EatSmart Interviews Registered Dietitian, Alex Caspero
We recently sat down with Registered Dietician, Alex Caspero, of Delicious Knowledge, to dive into some interesting facts about nutrition and the benefits of using an EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale.
Alex, please tell us about yourself and your background. I am a registered dietitian who loves to cook! I have been the Campus Nutritionist for University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA for the past 3 years and enjoy teaching college students the joy of cooking, nutrition, and eating. I also run a nutrition and vegetarian cooking blog, www.delicious-knowledge.com. On the side, I am a Certified LEAP Therapist and work with clients on food intolerances, sensitivities, sports nutrition and weight management.
When did your passion for health and nutrition begin? I began teaching group fitness classes as a senior in high school and fell in love with promoting healthy lifestyles. From there, I decided that I wanted have a career combingmy passion for nutrition and exercise. I went on to become a RD and have a masters degree in Exercise Physiology. I am also a yoga instructor, certified personal trainer, and group exercise instructor.
You’ve been using our EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale for months now. What are some of the benefits of using this particular food scale? I love the precision! I have had other food scales (for similar prices) that only measure to the nearest 5g which is almost impossible for baking, where the Precision Pro measure to the 1gram. This scale is also very affordable, at $25 with free shipping on Amazon. You will be hard pressed to find another model at this price that has all the benefits of the Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale. I have found it to be very accurate and appreciate the ability to switch between metric and English weights.
Would you consider the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale a “must have tool” for someone who is trying to lose weight? Absolutely. I think the food scale is so important in understanding portion sizes and how many calories foods actually contain. I work with a lot of weight management clients who are eating the “right” types of foods but way too much of them. Having a kitchen scale allows you to portion out 40g of cereal, which may be more/less than the 1 cup serving size on the label. I also find it helpful for selecting snack foods. Most chip labels say “about 10 chips” which is very vague. A food scale allows you to enjoy these foods in your diet by knowing how much you are actually consuming.
Who would else benefit from using this scale? I recommend the Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale for cooks and bakers. I use it all the time for making cakes and bread. It is so easy to get the exact weight of flour, sugar, and know that I will have perfect results. I also use it for measuring weighing envelopes and calculating postage.
Is the scale easy to use? Did you find any unique features? This scale is very easy to use and consumer friendly. This is a basic scale in design but has lots of features. I don’t have to spend lots of time weighing out my ingredients and my food. I just simply hit the button and I am ready to go. I also love that it takes regular batteries. I have had a few food scales that take more expensive batteries, not the AAA like this one. I also love that you don’t have to tare the scale before you put it on; you can place a bowl onto the scale, zero out the weight of the bowl and then weigh the contents.
In your opinion, what are some of the most important eating tips that are most commonly overlooked? I try to teach clients about the enjoyment of food. No one wants to feel like they are on a diet so I try to steer away from packaged “fat free” foods. Instead, I teach about eating the foods you love and watching portions. Most of us eat more food than our bodies need, especially food that doesn’t fill us up or leave us satisfied. By switching to wholesome, delicious food you can easily eat smaller portions without feeling deprived. I really like the “volumetric” style of eating: filling up on nutrient dense foods and enjoying smaller portions of calorie dense foods.
And last, but not least, Alex, how do you yourself ‘eat smart’? I eat a mostly plant-based diet and exercise daily. I am very portion conscious but enjoy a wide variety of foods, as I don’t believe in good foods vs bad foods. I believe that a healthy relationship with food is the first step in any weight management lifestyle! I use exercise to keep me sane and to power my body, not to punish it. I encourage clients to do the same- find activities that you love doing and exercise will never seem like a chore.
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Story by: Karen Welby, Marketing Director of EatSmart Products