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DIY Edible Holiday Gift Ideas

edible-gift-ideasHomemade edible gifts let your friends and family know you’re thinking of them and they’ll think of you as they enjoy their goodies. We have compiled a variety of DIY edible gift ideas, some sweet and some savory. Most of these recipes are quick and easy, with a few requiring no more than layering ingredients in a jar. Wow your friends and family with these DIY treats that are sure to please.

Gingerbread Box and Mason Jars


Get the recipe from RecipeTin Eats.

Homemade Nutella

Get the recipe from A Southern Fairytale.

Homemade Coffee Syrup

Get the recipe from Nellie Bellie.

Hot Chocolate Fudge

Get the recipe from Wonky Wonderful.

Cranberry Mustard

Get the recipe from In Johnna’s Kitchen.

Vanilla Chai Tea

Get the recipe from Kats’ Kitchen.

Honey Roasted Almond Butter

Get the recipe from Heather’s French Press.

Double Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Get the recipe from The Pretty Bee.


Homemade Popcorn Holiday Gift Set

Get the recipe from Real Food Real Deals.

Lentil Rice Casserole

Get the recipe from Busy-at-Home.

Cranberry Ginger Baked Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Get the recipe from Cafe Johnsonia.

Which of these recipes are you going to make?  Tweet to us @eatsmartscales.

Italian Ricotta Cookies

Planning to get your holiday bake on? These easy to make Italian Ricotta Cookies are cake-like, fluffy and festive .



  • 3 1/2 cups (495g) all-purpose flour*
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups (370g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 15 oz. ricotta, whole milk or fresh (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp butter (salted or unsalted), melted
  • 3 3/4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, or 1 1/4 tsp almond extract and more milk as needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 – 6 Tbsp milk

Click here for baking 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!

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bowls

Do you love Buffalo Chicken wraps?  If so, you will love these Buffalo Chicken Bowls which have the Buffalo flavor without the calories.



  • 2 cans corn
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 3 avocados
  • a pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of your favorite buffalo sauce (I use Franks)
  • 1 TBS garlic, minced
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Greek Yogurt Dressing
  • 1 1/3 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 TBS milk

Click here for preparation instructions.

About the authors:  Jess and Sarah are two best friends who love food, DIY, family fun, fashion and saving money on all of it! They believe in saving for dreams and working hard.  They love making new friends and hope you’ll stop by Pretty Providence to say hello!

Charity of the Month December 2015 – TASK

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.


With the holiday season of giving upon us, we’ve selected TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen) as our charity of the month.

The mission of TASK:

TASK feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.

TASK offers hot, nutritious lunch and dinner as well as an Adult Education Program, Hygiene Kit Distribution, Social Worker Services, and Arts Programming. They have an open door, no-questions-asked policy.

To learn more about TASK, please visit their website.

For every new Twitter follower we (@eatsmartscales) acquire during the month of December, we will donate 50 cents/follower to TASK. (So spread the word!)

Click below, follow 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.

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

turkey chili

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.


For the Tech Loving Athlete

Our Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale is perfect for the athlete who likes the latest gadgets and measuring performance. This Smart Scale measures weight along with body fat, body water and muscle mass. It also has a goal weight setting and tracking feature. Bluetooth connectivity enables the user to view all of these stats right on their smartphone or tablet. Plus, it pairs with popular fitness apps including MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness and RunKeeper. $49.95 |

For the Baker

Our Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale is a dream for anyone who likes to bake and try new recipes. It can weigh in ounces, pounds, kilograms or grams, making it easy to decipher international recipes. Food items can be weighed directly on the scale platform 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 15lbs! $36.95 |

For the Traveler

The TravelWise Packing Cube System 5 Piece Set is a travel essential that allows clothes to stay neatly folded in their own individual compartments or “small drawers”.  The cubes are fantastic for staying organized and help you avoid over packing. The mesh exterior allows travelers and TSA agents to easily view what is in the cube and it maximizes 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 a given day to maintain their current weight. Additional features include auto-recognition software, storing data for up to 4 users and EatSmart “Step-On” Technology. The CalPal provides motivation and accountability. $35 |

For the Tech Loving Foodie

The Taylor SmarTemp Thermometer is a kitchen techie’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 easy and watching temperature progress convenient. The SmarTemp app programs, records and stores cooking events, creating handy records to refer back to. $49.95 |

For the Craft Beer Connoisseur

Say goodbye to watered down drinks! The Rabbit Freezable Beer Glasses keep the ice outside of beverages, not in them. The Beer Glass cools down the connoisseur’s drink to just above freezing and will keep it cool for up to two hours. The exterior silicone sleeve 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. Eliminate the guesswork of wondering if the roast is thoroughly cooked! 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 |

For the Business Traveler

Our Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale makes a fun and useful stocking stuffer for the business traveler. 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. $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 is a must-have! Easily create healthy alternatives to store bought dressings right in your kitchen. This emulsifier and salad dressing mixer creates dressing in no time. To use, simply fill with your favorite ingredients, squeeze the handle to activate the mixing lever and emulsify. $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!

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