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Charity of the Month for February 2013 – Humane Society of the Huron Valley

EatSmart fans will continue to select each Charity of the Month in 2013. 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.

humanesocietyhuronvalleyFebruary’s Charity of the Month has been chosen by loyal EatSmart Fan, Jenna Welby. She selected the Humane Society of the Huron Valley.

We will be donating 50 cents for every new Facebook LIKE during the month of February. (So spread the word!)

Read why Jenna picked the Humane Society of the Huron Valley:

I chose the Humane Society of the Huron Valley because of their mission to “support the loving, responsible care of all animals in their community.”  The society strives to ensure proper care for the animals they house, find loving homes for all adoptable animals, reduce over-population of pets, increase the physical well-being of animals in their community, provide education and outreach to the community, and put an end to animal cruelty. HSHV has been committed to this mission for over 100 years.

One of my favorite things about HSHV is their “Pets of the week” program. This program gives the featured animals an enhanced chance of adoption and every animal deserves his or her chance to shine!  Plus, the more publicity the animals get, the better chance of finding their forever homes.

I am constantly impressed by their education programs.  They offer Humane Education, Youth Programs, Group Programs, and Dog Training.  These programs help the animals in an array of ways, from encouraging young people to share their natural affinity for animals, to training puppies and dogs.  We all know that adopting a dog is a full time commitment and it is a lot easier to process when you have a cooperative dog.  These training programs help facilitate the development of a happy new family! 

PhotoGrid_1359480725351This organization is near and dear to me because my husband and I adopted our wonderful cat, Luna, from HSHV in October of 2010.  She was in the Humane Society nearly 2 months prior to meowing at us as we walked through the Uptown Cats section of the shelter.   She was 6 years old at the time and we have enjoyed every single day we have gotten to spend with her.  The Humane Society took great care of her and kept her safe while she waited for us and we thank them for this every day!  She is truly a perfect little friend & we are so very pleased that she came to live with us. We can only hope she loves spending time with us as much as we love spending time with her!

Click here and EatSmart will donate:

About Jenna: Jenna is an animal lover and the Vice President of Active Accessories.  In addition to loving all animals, she is a cookie monster and loves to use her EatSmart Kitchen Scale to bake cookies!  She was super excited to get to pick the charity of the month and thrilled that EatSmart is going to help the HSHV animals!

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

Red and Pink Valentine’s Day Giveaway Event

Love is in the air and to show our fans how much we appreciate them, we are partnering with our friends at Aurorae Yoga, ToiletTree Products and Active Accessories to sponsor a RED & PINK Valentine’s Day Giveaway! One lucky individual will receive four festive prizes including; an EatSmart Retro Mechanical Kitchen Scale in red, an Active Accessories On-The-Go Accessory Pouch in fushcia, an Aurorae Yoga mat in pink and a ToiletTree Professional Skin Care System in pink.

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EatSmart Precision Retro Mechanical Kitchen Scale (Red)

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On-The-Go Accessory Pouch (Fuschia)

VDAYGiveawayAurorae Aurorae Classic Yoga Mat (Hope)

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Professional Skin Care System, Facial brush (Pink)

To enter the giveaway event, simply complete the form below and click the submit button. Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Giveaway ends on Thursday, 2/7/13 at noon EST. The lucky winner 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!)

Garlic-Roasted Vegetable Sub

Oven-roasting is an easy way to prepare vegetables and bring out the best of their natural flavor. Served on soft sub rolls, these sandwiches are filled with a medley of garlic-roasted eggplant, bell peppers, onion, mushrooms and tomatoes, then topped with cheese and placed in the oven for a light toasting. Easy and truly delicious.

garlicroastedsubIngredients:

  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, cut into 3 or 4 thick slices
  • 2 thick slices sweet onion, separated into rings
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms, halved crosswise
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 soft sub/hoagie rolls (6-inch)
  • 4 to 6 slices muenster (or provolone) cheese

Directions: (Makes 4 servings)
Preheat the oven to 400°F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment.

Place the eggplant cubes in a large bowl, drizzle with 1-1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Spread the cubes on one of the prepared baking sheets and set aside.

Add the red and green bell peppers, tomato slices, onion rings and mushrooms to the bowl. Sprinkle with the chopped garlic, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Toss to combine and transfer to the other prepared baking sheet.

Roast the vegetables until tender and lightly caramelized, 20 to 30 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets and toss the vegetables about halfway through the cooking time for best results.

Split the rolls lengthwise and divide the vegetables between them. Top with muenster cheese and place in the oven for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the rolls are lightly toasted. Serve with chips or fries.

About the Author: Lynne Webb is the owner and publisher of MyGourmetConnection. A lifelong foodie and experienced cook, she decided to use her graphic design and marketing background to launch a website that explored her passion for food.  Her favorite indulgence is a great bottle of wine and few kinds of artisan cheese.

Top Tips from Successful Losers

We all know that one of the major challenges in combating obesity is not losing the weight but keeping it off.  The lack of success at long-term weight maintenance is probably a combination of both physiology and behavior but the good news is that people CAN make positive changes in their behavior that will result in a healthy body weight.  A good example of this is a unique group of participants from the National Weight Control Registry  – the Successful Losers – who have maintained a 30 lb weight loss for at least one year.

Why not listen up and learn from those people who know how to get it done!

breakfast-everydayTOP TIPS

Eating a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet

Eating breakfast almost every day

Weighing themselves frequently

Engaging in 60 to 90 minutes per day of moderate-intensity physical activity

Almost all patients who successfully maintained long-term weight loss used both diet and physical activity to lose weight.

These sensible strategies could be used by all to help us achieve and maintain weight loss more successfully.

Speaking of strategies, the EatSmart Precision Tracker, brand new to our line of bathroom scales is the perfect complement to all weight loss/ maintenance programs, giving users the ability to track their weight over time.   After each use, the scale will display three readings: current weight, weight change from the last weigh in, and total change from the starting weight.  Track progress, stay motivated and join the group of Successful Losers!

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About the Author: Maria Geronimo is the Public Relations Director at EatSmart Products.

Roasted Tomato Soup

San marzano canned tomatoes are the best according to my taste buds and a few Italian cooks will back me up on this. Flavorless tomatoes makes for a flavorless soup.
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Serve with the cheesiest of grilled cheese.

Ingredients:
1 28oz can chopped tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
2 stalks celery, diced
2 small carrots, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 box (32oz) chicken or vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
handful chopped fresh basil
dash of red pepper flakes (if you like some heat)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup cream or milk (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 450F. Strain tomatoes, reserve the juice, and spread on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast for 15-20 minutes.
2. In a soup pot with a few glugs of olive oil, cook onion, celery, and carrots until tender. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
3. Add roasted tomatoes, reserved tomato juice, 2 cups of chicken broth, red pepper flakes, and bay leaves. Simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Add fresh basil and cream (if using). Salt and pepper to taste.
5. Puree with an immersion blender and add a bit more chicken/vegetable stock if it gets too thick.

About the Author: Rebecca is a nutritionist, sometimes writer, sometimes photographer, living in New York City with her husband and furry labradoodle. You can find her blogging at The Daily Muse.

How to Avoid Sweet Temptations at the Office

A Cookie Here, a Mars Bar There, Temptation Temptation Everywhere!

Do you ever feel like you’re doing so well with maintaining your healthy eating habits, staying on track with your workout, but then you hit the office and there’s temptation around every corner?

You do so well the whole day resisting, but then its 3:23 and you’ve somehow just inhaled 4 mini Mars bars? What happened??

I remember working in an office, trying my hardest to lose weight or stay the weight that I was, but everywhere I looked, I felt like the forces were against me! One could only hold out for so long especially against (gasp) the Birthday Ice Cream Cake…

If you’re trying to stay on track, and it’s very difficult for you to say no to sweets (as it was for me at one point), this environment can absolutely derail all your hard efforts. However, it doesn’t really have to be this way. I’ve been there and I also managed to navigate that minefield while still losing weight. Here are a few of my favorite tips on how to do just that:

  1. BYOT – bring your own treats! For one of my clients, its 85% dark chocolate that does the trick. She’ll keep it in her desk and nibble on a few bits after lunch, or right before the “Birthday Cake” celebration to avoid temptation. If dark chocolate isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other healthy options. Having them on hand is key.
  2. Hydrate – did you know that mild thirst can in fact manifest itself as hunger? It’s true! Next time you’re eye-ing that box of cookies, take a moment and drink a cup of water (or herbal tea) and see what happens to the craving.
  3. Move it! The junk I mean. If someone kindly set a bowl of candy on your desk, genuinely thank them, but feel free to let them know that you’re really going to stick to your health goals this month. Then move the sweets elsewhere, out of your periphery. Does it feel awkward saying “no thanks”? Maybe. But would you prefer to keep buying bigger pants? The closer treats are to you, the more you will mindlessly eat (proximity = volume consumed).

Unfortunately most of the office environment is out of our scope of control, but we can make avoiding temptations easier with a few key tools. As a Health Coach, I work with my clients not only to find healthier alternatives, but to also work through the sugar addiction so that those “treats” are no longer a temptation. Everyone’s different so try & retry until you find what works for you.

If you’ve found a strategy that’s been working great, please share in the comments below!

About the Author: Irina Kachalenko is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, with a Psych BA and owner of Vibrant Healthy and Whole. She integrates both approaches to help busy professionals take control of their eating habits, implement sustainable health routines, so that they are finally able to let go of the excess weight, detox naturally, and pursue the big life goals with confidence and passion.

Simple Soup with Turkey Meatballs and Quinoa

Making this soup is simplicity itself, yet the flavor suggests it is the product of painstaking preparation and complicated cooking.
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Ingredients:

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 1 small carrot grated
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • salt and black pepper to taste

For the soup:

  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth (more if need it)
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped or grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:
To make a meatballs: Add the onion, carrots, egg, bread crumbs, fresh dill, salt and pepper to a large bowl and blend. Add in the turkey and mix everything well together. Shape the turkey mixture into small meatballs. Place on a large plate or baking sheet until ready to cook.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add carrot, onion and cook stirring occasionally for about 4 to 5 minutes. Add potato, quinoa and broth and simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes. Stir in meatballs, cover, and simmer until vegetables are tender and meatballs are cooked, about 15 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and serve with fresh herbs.

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About the Author: My name is Yelena, and I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia and now live in Historic town near Philadelphia. I’m a wife to a wonderful guy and a mother to two precious children, and have a food blog called Cooking Melangery. My blog is my portfolio, (although I have real portfolio http://yelena.strokin.info), and a place where I can introduce my work to the world. I “meet” new people there all the time, and I’m so happy about it. I have a degree in Culinary Arts and a passion for anything beautiful and creative. I currently work as a freelance food stylist and photographer from my home studio.

A Success Story – Joe and the EatSmart Precision Tracker Bathroom Scale

Joseph Origoni is a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas College and a valued EatSmart employee.  Recently, Joe decided to improve his physical condition by losing some excess weight and exercising on a more regular basis.  He has already lost over 10 lbs and attributes much of his success to using the EatSmart Precision Tracker Bathroom Scale.

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We sat Joe down and asked that he share some tips on his weight loss success:

What was the motivation that got you started working towards a healthier lifestyle? 
I am 21 and I just kept putting on weight year after year and I wanted to make myself feel better and look better.   I also knew it was just going to get harder to lose weight as I got older.   I would step on the Tracker when I came to work and seeing the small improvements gave me the motivation to say no to all the carbohydrates and sweets that were calling my name.  After daily exercise, cutting back on sweets and eating proper portions are what made the biggest difference in losing the weight.

Being an EatSmart employee,  you could have used any one of our bathroom scales, why did you choose the Precision Tracker?
I chose the Tracker for two reasons.  One, it was the newest product here at EatSMart and I really wanted to put it to the test.  The second reason was to see just how much weight I could lose by using this scale and so far to date, I have lost 12 pounds within 3 months.

What is your favorite feature of the Precision Tracker Bathroom Scale?
My favorite feature of the Tracker is that it will tell me exactly how much weight I have lost in total.  It’s nice that I don’t have to remember my starting weight and subtract against the new one.  The Tracker just does it for me.

Please share with us an easy to implement lifestyle changes that led to your success.
The main lifestyle changes that I have made are that I make it mandatory to go to the gym or exercise at least 4 to 5 days a week, even if it’s only for 30 minutes.    I joined a gym, made a good music playlist, and set off on my weight loss mission.  I also dramatically changed my diet.   No more sugar filled soda, now it’s just water or unsweetened tea. I only use low-fat milk in my coffee, no more cream.  Also bread intake was a big problem, I consumed way too much at a meal;  now I limit myself to one slice, minus the butter.  Another problem was eating late at night before bed, like a late night snack or late dessert.  I have cut this out completely from my diet.

Losing weight can be the “easy” part- do you have a maintenance plan to stay healthy?
I’m sure that when the dieting is over I’ll have a few sweets here and there but I plan to stick with my gym regimen.  I don’t really miss the sweets or the soda so I’m ok with going without them for a long time.  I’m much happier maintaining a healthy diet and feeling the benefits.  I finally feel fit and understand that this is the right path for me.

You can find the Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale on Amazon.com for $44.95.

Gluten Free Vegetarian Spring Rolls

A spring roll, loaded with an assortment of vegetables served with a sweet spicy dipping sauce.

Yield: 8 Rolls    Serving Size:  2 Rolls    Number of Servings: 4IMG_4251_4857

Spring Roll Ingredients:
Purple Sticky rice, cooked and cooled                  1 ½ cups
Summer squash, julienne                                       1 ounce
Asparagus, julienne                                                1 ounce
Carrot, julienne                                                       1 ½ ounce
Bell pepper, red, julienne                                        1 ½ ounce
Red cabbage, julienne                                             1 ½ ounce
Water, warm                                                             6 cups
Rice Paper wrappers                                                8 sheets

Dipping Sauce
Gluten-Free Soy Sauce, Tamari  (San-J)                  ¼ cup
Ginger, freshly grated                                               2 tsp
Garlic, freshly grated                                                1 tsp
Agave or Honey                                                        1 Tbs
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes                                       ¼ tsp

Method of Preparation:

1.    Gather all ingredients and equipment.
2.    Cook rice according to package and set aside to cool.
3.    Wash all vegetables, peel carrot, and wash again.
4.    Julienne all vegetables and set aside in small bowls.
5.    In a large bowl, add the warm water.
6.    Soak each sheet of rice paper in the water until it becomes pliable, about 30-45 seconds.
7.    Remove rice paper wrapper from water, and gently squeeze off any additional water.
8.    Lay rice paper wrapper flat on a large cutting board or damp tea towel.
9.    In the center of the wrapper add 3 tablespoons of rice, and equal portions of squash, asparagus, carrot, bell pepper, and red cabbage.
10. Fold down the top end of the wrapper over the center tightly, fold in each of the sides over the center (should look similar to an envelope), and roll up tightly. Set aside and repeat with the seven remaining wrappers and remaining rice and vegetables.
11. To prepare the dipping sauce combine the soy sauce (tamari), ginger, garlic, agave or honey, and crushed red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
12. Stir well to combine and serve along-side the spring rolls.
13. To serve, cut each roll on a bias and serve alongside the dipping sauce.

About the Author: Jenny Manseau is a Chef, Culinary Nutrition student and author of the blog Creative Cooking Gluten Free. Jenny created her website after being diagnosed in 2008 with Celiac Disease and takes many “regular” every day recipes and alters them to the gluten-free diet.

Health Gear for the New Year Giveaway Extravaganza

To ring in the new year, EatSmart Products has teamed up with Aurorae Yoga, ToiletTree Products and Active Accessories to bring you a huge GIVEAWAY EXTRAVAGANZA! One lucky person will win 9 prizes including:

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Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat-Towel Combination
Aurorae Meditative Mist Aromatherapy
Aurorae Micro Fiber Sport / Yoga Towel

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EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale
EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale
EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale

TOILETTREESPRIZES Professional Skin Care System, Facial brush (any color) 
Professional Rechargeable Oral Irrigator 

ActiveAccessoriesGiveaway On-The-Go Accessory Pouch

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To enter the giveaway event, simply complete the form below and click the submit button. Good luck and Happy New Year!

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, 1/16/13 at noon EST. The lucky winner 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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