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7 Ways Packing Cubes Will Improve Your Next Trip

Shared with us from Travel More RoadsTMR

  1. Find things easily.  You are on a trip and decide to change into your favorite red shirt.  You burrow through your luggage, frustrated, leaving your carefully-packed items in a wrinkled, disorganized pile that you will need to repack before you head home. Packing Cubes spare you this trouble – you know that red shirt was packed neatly in your medium grey packing cube, so you can grab it easily and go, saving time finding the shirt and avoiding a re-packing project at the end of your trip.
  2. Fit more.  Roll items, then place in packing cubes – rolling clothes saves space on each item,  and packing cubes allow you to make more use of space by keeping items organized and compressed.
  3. Never really unpack.  Take packing cubes out of your luggage, flip the tops over, and set in a hotel drawer.  Your items will stay organized, can be easily repacked (just re-close the cubes and put back in your suitcase), and your clothes never touch the hotel drawer.TW-group-1500-01
  4. Organize by person.  Family trip?  Use different color packing packing cubes for each family member, so you can consolidate into fewer suitcases while still staying organized.
  5. Organize by leg of the trip.  Spending a few chilly days in London before heading to warmer Barcelona?  Want to throw on something comfortable for your long plane ride home?  Separate outfits for each portion of the trip into different packing cubes.  You can use different colors here too – red for London, purple for Barcelona, and grey for comfortable travel days!
  6. Organize by type of item. You can also use different colored cubes to separate by type of clothing.  For example, keep business clothes for your conference in one cube and casual outfits in another.
  7. Separate on the go.  Designate a “laundry cube” to pack away dirty clothes during your trip to stay organized.  You can even bring an extra cube for this purpose, perhaps a different color from the rest!  Shopping on your trip?  Bring an extra cube to help fit items that you purchase while away.

About the Author: Travel More Roads is a blog all about the best travel advice to save you time and money.  Head on over to Travel More Roads to travel better and travel more.

Cannelloni Bean and Broccoli Rabe Meatballs



  • 1/2 bunch of broccoli rabe (about 3/4 lb.), stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 3/4 cups cooked or 1 can of cannelloni beans, drained
  • 1 cup panko or plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • about 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • marinara sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Steam broccoli rabe for about three minutes, until slightly tender. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and then place in food processor with onion, garlic, beans, panko and seasonings. Pulse until blended completely and beans are partially mashed, scraping bowl as needed. Shape into 2″ balls.
  3. Coat baking dish or large cast iron skillet with about 1/2 tbsp. olive oil. Place meatballs in dish or skillet and brush with remaining oil. Bake for about 30 minutes, rolling them around about every ten minutes to get even browning all around. Serve with marinara sauce.

About the Author:  Alissa Saenz crafts vegan recipes for her blog Connoisseurus Veg. When she’s not cooking and blogging about it, she’s probably engaging in some form of yoga, arts & crafts, or lawyering.

Tangerine-Honey-Vanilla Fruit Salad

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  • 1 Ataulfo Mango, cut into small chunks
  • 1 container organic strawberries, halved
  • 1-2 bananas depending on their size (if small use 2), sliced
  • 1 tangerine, juice squeezed out
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  1. Whisk together tangerine juice, honey, vanilla and pinch of salt in a bowl large enough to fit the fruit.
  2. Toss fruit gently with the sauce. Serve or keep in refrigerator for a few days. If you plan to do that, I add the banana right before serving.
About the Author:  A modern day family cook has great intentions, wants to nourish their love ones with delicious food that is also easy to make, but needs inspiration, ideas, and resources because life is crazy and endlessly busy.  That is what I am here for. Like me on Facebook for new recipes and food news that families can use.

Charity of the Month June 2014 – National Safety Council


EatSmart fans will continue to select a Charity of the Month in 2014. 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.

June is National Safety Month

Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to brsafety braining attention to key safety issues. The National Safety Council has many National Safety Council Chapters near you that you can join to help bring awareness of being safe and prepared to your community. Each week in the month of June, the NSC focuses on a new issue. This year they will be focusing on the prevention of prescription drug abuse, slips trips and falls, be aware of your surroundings, and putting an end to distracted driving, respectively.

It’s very important to bring awareness of safety to our communities. We all could learn useful values and educate our young ones on safety. Constructing a safer environment leads to healthier living and here at EatSmart, that’s what we strive starts with you


We will be donating 50 cents for every new Facebook follower during the month of April. (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.

Flipping The Switch

flip the switchLet’s face it, many of us in America need to lose weight. And for that to occur, one thing has to happen: expend more energy than we take in. When this happens, our body turns inward and starts using what is has available in our fat stores to unlock the energy we need to live.

Exercise has always been hard for me; after all I am not an athlete nor do I care to conduct a regimen of structured activity on a regular basis, except for walking and daily everyday activities. For me the best approach is to take in less food than what I need, and let the exercise become a backup player in the weight loss struggle.

I say “struggle” because that’s what it is unless something magical happens: I “flip” the switch. What switch? The switch in my brain. When that switch is flipped, it indeed becomes easier to watch and become accountable for what I eat. No one can do that except me. And once the switch is flipped, it’s hard to flip it back unless I really mess up. For the switch represents an intangible commitment, the hard to describe feeling or desire that “This time, I will do this” and in the process lose the “poor, poor me”, “I just can’t do it,” and “it’s just too hard,” lamentations. Flipping that switch allows me to face the music, suck it up, and brain switchinstantly be strong. When that happens, I am able to be hungry without giving up, count the calories or points, get on that scale, buy the right food, throw out the junk, encourage myself, and keep going. I can even trip but the flipped switch gets me up and on the path again.

Prepare yourself to flip YOUR switch. Get mad at your daily eating failures. Be tired of the tight clothes. Get over the feelings of helplessness and excuses. Face the music. Flip that switch.

About the Author: Jeanne Hoskin has a PhD in food science and nutrition and is working in the food and pharmaceutical industry for 30 years. Jeanne has traveled the world and loves to cook and write. See Jeanne’s blog at and her etsy store ( )

National EMS Week


EatSmart Products would like to thank and recognize our family and friends, as well as all who serve their communities as Emergency Medical Service Practitioners (EMS). The Week of May 18th-24th is National Emergency Medical Services Week, and with that we are sending our thanks to all of the amazing people that put countless hours into helping others in our communities.

We would like recognize some friends and family of EatSmart Products who are EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians) for their outstanding service:

Mary Parisi – Rockland County EMT, Rockland County NY vol emt

Mary, a friend of ours at ToiletTree Products, served as an EMT for 9 years in the Rockland County Area.
“I trained as an EMT because I had witnessed other EMT’s as they assisted my loved ones. I knew this would be a powerful way to pay it forward.”

Heather McGee – President of Tri-Boro Ambulance, Park Ridge NJ

Heather has been with Tri-Boro Ambulance for 22 years. She is now the President of Tri-Boro and they are always searching for new EMS recruits to join such an important piece of the community. “After being in a severe car accident at the age of 19, I was so grateful that Tri-Boro Volunteer EMS got out of bed just to come save me. Once I recovered from my injuries, I have been repaying my thanks as an EMT  for Tri-Boro.”

Marisa Origoni – EMS Practitioner for Tri-Boro Ambulance, Park Ridge NJ

Marisa took on the responsibility of training to be an EMT her Junior Year of High School. She’s always had a passion for the medical field and is currently studying to be a nurse at Sacred Heart University. She’s been part of the Tri-Boro team for 2 ½ years and she has no plans of stopping. “Not only do I love being an EMT, but it also gives me a sense of satisfaction that I am helping someone and/or possibly saving a life.”

thanks you ems


The LINK between Pregnancy Weight Gain and Childhood Obesity

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I read an article in the newspaper the other day that I found to be very interesting.

A new study has found that children whose mothers gain either too much – or too little weight during their pregnancy are more likely to be overweight or obese. I had never considered the possibility that a mother’s pregnancy weight gain could have a direct effect on her child’s propensity to be overweight over the course of his life.

A study conducted at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research and published, recently in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology affirms previous research showing that a pregnant woman who becomes significantly overweight, increases the long-term obesity risk of her offspring. Fetuses that are flooded with excess calories, increase their fat cell concentration and size, making them destined to obesity. As for why being underweight during pregnancy would result in a newborn’s long-term propensity to become overweight, a possible explanation would be that those infants are naturally slowing down their metabolism. They are holding on to everything that they get and that becomes a life-long tendency in them.

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Studies found that among women whose BMI ( body mass index) is in the normal range before pregnancy, those who gained LESS than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy were 63 % more likely to have an overweight child; the risk was 80% higher among those women who gained MORE weight than recommended.

  • It is important for women to understand that the way they nourish themselves during their pregnancy is obviously the way they are nourishing their fetuses.
  • It is important for pregnant women to monitor their weight gain with their doctors, because it will affect the course of their child’s life.




We need to toot our own horn, shout it from the rooftops and make everyone aware of our remarkable achievement. The EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale has earned over 10,000 FIVE star reviews!

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This IS a BIG DEAL and should not pass without some sort of recognition. Just how big a deal? Please consider that the best selling Kindle on Amazon currently has 10,000 reviews, of which 7,600 are 5 stars. Our Precision Digital has been the TOP selling bathroom scale 5 years running on

No doubt about it-we need to celebrate and what better way than with a giveaway to share with our EatSmart fans.

5 lucky fans will win an EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom.


To enter is easy, just fill out the form below. We are confident that the winners will be just as pleased with their scale as the 10,000 5 star reviewers before them. Here is how you can win:

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Giveaway ends on Tuesday, May 20th at 12 noon EST. The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. (Sorry, but it’s limited to US residents)

Friends With The Scale

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Announcing a new book, “Friends with the Scale: How to Turn Your Scale into a Powerful Weight Loss Tool” by Linda Spangle, RN, MA.

In this innovative book, Linda presents a smart, practical approach that will help dieters completely change their relationships with the scale.

Anyone who’s had a love-hate relationship with the scale knows the frustration and angst that can sabotage weight-loss progress. But Spangle says, “The scale is not the enemy! It simply gets blamed for the daily actions and slip-ups that affect the scale numbers.”

Using stories and examples from her work along with scientific data, Spangle shows readers how to discover the weight-loss power that lies within their scale when they simply make it their friend.
In her supplemental guide “How to Buy a Reliable Scale,” Linda recommends the EatSmart Precision Digital, EatSmart Precision Plus and EatSmart Precision Tracker Bathroom Scale. She says, “I love EatSmart scales myself and truly believe they are some of the best on the market.”

About the Author: A registered nurse with a masters degree in Health Education, Linda Spangle is the owner of Weight Loss For Life, a highly successful coaching and education program in Denver, Colorado. She specializes in helping people deal with the emotional and psychological issues of weight loss as well as healthy eating and exercise.

Eggplant Tacos

EP 1


  1. 1 Eggplant
  2. 1 Sprig of Cilantro
  3. 1 Slice of Brie
  4. Olive Oil

EP 2


  1. Slice one eggplant into 1/2 inch rounds.
  2. Roast eggplant rounds with olive oil on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 8 minutes on each side.
  3. Place a piece of brie and a pinch of cilantro on each eggplant round
  4. Fold like a mini Taco

EP 3

Simple yet delicious!

About the Author: Erin Gleeson worked as a food photographer in New York City for several years before moving to a cabin in the woods of Northern California in 2011. There she started The Forest Feast, a blog featuring simple, colorful, vegetable based recipes. Each recipe is presented visually, with minimal text, and Erin’s own photography, watercolor illustration and handwriting guide you through the steps to make each dish. Erin’s first cookbook, The Forest Feast (based on the blog), debuted on April 15th.

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