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How to Stick to Your Diet During the Holidays


The holidays are a festive time of year filled with family, friends, parties and foods that can derail your diet. You can try to practice restraint, but it’s hard to say no to cookies or your mother’s lasagna. Thankfully, with a little planning, you can enjoy the holidays and stick to your diet.

Start your day with exercise

Can’t find time to hit the gym for a full session or hour-long class? Start your day with at least 10 – 20 minutes of exercise. Then, add a few more short bursts of exercise throughout the day. Sneaking in fitness with your daily routine, such as parking further away from the mall or taking a walk at lunchtime, will help keep your waistline in check.

Plan your meals

Start your day off right with a healthy breakfast to prevent unwanted cravings throughout the day. If you stick to your diet when you’re at home, you can justify a treat or two when you’re out at a party. Our Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale can help you accurately measure servings to ensure that you eat the right portion sizes.

Make healthy choices

Load up on the veggie tray and healthy proteins, such as chicken skewers or shrimp cocktail at a holiday party. Make splurges the exception rather than the rule. When you’re shopping, avoid temptations in the food court and choose lean proteins and green salads instead.

Drink water

Drinking at least 8 cups of water every day can prevent dehydration and even help curb hunger cravings. It’s also a good idea to have a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume. Additionally, a glass of water between alcoholic drinks will prevent tomorrow’s hangover.

Snack smart

The stress of holiday shopping and dealing with crowds at the mall can lead to impulsive food choices. Keep a healthy snack, like a low sugar energy bar or an apple, on hand to stop yourself from grabbing junk food.

Mingle at parties

Focus on your friends, family, and the experience when socializing rather than the food table. Holding a glass of sparkling water and chatting will keep you busy, plus you’ll have more fun.

Skip the eggnog

Eggnog, punches and mixers pack on a lot of extra empty calories. If you have a drink, stick to wine, beer or a mixed drink with seltzer and a splash of juice.

Enjoy dessert, in moderation

It may seem counterintuitive, but passing up your favorite holiday goodies can lead to binge eating later on. Enjoy a cookie or a few bites of cake to satisfy your craving.

Keep yourself accountable

Regular weigh-ins will keep you focused on your health. Our Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale keeps track of three data points: your original weight, your last weigh-in, and your current weight. It’s a great motivational tool to see how well you are doing throughout the holiday season.

Get some rest

People who are sleep deprived tend to seek out comfort foods and skip workouts. If you’re well rested, it will be easier to eat smart and find the energy to exercise. The holidays are full of temptations. However, with the right plan, you can stick with your diet and maintain your fitness during the holiday season.

Do you have diet tips for the holiday season? Tweet them to us @eatsmartscales.


Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Tired of spending a lot on frozen veggie burgers?  This recipe is for you – delicious and easy on the wallet.
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½ cup dry quinoa
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Kosher salt, divided
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 large egg
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 chipotle in adobo, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup oat flour

Yogurt Sauce:
½ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Click here for cooking instructions.

About the author:  Nicole is a Registered Dietitian and the author of Prevention RD. She is the Director of Nutrition Services at a small, local hospital and by night, a home cook, blogger, and wife.


Healthy Chili Recipe Round-Up


Do you love to warm up with a delicious bowl of chili? More than just comfort food, chili can be loaded with nutrients from the veggies, beans and lean meat. If you don’t consider chili a “healthy” food option, we have a surprise for you. Whether prefer your chili with red meat, poultry, vegetarian style, with beans or without, we have a recipe for you.

Heart Healthy Turkey Chili

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Get the recipe from The Chunky Chef.

The Best Dern Tootin’ Texas Style Chili

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Get the recipe from The Blue House Blog.

Skinny White Chicken Chili

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Get the recipe from Skinny Mom.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili


Get the recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking.

Slow Cooker Chili

slwo-cooker-chili-srgb.Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

Easy Sweet Potato Apple Turkey ChilispaGet the recipe from Oh, Sweet Basil.

Lentil Chili


Get the recipe from Little Broken.

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

Creamy Avocado Zoodles with Chipotle Lime Shrimp

If  you haven’t tried zoodles (zucchini noodles) yet, you are missing out on something great.  Check out this recipe which combines zoodles and chipotle shrimp with a smooth, creamy avocado sauce.  This recipe will have you hopping on the zoodle bandwagon before the last shrimp leaves your plate.  Enjoy!



For the zoodles:

  • 2 avocados, peeled
  • ½ cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • small handful basil leaves (I used about 25 leaves)
  • 3 medium zucchinis
  • 2 cups broccoli florets (optional)

For the shrimp:

  • 3 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 16 ounces medium shrimp, raw

Click here for cooking instructions.

About the author:  Kristin is a really busy wife, mom of two teenage boys and 3 cats, and employee in the corporate world. Her blog, Dizzy Busy and Hungry, focuses on quick and easy recipes perfect for feeding her hungry family on a super-tight schedule!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your Shopping List


Are you wondering what to buy for everyone on your holiday gift list? If you’re looking for some unique gift ideas, look no further! We’ve put together some of our favorite products that are sure to please everyone you shop for. Help your family to eat smarter, get fit, travel easier and be more creative in the kitchen. So skip the craziness of the mall and rest easy knowing you’ve picked the perfect gift.


For the Tech Loving Athlete

Our Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale is perfect for the athlete who likes gadgets and measuring performance. This smart scale doesn’t just measure weight but also body fat, as well as body water and muscle mass. It has a setting for athletes: a goal setting and tracking feature.  The Bluetooth connectivity enables the user  to view all of these stats right on their  smartphone or tablet. Plus, it pairs with popular fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and RunKeeper. $49.95 |

For the Cook and Baker

Our Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale is a dream for anyone who likes to bake, cook and try new recipes. It can weigh in ounces, pounds, kilograms or grams, eliminating the need to decipher international recipes! Food items can be weighed directly on the scale platform or by utilizing the scale’s tare (zero) function, which eliminates the weight of a plate or bowl. The scale has a large platform to hold the largest of mixing bowls and can hold weight up to 15 lbs! $36.95 |

For the Traveler

The TravelWise Packing Cube System 5 Piece Set is a travel essential that allows clothes to stay folded and neat when packed in their own compartments. The cubes are fantastic for staying organized no matter where your travels take you and help you avoid over packing. The mesh allows travelers and TSA agents  to easily view what is in the cube and it maximize space luggage! $29.95 |

For the Health Conscious Friend

Need a gift for someone who is committed to a healthy lifestyle? Our Precision CalPal Digital Bathroom Scale calculates BMI (Body Mass Index) and estimates the appropriate number calories a person can consume in one day.  Additional features include auto-recognition software, storing data for up to 4 users and EatSmart “Step-On” Technology. The CalPal provides motivation and accountability for someone who is health conscious. $35 |

For the Techie Foodie

The Taylor SmarTemp Thermometer is a kitchen tech geek’s dream come true. Whether you’re making candy or roasting meat in the oven this thermometer enables the best in precision cooking. The SmarTemp app connects the Smart Thermometer to a mobile device via Bluetooth making monitoring food cooking times and temperature progress convenient and easily. The SmarTemp app programs, records and stores cooking events creating handy records to refer back to. The app also posts creations to social media. $49.95 |

For the Craft Beer Connoisseur

No more watered down or warm drinks! The Rabbit Freezable Beer Glasses keep the ice is outside of beverages, not in them. The Beer Glass cools the connoisseur’s drink down to just above freezing and will keep it cool for up to two hours. The silicone base acts as a built-in coaster to prevent condensation from escaping. The silicone sleeve also protects hands from the chill. $35 |

For the Entertainer

Our Elite Thermocouple Digital Food Thermometer is a perfect stocking stuffer for someone who loves to entertain and cook for a crowd. This thermometer lets the entertainer know when the meat is perfectly done, whether in the oven or out on the grill. No more guessing if the roast is cooked through or not! Simply fold the probe down and insert into the thickest part of the meat and in 3 seconds  have an accurate internal temperature reading! $39.95 |

Stocking Stuffers

For the Road Warrior

Our Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale makes a fun and useful stocking stuffer for the road warrior. This compact luggage scale easily attaches to the handle of any suitcase. Simply lift the bag and the scale beeps when it registers the weight of the bag. The easy to read LCD screen displays the weight so the traveler never has to pay overweight luggage fees again. It’s compact enough to toss into luggage for the return trip. $29.95 |

For the Foodie

Chef’n PepperBall gives the foodie innovative flavor control. The revolutionary design has a dual handle that  grinds pepper with just one hand. The PepperBall comes ready to use; filled with fresh peppercorns. It’s a tasty and functional stocking stuffer! $15.10 |

For the DIY cook

For the cook who loves to make homemade salad dressings the Chef’n Emulstir makes it easy to create a healthy alternative to store bought dressings.  This emulsifier and salad dressing mixer creates and stores  smooth,  evenly blended, dressing in no time. To use, simply fill with your favorite ingredients; squeeze the handle to activate the mixing lever and emulsify.  The integrated cap makes pouring clean and easy. $19.93 |

Which of these products are on your wish list?

Very Veggie Fried Rice

When you hear the word “fried” in a recipe title, you automatically assume you are in for an unhealthy dish.  With this Very Veggie Fried Rice, you get a lighter version of a Chinese food favorite!



  • 3 cups cooked and chilled brown rice
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup diced carrots (dice somewhat thin)
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups small diced broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup small diced red bell pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup frozen petite peas, thawed and drained
  • 3/4 cup frozen petite corn, thawed and drained
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil

Click here for cooking instructions.

About the Author:  I’m Jaclyn, a twenty something wife and mother, as well as the self-taught cook, baker, writer, editor and photographer behind Cooking Classy is a place for me to share the food I love. Please follow along and lets create something delicious!

Italian Quinoa Protein Patties

Quinoa is loaded with protein, fiber and minerals and doesn’t have any gluten, which is a win-win for those with any gluten intolerances.  These Italian Quinoa Protein Patties are full of flavor and easy to cook!Italian-Quinoa-Protein-Patties-5


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 4.5 oz frozen chopped spinach, cooked
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Click here for cooking instructions.

About the Author:  Christine is a fitness enthusiast, cook, baker, giraffe lover, wannabe yogi and happiness seeker.  She posts flavorful, (mostly) healthy recipes on her blog Apple of My Eye.

What is the Tare Feature on my Digital Kitchen Scale?

ESP_tare_feature_pinterestPicture this – you’re getting ready to weigh your dinner on your EatSmart Kitchen Scale when you realize the plate will add additional weight to your measurement. Don’t worry, there’s no need to weigh your empty plate, then your full plate and do the math. Simply press the tare button with your empty plate on the scale. The tare feature resets the scale to zero and will automatically subtract the weight of a bowl or plate from your measurement. This allows the user to view the exact weight of their portion without worrying about the math.

The same tare feature comes in handy when measuring ingredients while baking or cooking. It’s important for measurements to be precise, especially when baking, or your recipe may not turn out as intended. Simply zero out the weight after measuring each ingredient and you will have an accurate weight for subsequent ingredients. If you weigh everything in a mixing bowl on the scale, you won’t need a measuring cup, which means less dirty dishes! This is especially helpful with sticky ingredients like peanut butter or honey. Plus, you won’t need a variety of measuring cups and spoons when you’re actually weighing out your ingredients.

A shortcut for the tare feature is to place your bowl or plate on the scale before turning it on. The display will read 0 without having to actually press the tare button. Keep in mind that the overall weight capacity of your scale remains the same, so it’s possible to hit the maximum weight before it appears on the display. For larger recipes, we recommend the EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale, which can measure up to 15 lbs. Our EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale and our EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale both weigh up to 11 lbs.

The tare feature is a handy function for the health conscious, bakers and cooks. Taring will help you accurately measure portion sizes and ingredients, without all the math!

Do you have a question about the tare feature? Tweet to us @eatsmartscales.

Spicy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Fall is here and temperatures are dropping.  Warm yourself up with this Spicy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup.



  • 2-3 lb. butternut squash, cooked and drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, roasted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • ¾ – 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ – 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. red chili flakes
  • 32-oz. vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • juice of half a lime
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Cracked black pepper, parsley, cayenne pepper, and oyster crackers for garnish

Click here for baking instructions.

About the Author: Teresa blogs at Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen. She loves to cook and shows step-by-step pictures of the cooking process on her blog for those who would like a little extra help in following recipes. She finds cooking for family and friends so delightful and enjoyable that she wants to share those experiences with you.

How to Get the Most Accurate Reading on a Digital Bathroom Scale

ESP_accurate_scale_pinterestFor anyone trying to maintain a healthy weight, lose weight or gain muscle, the bathroom scale is a necessary tool. It seems simple enough to step on the scale and get a reading, but is that number accurate? There are a few factors that can cause discrepancies between your actual weight and the number displayed on the scale.

To get the most accurate reading from a digital bathroom scale, follow these important tips:

Put your scale on a hard, flat surface

The optimal surfaces for a bathroom scale to yield the best results include ceramic or porcelain tile, hard wood or concrete. Linoleum, vinyl, carpet, and other softer flooring can cause small variations in weight depending on how much cushion there is. EatSmart bathroom scales have four precision sensors. To maximize accuracy, these sensors need to be placed on a hard, flat surface.

Weigh yourself on a schedule

First, commit to weighing in on a consistent schedule, whether you weight in daily, bi-weekly, or weekly.  Next, pick the same time of day to weigh in. Weighing in first thing in the morning one day and then right before bedtime the next day will not give you an accurate picture of your weight. This is because weight fluctuates 1 to 4 pounds throughout the day. When’s the best time to weigh in? Research shows weighing in first thing in the morning, before breakfast, will provide you with the most accurate read on your weight. Not a fan of keeping track of data? Our Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale wirelessly transfers the data from your scale to your phone or tablet, eliminating the need for you to keep track manually. In addition to your weight, this scale monitors body fat, muscle mass and body water.

Calibrate the scale after moving it

Anytime you move the scale (even sliding it out a few inches from underneath the counter), you must let it calibrate. This allows the scale to reset its internal parts and find the correct “zero” weight to ensure accurate readings. If the scale is moved not calibrated, it may cause fluctuations in readings. Stand still when using the scale. For the best results, step onto the scale, stand completely still and count to three. Three seconds is the ideal amount of time for the scale to obtain an accurate reading. Moving around and shifting your weight while standing on it, may cause inaccurate readings. Finding it hard to stand comfortably on your scale? Our Eatsmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale has a generously sized 15” platform that accommodates larger frames.

Know your scale’s birthday

As with any electronic product, prolonged use of your digital scale can cause some wear and tear. If you can’t remember when you bought your scale, it might be time to upgrade! Our Eatsmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale is easy to use and is ranked as the #1 bestselling scale on All Eatsmart products come with a 2 year limited warranty.

Maintaining consistency, with both weighing in and with scale placement, will help your scale do its job accurately. In turn, this enables you to have a true picture of your weight and health.


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