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Granola Bar Recipe Roundup


We love quick energy snacks here at EatSmart, but we don’t love the ingredients in many commercial granola bars. We’re looking at you partially-hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup! There are natural, healthy energy bars but they can be so pricey. Our solution is to make our own. We’ve rounded up a variety of our favorite granola bar and energy bar recipes for you to try. Some don’t even require cooking – who doesn’t love that?

No Bake Cherry Pie Nut Bars cherrybars9

Get the recipe from Sugar-Free Mom.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein BarsNo-Bake-Peanut-Butter-Cup-Protein-Bars1

Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.

Raspberry-Chocolate Protein BarsRaspberry-Chocolate-Protein-Bars

Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy.

Carrot Cake Protein Bars


Get the recipe from 86 Lemons.

Healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars Healthy-Ginger-Peach-Oat-Bars-1408039728TEXT

Get the recipe from American Heritage Cooking.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Barschocolate-chip-cookie-dough-bars

Get the recipe from Desserts with Benefits.

Raw Energy Bars – Chocolate OrangeSSWF-ChocolateOrangeBars

Get the recipe from SeaSaltwithFood.

Homemade Protein Barsprotein-bars

Get the recipe from Healthy Green Kitchen.

Easy Strawberry Banana Granola BarsStrawberry-Banana-Granola-Bars

Get the recipe from Frugal Fanatic.

Quinoa Granola Bars


Get the recipe from Honestly Yum.

Do you have a favorite granola or energy bar recipe? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

In search of a new meatless Monday recipe? Give this stuffed pepper recipe a try. Not only does it taste great, but it’s loaded with protein from the quinoa and black beans, sure to leave you satisfied.



  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup salsa (use a watery salsa, like salsa verde)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped cilantro (optional)

For instructions, click here.

About the Author: A Nutritionist Eats shares simple and healthy recipes – that always taste good! Follow her on Twitter @nutritionisteat.

5 Things To Know About Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

5 Things To Know About Healthy Eating During PregnancyEven before women find out they’re pregnant they typically know some of the foods and drinks they’re supposed to avoid during those 9 months. Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of the foods and drinks you used to love! Check out our list below for ways to eat (and drink!) smart during your pregnancy:

Take Prenatal Vitamins

While some doctors recommend taking prenatal vitamins prior to getting pregnant, this might not always happen. As soon as you learn you’re having a baby you need to start a regimen of vitamins. Baby Center dubs prenatal vitamins a “nutritional insurance policy” for all of their benefits. Capsules contain both folic acid and iron, important vitamins for a baby’s development.

Give Up Alcohol

Nearly all pregnant women know that alcohol can severely impair a baby’s development and lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. It’s hard to go from enjoying a glass of wine with dinner or cocktails with friends. However, there are several ways you can still enjoy some of the benefits of alcohol without putting your baby in danger.

  • Miss the afterwork “un-wine”? New studies have shown that fermented foods like kimchi, pickles, and saurkraut can help reduce anxiety.  Stock up on some delicious (and low calorie!) pickles from a local farmers market or from online artisanal pickle shops like Rick’s Picks
  • Still want to do happy hour with the crew? Just because you can’t imbibe traditional cocktails doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the great “mock”tail options out there. Try some of these yummy options that come with the added health bonus of being full of fruit!  If you’re still waiting to tell friends or co-workers your big news ask the bartender to make you a vodka-less vodka club.  A good bar-tender will make  sure your drink look just like a true cocktail!
  • Genuinely miss the taste of wine? Try some of the new varieties of alcohol-less wines from companies like Fre. With only .05% of alcohol per serving a glass of alcohol free wine is safe for pregnant moms and women who are breast feeding.

Skip the Sushi

While there is some debate over whether sushi is healthy for a mom and her developing baby, if you do choose to skip the raw stuff for 9 months, you don’t have to miss out on your spicy tuna roll craving completely!

  • Omega 3s- Essential fats like Omega 3s offer a variety of benefits for a baby’s brain development. While you might want to avoid raw salmon you can still reap the benefits of these healthy fats from rolls like peanut avocado or salmon teriyaki. Added bonus? Vegetable rolls tend to be cheaper than those containing raw fish!

Avoid Undercooked Meat, Poultry and Eggs

During pregnancy, you’re at increased risk of bacterial food poisoning especially from undercooked meat, poultry and eggs. Your immune system is weakened, so it could be harder for you to fight off infections.


Monitor Your Weight

There is a big misconception that moms-to-be need to “eat for two”. This is not the case! Expecting mothers need to consume only 300 extra calories a day to support their baby’s development (that’s the equivalent of a container of yogurt and a piece of fruit). Women of normal weight should gain 25 to 35 pounds while they’re pregnant.

  • Easily monitor your weight gain using the EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale. After a brief initial setup, the scale records your “starting weight” into memory. On each subsequent weigh-in, the scale will show the following three numbers:
    • 1) Your current weight
    • 2) The change in weight from the last time you weighed yourself
    • 3) The total change in weight since first use


  • Eating smart throughout your pregnancy not only makes it more likely that you will gain a healthy amount of weight, but also makes it easier for you to shed that weight after pregnancy.

Have tips for how other new moms can still eat and drink safely? We’d love to hear from you @eatsmartscales.

Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Bread

Who loves quick and easy bread recipes? If you’re looking to bake a healthy loaf full of nuts and fruits, give this Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Bread recipe a try.



  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup halved walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries (or frozen cranberries thawed in the fridge)
  • (glaze) 1 cup powdered sugar
  • (glaze) 2 tablespoons low fat buttermilk

Click for baking instructions.

About the author: Caroline is a food blogger and photographer, recipe developer and a mom of two boys. She runs Chocolate & Carrots where she shares everything from healthier baking recipes, family friendly meals, pregnancy and baby updates and more!

The Secrets to a Successful and Healthy Summer BBQ

The Secrets to a Successful and Healthy Summer BBQHosting a barbecue is an exciting part of the summertime. What’s more fun than spending outside in the sunshine enjoying seasonal food and drinks with friends and family? However, if you’re the host, it can be a bit stressful to plan the perfect party. We’ve put together a list of “must have” items and tools to make it easier as well as some ideas on what to serve at the BBQ.

There’s no need to sacrifice your healthy habits, food can be flavorful and healthy. We have some great recipes on the Eatsmart Blog. We particularly recommend our 5 Guilt Free Recipes for Labor Day Grilling, Warm Potato and Edamame Salad and Broccoli Salad. We also have tips on how to slimdown your burger while keeping it juicy!

fruit salFor dessert, a fruit dish such as Tangerine Honey Vanilla Fruit Salad is a cool and refreshing choice. Brownies are always a crowd pleaser and 99 Calorie Skinny Brownies is a waist friendly recipe. Kids of all ages will enjoy cooling off with a refreshing Homemade Popsicle!

Serving items family or buffet style makes it easy for guests to serve themselves, leaving you time to mingle. Prepping food earlier in the week cuts down on running around the day of the party. It also eliminates the risk of needing to run back to the store the day of your party for last minute ingredients.

Here are some important “to do” items and when to address them:

Two weeks prior

  • Get a head count. This will allow you to shop and finalize your menu.
  • Check your barbecue. Is it working normally? Do you have enough propane or charcoal?
  • Check the battery on your Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer. A properly working food thermometer allows you to expertly cook your meat and eliminates guessing when it’s ready to serve.
  • Plan your menu. What will you serve and what can be made in advance?
  • Make a party music play list. If you have a theme, choose appropriate tunes.

    Photo by The IE Mommy.

    Photo by The IE Mommy.

A few days prior

  • Set up the yard. Make sure it’s neat and tidy and that you have enough seating or have rented what you will need. Put out extra trash cans and appropriate lighting.
  • Food shop. Don’t forget condiments, wet naps and tableware! Paper towels are absorbent and easy to put out on tables in lieu of napkins. Use sturdy plastic or compostable cutlery, plates and cups.
  • Be sure to have soft drinks in addition to any alcoholic beverages that you will be serving.
  • Make any dishes that can be prepped ahead of time. Our Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale makes it easy to measure out ingredients in one bowl, cutting down on clean up. The scale’s generous platform easily accommodates large bowls needed to feed a crowd.

    Photo by The PennyWise Mama

    Photo by The PennyWise Mama

The day of your BBQ

  • Set out tableware and serving utensils.
  • Finish prepping any side dishes, green salad and fresh appetizers or desserts.
  • Marinate your meats.
  • Get ice for your coolers. Put out coolers or buckets with ice and chill your drinks.
  • Set up your music and speakers.
  • Put out bug repellant and citronella candles.

A little planning takes the stress out of your BBQ so you can enjoy your party. Your friends and family will appreciate healthy recipes that taste fantastic and you’ll be happy knowing that everyone is eating smart!

Steak & Chicken Kabobs

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1 lb. steak
1 lb. chicken breast
cherry tomatoes
1 red bell pepper, chunk
1 green bell pepper, chunk
1 red onion, chunk
1/2 bottle Low Sodium Dale Sauce
12″ Bamboo Skewers or Stainless Skewers

Click here for instructions.

About the Author: Marci Loehner is a home chef where every recipe contains wholesome ingredient. You’ll find every recipe is kid tested and Husband approved so you know it’s Heavenly! Click here to visit her blog.

Herby Coconut and Sausage Fried Rice

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1.5 Cups Rice
3 Sausages
1 Onion (died very small)
1 Carrot (diced very small)
1 Stick Celery (diced very small)
3 Cloves Garlic (minced)
1 Cup Chopped Cauliflower
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Chopped Basil
1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro

1/2 Cup Coconut Cream
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce (or tamari for gluten free)
1/4 Cup Sambal Oelek
1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil

For instructions, click here.

About the author: Dan Whalen is the founder and creator of the popular recipe blog The Food in my Beard. In the past 7 years since the website’s inception, he has published over 1000 recipes that have been viewed over 10 million times. His cookbook, Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook, was released in January 2014.

Charity of the Month August 2015 – YABC

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.

About the Staten Island Young Adult Borough Center:

The Staten Island Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) at Tottenville High School is a division of the New York Center for Interpersonal Development. YABC is a transfer program for over-age, under-credited students who have spent four years in high school but have fallen behind in earning credits. This program affords students the opportunity to progress toward earning an actual high school diploma in a high school setting, rather than a GED.

Students attend classes from 4pm – 8:30pm, Monday through Thursday, which enables them to hold paid internships during the day.

This month the students are preparing for a work readiness boot camp that will help get them solid work training and prepare them so they can line up a paid internship in September.

The YABC’s Mission Statement:

The Staten Island Young Adult Borough Center will provide a supportive, challenging and nurturing educational environment that will enable students to achieve academically and succeed in reaching their goals.

To learn more about the YABC and the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, please visit their Facebook page.

For every new Facebook follower we acquire during the month of August, we will donate 50 cents/follower to the Young Adult Borough Center. (So spread the word!)

Click here, “LIKE” us and EatSmart will donate: FaceBook_512x512

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

11 Healthy and Refreshing Smoothie Recipes

11-smoothie-recipe-roundup-eatsmartOn a warm summer morning, do you really want a hot breakfast? We didn’t think so! The perfect alternative is a cold, refreshing smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to get many nutrient dense foods into one delicious tasting beverage. They are easy to grab for an on-the-go breakfast or snack. Since some premade smoothies have added sugars or less than desirable ingredients, we recommend making your own. We’ve rounded up a variety of our favorite healthy smoothie recipes for you to try.

Avocado Chocolate Smoothie Avocado-Sunrise-Smoothie

Get the recipe from Happiness is Homemade.

Skinny Apple Pie SmoothieBanana Pineapple Smoothie

Get the recipe from Cook & Craft Me Crazy.

Easy Strawberry Smoothie RecipeStrawberry-Smoothie-3

Get the recipe from Nastasha’s Kitchen.

Breakfast Energy SmoothieBreakfast-Energy-Smoothie-7

Get the recipe from Deliciously Sprinkled.

Pumpkin Protein ShakePumpkin-Protein-Shake-final

Get the recipe from Love Grows Wild.

Skinny Apple Pie Smoothie


Get the recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking.

Almond Joy Protein ShakeYou-can-get-healthy-and-have-a-toned-body-without-giving-up-your-favorite-almond-joy-Who-knew-a-protein-shake-could-be-so-awesome-thinkfisher-ohsweetbasil.com_

Get the recipe from Oh, Sweet Basil.

Fruit and Yogurt Smoothiefruityogurtsmoothietext-630x939

Get the recipe from Fruit and Yogurt.

Anti-Inflammatory SmoothieAnti_inflammatory_smoothie_1_0

Get the recipe from The Roasted Root.

Raspberry Lime SmoothieRaspberry-Lime-Smoothie-123

Get the recipe from Deliciously Sprinkled.

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

Summer Produce Guide


The summer months provide an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetable options. With so many healthy seasonal goodies to choose from, it’s easy to eat smart! We’ve picked our favorite nutritional powerhouses to stock up on this summer. Hit your local farmers market or grocery store to check out all of the fresh choices.


Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are all in season during the summer months. They are high in antioxidants and low in sugar, despite their sweet


Cherries are high in vitamins A and C and are known to help reduce muscle soreness. The bright red color shows they’re also high in antioxidants. Pick shiny and plump cherries for the best flavor.


Corn is best fresh from the stalk so try to buy from a local grower. Contrary to popular belief, corn does have nutritional value and is high in niacin, vitamins B6 and C and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Choose tightly closed, fresh-looking husks, fresh-looking tassels, and fresh-cut stem ends.


Cucumbers are known for being cool and are an excellent hydration source. They are high in vitamin K, are a very good source of pantothenic acid, a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin C, magnesium, biotin, and vitamin B1. Avoid those with spongy areas or wrinkly skin.


Eggplants are ripe when the skin is tight, shiny and smooth. It should feel heavy for its size. They are a very good source of fiber and vitamin B1, and are a good source of vitamin K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and manganese.


Figs are high in vitamin B6 and fiber. They are a good source of manganese, copper, potassium and pantothenic acids. They are sweet, crunch and chewy. Choose plump, firm figs that are free of bruises and make sure the stems are intact.


Cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelons hit their peak during the summer months. Ripe melons should be heavy for their size and smell like a melon. Watermelon is high in lycopene and pairs well with salty feta cheese.fruit-melon-watermelon-large


Nectarines are sweet and juicy with a smooth skin. They are high beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber. They’re delicious on their own or sliced and drizzled with honey.

New Potatoes

New potatoes are small and tender with paper thin skin. They’re a great source of vitamin B6 as well as potassium. They are particularly delicious roasted with garlic, rosemary and olive oil.


Okra is a good source of folate and Vitamin A. It helps the body easily digest foods and may help lower cholesterol. Slice it up and thickens gumbos and stews. Leave it whole and it can be stir-fried or added to a casserole.


Peaches are a summer staple. Sweet and low in calories peaches are the perfect topping for cereal, yogurt or even a whole grain waffle. They have over 10 vitamins and contain a variety of antioxidants and minerals, including potassium.


A relative of peaches and nectarines, plums are also a vitamin powerhouse. They are full of antioxidants, help improve digestion and they help our bodies absorb iron. Ripe plums yield to gentle pressure and are slightly soft at their tip.

Summer Squash

Patty Pan, Yellow & Zucchini are delicious varieties of summer squash. They are high in vitamin c, iron, folate, beta carotene and lutein. Versatile, low carb and low calorie they work in a variety of recipes. Shred up some zucchini to make “zoodles” and use them in place of pasta.


Tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable. Their bright red color indicates their high lycopene levels. They are also high in vitamins C, K and biotin. They are in rich in alpha + beta carotene and lutein, when paired with broccoli they have a unique synergy that prevents prostate cancer. Try them in soups, salads, pasta, salsa, sandwiches and vegetable juice.

What is your favorite summer vegetable or fruit? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales.

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