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Charity of the Month September 2014-Kula for Karma

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.

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Kula for Karma is a nonprofit organization which began in 2007. They pioneer the integration of therapeutic yoga, meditation and stress management into mainstream medicine and healthcare. They offer programs, at no cost, to populations that face physical and mental health challenges.

They currently run 40 weekly programs per year within the following communities:

  • Cancer Patients
  • Combat Veterans
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Drug & Alcohol Rehab
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Seniors with Cognitive Impairments or Medical Conditions

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The perseverance of Geri Topfer, the Founder and Penni Feiner, Executive Director is amazing. To date, their organization has touched over 3,000 lives. Donations to this worthwhile cause provide programs to people who would not otherwise have access.  Examples of what makes this charity so special is the work they do introducing Paterson, NJ students to the practice of yoga and offering free yoga classes to veterans of the armed services.  We hope all EatSmart fans will offer their support to Kula for Karma by following EatSmart products on Twitter.

We will be donating 50 cents for every new Twitter follower during the month of September. (So spread the word!)

Click here and EatSmart will donate:

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

5 Reasons Why Watermelon Is Wonderful

Watermelon. It’s refreshing, sweet, light and low calorie. This juicy fruit is an excellent after dinner sweet treat and great in other ways too! I love it in salads, soups, drinks, smoothies, frozen treats! And what picnic or BBQ isn’t complete without this iconic bright pink piece of summertime?

I was in the grocery store with my guy the other day and honestly had no idea how to pick out a watermelon. I smelled it (that didn’t work!) and then tapped on it (then jokingly played them like bongos!). I came home and did some research and my intuition was right on! To pick out an ideal watermelon, knock on them. You want to hear a hollow echo.

Watermelon has always been a fun part of summer but the best part? It’s good for you too!

watermelon-wonderfulTop 5 Reasons to Slurp up Watermelon!

  1. High in Vitamins A & C as well as B6 and essential minerals, means it’s loaded with antioxidants which helps fight free radicals (that can lead to inflammation and illnesses).
  2. Besides providing 2 grams of protein and fiber, it’s also a good source of lycopene and beta-carotene (which gives it its beautiful pink color!) and helps fight cancer and heart disease.
  3. It’s a low-calorie sweet that helps lose weight and curb your sweet tooth. One slice of watermelon has about 86 calories and less than 1 gram of fat.
  4. It works as a great accent to savory dishes such as salads and soups.
  5.  There are so many fun ways to enjoy watermelon during the summer – just cut up in cubes or slices, in drinks (see my Watermelon Mint Cooler recipe below!), sorbets, granitas, popsicles, and even as a punch bowl or fruit bowl!

Bonus Tip!  It’s not just for your tummy! Use it as a body scrub for your skin too!

Watermelon Mint Cooler

It’s almost embarrassing how easy this specialty drink is. It’s a great drink to serve on a hot summer day that will really ‘wow’ your guests. Watermelon is hydrating and mint is great for digestion. This is truly a healthy and tasty drink!

INGREDIENTS: (Serves 2)

  • 2 cups seedless organic watermelon
  • 5 sprigs organic fresh mint (I used the wild mint from my folk’s garden!)
  • 3 ice cubes

OPTIONAL:

  • For a fizzy drink: Splash seltzer (I personally prefer mine without the fizz)
  • To get your cocktail on: ½ cup vodka (no comment!)
  • For a chilled version: serve over ice (which I prefer)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Blend watermelon, mint and ice in a blender. That’s it. No really, that’s it!

ENJOY!

About the Author: Abby Phon, a co-author of Balance for Busy Moms – Cook Your Way to Health, is a Certified Holistic Coach. She leads corporate workshops on nutrition and lifestyle, conducts food tours, cooking demonstrations and offers individual health and nutrition coaching around the world.

Balance for Busy Moms – Cook Your Way to Health is a one-of-a-kind cookbook for moms all around the world. Together with 30 Certified Health Coaches from across the US and Canada we share our stories of better life through mindful eating. This cookbook gives you a fabulous variety of recipes designed to enhance health for a better life. http://www.feedyourmindbodyspirit.com/books abby phon

Connect with Abby on all of her sites.

WEB: feedyourmindbodyspirit.com
FB: facebook.com/AbbyPhon
TWEET: twitter.com/AbbyPhon
PIN: pinterest.com/abbyphon
PANGEA: pangeaorganics.com/abbyphon

Perfect Paleo Crepes (with Orange Sauce)

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Ingredients:

  • Equipment: Any blender or hand mixer is helpful but not required.
  • An 8-inch skillet, nonstick if possible.
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons thin unsweetened coconut milk or filtered water. If your coconut milk is thick, you can use half coconut milk and half filtered water.
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sweetener is optional, 0 to 1 tablespoons
  • Coconut oil for frying

Instructions:

  • Add all the ingredients to any blender. Blend well. If you don’t have a blender, beat with a hand mixer or whisk very well by hand.
  • Preheat an 8-inch pan over medium heat. Brush the pan with a bit of coconut oil before making each crepe.
  • Use 3 tablespoons batter for each crepe, in a 1/4-cup measure filled three-quarters full. The batter should be quite thin. If necessary, you can thin the batter with a little water. The first crepe is a test for the batter and the heat level, so don’t be alarmed if it looks a little strange—it just takes time to fine-tune these variables. Adjust the heat if necessary.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and twirl it around gently to coat the surface. Watch care-fully, and the crepe will start to dry out on the sides, slightly pulling away from the pan, about 1 to 2 minutes. When the entire crepe can slide and pull away from the pan, release the edges with a spatula and flip it gently by grabbing the edges. When the second side is gently browned, after about 1 minute, slip it onto a serving plate.
  • Make all the crepes, putting them in a stack, and cover with a dry towel.

Orange Sauce:

  • 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons sweetener to taste
  • 1∕3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional, for buttery flavor)
  • Strawberries, sliced (optional garnish)
  • Oranges, peeled, sliced (optional garnish)

Recipe Submitted from Good Morning Paleo by Jane Barthelemy. Reprinted with permission by Jillian Farrel, Marketing Associate, Da Capo Lifelong © 2014. You can purchase Good Morning Paleo here. good morning paleo

Back to School Giveaway

Back to school and work after enjoying wonderful summer vacations. Back to watching what and how much we eat after indulging at delicious summer barbecues.

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To help us ease back into our fall routines, EatSmart is hosting a Back to School Giveaway of Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scales–5 winners in all. The Precision Pro has long been a top selling kitchen scale–Perfect for everyday tasks such as weighing food or ingredients, to achieving goals such as portion control and calorie counting.

For those not lucky enough to win, the Precision Pro will be available at a reduced price of $19.95, through the end of August 2014.

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The giveaway is sponsored by EatSmart –Complete the form below to enter.

  1.       Fill in your name (1 Entry)
  2.       Fill in your email (1 Entry)
  3.       Like us on Facebook (1 Optional Entry)
  4.       FOLLOW EatSmart on Twitter (1 Optional Entry)
  5.      Click here to tweet about the Giveaway (1 Optional Entry

 

Giveaway ends on Thursday, August 28th, 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 only!)

National S’mores Day

I just found out that Sunday, August 10 is National S’mores Day–OH JOY! For me, it immediately became a priority that I give some sort of recognition to this national treasure and not just simply let the day pass without marking the occasion.

Being that EatSmart is a company that promotes the idea of healthy eating, I thought—-why not try to come up with some healthier alternatives to the traditional S’more to share with our EatSmart fans? But then I came to my senses –why mess with perfection. S’mores generate so many warm and fuzzy memories in me–around the campfire as a girl scout, family barbecues at the lake and most recently, dessert served around the fire pits at my son’s wedding reception

For those of you that would like to take this American favorite up a notch, take a look at this “Ultimate Gooey Chocolate Treats” article from Fox News.

For me, leave well enough alone………….

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About the Author: Maria Geronimo is the PR Director at EatSmart Products.

An UPDATE: FDA’s New ‘Gluten-Free’ Labeling Standards go into effect August 5

Back in September 2013, the EatSmart blog ran a post about the new FDA standards that define specifically what it means for a food product to be labeled ‘gluten-free’. Starting today, ‘gluten-free’ labels on packaged foods have real meaning;   food manufacturers are now required to ensure that anything labeled gluten-free contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten. That amount is generally recognized by the medical community to be low enough so that most people who have celiac disease won’t get sick if they eat it. Those products now labeled ‘gluten free’ are technically free of wheat, rye and barley.

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The standard will ensure that companies can’t label products “gluten-free” if they are cross-contaminated from other products made in the same manufacturing facility. The rules don’t apply to restaurants, but the Food and Drug Administration is encouraging them to comply.

Keep in mind, however, the gluten-free label is voluntary. Packaged goods like cookies, cakes, pizza, cereals and pasta do not have to carry a claim about gluten, unlike requirements for allergens such as nuts and wheat.

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More GOOD NEWS when it comes to EATING SMART and STAYING HEALTHY.

Charity of the Month August 2014-Pathways Team SOS NJ

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.

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Pathways, a program of The Connection for Women and Families, a non-profit organization, located in Summit, New Jersey, provides support, education and wellness programs for women with cancer, creating a community in which shared experiences lead to personal growth and healing.
Pathways is committed to empowering women to recognize their strengths and encouraging them to make choices that enable them to become their own self-care advocates. Programs are available free of charge to female cancer survivors.

 Pathways sponsors Team SOS NJ, which is one of only 3 dragon boat teams in NJ, that are exclusively for cancer survivors.  The team practices locally at Lake Parsippany, and this year 38 survivors plus their supporters will participate in 5 races up and down the east coast.  In October 2014, 22 members of Team SOS NJ and Coach Ellen Law will race at the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival, which occurs once every 4 years and is open to breast cancer survivors only.

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Team SOS members find they gain strength and vitality through paddling with other women who are “all in the same boat.”  A cherished benefit are the many friendships made among team members.

 

We will be donating 50 cents for every new Facebook follower during the month of August. (So spread the word!)

Click here and EatSmart will donate: FaceBook_512x512

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

Perfect Grillin’ Giveaway! BONUS: Amazon Gift Card

Summer is sizzlin and the barbecue is in high gear. To kick up the grillin a notch, EatSmart Products will be giving away 2 BRAND NEW FOOD THERMOMETERS

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We are throwing in a $25 Amazon Gift card to grease the grill and make this the best food fest ever!

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One lucky EatSmart fan will win a Precision Elite Food Thermometer and a $25 Amazon Gift card. The fun continues with an additional fan winning a Precision Pro Food Thermometer and $25 Amazon Gift card.

Both the Precision Elite and Precision Pro allows users to quickly and easily cook food to just the right temperature–which means food grilled to perrrrrrrrrrrfection. Designed by chef’s and cooking professionals for home use, the Precision Thermometers are both easy to use and extremely accurate, engineered to the highest precision standards.

bbq chefThe giveaway is sponsored by EatSmart –Complete the form below to enter.

  1.       Fill in your name (1 Entry)
  2.       Fill in your email (1 Entry)
  3.       Like us on Facebook (1 Optional Entry)
  4.       FOLLOW EatSmart on Twitter (1 Optional Entry)
  5.      Click here to tweet about the Giveaway (1 Optional Entry)

Giveaway ends on Thursday, August 19th 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 only)

Baked Oatmeal with Fresh Berries

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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups quick cooking oats
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 4 tbsp. water
  • ½ cup vanilla almond milk (or any kind of milk really)
  • ⅓ cup 100% pure maple syrup (not the artificial stuff)
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter (I use Earth Balance)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts (any kind of nut works or you can omit)
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • fresh berries for serving
  • almond milk for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly spray a 8 inch square pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Slice bananas and place in a single row on the bottom of the square pan.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax seed and water and let sit for 5 minutes until slightly gelled.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add in the flax seed mixture, almond milk, maple syrup, and butter.
  7. Stir together and add in the chopped walnuts.
  8. Gently top the oatmeal mixture on top of the layered bananas.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and set.
  10. To serve, scoop ¼ of baked oatmeal into a bowl and top with fresh berries and milk.

Baked Oatmeal with Fresh Berries: http://delicious-knowledge.com/our-favorite-breakfast-baked-oatmeal-with-fresh-berries/

Bio: Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian and health blogger at www.delicious-knowledge.com. Specializing in plant-based diets, food sensitivities and “un-dieting”, Alex strives to make healthy eating simply delicious.

Lentil-Mashed Potato Patties

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon of dried cilantro or 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups of cooked lentils
  • 16 saltine crackers
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried sage
  • 1 drop of liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon of dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup of oil for frying

Instructions:

  1. Take two cups of the cooked lentils and mix with the two cups of mashed potatoes and thoroughly mash both together.
  2. Next, you will add all the spices, the chopped onion, and the crackers, which were rolled out into fine crumbs.  
  3. Mix the ingredients together by hand and shape into the size of the patties you want.  
  4. Fry them in about 1/4 cup of oil until lightly browned.  

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About the Author: Being health conscious, Mary B. likes to share helpful tips and her own recipes to promote healthier eating on her Nuts 4 Stuff Blog as well as beauty, reviews, giveaways, thrifty tips, household solutions, and basically everything she’s nuts about to share with her readers. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Bloglovin’.

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