Nicole’s Homemade Salsa

Nothing says summer like a fresh batch of homemade salsa and organic tortilla chips! Enjoy this easy and delicious recipe from the founder of @latejulyorganic, Nicole Bernard Dawes!

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Serves: 8
  • Vegan


  • 3 to 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro , chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 to 2 limes, juiced
  • Salt to taste
  • Late July chips
  • Optional ingredients: mango, avocado, tomatillos, sweet corn, black beans


  1. Mix the tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro & jalapeño in a large bowl and stir well.
  2. Juice the limes into the mix, and add salt to taste. Add avocado, tomatillos,
    sweet corn, or beans. Alternately, prepare a second version using mango as a base.
  3. Serve with chips.
  4. Chef’s tip: prepare this salsa an hour ahead and let all those delicious flavors
    soak and mix.



DIY dog beauty: 5 pet shampoos you can make at home

It costs about $84 a year to buy grooming supplies for your dog. That’s an an additional cost to the total annual expenses that pet owners face, including costs for food, toys, vet visits and kennel boarding.

Save money by beautifying your furry friend with ingredients you can find in your home. Here are five DIY shampoos that will deodorize, cleanse and protect your dog’s coat.


Basic dog shampoo 

Dish soap is meant to slice through grease on your dishes and pans. It can do the same for the grease that builds up on your dog’s coat and skin. Antibacterial white vinegar also has deodorant properties, and will leave your dog’s coat shiny and clean. Be sure not to get any vinegar in your dog’s eyes.


  • 2 cups of warm water 
  • 1/4 cup of dish soap
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar


  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix.
  2. Then wet your dog’s coat with warm water and spray with shampoo, avoiding his eyes.
  3. Work the shampoo into his coat, creating a thick lather.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and repeatedly, even if you think all signs of shampoo are gone.
  5. Dry him off.



Doggy dry shampoo

It’s recommended to bathe your dog once a month, if his skin type is normal. In between baths, sprinkle dry shampoo to ward off unpleasant smells. You can use the dry shampoo weekly, but be sure to get as much off your dog’s fur as you can after each application.


  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • Essential oil (optional)


  1. Add baking soda and cornstarch to an empty plastic spice container.
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil (but remember: a little goes a long way).
  3. Sprinkle a liberal amount of dry shampoo on your dog’s coat, while shielding his face.
  4. Rub the dry shampoo into the coat until it reaches the skin.
  5. Brush your dog thoroughly to get the rest of the shampoo of the fur, then rub your dog down with a clean towel.


Shampoo for dry skin

Relieve itching, dry or sensitive skin with a recipe that features aloe vera, and one that contains oatmeal. Soothing aloe vera and oatmeal can be found in many commercial grooming products, but you can save money by making your own concoctions.

Aloe Vera and Glycerin Shampoo


  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup of baby shampoo or nontoxic dish soap
  • 1 cup of white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel


  1. Mix all ingredients in spray bottle and shake to thoroughly combine.
  2. Apply to your dog, avoiding his eyes and work into his coat.
  3. Rinse thoroughly.


Oatmeal Dog Shampoo for Dry Skin


  • 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal
  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • 1 quart of warm water


  1. Grind the oatmeal in a coffee grinder or food processor until it’s the consistency of flour.
  2. Pour into a large bowl and mix in baking soda.
  3. Add warm water and stir until incorporated.
  4. Wet your dog with warm water and then lather him up with your homemade shampoo.
  5. Work into his coat and allow it to sit for a few minutes, if he’ll let you.
  6. Then rinse thoroughly and dry.


Fragrant and gentle dog shampoo

Castile soap gently washes away dirt, and lavender oil offers a snuggle-worthy scent.


  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of unscented castile soap
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil


  1. In a large mason jar, mix together all ingredients and gently shake to combine.
  2. Use just enough shampoo to form a lather on your dog.
  3. Rinse thoroughly.


Shampoo to repel and kill fleas

Not only does lavender provide a fresh scent for your furry friend, it’s a natural antiparasitic and antibacterial. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t apply 100 percent essential oils from aromatherapy products on your pet, especially on broken skin. Also make sure they don’t ingest essential oils.


  • 10 ounces of warm water
  • 2 ounces of aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of Castile soap
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil

Note: you may also add 2 drops each of rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a clean spray bottle and shake to combine thoroughly.
  2. Wet your dog with warm water, spray on shampoo and work into his coat, especially in harder to reach places, making sure not to get any in his eyes.
  3. Rinse thoroughly.


All of these ingredients can be found at any of our Nutrition Smart stores. Click here for a list of all our locations.











Meal Plan: Low-FODMAP Menus for a Week

The low-FODMAP diet is a scientifically proven dietary approach that reduces certain carbohydrate-rich foods which can over-fuel gut bacteria. Whether your dietitian has recommended low-FODMAP foods, or you simply want to try a structured elimination diet to pinpoint what’s giving you digestive trouble, this easy-to-follow 7 day meal plan and grocery list will take the guesswork out of low-FODMAP eating. So take a look at what our friends from Delicous living have to say and see for yourself.


Almost everything on the shopping list can be found at any of our Nutrition Smart stores. Click here for a list of all our locations.

To see the full PDF version please click here.


Infographic: Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Daily Multivitamin

Getting key nutrients into our body is hard, even when eating an excellent diet. It’s pretty remarkable all of the benefits that a quality multivitamin—taken daily—can offer you on your path to wellness. Nutrition Smart only carries high quality vitamins so come in and speak to our vitamin experts so that they can help find the perfect multivitamin for you.



50+ reasons to use organic coconut oil

Oh coconut oil, where art thou?

Why everywhere, of course! You’ve probably noticed that coconut oil is hard to miss lately – whether browsing the news, social media or the shelves here at Nutrition Smart. But too much information can sometimes lead to confusion. So here’s what you need to know: healthy fats like coconut oil are essential to give your body energy and support cell growth. Organic coconut oil is a dynamic and versatile super eGuide 50+ reasons to use organic coconut oilfood with a truly impressive range of purposes. It’s an all-star for beauty, for cooking and for good health, and not many oils can say that. Delicious Living and Barleans put together a great guide that help walk you through the many benefits of this amazing, natural, plant-based product.


Inside this guide, you’ll find:

  • The skinny on coconut’s healthy fats
  • DIY beauty head-to-toe with coconut oil
  • Coconut oil foodie facts and recipes!

eGuide 50+ reasons to use organic coconut oil

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