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Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe

October’s here.  You know what that means – hayrides, pumpkin carving, and of course, apple picking! Wondering what to do with all your apples?  Try this quick, easy, and delicious apple butter recipe.

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  • 6 apples of your choice- I used Gala but you can mix and match
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Click for cooking instructions.

About the Author: Charlene is the blogger behind My Frugal Adventures,  where you will find simple, affordable and fun recipes, crafts and DIY projects.  Stop by for a daily dose of inspiration as well as the hottest online shopping deals.

Charity of the Month October 2015 – Cure Breast Cancer Foundation

EatSmart fans will continue to select a Charity of the Month in 2015. 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.

Cure Breast Cancer Foundation

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this important cause, we’ve selected Cure Breast Cancer Foundation as our charity of the month.

The mission of the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation:

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women, yet its cure has remained unresolved. That may be about to change. Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created to raise money for breast cancer research under the direction of noted oncologist, Dr. Larry Norton, at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and other national and international research facilities. Since its inception in December 2007, CBCF has raised over $5 million for breast cancer research.

To learn more about the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, please visit their Facebook page.

For every new Facebook “like” we (EatSmart Products) acquire during the month of October, we will donate 50 cents/follower to the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation. (So spread the word!)

Click here, LIKE us and EatSmart will donate:


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

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Mushrooms

Substitute chicken wings for these buffalo chicken stuffed mushrooms! They make perfect appetizers for game day, tailgating and dinner parties.



  • 16 oz. button or baby bella (crimini) mushrooms
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (regular or reduced fat), softened
  • ¾ cup crumbled blue cheese, divided
  • 2-4 tablespoons Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ranch seasoning mix (optional)
  • ½ cup finely chopped precooked chicken
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery
  • ¼ cup finely chopped carrot
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

Click for cooking instructions.

About the author: Lisa Huff is a freelance recipe developer, food photographer, and blogger at Snappy Gourmet. She lives in the NYC area with her husband and two small children.

EatSmart Fall Produce Guide


Summer gets all the attention for fresh produce, but don’t forget to celebrate the harvest in the fall! There are so many delicious fruits and vegetables to look forward to this season. It’s the perfect time of year to bite into a juicy, crisp apple and pay homage to all things pumpkin. And let’s not forget cranberries and butternut squash! With so many healthy and delicious choices, we’re sharing our top picks so you can eat smart throughout the fall.


The phytonutrients in apples help regulate blood sugar. They are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. Apples range from sweet, like Braeburn, Fuji and Red Delicious, to tart, such as Granny Smith and Pippins.

Asian Pears

Lightly sweet, juicy and crisp, Asian Pears are high in fiber and potassium. They are also a good source of vitamin K, copper, magnesium, folate, and vitamin C. Buy Asian pears in bulk because they can be stored in your fridge for up to 4 months!


The flavor of celeriac is similar to leafy celery, and it works well mashed or in stews and soups. It’s a very good source of vitamin K and minerals phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and manganese. Celeriac also has B complex vitamins and vitamin C. Choose medium size tubers with smooth and even surface.


Cranberries can be very tart on their own and usually appear in juice, baked goods or as cranberry sauce. These nutritional powerhouses are a great source of vitamin C and fiber; however, it’s their phytonutrients that make them especially healthy. Cranberries are a potent immune system supporter.


Kohlrabi is mildly sweet and crispy. It’s a great source of vitamin C, a good source of B complex vitamins and minerals: copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, and phosphorus. Young crispy kohlrabi is perfect in a salad. It’s also great when paired with other vegetables or stewed with tomatoes, onion and garlic.

Mustard Greens

Mustard greens are a cruciferous vegetable that’s particularly good for lowering cholesterol. They’re an excellent source of vitamins A & K and a good source of vitamin C, manganese, calcium, copper and vitamin E. Use the raw leaves to kick up the flavor of salad or sauté them with a few tablespoons of broth.


Nopales are a form of cacti that are high in fiber and full of healthy nutrients, including riboflavin, copper, iron, fiber, vitamins (A, B6, C, K), calcium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. They’re delicious when added to eggs and a steak stir fry.


Persimmons are a sweet fruit and a healthy source of fiber. They also contain flavonoid anti-oxidants such as catechins, vitamin-A, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin. They can be eaten raw, cooked or dried.


Pumpkin is high in fiber, vitamin K and beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A.  Pumpkin is extremely versatile and can be used in salads, soups, stews, baked good and beverages. Canned or fresh, it’s a great choice for fall recipes.


Sunchokes are also known as Jerusalem artichokes and are similar to water chestnuts. They can be eaten raw or cooked. They have protein, fiber, vitamin C, niacin, thiamine, iron, potassium, phosphorous and copper. Cooked sunchokes have a creamy texture, similar to mashed potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse. They are a great source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, potassium, dietary fiber, niacin and vitamins B1 and B2. Sweet potatoes are delicious when baked, mashed, steamed or pureed with bananas, maple syrup, and cinnamon then topped with walnuts!

Do you have a favorite fall fruit or vegetable? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales!

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Maple Cinnamon Glaze

Get your bake on with this pumpkin doughnut recipe. These are perfect for fall days and a much healthier option than store bought doughnuts.


  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup (75g) pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120ml) milk

Click for baking instructions.

About the Author: Marsha is a stay at home mother to one, and the baker, and blogger behind Marsha’s Baking Addiction. Whether you like cookies or cakes, you’ll find something on her blog to sweeten your day!

11 Common Foods That Can Cause Bloating

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Are you suddenly having a little trouble zipping up your jeans or putting on your rings? If you’re prone to bloating or swelling, the right diet will help you stay svelte. After all, who wants to be uncomfortable and unable to wear their favorite jeans?

Here are 11 foods that may cause bloating:

Salty and highly processed foods

The salt in processed foods causes water retention, which leads to a bloated stomach and swollen hands and feet. Choose foods with low sodium content instead.

Carbonated drinks

The bubbles cause gas which gets trapped in your stomach and causes uncomfortable swelling! Choose water or unsweetened iced tea over carbonated beverages.  And you can always add fruit or cucumber slices to water for flavor.


For those with lactose intolerance, milk products are hard to digest. The lactose causes bloating, gas and other unpleasant side effects. Choose lactose-free milk or try Lactaid pills to help aid digestion.

High carbohydrate foods

Foods such as bagels, pizza and pasta have high amounts of glycogen. For every gram of glycogen stored, the body also stores 3 grams of water, which causes swelling. Skip the breads and pastas in favor of whole grain choices, like brown rice or quinoa.

Cruciferous vegetables

Vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale have tiny sugars that are hard for some people to digest, causing gas. We don’t recommend avoiding these vegetables altogether, but when you need a flat tummy, leafy green vegetables and squash are better choices.

Raw vegetables

These can be hard for the body to digest and may cause bloating. Cooking them will reduce the effect while still providing the vitamins and nutrients your body needs.


Eating beans and lentils, especially in large amounts, can lead to gas and bloating. If you want to include legumes in your diet, increase portion sizes gradually to build up your tolerance.

Artificial sweeteners

They are hard for the body to digest and can result in excess gas. Learn to enjoy foods without extra sugar or use natural sugars sparingly.

Spicy foods

Foods such as hot pepper, chili powder, horseradish and tomato sauce causes the stomach to release more acid, which causes irritation. Go easy on the extra spices and acidic foods.

Coffee, tea, acidic fruit juice and alcohol

Acidic beverages can irritate the GI tract and cause swelling. Herbal teas are the better choice when you want a warm beverage.

Gum and hard candy

Chewing gum and sucking on hard candy can cause you to swallow excess air. The air gets trapped in the stomach causing expansion. Brush your teeth when you want a minty clean mouth.

Our Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale is a great tool to monitor your health. It can determine if you are gaining weight or just retaining water. Unlike traditional scales, the GetFit Bathroom Scale measures body composition including body water, body fat, muscle mass, bone mass and weight.  This allows the user to establish a baseline body water percentage and identify when it’s elevated.


Do you have any tips for reducing bloating? Please share with us at @EatSmartScales.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

With fall temps comes hearty soup recipes. If you’re a fan of creamy soups give this Loaded Baked Potato Soup a try.

Potato Soup


  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 12 ounces bacon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Click for cooking instructions.

About the Author: Becky Tarala, author of The Two Bite Club, is a stay-at-home mom to two whose food blog features recipes from my family’s past as well as simple favorites. Becky is a hopeless optimistic, vegetable gardener, coupon-aholic, cookbook hoarder, and potato lover.

Healthy Game Day Recipe Roundup


It’s football season again! With game day comes tailgates and Sunday fundays, along with plenty of tasty snacks. From chicken wings, pizza and cheesy dips, these typical party foods aren’t exactly great for our waistlines and eating smart during game day can be a challenge. We’ve rounded up main dishes, sides and apps to satisfy you without adding extra pounds. If you’re heading out tailgating, we recommend taking along our Precision Elite Food Thermometer so you know that your foods are cooked to exactly the right temperature!

Impress your guests during the big game with these healthy recipes:

Loaded Smashed Red Potatoes Loaded-Smashed-Red-Potatoes-11

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

Bruschetta Quinoa Casserole
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Get the recipe from The Iron You.

Barbecue Chicken and Red Grape Skewers

Get the recipe from Delightful E Made.

Simple Spinach Quiche

Get the recipe from Dine and Dish.

Skinny Poolside Dip

Get the recipe from Clever Housewife.

Grilled Zucchini Nachos

Get the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.

Tomato Mozzarella Tart

Get the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.

Creamy Southwestern Orzo Salad


Get the recipe from Rachel Cooks.

Football Shaped Zucchini Fritters

Get the recipe from Hungry Happenings.

Potato Cauliflower Chickpea Salad

Get the recipe from Vegan Richa.

Do you have a favorite game day recipe? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales.

Butternut Squash Risotto

Fall isn’t far off which means hearty soups, apple crisps and other seasonal recipes are on the horizon. Add this healthy, vegetarian Butternut Squash Risotto recipe to your fall menu.


  • 2½ cups butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups (one box) chicken, beef or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup risotto
  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon minced thyme or sage
  • zest of one lemon
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese

Click for cooking instructions.

About the Author: LeAndra is the author, cook, photographer, and chief dishwasher behind the blog Love & Flour. She is learning to like quinoa almost as much as she likes chocolate chip cookies.

Charity of the Month September 2015 – T.E.A.L.

EatSmart fans will continue to select a Charity of the Month in 2015. 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. teal-logoSeptember is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! In honor of this important cause, we’ve selected T.E.A.L, (Tell Every Amazing Lady) as our charity of the month. Their mission is to promote public awareness and education of the signs, symptoms and risk factors of Ovarian Cancer, while providing support to survivors and raising funds for research in order to find the cure for Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women.

About the T.E.A.L.:

®T.E.A.L. stands for both Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation and for Teal, the color that symbolizes Ovarian Cancer. Founded in 2009 by two sisters from Brooklyn, NY to draw attention to Ovarian Cancer, ®T.E.A.L. has grown to become a national movement.  Our goal is to decrease mortality rates by helping women identify signs and symptoms and urging them to seek medical help at the earliest possible stages. We believe that by equipping women with knowledge about the disease and its signs, and encouraging them to listen to their bodies, we can save lives. T.E.A.L. programs focus on providing support to patients and survivors, raising public awareness, and sharing resources with key partners in the struggle to end Ovarian Cancer. T.E.A.L. funds cutting-edge research and public education campaigns designed to improve the lives of Ovarian Cancer patients and those at risk of contracting the disease.

Click here to visit their Facebook page.

For every new Facebook follower we acquire during the month of September, we will donate 50 cents/follower to the T.E.A.L. (So spread the word!)

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

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