able to protect your body against harsh winter elements including low humidity, harsh winds, high altitude, sun, long hot baths, the list goes on!  



Invest in a Humidifier

When humidity plummets our skin begins to pull all the moisture it can from out of the air. Humidifiers infuse the air with moisture, thus soothing dried out, itchy, cracked skin. These are best to use when you're just lounging around the house or while you sleep to wake up to a dewey complexion! 


Layering Products + Skincare

Layering skincare is always a good idea in the winter months to avoid flakey skin, especially if you wear makeup! Always start with fresh clean skin. Removing surface dirt and oil is the first step in allowing any moisturizer to penetrate your skin's surface. Next it's important to apply a moisturizer with SPF, as this is the first layer of protection to seep into your skin. You can then layer on your primer, tinted moisturizer, and/or foundation. Also, don't forget your lips! There's nothing worse than when you go to use that deep red lipstick you've been waiting to pull out all season and your lips are flakey, cracking, and dry! Always wear a lip balm with SPF protection and remember to reapply throughout the day.

So let's break it down:


  1. Cleanse skin with gentle creamy or foaming cleanser - ER+ Clear Recovery Foam Wash
  2. Moisturizer with SPF - Classic Face Unscented SPF 30 Moisturizer OR Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer
  3. Eye Gel/Eye Cream - ER+ Calm Glow Eye Gel
  4. Primer (If needed) - Mineral Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte OR Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint
  5. Tinted Moisturizer/Foundation - Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer
  6. SPF Lip Balm - Original SPF 30 Liplux OR Vanilla Peppermint SPF 15 Liplux


  1. Cleanse skin - Any cleanser, this is a great time to exfoliate!
  2. Serum - ER+ Fresh Relief Serum
  3. Eye Gel - ER+ Calm Glow Eye Gel or use an eye cream if your skin can handle heavier moisture 
  4. Hydrate body (Our After-Sun lotion is great for year-round, or our Organic Lotion Bars are always a great go-to for deep, lasting hydration!)

Hot Showers... A big No No!

We know, this one is a toughy! You come home freezing from a long day in the chilly hustle and bustle and all you want to do is take a long hot shower or bath. While it feels great and is super relaxing, it isn't so beneficial for your skin. The heat sucks all the moisture out of your skin and therefore leaves your skin itchy, dry, and red after you towel off. It's best to bring the water down to a luke warm temp. But if you can't handle a luke warm shower or bath, moisturize right after you jump out of the tub when your skin is still damp to lock in the hydration.

I would just like a tub I could actually take a bath in...

We hope our tips and favorite products get you through the season comfortably with beautiful, radiant skin! After all, holiday parties are just around the corner and it's time to show off that healthy glow! :)


- Happy Sun-Blocking!


COOLA Pet Halloween Costume Contest

Oct 27, 2014

COOLA Pet Halloween Costume Contest


It's a Spooooky COOLA Pet Sunscreen GIVEAWAY! Enter for your chance to be one of THREE lucky winners to win COOLA Pet Healthy Pet Sunscreen, tasty doggy treats, and a COOLA Suncare goodie for the well-deserving parent :)


Here's how to ENTER:


1. Follow @COOLA_Suncare on Instagram

2. Take a photo of your pet's best Halloween costume and post on Instagram with the hashtag #COOLACostumeContest

3. All photos must be entered from NOW until Sunday, November 2nd  //  Winners will be announced Tuesday, November 4th!


Cute, spooky, funny & creative costumes welcome!!!


NOTE: Be sure your Instagram account is NOT set to private! Turn your "Photos are Private" options in your Instagram account settings to "OFF" so that we can see your contest photo!


Already have a photo posted of your pet in their Halloween costume? No problem! Just add the hashtag #COOLACostumeContest in the comments below your photo!


Contest Rules:


**For Dogs and Horses ONLY** Unfortunately cats and other furry friends are not able to participate, as COOLA Pet is only safe for use on dogs and horses.



We can't wait to see your SPOOKTACULAR COOLA Pets! Have fun and Happy Halloween from COOLA!

Inspired by Pinterest - What We're Loving for Fall

Oct 15, 2014


We've been getting in the spirit of Fall lately with some good ol' fashion Pinterest and found out what all of our followers are loving this season! 


Tinted SPF Moisturizers

Skin can get very dry during these crisper months, and so the last thing you want to do is cover your dry, flakey skin with thick or powdery foundation. Tinted SPF moisturizers are the perfect solution, like this Mineral SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer & Mineral SPF 30 Matte Tint Sunscreen. They give the effortless, undone "no make-up" makeup look that we all love! Not to mention, it's just as important to wear sunscreen year round, as UVA rays are just as strong in the Fall/Winter as they are in the summer.

Face SPF 20 Rose Essence TintFace SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint


Nourishing Moisturizer

A nourishing moisturizer is crucial for colder weather, and if you're still dealing with damaged, sun-drenched skin, the ER+ Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion fits the bill. Not to mention the scent is divine and comforting with lavender oil and rosemary extract. 

Environmental Repair Plus® Radical Recovery® After-Sun Lotion


Cozy Sweaters

Pull out your coziest, lose-knit sweater because it's sweater weather! We think we can all agree that this is perhaps one of the best aspects of fall weather. There's nothing like being surrounded in the cozy softness of these chunky knits! And no, this isn't your typical "ugly sweater" material. 



Boots Galore - and More!

This season we are seeing high, low, and everything in between! We're also noticing that boot accessories, such as "boot warmers" or "boot socks" are equally important in the boot/fall footwear game this season.



Rich, Ombre/Balayage Highlights

These free-flowing highlights seem to be the best segway from sun-bleached tresses to a rich, carmelly color that screams the essence of fall! We love these beautiful warm hues to complement a healthy glow!



Healthy Fall Soups

Speaking of healthy glows, these soups are awesome for giving anyone a "I just went on a brisk jog" look. We're seeing anything and everything from butternut squash, pumpkin, ginger-carrot, roasted red pepper and tomato bisque, to chicken tortilla. The beauty of these healthy and hearty meals is that you can throw in almost anything and it will taste like Fall deliciousness!



Beach Bonfires

We may not have the mountains here in San Diego, but cozy beach bonfires can be just as fun and festive!


All photos via Pinterest

- Happy Fall y'all and Happy Sun-Blocking!

SPLASH Media Event

Sep 19, 2014

Live Love Spa SPLASH Media Event at the Equinox Sports Club in Century City, CA

September 17, 2014




All set and ready to roll!



The first to arrive... the lovely Janel Parrish from Pretty Little Liars!





Malana Lea, Olympus Has Fallen




Edy Ganem, Devious Maids




Maria Menounos, Extra & Live from E Host




Bellamy Young, Scandal




Roxy Sowlaty and Jonny Drubel, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills




Jennette Mccurdy, iCarly




Holland Roden, Teen Wolf




Rosie Felner, The Face of an Angel



And at the end of a great day at SPLASH... Team COOLA!



- Happy Sun-Blocking and Spa-ing!  :)

The Dirty Dozen

Sep 10, 2014

Organic or non-organic blueberries?? Oh the decisions that haunt us in our local grocery markets. If you are buying fresh produce every week, buying organic can get pricey. So which of the fruits and veggies that you purchase religously should you make sure to buy organic? According to the Environmental Working Group's 2013 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, some of our most popular fresh produce was analyzed and found to carry toxic pesticide residue. If you're worried about pesticides in your food, consider the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" lists below!


The "Dirty Dozen"

These fruits and vegetables were found to have the most pesticides and are listed from worst to best. Make sure to buy these items ORGANIC at your next market trip!

1. Apples

2. Strawberries

3. Grapes

4. Celery

5. Peaches

6. Spinach

7. Sweet Bell Peppers

8. Nectarines

9. Cucumbers 

10. Potatoes

11. Cherry Tomatoes

12. Hot Peppers


The "Clean Fifteen" 

According to the EWG's Clean Fifteen list for 2013, the following popular fresh produce items are least likely to test positive for pesticide residues so are safe to purchase non-organic.

1. Asparagus

2. Avocados

3. Cabbage

4. Cantaloupe

5. Sweet Corn

6. Eggplant

7. Grapefruits

8. Kiwis

9. Mangos

10. Mushrooms

11. Onions

12. Papayas

13. Pineapples

14. Sweet Peas

15. Sweet Potatoes



- Happy Sun-Blocking!

It's Time to Get Sweaty!

Aug 25, 2014



COOLA x Sweaty Bands GIVEAWAY:

ENTER on our Instagram profile @COOLA_suncare or CLICK HERE: http://instagram.com/coola_suncare 


Here's how to ENTER - for the next 24 hours only! (Wednesday 8/27 @ 10:30am - Thursday 8/28 @ 10:30am)


1. Follow @Sweatybands and @COOLA_Suncare

2. Double tap this photo and tell us what inspires you to stay sweaty, sun-protected, and healthy all year long!


5 lucky contestants will be selected at random to win a COOLA prize pack and 1 special edition COOLA Sweaty Band!



Who/what is Sweaty Bands?

It's safe to say that we are smitten over Sweaty Bands. We can't get enough of them here at the COOLA office! And when Sweaty Bands made us our own COOLA special edition headbands, well it was game over! These are the most stylish and effective headbands that we have ever come across. All of the bazillions (over 800 to be more exact) of cute designs are enough to win us over, but not only are they cute, they stay put during all of your sweaty activities! We put them to the test through hot yoga classes, beach runs, tennis, hikes, paddleboarding, and they didn't. go. anywhere. From your morning yoga class, to afternoon errands, and even to a late night cocktail, the perfect Sweaty Band will complement any outfit!

Meet Donna  

After years of frustration with headbands constantly slipping out of her hair as she exercised, fitness instructor Donna Browning began in her basement on a quest to create the perfect headband. After she developed what is now known as a Sweaty Band, Donna began giving them as gifts and selling them out of her gym bag. With her immediate success, she knew she had to share her idea with the world!

Today their quality, hand-sewn, exclusive designs are sold in over 2,500 retail locations and are available in all 117 Nordstrom stores and at Nordstrom.com! Their headquarters are based Cincinnati, Ohio.


Check out Sweatybands.com for their inspiring fitness tips, stories, workouts, and more on Sweaty Bands!


Staying sweaty, and sun safe, is beautiful!


'Liberty for All' Fitness Head Wrap


- Stay Sweaty & Happy Sun-Blocking!

Dog Sun Safety Tips from Cesar Millan

Aug 19, 2014

Cesar Millan, the ultimate dog behavior specialist, recently claimed that like humans, dogs need sun protection too! We are excited to share with you Cesar's tips on how to keep your pet protected from UV rays, in which our NEW healthy pet sunscreen, COOLA Pet, fits the bill!

Photo: Humans aren't the only ones who can get burned from too much sun. Here are tips on keeping your dogs safe from UV radiation while having summer fun: http://cesar.mn/BJBJ

So when should your dog use sunscreen?

Your Dog Is Losing Hair
If your dog is suffering from allergies, coping with hormonal changes, or undergoing chemotherapy, he may be losing a lot of hair, leaving areas without protection. Also, some dogs, such as hairless Chinese Crested, naturally have bald spots. These areas are vulnerable like human skin, so they need protection.

Your Dog Is a Sunbathing Enthusiast
If you have one, you know. These pups love enjoying the warmth of the sun’s rays — and may do so to their own detriment. The areas that need protection include the space between their back legs and their snout (if it’s pinkish).

Your Dog Will Be Spending a Lot of Time Outdoors
If it’s just a quick walk around the block, your dog is probably fine, but if you’re heading out for a day at the beach or a camping trip, then your dog needs extra protection, just like you do.

How to Protect Your Dog from the Sun

Ready to give your dog a coat of sunscreen? Here are a few best practices and safety tips to keep in mind.

Don’t Shave Your Long-Haired Dog
That hair is protecting their skin from UV rays, and if they’re shaved, it leaves them more exposed. Instead, you can help keep them cooler by using an undercoat rake regularly to get rid of dead hairs.

Choose the Right Sunscreen
Search for sunscreens that are designed specifically for dogs, and consult your veterinarian for recommendations. If you’re having trouble finding a canine-specific sunscreen, look for one that’s safe for human babies or sensitive skin.

Avoid Zinc Oxide
It’s a common ingredient in sunscreen, but unfortunately it can be toxic to dogs if they eat it because of the zinc. Check the label before you apply.

Do a Test Area
Even if you select a sunscreen you believe is safe, there’s a chance your dog may have a reaction to it.  Put the sunscreen on a small area, and keep an eye on the skin as well as your dog’s behavior to see if there’s any problem.

Just Apply It to Exposed Areas
You don’t need to cover your dog all over, just in the areas that will be exposed to the sun. Dog hair doesn’t need protection.

Use Sun Protective Clothing
If your dog has a reaction to sunscreen, an alternative is light clothing designed to block the sun’s rays. Look for lighter colors as well to help keep your dog cool.

Provide Shade
Make sure your dog has a place to escape the sun’s rays in your backyard or in any other outdoor location where she spends time. The best way to stay safe from UV rays is to avoid them entirely.

See Cesar's full article on dog sun protection here:



Shop COOLA Pet Here!

Photo: Taking COOLA Pet out for a spin! Hope everyone is having a great weekend! #COOLAPet #HealthySunProtectionForAll #petlovers #doglovers #bestfriends #OurModelDaisy #COOLA


- Happy Sun-Blocking!

COOLA's Favorite Fruit Infused Water Recipes

Aug 8, 2014

Hydration is so important for the health and vitality of your skin! Water plays a vital role in digestion, blood circulation, absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins. Skin cells, like other cells in the body, are made up of water and need proper hydration to function properly. When you get dehydrated your body begins pulling water from skin tissues causing your skin to look dry, sallow, and dull. Drinking roughly half your body weight in ounces (If you weigh 140 lbs you should drink 70 ounces, and so forth) can prevent wrinkles, sallowness, and make your skin have a radiant, healthy glow! Even with the knowledge of all these health benefits, drinking water throughout the day can be monotonous, so we've included our favorite fruit infused water recipes to spice up your daily water in-take! These recipes are great for weekend barbeques, beach days, or for just carting around in a water bottle on the go!

Our favorite recipes:




·       orange + lemon + lime

·       lemon + raspberry + mint

·       lemon + cucumber + mint

·       blackberry + cherry + lime

To make any of these recipes, all you have to do is slice the fruit you want to use and drop them into your water. You can start drinking it right away, but you might not notice the flavors until it infuses for a few hours (four hours achieves the most potent flavor). I like to let my waters sit overnight in the fridge, and if I’m using a recipe that calls for lemon I will squeeze half a lemon straight into the water for a little detox boost. As long as you keep your water refrigerated, the fruit should stay fresh. 





Orange and Blueberry

Blueberry + Orange water 

1. Combine all ingredients (mandarin oranges, blueberries, water) in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2 - 24 hours to allow the water to infuse

2. You can also squeeze in the juice of one mandarin orange and muddle the blueberries to intensify flavor a bit

3. Serve cold




Flavored Water

Watermelon + Rosemary water

Add a sprig of rosemary to jar and muddle gently (rosemary releases a strong flavor without much muddling). Add watermelon cubes; twist and press gently to release juices. Fill jar with ice cubes, add water to the top, stir, cover and refrigerate.





infused water recipes

Kiwi + Coconut Water

With that deliciously recognizable green flavor, the kiwi fruit has much the same advantages of other greens in that it’s highly alkalizing, meaning it has a rich supply of minerals to replace the excess of acidic foods we eat throughout the day. As for coconut water, it’s extremely hydrating, lightly sweet, and tastes amazing. I like to serve this one with chilled kiwi and ice!


Jul 30, 2014

Think sun protection is just for humans? Think again. As an office that resembles a doggy daycare on the daily, we couldn't help but consider the need for our four-legged friends' healthy sun protection too. And for good reason! Just like us, our pets can get sunburned and suffer from pain, peeling, and even skin cancer. In fact, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer found in dogs, as nearly 1/3 of all dogs diagnosed with cancer have a tumor that originated on the skin or from skin tissues. You may think your pet is safe under that thick coat of hair, however certain parts of the body, including the area around the mouth, nose, ears, belly and footpads, are constantly exposed to the sun's harmful rays. Dogs that like to sunbathe on their backs (like many of the pups around here) can also get tumors in the inguinal area, the space between the back legs where there is usually little to no hair. Applying sunscreen is just as important for pets as it is for humans, especially if your pet is thin or light-haired, hairless, light-skinned or pale-nosed. However, like people, no breed is immune to sun damage. So with doggy skin cancer on the rise and the best resources for healthy sun protection at our finger tips, we took it upon ourselves to create COOLA Pet. It's zinc oxide free and is loaded with certified organic ingredients too, using the highest concentration of natural ingredients possible! SHOP HERE

Ideal for:



  • Comparable to SPF 30
  • FDA Compliant
  • Vet Recommended
  • Adds Sheen
  • Vitamin Rich
  • Soothes & Protects
  • Synthetic Fragrance Free

Certified Organic Ingredients:

Oat Extract: relief from irritation

Camellia Sinensis Leaf: rich in polyphenols and antioxidants which help reduce sun damage and inflammation

Matricaria Flower Extract: moisturizes and soothes skin, while adding sheen to your pets coat hydrating humectant that retains moisture

Lavendar Flower Extract: antiseptics qualities and can desensitize skin

Linseed Oil: high in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids which help moisturize the skin

Olive Fruit Oil: high in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids which help moisturize the skin 

Rice Bran Oil: contains many vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients. 

Active Ingredients:

Avobenzone 2.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4.0%, Octocrylene 8.0%

Inactive Ingredients:

Alcohol Denat., Avena Sativa (ORGANIC Oat) Meal Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (ORGANIC), Chamomilla Recutita (ORGANIC Matricaria) Flower Extract, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin (ORGANIC), Hydrogenated Methyl Abietate, Lavandula Angustifolia (ORGANIC Lavender) Flower Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (ORGANIC Lindseed) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (ORGANIC Olive) Fruit Oil, Oryza Sativa (ORGANIC Rice) Bran Oil, Water 


A Tribute to Our Inspiration:

Chris and his side-kick, Woody


Tyler and his (BIG) baby, Jasper (& Scout in the background)


Jasper and his best buddy, Clover


One of our newest additions to the COOLA family, Buster


And of course, not to forget a horse! Lu and Winston


Additional Pet Sun Protection Tips:

  • Inspect your pet's skin regularly for suspicious moles or spots (Think of the ABCDE's of skin cancer screenings for humans) 
  • UV protective clothing (Yes, there is such a thing for your pet! Check it out here)
  • Try to keep your pet indoors or out of the sun as much as possible between the hours of 10am and 4pm


- Happy Sun-Blocking for all! Woof Woof ;)


Backyard BBQ Recipes for Healthy Skin

Jul 17, 2014

Summer barbeques are the best! But when we think of the food that is usually served at these backyard summer rendezvous it's not the healthiest. After an evening of indulging on greasy hot dogs, burgers, ribs, and beer, the aftermath on our skin can be not so pretty (breakouts, greasy skin, etc). But we have a solution... These dishes are so tasty that nobody will even have to know that they are actually healthy for our skin too!

Pull out the white Christmas lights and string them up outside to make the nighttime sparke!

Above Photo courtesy of: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/



Cranberry-Grapefruit Sparkler

Cranberry-Grapefruit Sparkler

Cranberries, citrus, and pomegranates all harbor antioxidants such as Vitamin C.


1 cup cranberry juice

1 cup grapefruit juice

1 cup sparkling mineral water

juice of 1/2 lime


Combine ingredients in 2 tall glasses, adding 1/2 cup of each juice, 1/2 cup of sparkling mineral water, and a squeeze of lime to each glass. Stir, add ice and serve with a slice of lime.


Roasted Eggplant, Red Pepper, + Garlic Spread


1 medium eggplant, peeled
2 red bell peppers, seeded
1 red onion, peeled
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut the eggplant, bell pepper, + onion into 1-inch cubes. Toss them in a large bowl with the garlic, olive oil, salt, + pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are lightly browned + soft, tossing once during cooking.

Cool slightly.

Place the vegetables in a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add the tomato paste, + pulse 3 or 4 times to blend. Taste for salt and pepper.

Recipe courtesy of Fearlesshomemaker.com

Starter Salad

Tone it Up's Sweet and Spicy Kale Salad

Tone It Up Kale Salad with Toppings copy

Meet your daily vitamin C needs with just one serving of this salad. Vitamin Cis great for collagen synthesis and wound healing, which promotes flawless, healthy, younger looking skin - get glowing!

Makes 4 servings
  • 1 large bunch of kale
  • 1 orange,  juiced & peeled (your preference)
  • 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, finely sliced
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and sectioned
  • 2.5 oz macadamia nuts, crushed or whole
  • 1 large carrot, grated or chopped
  • 2 Tbs raisins


Tear kale off the vein into bite-sized pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Coat leaves with orange and lime juice, olive oil,  honey, salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Massage leaves in dressing for a few minutes, add garlic and allow mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes or even overnight. After the kale mixture has marinated, top with remaining ingredients, toss and serve. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Toneitup.com



Side Dish

Lentils and Quinoa with Mint and Lemon

Day 2: Clean-Eating Dinner Idea


Add ingredients to liking

1 red onion

1 - 2 clove garlic


red bell pepper

extra virgin olive oil

lentils - vacuum sealed or canned

1- 2 pack quinoa

fresh mint

1 lemon


Sauté chopped red onion, minced garlic, celery, and red bell pepper in extra virgin olive oil until tender. Add lentils (vacuum sealed or canned, rinsed, and drained are both fine) to heat through. Serve over a small scoop of cooked quinoa and garnish with fresh mint and juice from a fresh lemon wedge

Recipe courtesy of Shape.com



Main Course

Grilled Salmon with Tomato & Basil

Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes &amp; Basil Recipe

This recipe is so beautiful and yet so simple to prepare—it’s perfect for entertaining. You just spread a side of salmon with minced garlic, sprinkle with fresh basil, then layer sliced tomatoes on top. Put it on the grill for 10 minutes and you’re done!


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole wild salmon fillet (also called a “side of salmon,” about 1 1/2 pounds; see Tips)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Directions
  • Preheat grill to medium.
  1. Mash minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife or a spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil.
  2. Check the salmon for pin bones and remove if necessary (see Tips). Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil (or use a double layer of regular foil) large enough for the salmon fillet. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic mixture all over it. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup basil. Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill. Grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the foil to a serving platter. Serve the salmon sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup basil.

Recipe courtesy of Eatingwell.com


Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles 
This sneaky dessert features a secret ingredient - avocados. The creamy green fruit contains high levels of pantothenic acid (also known as vitamin B5). A number of B vitamins, including B5, promote healthy skin by decreasing oil production and reducing the size of pores. 
1 ripe avocado
5 oz dark chocolate (try to avoid using chocolate chips)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
2 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (separated)
Pit the avocado and mash the flesh with a fork until completely smooth and lump free
Melt the chocolate in either the microwave or on the stove, taking care not to burn it. Once melted, stir in the mashed avocado, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and 1 1/2 tbsp of the cocoa powder until thoroughly combined.
Place the truffle mixture into the fridge for 30 - 40 minutes and let cool until partially set.
Use a small ice cream scooper or tablespoon to dollup out the truffles and form balls with you hands. Roll in the remaining 1 tbsp of cocoa powder

Recipe courtesy of Apple-of-my-eye.com



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