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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!)

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If interested in submitting a charity for consideration, please email 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 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 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

salted-caramel-mocha-popsicles-mm (1)Get the recipe from Melanie Makes

Raspberry Popsicles

Raspberry-Popsicles-RecipeGet the recipe from Premeditated Leftovers

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

Chocolate-Yogurt-Popsicles-from-ChocoalteChocolateandmore-52aGet the recipe from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Creamy Earl Grey Cardamom Pistachio Popsicles

Creamy Earl Grey, Cardamom, and Pistachio Popsicles 3Get the recipe from girlichef

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.
Cool off with these healthy pops!


  • 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

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.

2nd Annual Make Mom Marvelous Giveaway

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so we’re doing something spectacular to make Mom feel marvelous on her special day. LilGadgets, ToiletTree Products, Aurorae and EatSmart Products have joined forces to put together a MOMSTER GIVEAWAY — sure to please all those very important women in our lives. One lucky winner will take home all of the prizes listed below – a $450 value! Tell your friends and good luck to all who enter.2015-mothers-day-giveaway

EatSmart Products

TravelWise Packing Cube System – 5 Piece Weekender Set 
EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale
EatSmart Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer

ToiletTree Products

LED 7x Magnified Makeup Mirror with Cosmetic Organizer Base
Stainless Steel Bathtub Caddy with Extending Sides and Book Holder
Face Brush Skin Cleansing System Facial Brush & Body Care Kit


Aurorae Yoga “The Ultimate” Non-Slip 5 Toe Sock
Two Scented Soy Candles
Aurorae Yoga Mat Sport Bag/Multi-Purpose Crossbody Sling Backpack
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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LIKE each company on Facebook: Aurorae Yoga, EatSmart ProductsLil Gadgets and ToiletTree Products. (1 Optional Entry)
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The giveaway closes on Wednesday, May 6, 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 Mother’s Day gift ideas, visit our Mother’s Day Gift Guide or ToiletTree Products’ Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

The Make Mom Marvelous Joint Giveaway winner is …. Candace Galan-Calderon! Congrats!! MMMG winner

Orange Almond Salad with Avocado




  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1 orange cut into segments* (save the carcass juice for the dressing)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 small avocado, sliced
  • ¼ cup roasted sliced almonds
  • cooked chicken** (optional)

Orange Balsamic Dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Juice from the segmented orange carcass, squeezed
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

For instructions, click here.

About the Author: I’m Natalie, the writer, photographer and recipe developer behind the blog tastes lovely.  I love to cook and develop simple and healthy recipes for delicious everyday meals, and am so glad to share them with you. I’m a happily married California girl and started this blog in August 2013 as a way to document and remember all of my favorite recipes, and to improve on my photography skills. Every recipe I post has been made by me several times to make sure all the kinks are worked out. I post photo’s and recipe videos to make it easy for you to duplicate and make at home.

5 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day 2015


Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, have you thought about what to get Mom? Why not pick something that truly suits her interests and give her a gift that she can use year round? When you call your Mom, is she always in the kitchen trying a new recipe or is she on her way to the gym? Maybe you’re trying to track her down because she’s out of town yet again. We put together a Mother’s Day gift guide with creative ideas to match what she loves to do.

For the Mom who loves to cook and bake

Our Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale is a great gift for the Mom who likes to bake, cook and try new recipes. Food items can be weighed directly on the scale platform or utilize the scale’s tare (zero) function, which eliminates the weight of a plate or bowl and makes cleanup a snap. The scale can weigh up to 11 lbs!

Buy now on Amazon for $19.95.

For the Mom who loves to cook Sunday dinner

Does Mom enjoy having everyone over for the big meal? Make her job that much easier with our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer, which can read the temperature of meat in 3 seconds. The 1.5 mm probe keeps the puncture small so the juices don’t run out. The probe also folds down for easy storage and the Elite comes in a festive red color.

Buy now on Amazon for $39.95.

For the traveling Mom

Does Mom like to travel? Our TravelWise 3 Piece Packing Cube System will make packing and unpacking a breeze. The cubes keep clothes neat and organized in their own little drawers and the mesh panel makes it easy to locate the items she needs. The Packing Cubes are available in five color options including black, purple, silver, teal and red.

Buy now on Amazon for $19.95.

For the fitness fanatic Mom

Is Mom always working out and careful about what she eats? Our Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale will help her stay on track. The GetFit quickly and easily measures body fat, body water, body muscle and bone mass using ITO BIA technology. She’ll appreciate the auto-recognition software, which remembers her personal data each time she steps onto the scale.

Buy now on Amazon for $49.95.

For the jet setting Mom

Is Mom racking up frequent flier miles? Help her avoid excess baggage fees with our Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale. Mom can simply clip the scale’s buckle to the handle of a suitcase or bag and lift the bag up. The scale will beep when the weight has been determined and appear in the large backlit LCD. It’s lightweight so she can take it along for the return trip.

Buy now on Amazon for $14.95.

What item would the Mom in your life love to receive? Tweet to us @eatsmartscales.

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Almond Glaze



For the cake:
  • 1½ cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. lemon zest, from about 2 medium lemons
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
For the almond glaze and topping:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ½ tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds, for topping

For baking directions, click here.

About the author: Kristine is the author, photographer, and recipe developer behind the blog Kristine’s Kitchen.  She’s a mom of three and believes life is all about balance!  You can learn more and find recipes for healthy meals and snacks that you’ll crave at

DIY Salad Dressing Recipe Roundup

salad-dressing-recipes-diyFinding a healthy salad dressing that actually tastes good can be a challenge. Some commercial dressings have scary sounding ingredients and homemade recipes may seem complicated or call for unusual ingredients. We rounded up homemade salad dressing recipes that are simple and use wholesome ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

Eat smart with these DIY salad dressings:

Lemon Herb Vinaigrette


Get the recipe from The Cafe Sucre Farine

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Honey-Mustard-VinaigretteGet the recipe from Premeditated Leftovers

Homemade Caesar Dressing


Get the recipe from Well Plated

Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette

Fresh-Raspberry-Vinaigrette-bGet the recipe from That’s Some Good Cooking

Low Calorie Creamy Balsamic Salad Dressing


Get the recipe from Salad in a Jar

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing


Get the recipe from My Whole Food Life

Amazing Vinaigrette

Get the recipe from Parsley, Sage and Sweet

Basil Vinaigrette


Get the recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

Chipotle Lime Southwest Dressing


Get the recipe from The Creative Bite

Easy, Healthy Vinaigrette


Get the recipe from Jill’s Home Remedy

Do you have a healthy and easy to make salad dressing recipe? Please share it with us @EatSmartScales!

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