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The Pros and Cons of Calorie Counting

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With so many fitness apps and activity trackers available, counting calories and monitoring fitness is easier to do than ever before. But does this emerging technology help us reach our health goals or is it an obsessive waste of time? Well, it depends on how you use it. Here’s a list of pros and cons, as well as some simple suggestions to help you eat smarter.

Pros of Counting Calories

It provides structure and accountability. Counting calories lets you know exactly how much food you should eat and plan meals accordingly.

It can be motivational. When you improve your diet, the immediate health benefits – weight loss, increased energy, etc. – can lead to positive behavioral changes and healthy habits.

It can lead to better food choices. Counting calories can help you identify which foods are more nutrient dense and which foods lack nutritional value.

It can encourage you to exercise. Knowing that exercise helps burn calories can inspire you to get up off the couch and move.

Cons of Counting Calories

It can be nutritionally incomplete. You may be tempted to skimp on necessary fats and proteins to eat fewer calories. However, this can cause you to miss out on important phytonutrients, vitamins and micronutrients that are necessary for a healthy body.

It can lead to obsessive behavior. Constantly thinking about calories and exercise can lead to eating disorders. It’s important to focusing on how you feel, in addition to your calorie count, to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

It may cause a disconnect. You may ignore or misunderstand your body’s cues and signals for whether you’re hungry or not. Always listen to your body; it will tell you which foods make you feel great and which don’t.

It’s time consuming and a bit tiring. Counting calories for every snack and meal can feel like a second job. It can also put a crimp in your social life since it’s difficult to accurately count calories at restaurants.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind for a healthy and smarting eating plan, whether you count calories or not:

Eat balanced meals. Make sure you are eating nutritious, balanced meals that contain foods from all of the basic food groups.

Don’t wait too long to eat between meals. When you are very hungry, you’re more likely to make poor choices or overeat.

Weigh yourself once a week. If the number on the scale is too high and your clothes are too tight, then you’re eating more food than you need. We have a number of digital bathroom scales that help you stay accountable to your health and fitness goals. eatsmart-digital-bathroomscales-2
Keep track of your meals. A food diary will give an accurate picture of exactly what you are eating throughout the day. You can also jot down how you’re feeling to see what foods make you feel the best.

Understand portion sizes. Most of us cannot tell what 4 oz of meat or a 2 oz of pasta looks like. Our Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale accurately measures portions and will save you from making wild guesses. eatsmartpro

Do you have a healthy eating tip that has worked for you? Tweet it to us at @EatSmartScales.

Almond Crusted Fish Tacos

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Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can reduced sodium corn, drained
  • 1 (15 0unce) can no salt added diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups spring mix salad
  • 1 cup unsalted almonds
  • 2 tilapia filets, cut down the middle (long-ways)
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoon skim milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan

For instructions, click here.

About the Author: Caroline is a food blogger and photographer, recipe developer, a new mom of two, and wife. She runs chocolate & carrots where she primarily focuses on healthier baking. She also runs crackers & carrots where she documents everything pregnancy and baby!

“Dedicated to Dad” 4 Company Giveaway Event

Father’s Day is just around the corner so we’re doing something spectacular to celebrate. LilGadgets, ToiletTree Products, Aurorae and EatSmart Products have joined forces to put together a massive Father’s Day Giveaway — sure to please all those very important Dads in our lives. One lucky winner will take home all of the prizes listed below – a $350 value! Be sure to tell your friends and good luck to all who enter. fathers-day-giveaway-event-2

EatSmart Products

TravelWise Packing Cube System – 5 Piece Weekender Set
Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale
EatSmart Precision Precision Pro Food Thermometer

ToiletTree Products

ToiletTree Products Professional Water Resistant Heavy Duty Steel Nose Trimmer
ToiletTree Products Deluxe LED Fogless Shower Mirror with Squeegee
ToiletTree Products Toiletry Bag with TSA Approved Bottles and Sonic Travel Toothbrush

Aurorae

Aurorae Fitness Resistance Bands Set
Aurorae Healing Pain Relief Roll-On
Aurorae Aqua Microfiber Beach Swim Towel

Lil Gadgets

CarBuddy Tablet Mount
Untangled Pro Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

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

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The giveaway closes on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 1PM EST. The winner will be selected at random and notified by email, announced on social media sites. They will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. This giveaway is limited to US residents only, ages 18 and up.

To view more Father’s Day gift ideas, visit our Father’s Day Gift Guide or ToiletTree Products Father’s Day Gift Guide.

The lucky winner of our “Dedicated to Dad” 4 Company Giveaway Event is Barrie MacLauchlin. Congrats to Barrie!Squares 4 products

5 Gift Ideas for Father’s Day 2015

Fathers-day-gift-ideas-eatsmart-productsAre you undecided on what to get Dad for Father’s Day this year? Wouldn’t it be great to give him something he could truly use and enjoy? We’ve put together a gift guide of our most popular products for any kind of Dad. Remember, good health is the greatest gift we can give to those important people in our lives—Dad being right up there at the top of the list.

For the Health Conscious Dad

Our EatSmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale is designed for comfort. It is easy to read, has a wide platform and holds up to 440 lbs. It also comes with a tape measure so Dad can keep track of his measurements, making it easy to reach his health and fitness goals.

Buy now on Amazon for $36.95.

For the Tech Loving, Athletic Dad

Our Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale is sure to please. This smart scale not only measures weight, it measures body fat, body water and muscle mass. It has a goal setting and tracking feature and the Bluetooth connectivity enables Dad to view all of these stats right on his smart phone or tablet. Plus, it pairs with popular fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and RunKeeper.

Buy now on Amazon for $59.95.

For the Grill Master Dad

Our EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer is a great tool for the Dad who loves to man the grill. The Precision Pro reads the temperature of meat in 5 seconds or less. The 1.5 mm probe ensures the juices stay in the meat, keeping it moist. The handy cover not only protects hands from sharp jabs, it lists the proper temperature for different meats.

Buy now on Amazon for $19.95.

For the Traveling Dad

Our TravelWise Packing Cube System – Durable 5 Piece Weekend Set keeps clothes from shifting in transit and wrinkle free. The packing cubes maximize space in Dad’s luggage and the mesh inserts let him see exactly what is in each cube. No more frantic searching for misplaced items.

Buy now on Amazon for $29.95.

For the Frequent Flyer Dad

Our EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale is a must have for any frequent flier. 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 Dad never has to pay overweight luggage fees again. It’s small enough to toss in his luggage for the return trip.

Buy now on Amazon for $14.95.

What item would the Dad in your life be excited to receive? Tweet us at @eatsmartscales.

Lighter Orange Chicken Recipe

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Ingredients:
  • ½ Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne or red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions or scallions
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine

Orange Sauce:

  • 1½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 fresh orange (or about 3 tablespoons orange juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Orange zest from 1 orange

For the Roux:

  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 1 tablespoon water

For cooking directions, click here.

About the Author: Marlene A. Baird was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Her cooking style was influenced by a Mediterranean heritage (the island of Malta).  Her passion for making healthy versions of a variety of recipes from all over the world is what sparked her to create her blog.  You can find more recipes at Nosh My Way. You can follow her on Twitter, @Marbaird.

Charity of the Month June 2015 – Northwest Alabama Spay And Neuter Assistance

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. Northwest Alabama Spay And Neuter Assistance

About the Northwest Alabama Spay And Neuter Assistance:

The Northwest Alabama Spay and Neuter Assistance mission is to help reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats by providing spay and neuter assistance for pets of families living in Northwest Alabama. Right now, they limit the number to 2 per year for each family and require proof of eligibility and a $20 copay for each animal.

The specific objectives and purposes of this organization include:
(a) To help reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin counties in Northwest Alabama by providing spay and neuter assistance to residents of those counties who qualify for approved Government assistance programs.
(b) To apply for grants from Government entities and private foundations/organizations to fund the spay and neuter program.
(c) To support the efforts of the program through various fundraising activities and requests for donations from private individuals and businesses.
(d) To educate the public on the importance of preventing unwanted births of dogs and cats and thus reducing the number of animals that end up being left in shelters or to fend for themselves and losing their lives needlessly.
(e) To engage in other activities as necessary to meet the goals and objectives of the corporation.

Click here to visit their Facebook page.

For every new Facebook follower we acquire during the month of June, we will donate 50 cents/follower to the Northwest Alabama Spay And Neuter Assistance. (So spread the word!)

Click here and EatSmart will donate: FaceBook_512x512

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

Eat Your Way Happy – Foods to Help Boost Your Mood

Foods-to-help-boost-your-moodDo you find yourself getting annoyed with loved ones or co-workers? At 3pm, do you buy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat as a pick me up? You can avoid the mid-day slump and grumpy mood by making a few changes in your eating plan. Here are the best foods to boost your mood and leave you feeling alert and energized. Your family will thank you, and you may even get that promotion at work!

Salmon and Fatty Fish

Salmon, sardines, and mackerel are great sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are important for brain function, circulation and energy production. As an added benefit, they are also heart healthy! You can easily add some into your mid-day salad or grill up some fish for dinner.

Nuts and Seeds

Walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds contain tryptophan which increases serotonin in the brain and leaves us feeling happy. Walnuts, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds are also good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Additionally, many nuts contain magnesium which helps us relax. Snack on a small handful mid-day for extra feel-good energy.

Lentils and Beans

Legumes help stabilize glucose levels and prevent that mid-afternoon slump. They also provide heart healthy protein and fiber. Enjoy a cup of lentil soup at lunch or toss some chickpeas into your afternoon salad.

Berries

Berries help prevent and repair oxidative stress damage which can cause brain cell damage. If you’re feeling stressed, boost your mood by snacking on a cup of berries or adding them to yogurt.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens contain folate which helps ease depression. They also pack energy boosting vitamins and minerals such as iron, copper, potassium and phosphorus. Replace the iceberg lettuce in your salad with spinach or kale.

Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and iron. They also contain B vitamins which help convert food into energy. Have a long day ahead? Start your morning with eggs for breakfast to power you through the day.

Dark Chocolate

Sometimes you just need a treat! Dark chocolate has iron and magnesium to keep you energized. Have a square or two of at least 72% cacao, which will help prevent blood sugar spikes.

What is your favorite stress-busting food? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales.

DIY Popsicle Recipe Roundup

diy-athome-popsicle-recipes3The weather is warming up and we’re all looking for ways to cool off. A fun and tasty way to keep cool is by treating yourself to an ice pop. We’ve rounded up delicious popsicles that you can easily make at home, so you can skip the store bought ones full of sugar and artificial coloring. These pops rely on fresh fruits and other common, wholesome ingredients. With many healthy options to choose from, you are sure to find a new favorite or two, and save yourself a trip to the grocery store!

Eat smart with these DIY, homemade popsicle recipes:


Salted Caramel Mocha Popsicles

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Raspberry Popsicles

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Coffee Popsicles

Coffee-PopsiclesGet the recipe from Mom Endeavors


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles

Chocolate-Covered-Strawberry-Popsicles-3978Get the recipe from Chocolate & Carrots


Strawberry Pineapple Popsicles

TheLittleEpicurean-strawberry-pineapple-popsicles-Get the recipe from The Little Epicurean


Honeydew, Mint & Cucumber Popsicles

Honeydew, Mint and Cucumber PopsiclesGet the recipe from Homespun with Love


Peanut Butter Banana Creamsicles

Peanut-Butter-Banana-Popsicles-A-Pretty-Life1Get the recipe from A Pretty Life


Hawaiian Cream Popsicles

Hawaiian-Cream-Popsicles-1Get the recipe from Cherished Bliss


Chocolate Yogurt Popsicles

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Creamy Earl Grey Cardamom Pistachio Popsicles

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Do you have a favorite DIY popsicle recipe? Please share it with us at @EatSmartScales.

Frozen Peanut Butter Berry Pops

Guest post from Super Healthy Kids.
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Cool off with these healthy pops!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup – Peanut Butter, all-natural
  • 1 cup – yogurt, plain
  • 1 cup – Almond Milk, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoon – Honey
  • 1 cup – Raspberries
  • 2 cup – Orange Juice
  • 1 ounce – Hemp seed

For instructions, click here.

About the Authors: Amy and Natalie, nutrition educators, love to share ideas on helping kids eat more fruits and vegetables! Check out their blog for new healthy recipes each week, Super Healthy Kids.

 

Celebrate National Hamburger Month with A Healthier Burger

how-to-make-a-healthier-hamburgerIt’s National Hamburger Month! Do you want you to indulge in that juicy grilled burger but dread the calorie hit? We have some healthy tips to help you slim down that burger without sacrificing taste. Even the bun gets a makeover in our EatSmart version.

How To Slim Down Your Burger

The typical burger bun has 256 calories and most of those are empty calories. You could ditch the bun but that’s not fun. Slash calories in half with a whole-wheat English muffin, with an added bonus that you get 2 grams of fiber with that!

A typical hamburger patty is 6 ounces, and high in calories and saturated fat. Choose 90% lean beef and keep your burger to 4 ounces to save yourself 230 calories and 6 grams of fat!

Lean meat benefits from a little extra spice to give it flavor. Sure you can use garlic and steak seasonings but ginger and curry powders can be a tasty change of pace. Avoid using salt prior to cooking as it draws moisture out of your burger.

Want to cut even more calories and add in moisture? Shred up zucchini or spinach and add that into your meat before you make your patties. Both have a mild flavor and blend in with the beef. They also add moisture to help prevent the burger from drying out.

Need a little something to bind your burger together? Try using oat bran, which will also give you a dose of heart healthy fiber.

Keep your burgers juicy by not poking them too often while they’re on the grill. This makes the juices run out. Flip once mid-way through cooking and remove when they’re ready. To grill a ½” thick burger to medium this generally takes 11 – 13 minutes. Use an EatSmart Food Thermometer such as our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer to ensure your meat’s cooked to perfection.food-thermometer-eatsmart

Make over your toppings by skipping the cheese, mayonnaise and bacon. Grill up portabella mushrooms or onions and peppers for a hit of smoky flavor. Salsa makes a nice topper and who could resist a slice of creamy avocado? You won’t even look for a squirt of ketchup with all that taste!

Absolutely craving cheese? Use a slice of part-skim mozzarella or a reduced fat Swiss cheese for a lot of flavor without a lot of extra calories and fat.

What are your favorite tips for cutting down the calories in your burger? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales.

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