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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.

gluten free post

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.

gluten free ribbon


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.


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.

dragon boat

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 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

Collage Food Thermometer

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

amazon gift card $25 summer grilling

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.

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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

  • 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
  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:

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

Lentil-Mashed Potato Patties

vegan burgers


  • 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


  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’.

Innovation Fitness Solutions Fundraiser


Calling all Tri-State EatSmart Fans! Innovation Fitness Solutions is hosting a fundraiser, Support The Fight Against Leukemia Benefit for Doug Corbett!  The benefit for Personal Trainer, Doug Corbet, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia.  Doug is an active indivudual who takes his health very seriously and is very passionate about keeping his friends and clients healthy as well.  It has hit Innovation Fitness Solutions hard with such devastating news, and this Sunday, July 13th, the Support The Fight Against Leukemia Benefit for Doug will take place at 1574 Route 23, in Butler New Jersey, the location of Innovation Fitness Solutions.  The fundraiser will have 50/50 Raffles along with special events all to aid with Doug’s fight against Leukemia.

IFS fund raiser

EatSmart Products has donated a Body Fat Scale and a Kitchen Scale to be apart of a raffle for a lucky winner.  We are really hoping for a speedy recovery for Doug and an amazing fundraiser this Sunday.  If you are in the area, stop by for a great cause to support Doug and his co-workers at Innovation Fitness Solutions.

Stay Safe on the 4th

starsWater Sports and Fireworks are two traditional pastimes enjoyed at Fourth of July celebrations. The sad truth is that both are linked to numerous deaths and injuries every year. Make this 4th all about FUN by following this common sense list of safety tips.

american flag bulletWater Safety – never swim alone. Always have a designated chaperone to supervise kid’s water play.

american flag bulletFireworks – If legal, store and use safely. Keep away from Kids and spectators –keep your distance! Better yet–attend a fireworks display happening near you.

american flag bullet Alcohol – Goes without saying–Drink Responsibly. Alcohol and fireworks DO NOT MIX!

american flag bullet Safe Boating -Do not exceed your boat capacity–do not overload with family and friends. Be sure to have a life jacket on board for every person on your boat.

american flag bullet Sunscreen – Lather up before going outside and reapply during the day.

american flag bullet Prescription Medications – Prevent drug reactions to the sun by reading labels before going out.

american flag bullet Tick Protection – Long sleeves and long pants will minimize exposure to ticks when hiking and -camping.  Check yourself from head to foot at end of the day–your pets too!

american flag bullet Stay Hydrated – In excessive heat, drink plenty of fluids–meaning H2O– to avoid heat illness. Alcohol consumption can promote dehydration.

american flag bullet Grill and Campfire Safety – Keep kids away –no explanation needed!

american flag bullet Don’t leave your picnic spread out all day – Foods that need to be kept cold should be kept in a cooler to prevent possible food poisoning.

In all the excitement of barbecue, parades, fireworks, family and friends be sure to take a moment to remember what it is we are celebrating–our Independence Day and all the freedoms we enjoy and cherish as Americans!

happy 4th of july

Charity of the Month July 2014 – American Melanoma Foundation


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.


July in National Ultraviolet Safety Month, and in recognizing UV Safety, EatSmart Products is sponsoring The American Melanoma Foundation.  The AMF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to serving the needs of patients and communities nationwide.  AMF is also  a member of the National Council On Skin Cancer Prevention.

Many of you will ask; “What Melanoma is?”  Melanoma is a serious skin cancer and it’s characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing tanning cells.  Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body without any warning in men and women.  With the hot summer months here, bringing awareness to Melanoma is very important for individuals young and old.  More than 73% of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma and 1 out of 34 Americans are susceptible to developing melanoma.  Melanoma is caused from excessive exposure to Ultraviolet Lights.   Sun Screen and Sun Block is so important to use and always apply it as recommended.  Read our past blog post about Sun Screen and see why it’s so important to Slather on the Sun Screen.  Always remember to lather up and enjoy the summer.

sunscreen slather

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

Click here and EatSmart will donate:

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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.


Have a question or comment? Drop us a line in the comment section.


The Mayors Wellness Campaign is a statewide program that gives New Jersey mayors tools and strategies to champion healthy and active living and to improve the overall health of their communities.

The towns of Fort Lee and Hackensack recently completed their 12 week wellness challenges with OUTSTANDING RESULTS. Both programs emphasized healthy eating, exercise and a joint community effort. When you have entire towns working toward a common goal–this gives new meaning to the words Biggest Loser!

Hackensack Wellness Challenge

Hackensack ran an amazing 12 week challenge with all participants losing a total of 633 pounds!

They began the challenge with 263 participants and completed the challenge with 99 participants who worked hard to the very end. Many succeeded in changing their lifestyles, losing weight, eating healthier, exercising regularly, and overall feeling better. All Participants were winners!


Fort Lee Wellness Challenge

Fort Lee ran their first Community Wellness Challenge from March10 through June 2, 2014 . This town-wide event was free and open to residents of Bergen County. Last year, Fort Lee joined Sustainable Jersey and became a little greener. This year, the borough participated in Bergen County’s Wellness Campaign and met their goal of becoming a lot thinner while working toward a healthier lifestyle.
At the end of their 12-week program, a total of 325.2 pounds were lost!WELLNESS CHALLENGE

The challenge included:
• Weekly weigh-ins,
• Motivational health classes,
• Free 2-week membership at Club Metro of Fort Lee,
• And all who completed the program, no matter their individual weight loss, were entered for a chance to win prizes.

It is my pleasure to share such GOOD NEWS with our EatSmart fans. Hopefully, the success of these two communities will be the motivation needed to get US on track to a healthier lifestyle.


Farro & Kale Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes


Looking for a new recipe for summer but have run out of ideas of what to cook? Your questions have been answered! A decadant dish that will wow your dinner guests with just the right ingredients, not to mention the nutrients! A big nutritional plus found in this dish is the use of kale, which is extremely high in vitamins A, C, and K.  Kale is rich in antioxidants, beneficial in preventing cancer and boosting eye-health.  See the full recipe of Farro & Kalle Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes here!

About the Author:  I’m Lori Yates and the I live in metro Detroit. I like to cook. And write. And take pictures of foodie things. And then gobble those things up. Why does this blog have a strange name? Simple: my maiden name is Fox, and I love lemon and all things lemon-flavored. Check Lori’s page for more delicious recipes at Foxes Love Lemons.

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