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Charity of the Month November 2014-Cogswell Hall

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.


Cogswell Hall is a permanent solution to homelessness that offers quality, low-income housing with social services, builds community and advocates for disabled and economically disadvantaged individuals.  Our family-like home offers a private room, gracious common areas, and staff support to assist with the isolation and marginalization caused by mental illness, substance abuse, physical or developmental disabilities, HIV/AIDS, unemployment or underemployment.  Our model, which combines low cost housing with individualized services plans and community building, effectively stabilizes people in housing, preventing and intervening in homelessness and improving health and wellness.  Cogswell Hall distinguishes itself from other permanent supportive housing projects by serving many individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless in addition to reserving space for those who are homeless.

Cogswell Hall is important to me because from the moment I walked in the door, I felt a sense of compassion and caring for others that I’ve not seen at other social service agencies.  I’ve met men and women who did not enjoy the privilege of having a place to call home, find security and a sense of family that they have never felt before.  I’ve watched Audrey go from a walker to a cane to walking the halls every day and bragging about how low her sugar is that day.  I’ve seen John, who was homeless for 3 years before coming to Cogswell Hall, smile and take his keys to HIS apartment.  There are 41 stories here, today, and every one of them could have been me.

About the Author:  Cindy, the Development/Marketing Manager, coordinates volunteer activities, event planning, social media and donor relations for Cogswell Hall.  She is a member of the Faith-Based Subcommittee task group of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services of Cuyahoga County charged with increasing awareness of the spirituality component in treatment for substance abuse and mental illness.

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

Don’t Be Tricked, Try Some Fun and Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween can make you feel like a kid again, it’s fun to dress up and have some treats. Many of us associate Halloween with candy and sugary treats but the thought of all that sugar scares us here at EatSmart more than the ghosts and goblins do! Treats don’t necessarily have to be highly processed store-bought snacks. Who says healthy can’t be fun? If you’re looking to add a little balance to the holiday we recommend checking out these yummy and healthier alternatives. Your family won’t know they’ve been tricked with these spooky treats!

HEALTHY-HALLOWEEN-TREAT-ROUNDUPOF RECIPESHere are ridiculously easy to make treats with fruit:

Frozen “Boo”-nana Pops

Frozen-'Boo'-nana-PopsRecipe HERE from

Spinach Ice Cream

Spinach-Ice-Cream-chocolateandcarrots.com_Recipe HERE from Chocolate and Carrots

Bake up some cookies or crispy rice treats:

Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints

pumpkin_chai_cookies_1A-1024x685Recipe HERE from Pass the Sushi

Green Monster Rice Cereal Treats (Gluten-Free Vegan)

monsterkrispies-2Recipe HERE from Fork and Beans

Pumpkin Crème Bars  

Pumpkin-Creme-Bars-My-Whole-Food-LifeRecipe HERE from My Whole Food Life

Halloween Food: Scarecrow Tostadas

Scarecrow-Tostada.2Recipe HERE from My Pocket Change Gourmet

Gluten and Grain Free Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes

grain_free_chocolate_cupcakes_1Recipe HERE from Texanerin Baking

Making these fun alternatives will ensure you have all of the treats with none of the tricks from the scale! It’s good to know you can still celebrate and have fun in a healthier way. We think your family members will agree.


Extra Large Baked Apple With Crunchy Granola

  • 1 large Rome apple
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup cold water or apple juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey, agave nectar, or brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 bar of Nature Valley crunchy granola bar, pick your favorite flavor (My favorite granola bar of all time)
  • 1/2 miniature box of raisins
  • 2 heaping tbsp of Yoplait vanilla yogurt, (Also, my favorite brand of Yogurt)

For baking directions, click here.

About the Author: Hi, I’m Pam of Our recipes and helpful tips focus on healthy eating and staying fit. I have taken lots of dishes from my catering days and skinny-sized them without losing the great tastes. Hop on over and see our recipes and tips. Some from our friends who shared their favorites. Enjoy!

7 Reasons You Need a Digital Kitchen Scale


Do you own a kitchen scale? Digital scales are amazingly accurate, easy to use and can be used in a variety of ways. Baked goods definitely turn out better with accurate measurements. It’s also a dieter’s secret weapon; does anyone really know what 2 ounces of uncooked pasta looks like? Not sure if your envelope requires extra postage? Pop it on the scale!

Here are 7 reasons why a kitchen scale is an important tool:

  1. Small design – The compact size of the newer kitchen scale models make them convenient to leave right on your kitchen counter. The ease of access will have you reaching for it again and again.
  2. Consistently accurate – What exactly do 3 large bananas measure to when baking? The volume of a cup of flour can vary by up to 2 ounces brand by brand. Since baking is a precise science, having measurements vary can throw off your recipe. Measuring by volume ensures that your recipes come out perfect each time.
  3. Easy to use – Most kitchen scales are digital and could not be easier to use. Choose your measurement preference (ounces/grams/lbs/kilograms) and put the bowl on the scale. Hit the “tare” button to remove the weight of the bowl and you’re ready to start measuring. An illuminated large digital readout makes seeing the weight a snap.
  4. Dirty less dishes – When weigh everything in the bowl on the scale, you don’t need a measuring cup. The tare button lets you zero back with every new ingredient so you can measure everything in one bowl. This is especially helpful with sticky ingredients like peanut butter or honey. Plus, you do not need a variety of measuring cups and spoons when you’re actually weighing out your ingredients!
  5. Do conversions – Converting grams to pounds? You can save time figuring conversions out since most digital scales can be easily switch measurement modes from metric to imperial.
  6. Aid in weight management – It’s very hard to eyeball an accurate portion size. A kitchen scale will let you know precisely how much that piece of steak weights or how much pasta you’re putting on your plate. This eliminates any unwanted excess calories from your plate and keeps you on track with your eating plan.
  7. Ease of cleaning – The new models are generally seamless. They do not have nooks or crannies to catch food particles or spills, allowing for easy cleaning with a quick wipe down.

reasons-to-use-a-kitchen-scaleEatSmart Products happens to have two excellent digital kitchen scales many positive Amazon reviews. Both the EatSmart Precision Pro and the EatSmart Precision Elite have a large backlit digital read out and are accurate within .05 oz / 1g – making them efficient and easy to use!

Apple Pie Snack Cake

My apple love continues, this time with an “almost healthy” traveling treat. This snack cake includes almond meal and Greek yogurt for a good source of calcium.  The cake is packed full of apples, and has apple pie jam mixed into each bite. There is not a lot of sugar included in the recipe, the natural sweetness will come from the apples and the apple pie jam.  So that is why this recipe is “almost healthy.”  I have recently discovered that I need to include more calcium in my diet, but I still need the sugar for when I need a pick-me-up!  Using foods that are rich in calcium, instead of taking too many supplements, is more fun to me!


  • ½ cup Apple Cinnamon Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup apples, diced (one small apple)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup apple pie jam with cranberries
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 9 inch pie pan with cooking spray, or scone pan.
  2. In medium bowl – Mix together Greek yogurt, diced apples, sugar, vanilla, and apple pie jam.
  3. In small bowl – Mix together almond meal, all purpose flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking powder.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together, and pour the batter into greased pan.
  5. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, depending on oven.
  6. Enjoy!

About the Author: Cafe Terra Blog is a sweet and savory food blog where there is something for everyone. It is a place where you can sit down, relax, and enjoy new recipes along with family favorites. Come on in, Have a seat!

Avocado Egg Salad

Creamy avocados are the perfect way to spruce up traditional egg salad. They are delicious and filled with healthy fats. This recipe for egg salad completely eliminates mayonnaise.


8 eggs
1 small onion
1 avocado
2 tsp lemon juice


1.  Add 6-8 cups water to a pot with a pinch of salt.  Bring to boil.

2.  Add eggs to boiling water & boil for 10-12 minutes.

3.  Strain the eggs and run them under cold water until they are cool to touch.

4.  Peel eggs.

5.  Cut peeled eggs in half – throw out 4 egg yolks.

6.  Put 4 whole eggs and 4 egg whites in a bowl and dice.

7.  Dice onion.

8.  Combine avocado pulp and lemon juice in a small blender & puree.

9.  Mix eggs, onion, and avocado puree.

10.  Add salt & pepper to taste.

11.  Serve with crackers or chips or whole wheat bread & enjoy!


About the Author: Karen Welby is the Marketing Director of EatSmart Products. Outside of EatSmart, she is a runner and running coach and can be found on twitter, @coach_karenw.

Top 10 Tips for Food Shopping

food shoppingDo you ever wonder what to buy at a health food store? Do you dread grocery shopping? Are you overwhelmed with all the options on the shelves? Grocery shopping and healthy eating is easy when you’re armed with a little knowledge. This past weekend, I gave a health food store tour and  shared knowledge about planning and preparing healthful meals; introduced participants  to the benefits of eating dark leafy greens such as chard and kale and whole grains such as millet and quinoa, and showed the importance of reading the label on everything that you put in and on your body!

Here are my top ten tips for food shopping. I hope you find them helpful.

Happy Shopping!

  1. Buy Local & In Season – Your food will be fresher when it doesn’t have to travel as far. Eating seasonal produce is better for your health and less expensive.
  2. Buy Organic – Pesticides are toxic. Organic is better for your health AND the environment.
  3. Read Labels - Just because it says ‘All Natural’ doesn’t make it a health food. For example, notice how much sugar is in that tomato sauce, canned soup, frozen ‘healthy’ dinner or bag of tortilla chips, or how much fat or added sodium frozen and canned foods have.
  4.  If You Don’t Know It, Don’t Buy It! – Read the labels, and if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, think twice before eating it!
  5.  Don’t Go Shopping Hungry! - You’ll be more likely to buy crap. And if you buy crap, you’ll eat crap!
  6. Go With A List (for your week’s meals) – Go prepared and stick to the list. You won’t be distracted by marketing and junk food nor will you forget something important.
  7.  Buy In Bulk – For grains, beans and nuts you’ll get cheaper prices and the exact amount you need and want.
  8. Stick To The Perimeter – The majority of what you purchase, should come from the outside border of the store, where they keep the rainbow of fresh fruits and veggies, rBGH free/organic/grass fed dairy, eggs & meats.
  9.  Ask questions!  When I lived in Boston & LA, the produce guys in Whole Foods knew my name. Besides being in the store often, I would ask for help picking out a ripe avocado and ask what’s fresh and good that day. Sometimes I would ask a question and before I knew it they would cut open an orange or pineapple for me to taste! Don’t be shy! The fish monger, butcher, baker, and natural health food store employees are all well trained in what they do so ask away!
  10. Bring your own bags. Mother Earth will thank you and so will your wallet (some stores like Whole Foods gives discounts for each bag you bring).

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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. abby phon

Connect with Abby on all of her sites.



5 Things to Know About the New EatSmart Precision CalPal Digital Bathroom Scale

EatSmart Products would like to introduce another exciting addition to our bathroom scale line, the EatSmart Precision CalPal Digital Bathroom Scale.


An exceptional value at $35 on, the Precision CalPal allows users to quickly and easily receive an accurate weight, and allows users to accurately estimate the appropriate amount of calories a person can consume in one day.  Along with additional features like auto-recognition software, this scale is also equipped with a BMI (Body Mass Index) indicator to see how you rank within national standards.  By simply entering your height, gender, age and activity level, the Precision CalPal determines BMI measurements from these factors.  BMI and caloric estimation can be major motivational factors to help you reach your goal.

Here are 5 things to know about the new Precision CalPal Bathroom Scale:

STORES PROFILES FOR UP TO 4 USERS1. After an easy one time setup of inputting your height, gender, age and activity level, the CalPal can calculate BMI each time you use the scale. BMI is a ratio between height and weight and is a fairly reliable indicator of body fat. It’s a great way to evaluate your health status.

2. This scale provides a caloric estimate on how many calories are needed per day to maintain your current weight. It takes the guesswork out of knowing how many calories you can consume in a day and this estimation may gradually help with a weight loss, gain or maintenance plan.

3. As soon as you step onto the scale, the CalPal remembers and identifies users based on past weights. It can store personal data for up to four users after a simple one time setup.

4. The Precision CalPal gives instant readings which means no more tapping the scale to turn it on. With EatSmart “Step-On” Technology, the scale is calibrated and ready to go; just step on the scale and see your weight.

5. The high precision EatSmart sensors in this scale will give consistent and accurate measurements for weights up to 440 lbs / 200 kgs. Weight is measured in graduation increments of .1 lbs. / .1 kg for accuracy.

Do you have any questions about our CalPal Bathroom Scale? Please tweet them to us @eatsmartscales. We’re here to help!

Charity of the Month October 2014 – Living Strong, Living Well Program at the Ridgewood YMCA

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.

Living Strong, Living Well is a 12-week Strength & Fitness Program for Cancer Patients and is offered FREE to all participants.  Originally developed by Stanford University, this program at the Ridgewood YMCA has impacted the lives of more than 400 cancer patients since its inception in January 2008.


This small group program is designed to help adult cancer survivors who have recently become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease.  The goal is to help patients build muscle strength and endurance, increase flexibility and improve functional ability.

livewelllivestrongThe participants take classes in the Strength & Conditioning Gym twice a week and are also given 3-month YMCA Triangle memberships which allow them use of the pool during lap swims and participation in other health & fitness classes.

A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own personal fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle as a way of life. A member of the EatSmart Products family has participated in this program and HIGHLY recommends it to all who could benefit.

We hope all EatSmart fans will offer their support to the Living Well, Living Strong Program at the Ridgewood YMCA by following EatSmart Products on Facebook.

Click here to LIKE us on Facebook and EatSmart will donate:


We will be donating 50 cents for every new Facebook follower acquired during the month of October. (So spread the word!)
Tweet: LIKE us on #Facebook and we will donate to our charity of the month @RidgewoodYMCA. #charityofthemonth

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


Zucchini, Eggplant and Lentils in Coconut Milk

I was lucky enough to have a friend’s CSA share while she was on vacation. I had the most amazing vegetables that were grown locally and delivered fresh from the farm. Lettuce, zucchini, rainbow carrots, kale, eggplant, chard, onions, herbs, fennel, cabbage, cucumbers were among the haul.

I had fun making stuffed pattypan squash, various green juices, salads and dish that I made up out of eggplant, zucchini and the onion. After I mentioned to another friend what I had made she asked for the recipe. I didn’t actually have one, I realized that over the years of cooking I had become like my Grandma.

It was a huge moment of connection and I felt really proud. My gram made some of the best dishes but could never tell you the measurements of anything. She cooked by what she thought would go together and how it tasted along the way. More often than not the first thought works and the taste testing usually makes it turn out right.

So for my friend I back tracked what I did and I’m sharing the recipe with all of you as well. The thing is I use what I have on hand and I encourage that for you as well. Don’t like an ingredient, substitute with one you prefer.

zucchini with coconut milk

Zucchini, Eggplant & Lentils in Coconut Milk Recipe


  • 1 c red lentils
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • 1 large zucchini, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 small eggplant, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste


Cook lentils in 2 cups of vegetable broth (about 20 minutes)

In the meantime, saute onion until softened (about 3 – 4 minutes). Add garlic and saute 2 minutes. Add in zucchini & turmeric, saute another 3 – 4 minutes and then add in eggplant and saute another 4 minutes. Add in tomato, coconut milk.and drained lentils into pan and let simmer until heated (2 – 3 minutes).

I served mine over brown rice and with a salad.

About the Author: Janine McHale is a certified holistic health counselor and the owner of The Empowered Plate. She empowers busy women and runners to reach their goals of weight loss, better nutrition, stress management and more energy via nutrition and lifestyle tweaks. Need help with preparing quick healthy meals for yourself and/or your family? Send her an e-mail at!

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