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Frozen Peanut Butter Berry Pops

Guest post from Super Healthy Kids.
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Cool off with these healthy pops!

Ingredients

  • 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 perfection.food-thermometer-eatsmart

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

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

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Ingredients

Salad

  • 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

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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

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Ingredients

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 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/.

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

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Get the recipe from The Cafe Sucre Farine


Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Honey-Mustard-VinaigretteGet the recipe from Premeditated Leftovers


Homemade Caesar Dressing

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Get the recipe from Well Plated


Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette

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Low Calorie Creamy Balsamic Salad Dressing

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Get the recipe from Salad in a Jar


Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

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Get the recipe from My Whole Food Life


Amazing Vinaigrette

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Get the recipe from Parsley, Sage and Sweet


Basil Vinaigrette

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Get the recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking


Chipotle Lime Southwest Dressing

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Get the recipe from The Creative Bite


Easy, Healthy Vinaigrette

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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!

Homemade Strawberry Cereal Bars

Guest post from Super Healthy Kids.
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First I made the dough (full recipe below). Then,  we rinsed, de-stemmed, and chopped up the strawberries in a food processor until smooth.   I’ve also done this where I break up the strawberries over the stovetop first, over some low heat, and then blend it up. It does get a little smoother, but you may want to leave it chunky. Your choice.

Then, we rolled out the dough, and spread our strawberries down the side of a square piece of dough, and folded over.  We pinched the sides to keep the filling in, and then baked it.

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions:

Cream the coconut, agave, vanilla and egg, with an electric mixer.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, salt, and baking powder.   Add dry ingredients to your creamed ingredients, a little at a time, with an electric mixer, until it is well incorporated.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour. Once chilled, roll out on wax paper, using flour where necessary so it doesn’t stick to your rolling pin, or the counter. Cut and wash 1 cup of strawberries.  Put them in a small saucepan with 1 tablespoon of water.  Using the edge of a wooden spoon, slowly break the strawberries up until the start to break apart.  After about 5 minutes, pour strawberries into a food processor and blend until smooth.  If you still would like it a little thicker, at this point, return the pureed strawberries to the saucepan, and add 1/2 tablespoon of corn starch with a few drops of water *enough to turn the corn starch liquid.  Add to the strawberries and stir over low heat until it begins to thicken. Preheat oven to 350. Roll out dough, and using a pizza wheel, cut into 3X3 inch squares.  Pour strawberry sauce on one side, and fold over and pinch to keep the filling in.  Transfer to a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  To keep these soft, store in a zip top bag or air proof container.

For more pictures and nutritional information, please 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.

Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas for People “On the Go”

Do you find yourself grabbing an overstuffed sandwich from the corner deli or hitting the drive-thru at lunch time? Give your waistline and your wallet a break with these healthy “grab and go” lunch options. We promise there will not be any boring salads or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in this roundup! quick-and-healthy-lunch-ideas

Mediterranean Veggie Wrap – Layer hummus, tomato, romaine, cucumber, 4 chopped black olives and 1 oz crumbled feta on a whole-wheat wrap.

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato – Microwave and mix flesh with 2 tablespoons of hummus, top with ½ cup black beans, 2 cups of steamed spinach and 2 – 3 tablespoons of salsa.

Lentil Couscous Salad – Mix ½ cup cooked lentils, ½ cup cooked whole wheat couscous, ½ cup cherry tomatoes (halved), ¼ avocado (diced) and 1 oz feta or goat cheese. Drizzle with a zesty Italian dressing.

Avocado and Chickpea Salad – Combine 1 can drained and rinsed chickpeas, 1 large ripe avocado, juice of one lime, 1 diced scallion, and salt and pepper to taste. Mash chickpeas and avocado, stir in lime juice and scallion and add salt and pepper to taste. Spread mixture onto whole grain bread and top with lettuce, tomato, sprouts or whatever else you enjoy.

Tuna and Chickpeas over Greens – Combine 3 oz of tuna (drained), ½ cup chickpeas (rinsed) and 1 – 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Serve over 2 cups of lettuce.

Bean and Salsa Pita: You’ll need ¼ cup refried beans, ¼ cup salsa, 2 tablespoons of cheddar cheese and 1 small wheat pita. Warm up the refried beans, top with cheese and salsa. Stuff the pita with the mixture.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Ingredients include 4 large lettuce leaves, 4 tomato slices, ¼ avocado (sliced) and 4 slices deli chicken. Top each lettuce leaf with a slice of chicken, tomato and avocado – roll and eat.

Quick Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad – Combine 1 cup chopped tomatoes and 1/2 cup sliced cucumbers with 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves over 1 cup cooked quinoa. Top with 2 teaspoons of oil and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar.

Quinoa Veggie Salad – Combine ½ cup quinoa, ¼ cup cherry tomatoes (halved), 1/3 cup edamame, ¼ cup chopped red pepper and ¼ cup shredded red cabbage. Toss with 2 teaspoons of sesame seed oil and 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar. Top with 1 teaspoon sesame seeds.

Black Bean, Mango and Brown Rice Salad – You’ll need ½ cup black beans, ½ cup cubed mango, ½ cup cooked brown rice, 2 tablespoons of cilantro (or parsley). Mix all ingredients together and top with squeeze of lime juice and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. This can be enjoyed warm or chilled.

Roast Beef and Cheese Pinwheels – Layer 2 oz roast beef, 1 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese and one 1 roasted red pepper on a whole wheat wrap. Roll tightly and slice into pinwheels.

Taco Mason Jar Salad – Mix ½ cup salsa, 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, ½ cup beans (black or kidney) seasoned with 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning and a 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Add to bottom of the Mason jar. Next add ½ cup diced cucumber, ¼ cup sliced radish, 2 tablespoons of sliced red or onion, and ¼ of an avocado. Next, layer diced lettuce and top off with 1 oz shredded cheddar cheese.

The following foods are always great to have on hand for quick “grab and go” meals: hardboiled egg, baby carrots, chopped broccoli, grape tomatoes, individual hummus packs, cheese sticks, tuna packets and whole grain crackers.

What is your favorite healthy go-to lunch? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales.

BBQ and Peanut Chicken Tenders

BBQ Chicken   Skinny MomIngredients

  • 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • ½ cup low-sugar BBQ sauce (I used Stubb’s® Original BBQ Sauce)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ⅓ cup unsalted peanuts, coarsely ground in food processor
Supplies:
  • non-stick aluminum foil
  • 1 gallon heavy-duty food storage bag that locks

For cooking instructions, click here.

About the author: Skinny Mom is a leading digital publishing company that gives moms “the skinny” on healthy living. Skinny Mom delivers original recipes, workouts, and healthy living tips and trends to inspire moms across the globe to live the healthiest life they can. 

 

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