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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.


Savory Breakfast Oatmeal

Savory Breakfast Oatmeal is a unique twist on a traditional breakfast dish.  It is so delicious, you will probably end up eating it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!


  • ½ C old fashioned oats
  • Water
  • Salt
  • ½ tbsp smart balance or butter
  • 1 large egg
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro
  • ¼ C halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp finely chopped jalapeño
  • 1½ tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1½ tsp Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ⅓ C Black bean
  • 1 tbsp shredded cheddar
  • ½ tbsp crumbled Queso fresco

Click here for preparation instructions.

About the author:  Julie is a Florida native, peanut butter addict, health and nutrition nerd and animal lover. She blogs at Small Green Kitchen, a place where you will find delicious recipes for a healthy, happy life. 

Healthy Pumpkin Recipe Roundup


Are you obsessed with pumpkin spice lattes and other delicious pumpkin treats? We rounded up some of our favorite healthy pumpkin recipes that are sure to delight your taste buds. Why pumpkin? We love the taste and it’s also a nutritious food – high in vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and fiber.

Treat yourself, your family and friends to a taste of fall with one of these healthy pumpkin recipes:

Pumpkin Protein Bites

Get the recipe from Barr & Table.

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with Maple & Pecans

Pumpkin-OatmealGet the recipe from Five Heart Home.

Clean Eating Pumpkin Pie


Get the recipe from The Gracious Pantry.

Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Creamer

spice creamer

Get the recipe from Kim’s Cravings.

Vegan Pumpkin, Carrot, and Sweet Potato Soup

Vegan Pumpkin Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe without Stock Healthy, low fat, gluten free, vegan, sugar free, clean eating friendly

Get the recipe from Southern in Law.

Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte


Get the recipe from Inspired Taste.

Pumpkin Fettuccini


Get the recipe from Delish Knowledge.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Coconut Oil Granola


Get the recipe from Lovely Little Kitchen.

Beef Curry with Pumpkin


Get the recipe from Rasa Malaysia.

Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili


Get the recipe from Gigi Eats Celebrities.

The Best Ever Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles


Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

Mason Jar Pumpkin and Sage Crustless Quiches


Get the recipe from Coffee Cake and Cardio.

Pumpkin Ginger Muffin


Get the recipe from Thoroughly Thriving.

Healthy Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread


Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

Pumpkin and Kale Lasagna


Get the recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.

Soft Pumpkin Cookies


Get the recipe from Whole New Mom.

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte


Get the recipe from Premeditated Leftovers.

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

Avocado Pomegranate Guacamole

Pomegranate season is here.  Prime pomegranate season typically runs from October to January, so pomegranates are ripe for football season.  This makes avocado pomegranate guacamole dip the perfect dip for your next football party!



  • 2 ripe but firm avocados
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped shallot (or onion)
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Click for cooking instructions.

About the author:  Sally is a professional chef, author, recipe developer, educator, and certified health coach.  Her site, A Food Centric Life, educates, encourages, and empowers home cooks to create memorable food with easy, healthy recipes.

8 Simple Ways to Make Healthier Drink Choices


Did you know that most Americans consume 20 teaspoons of sugar a day? That is triple the recommended daily allowance for women and double for men! Most of that added sugar comes from sugar-sweetened beverages: soda, sports drinks and syrupy coffee drinks. For example, one 12 ounce can of regular soda contains 150 calories and 10 teaspoons of sugar, while a Starbucks tall Pumpkin Spice Latte has 240 calories and 10 teaspoons of sugar!

Thankfully, all is not lost. With some slight adjustments, you can enjoy your favorite beverages by making smarter choices.

Replace soda with seltzer.

Do you love the fizz of soda? Try an unsweetened seltzer instead; plain or flavored it’s a better choice than drinking sugar filled soda!

Choose water as your main beverage.

Carry a refillable water bottle so you always have your go-to beverage handy. Not a fan of plain water? Add fruit slices, vanilla extract, cucumber or mint to perk your water up. We like these ideas from

Swap out sweetened iced tea for unsweetened versions.

Make your own iced tea by following the directions on your favorite box of tea bags. If you crave additional flavor, add a little honey, some lemon and/or mint.

Make your own fruit drinks.

Most prepackaged fruit drinks contain lots of added sugar. For a fizzy DIY fruit punch, puree up some frozen berries and add seltzer water. We also love this Watermelon Mint Cooler from Abby Phon!

Try homemade lemonade.

Most lemonade mixes don’t even have real lemon in them! Make your own to control the ingredients and ensure you’re drinking a healthy beverage. My Whole Food Life has a deliciously refreshing Fruity Lemonade.

Blend a smoothie.


Smoothies are a delicious breakfast or after workout snack, but if you’re not careful, some can really pack a calorie and sugar punch. Make your own delicious and nutritious treat with one of these DIY recipes.

Add pumpkin to your coffee.

Can’t give up your Pumpkin Spice Latte? You could add pumpkin spice directly to your favorite plain ground coffee for a seasonal flavor or try this DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe from Chocolate and Carrots. Both are much lower in sugar!

Create your own hot chocolate.

Skip the packaged mixes and make your own! Instead of using sugar try honey, molasses or stevia to sweeten it up. Super Chocolatey Hot Cocoa by Peanut Butter and Peppers is sure to hit the spot!

By making your favorite drinks yourself, and making a few swaps, you can save yourself a lot of added calories and excess sugar. Need more incentive? Many who struggle to maintain a healthy weight could lose up to 15 pounds in a year just by switching out just one can of soda a day!

Do you have a tip for a healthy beverage swap? Share it with us at @EatSmartScales.


Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe

October’s here.  You know what that means – hayrides, pumpkin carving, and of course, apple picking! Wondering what to do with all your apples?  Try this quick, easy, and delicious apple butter recipe.

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  • 6 apples of your choice- I used Gala but you can mix and match
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Click for cooking instructions.

About the Author: Charlene is the blogger behind My Frugal Adventures,  where you will find simple, affordable and fun recipes, crafts and DIY projects.  Stop by for a daily dose of inspiration as well as the hottest online shopping deals.

Charity of the Month October 2015 – Cure Breast Cancer Foundation

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.

Cure Breast Cancer Foundation

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this important cause, we’ve selected Cure Breast Cancer Foundation as our charity of the month.

The mission of the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation:

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women, yet its cure has remained unresolved. That may be about to change. Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created to raise money for breast cancer research under the direction of noted oncologist, Dr. Larry Norton, at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and other national and international research facilities. Since its inception in December 2007, CBCF has raised over $5 million for breast cancer research.

To learn more about the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, please visit their Facebook page.

For every new Facebook “like” we (EatSmart Products) acquire during the month of October, we will donate 50 cents/follower to the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation. (So spread the word!)

Click here, LIKE 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.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Mushrooms

Substitute chicken wings for these buffalo chicken stuffed mushrooms! They make perfect appetizers for game day, tailgating and dinner parties.



  • 16 oz. button or baby bella (crimini) mushrooms
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (regular or reduced fat), softened
  • ¾ cup crumbled blue cheese, divided
  • 2-4 tablespoons Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ranch seasoning mix (optional)
  • ½ cup finely chopped precooked chicken
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery
  • ¼ cup finely chopped carrot
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

Click for cooking instructions.

About the author: Lisa Huff is a freelance recipe developer, food photographer, and blogger at Snappy Gourmet. She lives in the NYC area with her husband and two small children.

EatSmart Fall Produce Guide


Summer gets all the attention for fresh produce, but don’t forget to celebrate the harvest in the fall! There are so many delicious fruits and vegetables to look forward to this season. It’s the perfect time of year to bite into a juicy, crisp apple and pay homage to all things pumpkin. And let’s not forget cranberries and butternut squash! With so many healthy and delicious choices, we’re sharing our top picks so you can eat smart throughout the fall.


The phytonutrients in apples help regulate blood sugar. They are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. Apples range from sweet, like Braeburn, Fuji and Red Delicious, to tart, such as Granny Smith and Pippins.

Asian Pears

Lightly sweet, juicy and crisp, Asian Pears are high in fiber and potassium. They are also a good source of vitamin K, copper, magnesium, folate, and vitamin C. Buy Asian pears in bulk because they can be stored in your fridge for up to 4 months!


The flavor of celeriac is similar to leafy celery, and it works well mashed or in stews and soups. It’s a very good source of vitamin K and minerals phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and manganese. Celeriac also has B complex vitamins and vitamin C. Choose medium size tubers with smooth and even surface.


Cranberries can be very tart on their own and usually appear in juice, baked goods or as cranberry sauce. These nutritional powerhouses are a great source of vitamin C and fiber; however, it’s their phytonutrients that make them especially healthy. Cranberries are a potent immune system supporter.


Kohlrabi is mildly sweet and crispy. It’s a great source of vitamin C, a good source of B complex vitamins and minerals: copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, and phosphorus. Young crispy kohlrabi is perfect in a salad. It’s also great when paired with other vegetables or stewed with tomatoes, onion and garlic.

Mustard Greens

Mustard greens are a cruciferous vegetable that’s particularly good for lowering cholesterol. They’re an excellent source of vitamins A & K and a good source of vitamin C, manganese, calcium, copper and vitamin E. Use the raw leaves to kick up the flavor of salad or sauté them with a few tablespoons of broth.


Nopales are a form of cacti that are high in fiber and full of healthy nutrients, including riboflavin, copper, iron, fiber, vitamins (A, B6, C, K), calcium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. They’re delicious when added to eggs and a steak stir fry.


Persimmons are a sweet fruit and a healthy source of fiber. They also contain flavonoid anti-oxidants such as catechins, vitamin-A, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin. They can be eaten raw, cooked or dried.


Pumpkin is high in fiber, vitamin K and beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A.  Pumpkin is extremely versatile and can be used in salads, soups, stews, baked good and beverages. Canned or fresh, it’s a great choice for fall recipes.


Sunchokes are also known as Jerusalem artichokes and are similar to water chestnuts. They can be eaten raw or cooked. They have protein, fiber, vitamin C, niacin, thiamine, iron, potassium, phosphorous and copper. Cooked sunchokes have a creamy texture, similar to mashed potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse. They are a great source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, potassium, dietary fiber, niacin and vitamins B1 and B2. Sweet potatoes are delicious when baked, mashed, steamed or pureed with bananas, maple syrup, and cinnamon then topped with walnuts!

Do you have a favorite fall fruit or vegetable? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales!

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Maple Cinnamon Glaze

Get your bake on with this pumpkin doughnut recipe. These are perfect for fall days and a much healthier option than store bought doughnuts.


  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup (75g) pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120ml) milk

Click for baking instructions.

About the Author: Marsha is a stay at home mother to one, and the baker, and blogger behind Marsha’s Baking Addiction. Whether you like cookies or cakes, you’ll find something on her blog to sweeten your day!

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