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12 Healthy Soup Recipes

There is nothing better than a big bowl of hot soup during the cold winter months. It’s even better when it’s healthy and made from scratch! We’ve compiled twelve of our most popular soup recipes. 12-homemade-soup-recipes-eatsmart

 

Soup Recipes

Butternut Squash Soup *Gluten Free
Carrot and Parsnip Soup *Vegetarian
Chipotle Black Bean Soup with Avocado Cream
Cream of Cauliflower Soup *Vegetarian
Kabocha Squash Soup *Gluten FreeKabocha Squash Soup
Pumpkin Soup *Vegetarian
Raw Tomato Soup *Vegetarian and Raw
Roasted Tomato Soup *Vegetarian
Simple Soup with Turkey Meatballs and Quinoa
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Thanksgiving Leftover – Turkey Soup
Turkey Corn Chili

What is your favorite homemade soup recipe?

Cherry Bourbon Crumble Bars

A cocktail and dessert all wrapped into one delicious sweet treat! If you decide to enjoy the crumble bars for breakfast, remember it is always five o’clock somewhere. All three layers of the bars share a perfect balance of flavor. A delectable compliment to a Bourbon Cherry Sipper, a big piece of Cherry Bourbon Crumble Bars. The crumble bars have minimal sugar added, yet the bars hold a perfect balance of sweetness from the cherries. This recipe could easily be diabetic-friendly and made gluten free.
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If you want to exclude the alcohol all together, just use fresh sweet cherries instead of bourbon-soaked cherries. Here are few other treats using some boozy love: Cherry Rum Chocolate Candies, Irish Coffee Blondies, No-Bake Booze Berry Cheesecake.

 

Ingredients
  • For Crust:
  • ½ cup (one stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup cashew meal
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • For Cherry Filling:
  • 1 cup cherry preserves
  • ½ cup bourbon soaked cherries (or 1 cup and minus out ½ cup fresh cherries) (recipe in notes)
  • ½ cup fresh cherries (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Cloister bourbon honey
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch (mix with about 2 tablespoon of water, mix together well)
  • For Crumble Top:
  • 2 Tbsp AP flour
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cooking spray on 9 x 9 inch pan.
  2. For Crust: 
    In small bowl mix together melted butter, cashew meal, flour, and coconut sugar.
  3. Bake crust for about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown, depending on oven. Let cool.
  4. For Filling: 
    In small sauce pot, burner set to medium-low, cook together cherry preserve, bourbon soaked cherries, and fresh cherries. Mix water and cornstarch, then add to cherry filling. Let filling thicken, will take about 5-8minutes. Add honey and stir together well.
  5. For Crumble: 
    in small bowl, mix together with fork or hands butter, brown sugar, old fashioned oats, and AP flour. Mix together with fork or hands until completely incorporated.
  6. To assemble bars: pour cherry filling over cooled crust, then place small clumps of crumble around top of bars.
  7. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, depending on oven, or until crumble is golden brown
Notes
Bourbon Soaked Cherries – pit and slice in half fresh sweet cherries, place in 32oz canning jar, add about 2 cups of bourbon or until bourbon covers cherries, keep in refrigerator, let soak for at least 24 hours.

 

About the Author: Cafe Terra Blog is a sweet and savory food blog where there is something for everyone. It is a place where you can sit down, relax, and enjoy new recipes along with family favorites. Come on in, Have a seat!

EatSmart’s Happy and Healthy 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

eatsmart-2014-holiday-gift-guideAre you wondering what to buy for someone this holiday season? At EatSmart, we put together our own gift guide of some of our best picks for those on your list. We want to help everyone have a happier and healthier season!

Holiday Gift Idea for the Fitness Enthusiast

Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale w/ 400 lb Capacity and SmarTrack App

best-bluetooth-smart-scaleThis Bluetooth Smart Scale allows users to quickly and easily measure body weight, percent body fat, percent muscle mass and percent total body water and syncs that information to your smartphone or tablet with the SmarTrack app. It’s also compatible with MyFitnessPalMapMyFitness and RunKeeper. The Smart Scale, developed in partnership with Taylor Precision Products, can also give a daily calorie estimate to maintain current weight and supports up to 8 users.taylor-eatsmart-bluetooth-smart-scale

Tracking body composition, watching muscle weight increase as body fat decreases is a powerful motivational and accountability too. The athlete in your life will love being able to monitor body fat and hydration levels while on the go as they prepare for their next competition. The calorie estimate is perfect for anyone trying to lose or maintain weight.

Buy the Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale for only $59.95 on Amazon.com.

Holiday Gift Idea for the Foodie

EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scalegift-idea-digital-kitchen-scale

The Precision Elite Kitchen Scale is the perfect kitchen tool for anyone who cooks, bakes or counts calories. It has a sleek modern design with a wide base that allows for the largest of mixing bowls, excellent for all kitchen tasks. It can measure up to 15 lbs and is accurate within .05 oz / .1 g; accurate measuring leads to superior results!

Buy the Precision Elite for only $39.95 on Amazon.com

Holiday Gift Idea for the Bride-To-Be

EatSmart Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scalemaxview-bathroom-scale

The Precision MaxView is perfect for the bride-to-be. Any bride who is working out and staying in shape so she will wow her groom-to-be on their wedding day will appreciate this versatile and easy to use scale. Both the bride and groom can then maintain their weight after the wedding and avoid the dreaded weight gain that often happen during the first year of marriage.

Buy the Precision MaxView for only $34.95 on Amazon.com

Holiday Gift Idea for the Traveler

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The Travelwise 3 Piece Weekender Packing Cube Set (Small, medium and large cubes) let you compartmentalize similar size items and provide optimum utilization of interior luggage space. This is perfect for the frequent traveler; clothing is organized and does not shift during travel. The mesh allows you to easily view what is in the cube and it maximizes space in your luggage!

Buy the Travelwise 3 Piece Packing Cube Set for $21.95 on Amazon.com

Bonus: We also have a 5 Piece Packing Cube Set for $29.95 on Amazon.com.5-piece-packing-cubes

Holiday Gift Idea for the Home Cook

EatSmart Precision Pro Instant Read Food Thermometer holiday-gift-idea-food-thermometer

The Precision Pro Food Thermometer lets the home cook easily know when meat is cooked to perfection, either on the grill or in the oven. No more guessing if the roast has been cooked long enough! Simply insert the stainless steel probe into the thickest part of the meat and in 5 seconds or less, you have an accurate internal food temperature reading. Family and friends will be impressed with consistently juicy and tender meat!

Buy the Precision Pro Food Thermometer for $19.95 on Amazon.com

What EatSmart Product are you wishing for this holiday season? Tweet to us and let us know!

About the Author: Karen Welby is the Marketing Director of EatSmart Products. Outside of EatSmart, she is a runner and running coach and can be found on twitter, @coach_karenw.

The Smartest, New Scale on the Market Partners with MyFitnessPal

EatSmart Products is excited to announce that we have developed a Smart Scale in partnership with Taylor Precision Products. This Smart Scale measures weight, calculates body fat, muscle mass and body water, and there’s a daily calorie feature which calculates maximum calorie intake needed to maintain your current weight. It uses the latest Bluetooth® technology to transfer your data wirelessly from your scale to a tablet/iPad or smart phone. Impressive, right? Keep reading!taylor-eatsmart-bluetooth-smart-scale

This Smart Scale is compatible with the MyFitnessPal app, making tracking your weight and fitness effortless. MyFitnessPal is a free, comprehensive nutrition and fitness system that makes it easy for you to attain your fitness goals and live healthier. They offer personalized and powerful tools, such as a meal database of over 3 million foods, and incredibly simple food and exercise trackers.

Along with manually tracking everything they eat on a given day, MyFitnessPal users also had to record their daily weight – until the integration of this Smart Scale! After an easy one time set up, you never have to manually enter your weight into MyFitnessPal again. Both your weight and body fat are synced into MyFitnessPal every time you step on the Smart Scale. Keeping all your fitness data in one place helps you to stay motivated to your goals and committed to your health.smart-scale-connects-myfitnesspal-taylor-eatsmart

We know that it can be frustrating when the scale doesn’t budge even though you are working out and eating smart. Fat is less dense and takes up more space than muscle so your body composition changes when you gain muscle and lose body fat. The average scale only shows weight, not body composition. Increased muscle mass gives you a leaner physique and increased metabolic efficiency. Losing the extra body fat gives your health a huge boost. These are important factors to track when you are exercising. This Smart Scale gives you the information you need to know that you are on the right path to being fit and healthy.

Using the Smart Scale in conjunction with MyFitnessPal will have you reaching your fitness and health goals in no time. This combo is a win-win for anyone who is serious about committing to a healthy lifestyle, whether looking to lose, gain or maintain their weight!

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CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE SMART SCALE ON AMAZON

Charity of the Month for December 2014 – Smile Train

EatSmart fans will continue to select a Charity of the Month in 2014. Fans will submit short stories about the charity’s mission and why it’s meaningful to them. We began our Charity of the Month donations in 2011.

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Loyal EatSmart fan, Alan Ali will be participating in the Raleigh 2015 70.3 Ironman and is raising money for Smile Train as he trains for this impressive endurance event. We will be donating 50 cents to Alan’s fundraising page for every new Twitter follower during the month of December. Click here to spread the word!

alanalismiletrain“Two years ago while volunteering at the IRONMAN Raleigh 70.3 I walked away telling myself I had to do this race one day, I was beyond inspired! My whole life I have doubted myself about a lot of things. It’s hard for me to believe that just 4 years ago I weighed 480 lbs and could barely walk up a set of stairs and today I am accepting this challenge. Even though I am not done with my weight loss journey I have learned along the way that my weight does not define me. I will finish this race even if I have to crawl over the finish line!

I have joined Team EMPOWER and I will be raising funds for Smile Train to help give children around the world not only new smiles, but a second chance at life.

Smile Train is an international children’s charity that provides free surgery to poor children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate. Children born with cleft cannot eat or speak properly, aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job and face very difficult lives of shame and isolation, pain and heartache. Some children are even abandoned or killed—all because of the way they look. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are too poor to afford the simple repair surgery that takes as little as 45 minutes and costs as little as $250 dollars. Yet with your help, we can save these children and give them the life changing surgery they both need and deserve.  

Please help me support Smile Train by giving what you can! Click here to access my personal fundraising page.

About Alan: Alan is a 30 something construction professional by day and athlete in training by night! He started his journey in 2010 weighing at 480 lbs and since then he  has lost 150 lbs through exercise and changing his eating habits. His personal motto is “Push your mind and your body will follow”. You can follow his journey on his blog, Sweating Until Happy.

We will be donating 50 cents to Alan’s fundraising page for every new Twitter follower during the month of December. (So spread the word!)

Click here and EatSmart will donate:

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If interested in submitting a charity for consideration, please email karen@eatsmartproducts.com. The donation amount will be capped at 500 new followers/likes.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

glutenfree-cookiesIngredients:
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil, or any oil you prefer. canola works well too
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup super fine granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp semi sweet chocolate chips, I used mini chunks
  • A few Tbsp almond or any milk of your choice as needed for the right texture

For baking directions, click here.

About the Author: Hi, I’m Pam of Skinnysweetsdaily.com. Our recipes and helpful tips focus on healthy eating and staying fit. I have taken lots of dishes from my catering days and skinny-sized them without losing the great tastes. Hop on over and see our recipes and tips. Some from our friends who shared their favorites. Enjoy!

2014 Thanksgiving Survival Guide – 11 Tips for a Stress Free Turkey Dinner

Hosting Thanksgiving can seem like a daunting task: cleaning, cooking a huge turkey, side dishes, desserts and entertaining company! It can make any host feel a bit stressed. However, it’s important to remember what Thanksgiving is all about: family, friends and giving thanks.tips-for-stressfree-thanksgiving

Here are 11 tips that will help reduce stress this Thanksgiving.

1. Get a final head count 2 weeks out

Give your guests a deadline to RSVP and ask for a firm commitment about two weeks out. This way you can be well prepared for the day and you’ll know how many people to shop and cook for.

2. Make an agenda 1 week in advance

Do you want a buffet or a sit down meal? Figure out where you want guests to sit and if you have enough chairs. Decide what time you would like to serve the meal and plan the rest of the day around this main event.

3. Don’t do it all alone

Take some of the pressure off yourself. If your guests are willing to pitch in, talk to them about a dish they can bring. And if baking isn’t your thing, pick up some tasty desserts from your local bakery.

4. Make a menu 1 week in advance

Decide what to serve and keep dishes relatively simple. You don’t want to be overwhelmed by a dish with a lot of ingredients on the day of the holiday. Note what you’ll be serving from appetizers through dessert, what guests are bringing, and what times dishes should be started.

5. Make a grocery list and shop early

Buy non-perishables ahead of time and perishables a few days in advance. This will enable you to start cooking ahead of time.

6. Cook side dishes in advance

Many side dishes can be made ahead of time. You can cook them earlier in the week and warm them up on Thursday. To take the guesswork out of recipes, use an EatSmart Products Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale to measure out ingredients. The tare feature subtracts the weight of the container and previous ingredients so you can measure everything into one bowl. It saves on measuring cups and dishes, giving you some extra time.

7. Have a family member set the table in advance

The night before your helpers can put out dishes, napkins and flat wear. Do a quick walk through to make sure the house looks the way you want it to.

8. Have containers for leftovers

If you’re planning on sending people home with leftovers have inexpensive containers so that you can divvy food up. Don’t give out your favorite container because you might never see it again!

9. Know how long it will take to cook the turkey

If your turkey is frozen, it takes about 24 hours for every 5 pounds of turkey when defrosting the bird. Then, it takes about 13 minutes of cooking time for every pound of turkey. This is when using our EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer comes in handy. It gives you an accurate temperature reading in seconds, so you know when your turkey is ready to eat. As a bonus, the probe is thin so all of the juices stay in the turkey rather than running into the pan.

10. Set aside 30 minutes for yourself

Give yourself time to get ready and catch your breath. This way you won’t feel frazzled or exhausted when your guests arrive.

11. Enjoy your meal and give thanks

Sit down and enjoy the dinner you prepared with your family and friends. In the spirit of the holiday, you can invite everyone to name someone or something they are particularly grateful for this year.

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We wish you a happy, relaxed and tasty Thanksgiving!

Top Packing Tips for Air Travelers – How to Pack Successfully Every Flight

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With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, plans are being made to fly home to share the holiday with family and friends. Needless to say, flying during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays can be challenging. We’ve compiled a list of our Top Packing Tips to help you better prepare and eliminate some of the stress associated with air travel this time of year.

Determine the airline’s baggage policy

Before arriving at the airport, check with your airline or travel agent to determine the airline’s baggage policy, including number of pieces you can bring and size and weight limitations. Many airlines now charge a fee for every checked bag or have lowered the maximum permitted weight limits for checked luggage. You can avoid paying exorbitant overweight baggage fees by using an EatSmart Precision Voyager Luggage Scale. This scale allows users to quickly and easily weigh luggage up to 110 pounds. top-travel-tips-for-flying

Place colorful ID tags on all of your baggage

Many suitcases look very much alike. To avoid a mix-up between your luggage and that of another passenger, place colorful ID tags with your name, address and phone number on all of your baggage, including your laptop computer.  It is a good idea to place an identification tag inside your baggage as well.

Liquids must be in clear, 3.4 ounce bottles or checked

You may not pack liquid or gel substances in your carry-on unless they are in individual containers of 3.4 ounces or less and enclosed in one clear, quart-size, plastic, zip-top bag per passenger. Any larger containers of liquids and gels must be packed in your checked luggage.

Utilize interior luggage space to the max

To limit the pieces of luggage, use TravelWise Packing Cubes to stay organized and utilize interior luggage space to the max. The TravelWise Durable 3 piece weekender set works great in your carry on and the 5 piece Weekender PLUS set is perfect for longer trips away from home. Lightweight and durable, the nylon cubes come in three sizes that store a lot of clothes when rolled and smartly placed in the packing cubes. You arrived organized.social top-travel-tips-for-flying-1for posts(7)

Secure your bags with TSA-approved locks only

Only use TSA-approved locks to secure your checked bags; otherwise, if your bag is selected for random screening, agents will have to break the lock to get inside.

Leave hazardous or prohibited materials at home

Certain items are allowed in checked bags but not in carry-on luggage. These include box cutters, scissors, knives, baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, realistic replicas of weapons, self-defense sprays, hammers and other tools. A complete list of prohibited and restricted items can be found at tsa.gov.

Keep all valuables in your carry-on luggage

Any valuables, including cash, traveler’s checks, laptop computers or other electronics, jewelry, prescription medication or items of sentimental value, should be packed in your carry-on luggage. Stow them in small bag that fits under your seat, close at hand.

Safe travels!

Brussels Sprouts With Turkey Bacon And Pine Nuts

This Brussels Sprouts recipe makes a great side dish at Thanksgiving.
brusselsproutsIngredients:
1 to 1/2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts, rinsed with cool water and drained. Cut in half or whole.
4 to 6 slices turkey bacon, or traditional
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 clove garlic crushed
1/4 tsp Kosher or sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes, optional
2 tbsp. toasted pine nuts (place nuts in dry pan for just a few minutes, move the pan around then, take off the heat. Try not burn. Set aside)
1/4 cup veggie or chicken broth
parsley for garnish, optional

For cooking directions, click here.

About the Author: Hi, I’m Pam of Skinnysweetsdaily.com. Our recipes and helpful tips focus on healthy eating and staying fit. I have taken lots of dishes from my catering days and skinny-sized them without losing the great tastes. Hop on over and see our recipes and tips. Some from our friends who shared their favorites. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Travel Giveaway Package

Flying to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving dinner or jetting home to celebrate the Holiday Season with family is all part of the American tradition. We’ve partnered with ToiletTree Products to bring you the Ultimate Thanksgiving Travel Giveaway Package.  Two lucky winners will travel stress-free this holiday season!

thankgiving-travel-giveawayTo kick off the holiday season, TWO lucky people will win all SIX of these awesome travel prizes, valued over $140! Good luck to all and safe travels!

thanksgiving-travel-essentials-giveawayPrizes include:

EatSmart Products Precision Voyager Luggage Scale
EatSmart Travelwise™ Packing Cubes 5 Piece Set
ToiletTree Products Rechargeable Travel Oral Irrigator
ToiletTree Products Toiletry Bag with TSA Approved Bottles
ToiletTree Products Travel Fogless Shower Mirror with Squeegee
ToiletTree Products Slim Travel Sonic Toothbrush

Entering the contest is easy and can be done through the form below. Here is how you can win:

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, November 19th at 12 noon EST. The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. (Sorry, but it’s limited to US residents only)

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