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11 Common Foods That Can Cause Bloating

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Are you suddenly having a little trouble zipping up your jeans or putting on your rings? If you’re prone to bloating or swelling, the right diet will help you stay svelte. After all, who wants to be uncomfortable and unable to wear their favorite jeans?

Here are 11 foods that may cause bloating:

Salty and highly processed foods

The salt in processed foods causes water retention, which leads to a bloated stomach and swollen hands and feet. Choose foods with low sodium content instead.

Carbonated drinks

The bubbles cause gas which gets trapped in your stomach and causes uncomfortable swelling! Choose water or unsweetened iced tea over carbonated beverages.  And you can always add fruit or cucumber slices to water for flavor.


For those with lactose intolerance, milk products are hard to digest. The lactose causes bloating, gas and other unpleasant side effects. Choose lactose-free milk or try Lactaid pills to help aid digestion.

High carbohydrate foods

Foods such as bagels, pizza and pasta have high amounts of glycogen. For every gram of glycogen stored, the body also stores 3 grams of water, which causes swelling. Skip the breads and pastas in favor of whole grain choices, like brown rice or quinoa.

Cruciferous vegetables

Vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale have tiny sugars that are hard for some people to digest, causing gas. We don’t recommend avoiding these vegetables altogether, but when you need a flat tummy, leafy green vegetables and squash are better choices.

Raw vegetables

These can be hard for the body to digest and may cause bloating. Cooking them will reduce the effect while still providing the vitamins and nutrients your body needs.


Eating beans and lentils, especially in large amounts, can lead to gas and bloating. If you want to include legumes in your diet, increase portion sizes gradually to build up your tolerance.

Artificial sweeteners

They are hard for the body to digest and can result in excess gas. Learn to enjoy foods without extra sugar or use natural sugars sparingly.

Spicy foods

Foods such as hot pepper, chili powder, horseradish and tomato sauce causes the stomach to release more acid, which causes irritation. Go easy on the extra spices and acidic foods.

Coffee, tea, acidic fruit juice and alcohol

Acidic beverages can irritate the GI tract and cause swelling. Herbal teas are the better choice when you want a warm beverage.

Gum and hard candy

Chewing gum and sucking on hard candy can cause you to swallow excess air. The air gets trapped in the stomach causing expansion. Brush your teeth when you want a minty clean mouth.

Our Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale is a great tool to monitor your health. It can determine if you are gaining weight or just retaining water. Unlike traditional scales, the GetFit Bathroom Scale measures body composition including body water, body fat, muscle mass, bone mass and weight.  This allows the user to establish a baseline body water percentage and identify when it’s elevated.


Do you have any tips for reducing bloating? Please share with us at @EatSmartScales.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

With fall temps comes hearty soup recipes. If you’re a fan of creamy soups give this Loaded Baked Potato Soup a try.

Potato Soup


  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 12 ounces bacon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Click for cooking instructions.

About the Author: Becky Tarala, author of The Two Bite Club, is a stay-at-home mom to two whose food blog features recipes from my family’s past as well as simple favorites. Becky is a hopeless optimistic, vegetable gardener, coupon-aholic, cookbook hoarder, and potato lover.

Healthy Game Day Recipe Roundup


It’s football season again! With game day comes tailgates and Sunday fundays, along with plenty of tasty snacks. From chicken wings, pizza and cheesy dips, these typical party foods aren’t exactly great for our waistlines and eating smart during game day can be a challenge. We’ve rounded up main dishes, sides and apps to satisfy you without adding extra pounds. If you’re heading out tailgating, we recommend taking along our Precision Elite Food Thermometer so you know that your foods are cooked to exactly the right temperature!

Impress your guests during the big game with these healthy recipes:

Loaded Smashed Red Potatoes Loaded-Smashed-Red-Potatoes-11

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

Bruschetta Quinoa Casserole
Bruschetta Quinoa Casserole (3)

Get the recipe from The Iron You.

Barbecue Chicken and Red Grape Skewers

Get the recipe from Delightful E Made.

Simple Spinach Quiche

Get the recipe from Dine and Dish.

Skinny Poolside Dip

Get the recipe from Clever Housewife.

Grilled Zucchini Nachos

Get the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.

Tomato Mozzarella Tart

Get the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.

Creamy Southwestern Orzo Salad


Get the recipe from Rachel Cooks.

Football Shaped Zucchini Fritters

Get the recipe from Hungry Happenings.

Potato Cauliflower Chickpea Salad

Get the recipe from Vegan Richa.

Do you have a favorite game day recipe? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales.

Butternut Squash Risotto

Fall isn’t far off which means hearty soups, apple crisps and other seasonal recipes are on the horizon. Add this healthy, vegetarian Butternut Squash Risotto recipe to your fall menu.


  • 2½ cups butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups (one box) chicken, beef or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup risotto
  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon minced thyme or sage
  • zest of one lemon
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese

Click for cooking instructions.

About the Author: LeAndra is the author, cook, photographer, and chief dishwasher behind the blog Love & Flour. She is learning to like quinoa almost as much as she likes chocolate chip cookies.

Charity of the Month September 2015 – T.E.A.L.

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. teal-logoSeptember is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! In honor of this important cause, we’ve selected T.E.A.L, (Tell Every Amazing Lady) as our charity of the month. Their mission is to promote public awareness and education of the signs, symptoms and risk factors of Ovarian Cancer, while providing support to survivors and raising funds for research in order to find the cure for Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women.

About the T.E.A.L.:

®T.E.A.L. stands for both Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation and for Teal, the color that symbolizes Ovarian Cancer. Founded in 2009 by two sisters from Brooklyn, NY to draw attention to Ovarian Cancer, ®T.E.A.L. has grown to become a national movement.  Our goal is to decrease mortality rates by helping women identify signs and symptoms and urging them to seek medical help at the earliest possible stages. We believe that by equipping women with knowledge about the disease and its signs, and encouraging them to listen to their bodies, we can save lives. T.E.A.L. programs focus on providing support to patients and survivors, raising public awareness, and sharing resources with key partners in the struggle to end Ovarian Cancer. T.E.A.L. funds cutting-edge research and public education campaigns designed to improve the lives of Ovarian Cancer patients and those at risk of contracting the disease.

Click here to visit their Facebook page.

For every new Facebook follower we acquire during the month of September, we will donate 50 cents/follower to the T.E.A.L. (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.

Gluten Free Pizza Crackers

Most store bought crackers can contain preservatives and ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Snack smart with this Pizza Cracker recipe from Super Healthy Kids.


  • 1/2 cup – Rice flour, white
  • 1/2 cup – flour, gluten free
  • 1/2 teaspoon – sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon – sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon – BASIL, DRIED, GROUND
  • 1/2 tablespoon – oregano, dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon – rosemary, dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon – garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 1/4 cup – Pumpkin, canned
  • 1 tablespoon – Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon – baking soda
  • 1/4 cup – mozzarella cheese, part skim milk

For instructions, click here.

About the Author: Amy Roskelley has a passion for healthy family living. She is a graduate of health education, and owner of Super Healthy Kids, an online resource for parents who are looking for ideas, healthy meal plans, recipes, and tips for feeding their kids healthier and living better.

Granola Bar Recipe Roundup


We love quick energy snacks here at EatSmart, but we don’t love the ingredients in many commercial granola bars. We’re looking at you partially-hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup! There are natural, healthy energy bars but they can be so pricey. Our solution is to make our own. We’ve rounded up a variety of our favorite granola bar and energy bar recipes for you to try. Some don’t even require cooking – who doesn’t love that?

No Bake Cherry Pie Nut Bars cherrybars9

Get the recipe from Sugar-Free Mom.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein BarsNo-Bake-Peanut-Butter-Cup-Protein-Bars1

Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.

Raspberry-Chocolate Protein BarsRaspberry-Chocolate-Protein-Bars

Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy.

Carrot Cake Protein Bars


Get the recipe from 86 Lemons.

Healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars Healthy-Ginger-Peach-Oat-Bars-1408039728TEXT

Get the recipe from American Heritage Cooking.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Barschocolate-chip-cookie-dough-bars

Get the recipe from Desserts with Benefits.

Raw Energy Bars – Chocolate OrangeSSWF-ChocolateOrangeBars

Get the recipe from SeaSaltwithFood.

Homemade Protein Barsprotein-bars

Get the recipe from Healthy Green Kitchen.

Easy Strawberry Banana Granola BarsStrawberry-Banana-Granola-Bars

Get the recipe from Frugal Fanatic.

Quinoa Granola Bars


Get the recipe from Honestly Yum.

Do you have a favorite granola or energy bar recipe? Tweet us at @EatSmartScales.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

In search of a new meatless Monday recipe? Give this stuffed pepper recipe a try. Not only does it taste great, but it’s loaded with protein from the quinoa and black beans, sure to leave you satisfied.



  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup salsa (use a watery salsa, like salsa verde)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped cilantro (optional)

For instructions, click here.

About the Author: A Nutritionist Eats shares simple and healthy recipes – that always taste good! Follow her on Twitter @nutritionisteat.

5 Things To Know About Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

5 Things To Know About Healthy Eating During PregnancyEven before women find out they’re pregnant they typically know some of the foods and drinks they’re supposed to avoid during those 9 months. Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of the foods and drinks you used to love! Check out our list below for ways to eat (and drink!) smart during your pregnancy:

Take Prenatal Vitamins

While some doctors recommend taking prenatal vitamins prior to getting pregnant, this might not always happen. As soon as you learn you’re having a baby you need to start a regimen of vitamins. Baby Center dubs prenatal vitamins a “nutritional insurance policy” for all of their benefits. Capsules contain both folic acid and iron, important vitamins for a baby’s development.

Give Up Alcohol

Nearly all pregnant women know that alcohol can severely impair a baby’s development and lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. It’s hard to go from enjoying a glass of wine with dinner or cocktails with friends. However, there are several ways you can still enjoy some of the benefits of alcohol without putting your baby in danger.

  • Miss the afterwork “un-wine”? New studies have shown that fermented foods like kimchi, pickles, and saurkraut can help reduce anxiety.  Stock up on some delicious (and low calorie!) pickles from a local farmers market or from online artisanal pickle shops like Rick’s Picks
  • Still want to do happy hour with the crew? Just because you can’t imbibe traditional cocktails doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the great “mock”tail options out there. Try some of these yummy options that come with the added health bonus of being full of fruit!  If you’re still waiting to tell friends or co-workers your big news ask the bartender to make you a vodka-less vodka club.  A good bar-tender will make  sure your drink look just like a true cocktail!
  • Genuinely miss the taste of wine? Try some of the new varieties of alcohol-less wines from companies like Fre. With only .05% of alcohol per serving a glass of alcohol free wine is safe for pregnant moms and women who are breast feeding.

Skip the Sushi

While there is some debate over whether sushi is healthy for a mom and her developing baby, if you do choose to skip the raw stuff for 9 months, you don’t have to miss out on your spicy tuna roll craving completely!

  • Omega 3s- Essential fats like Omega 3s offer a variety of benefits for a baby’s brain development. While you might want to avoid raw salmon you can still reap the benefits of these healthy fats from rolls like peanut avocado or salmon teriyaki. Added bonus? Vegetable rolls tend to be cheaper than those containing raw fish!

Avoid Undercooked Meat, Poultry and Eggs

During pregnancy, you’re at increased risk of bacterial food poisoning especially from undercooked meat, poultry and eggs. Your immune system is weakened, so it could be harder for you to fight off infections.


Monitor Your Weight

There is a big misconception that moms-to-be need to “eat for two”. This is not the case! Expecting mothers need to consume only 300 extra calories a day to support their baby’s development (that’s the equivalent of a container of yogurt and a piece of fruit). Women of normal weight should gain 25 to 35 pounds while they’re pregnant.

  • Easily monitor your weight gain using the EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale. After a brief initial setup, the scale records your “starting weight” into memory. On each subsequent weigh-in, the scale will show the following three numbers:
    • 1) Your current weight
    • 2) The change in weight from the last time you weighed yourself
    • 3) The total change in weight since first use


  • Eating smart throughout your pregnancy not only makes it more likely that you will gain a healthy amount of weight, but also makes it easier for you to shed that weight after pregnancy.

Have tips for how other new moms can still eat and drink safely? We’d love to hear from you @eatsmartscales.

Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Bread

Who loves quick and easy bread recipes? If you’re looking to bake a healthy loaf full of nuts and fruits, give this Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Bread recipe a try.



  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup halved walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries (or frozen cranberries thawed in the fridge)
  • (glaze) 1 cup powdered sugar
  • (glaze) 2 tablespoons low fat buttermilk

Click for baking instructions.

About the author: Caroline is a food blogger and photographer, recipe developer and a mom of two boys. She runs Chocolate & Carrots where she shares everything from healthier baking recipes, family friendly meals, pregnancy and baby updates and more!

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