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39 Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas

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It’s easy to mindlessly eat while driving or riding in the car, especially if you’re getting your snacks from rest stops and fast food places. However, you don’t have to toss out your normal healthy habits when traveling. Eating healthy on the road all boils down to planning. Bringing your own snacks allows you to control the nutritional content of your food and ensures you have treats that you enjoy. Your food doesn’t have to be boring, nor does it have to be complicated. You’re in the car – everything should be easy to grab!

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Pack proportioned snacks into single serving baggies so you don’t go through an entire large bag of nuts or pretzels in one stretch. Use our Precision Digital Kitchen Scale to accurately measure out portions into single serving snack packs. Its recessed platform contains items such nuts, chips, and trail mix and prevents them from rolling off the scale. It’s hard to judge an ounce of nuts by looking at them and suggested serving sizes aren’t always accurate. Measuring by volume keeps servings on point.

Need some snack ideas to take on the road? We’ve compiled some healthy options that travel well and are convenient for grab and go meals.

Here’s our list of EatSmart approved foods to take along on road trips:

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Protein

Yogurt – If you’re traveling with children, opt for pouches that don’t require a spoon.
Tuna – We suggest packets since they are easy to open and there’s no oil or water to spill.
Jerky – There are many healthy options to choose from, including vegan brands.
Hard boiled eggs
Nuts and seeds
Nut butters – Individual packets are easier to maneuver in the car.
String cheese
Energy bars – You can buy them or make some of these easy DIY granola bar recipes.

EATSMART PRO TIP: Packing high-quality protein snacks helps keep you feeling full throughout the day.


39 Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas-vegetables

Veggies

Baby carrots
Celery sticks
Cherry tomatoes
Broccoli
Cucumber
Cauliflower

EATSMART PRO TIP: Not a fan of plain vegetables? Pack dip in your cooler to make the veggies more palatable.


39 Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas-dips

Dippers

Hummus
Guacamole
Ranch dressing

EATSMART PRO TIP: Buy single serving packs or make your own dippers in small containers for convenience and to cut down on the mess.


39 Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas-fruit

Fruit

Apples
Clementines
Grapes
Blueberries
Bananas
Peaches

EATSMART PRO TIP: Buy what’s in season, travels well, and is easy to peel.


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Savory

Whole grain crackers
Roasted edamame
Baked chips
Air popped popcorn
Kale chips

EATSMART PRO TIP: To prevent these snacks from getting crushed, store the delicate bagged items in Tupperware containers.


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Sweet Treats

Dark chocolate
Whole grain cookies
Low sugar, high fiber cereal
Fruit snacks – Choose natural ones with less sugar.
Smoothies – Make your own healthy version and put it in individual bottles.
Trail mix – You can buy it but it is cheaper and healthier to make your own.
Muffins – Choose healthy versions or make your own such as Strawberry Banana Quinoa Bran Muffins, Chocolate Avocado Muffins, and Fresh Plum and Oat Muffins.

EATSMART PRO TIP: Packing your sweet treats helps you steer clear of impulse purchases at rest stops such as processed candy bars and donuts.


39 Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas-beverages

Beverages

Water
Unsweetened tea or coffee
Low sugar juice boxes
Tea bags, instant coffee, and hot cocoa packets

EATSMART PRO TIP: Bring along both a reusable water bottle and a travel mug for hot water. At rest stops you can make your own hot tea, coffee, or cocoa and fill up your water bottle.


In addition to packing food, it’s always good to have a few miscellaneous items so you don’t have to worry about stopping.  

Miscellaneous Extras

Napkins
Straws
Wet wipes
Plastic utensils
Baggies
Grocery bags –  Toss garbage out in or have on hand in case of car sickness.
Hand sanitizer

EATSMART PRO TIP: Pack everything into a clear plastic tote so you can easily find what you need. Another idea is to assign specific colors of your Travelwise Packing Cubes to separate types of items. For example, the small teal packing cube can be miscellaneous items and the grey packing cube can be for food that doesn’t need to be in the cooler.

Even if you pack your snacks, it’s inevitable to stop at a drive thru or fast food restaurant on a long drive. If you find yourself grabbing a meal at the drive thru, choose a grilled chicken sandwich instead of the burger, and swap the fries for a healthier option like apple slices or a side salad. Save the calorie indulgences for the extra special treats at your destination such like ice cream on the beach or a margarita with dinner.

What are your favorite healthy snacks for a road trip? Tweet them to us at @eatsmartscales.

13 Common Cooking Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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Whether you’re a professional chef, or are still learning to boil water properly, everyone makes mistakes while cooking. Some mishaps will go unnoticed, but others can spoil a dish and will leave you ordering take-out.

We’d like to help take your cooking skills to the next level. We’ve compiled some of the most common cooking mistakes and how to prevent each of them from happening in your kitchen.

Mistake #1: You didn’t read the entire recipe before cooking

Before you prepare a dish, you should confirm that you have the correct ingredients and verify the proper cooking time. If you don’t read the full recipe, you could miss critical marinating or resting times for your meal.

Follow this tip: Be prepared before beginning your meal. It’s not worth dirtying the dishes if you’re pressed for time or don’t have the correct ingredients to perfect your meal.

Mistake #2: You boil instead of simmer

Stews and soups benefit from a slow simmer rather than an intense boil. Don’t try to hurry your meal along by bringing it to a boil. Boiling dries meat out and makes the vegetables too soft.

Follow this tip: Simmering helps make the meat tender and allows flavors to blend. Allow enough time for your meal to properly simmer on the stove or utilize your slow cooker. Adding your ingredients to your slow cooker in the morning lets your stew or soup simmer throughout the day, eliminating the need to rush in the evening.

Mistake #3: You don’t know your oven’s real temperature

Not all ovens heat evenly or accurately – even the pricey brands. You may think you are baking your cake at 350 degrees, but your oven’s true temperature is actually lower or higher. Even a slight difference could lead to a cake that’s raw in the middle or burned on top.

Follow this tip: Use an oven thermometer to ensure an accurate oven temperature reading. Then you will know if you need to raise or lower the heat to hit the proper cooking temperature.

Mistake #4: You don’t accurately measure ingredients

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Depending on the dish, this isn’t always a big deal, but when baking this can ruin your cake or cookies. Packing flour into your measuring cup causes cakes to be dense and tough, while using too much butter can make cookies flat.

Follow this tip: The most accurate way to measure your ingredients is to measure them by volume with your EatSmart Precision Digital Kitchen Scale. Using your kitchen scale, weigh food items and recipe ingredients 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. You will get superior results when you have the correct ratio of ingredients.

Mistake #5: You put cold meat in the oven

Cooking very cold meat leads to uneven results. The chicken may be perfectly browned on the outside but pink and raw on the inside.

Follow this tip: Let the meat sit out a few minutes to take the chill off.  Your meat will cook much more evenly when it’s closer to room temperature.

Mistake #6: You overcrowd the pan

Overcrowding leads to soggy and unappealing meats and vegetables. Meat won’t brown and vegetables won’t crisp or caramelize if there isn’t room for moisture to evaporate.

Follow this tip: Give your food some space by either cooking in smaller batches or using more pans. Spreading the food out will give you the texture you’re longing for.

Mistake #7: You keep poking the meat

Repeatedly flipping your burgers while grilling or constantly poking your meat lets the juices escape, resulting in dry meat.

eatsmart-food-thermometerFollow this tip: Leave your meat alone during the cooking process. Use a food thermometer, such as our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer, toward the estimated end of your cooking time to determine when the meat is cooked to perfection. The 1.5mm probe leaves a very small puncture so juices stay within the meat, and it records the temperature in seconds.

Mistake #8: You don’t heat the pan enough

Adding cold oil to a cold pan and topping with cold food can throw off texture and lead to gummy results.

Follow this tip: Food should sizzle when it hits the pan. Be sure to adequately heat the pan and the oil before adding your ingredients.

Mistake #9: You don’t get your ingredients together

You have to stop prepping the meal to find an ingredient and then you need time to chop it up. Or, worse, you are missing necessary items to complete your recipe.

Follow this tip: Gather, measure, and prep your ingredients beforehand to make cooking and assembling meals quick and effortless. It takes much less time to prep ingredients than to chop them up as you go along. It also ensures you have the ingredients you need while cooking.

Mistake #10: You use a non-stick pan for everything

Non-stick pans are great for breakfast foods such as eggs, French toast, and pancakes but they don’t get as hot as a regular pan. You cannot properly sear a piece of meat in a nonstick pan, nor will your vegetables get that crispy edge.

Follow this tip: Cook your stir fries, meats, and vegetables in a traditional pan, especially if you desire a crispy texture.

Mistake #11: You don’t allow the meat to rest

Cutting your meat immediately after taking it out of the oven or off the grill allows all the juices to run out; resulting in dry and tough meat.

Follow this tip: Let your steak or chicken breast rest for 5 minutes to allow the juices to distribute evenly throughout the meat. A roast, pork loin, or whole chicken will need 20 minutes, so keep it warm by loosely covering with foil.

Mistake #12: You use the same knife for each task

A paring knife is great for smaller vegetables but isn’t up to the task of cutting open a butternut squash. On the other hand, a large knife can be awkward when mincing small items, such as garlic cloves.

Follow this tip: Chose the correct sized knife for the job. You will be more efficient and reduce risk of cutting yourself.

Mistake #13: You didn’t taste the dish as you go

Neglecting to taste the dish can lead to bland, boring food or over-seasoned, inedible food. More than one cook has grabbed salt instead of sugar, used too heavy a hand with spices, or forget to add pepper.

Follow this tip: Taste your dish while cooking to ensure a perfectly seasoned meal. And, please, wash your spoon in between tastes.

Some of these common mistakes are the result of bad habits. By making a few tweaks to your cooking routine, you can serve consistently delicious meals to your family.

Do you have a cooking question? Tweet it to us at @eatsmartscales.

How to Prevent Varicose Veins Naturally

Have you noticed purple or blue veins emerging on the surface of your legs? Those bulging veins are varicose veins, which most experts believe to be caused by weak valves in the veins. When healthy, these valves keep blood moving toward the heart. However, when they become weak, blood pools in the legs, causing veins to stretch, sag and protrude to the surface.

Varicose veins can also appear from pregnancy and hormones. While they may initially be a cause for concern, most varicose veins caused by pregnancy will recede after three months. Unfortunately, another pregnancy could bring them back for good.

While you can’t entirely prevent varicose veins, you can minimize your risk and help ease any discomfort from existing ones. In fact, some simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference. Here are our top tips for addressing varicose veins naturally.

The Do’s:

Do exercise regularly

Regular exercise will keep the blood properly circulating in your legs. If trips to the gym are unrealistic for you, walking is an easy way to add movement. Read about simple ways to increase your daily steps here.

Do wear compression gear

compressionCompression socks, pants or hose can reduce the diameter of the veins and ensure proper blood flow. This is especially important if you stand or sit for long periods.

Do manage your weight

precisionStudies show overweight people are more likely to develop varicose veins. It is vitally important to maintain a healthy weight because carrying around extra pounds increases the pressure and strain on your legs and veins. Keep track of your weight with our best-selling EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale.

Do use food as medicine

Add anti-inflammatory foods to your diet to reduce swelling. Foods such as berries, dark leafy greens, beets, ginger, turmeric, onions, garlic and oily fish can reduce inflammation in your body.

Do strengthen veins with witch hazel

Witch hazel can help strengthen vein walls. To reap the benefits, soak a wash cloth with witch hazel and place on the affected area.

Do massage your legs

Massage or dry brush your legs to keep the blood pumping. Use gentle upward strokes to smooth out the twisted veins. Make sure to never apply pressure directly on the bulging veins.

Do elevate your legs

After a long day, elevate your legs for 15 – 20 minutes every night.

Do eat your fiber

Eat plenty of fiber, including fresh vegetables and fruits, since constipation can contribute to varicose veins. Did you know that a serving of fruit or vegetables is 4 ounces? Our Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale can help you correctly measure out your fruits and vegetables for the day.

Do give apple cider vinegar remedies a try

Soak a washcloth in equal amounts apple cider vinegar and water and apply as a compress. To help increase circulation, apple cider vinegar can also be used on salads or mixed into a glass of warm water.

Do use essential oils

Consider using essential oils on a cool compress or added into your bath. Rosemary, lavender, cypress, pine and juniper berry all have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

The Don’ts:

Do not stay in one position too long

Shifting your position frequently when standing or sitting for long periods of time can improve circulation.

Do not skip stretching

stretchFlex your feet and roll your ankles when sitting, especially if you’re taking a long car, train or plane ride. Always stretch before and after exercise.

Do not sit with crossed legs

Sitting with your legs crossed at the knee interferes with circulation, and over time, can lead to varicose veins.

Do not forget your Vitamin C & B

Eat foods rich in Vitamin C to help repair damaged cells and strengthen capillaries. Vitamin B deficiencies can lead to damage in the lining of the blood vessels. Lean meat, tuna, shrimp, poultry, potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes, sunflower seeds, avocados and bananas are all good sources of Vitamin B.

A combination of diet, exercise, and herbal remedies can help you manage varicose veins without surgery. Of course, you should consult with your doctor or a physical therapist if you are not getting the relief you seek.

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Do you have varicose veins? How do you treat them? Tweet us at @eatsmartscales.

Festive Easter Dessert Recipes (That are Healthy too!)

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Easter celebrations typically include chocolate, candy, and a host of other sugary treats. However, it is possible to indulge in dessert without ruining your family’s healthy eating habits. We’ve hand-picked our favorite Easter sweets that are lighter and healthier but still taste great. (And they are totally Instagram worthy!) You can feel good creating festive treats from scratch and knowing everyone’s enjoying an #eatsmartapproved dessert.

For more Easter recipe inspiration, visit our Easter brunch recipe round-up.

Apple Fruit Baskets
Apple-Fruit-BasketGet the recipe from The Gunny Snack.


Easter Egg Fruit Pizza
fruit-pizza-1Get the recipe from Sugar Hero.


Easter Egg Chocolate Covered Strawberry Recipe
Easter-Egg-Chocolate-Covered-Strawberries-Recipe-5Get the recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats.


Peep Fruit Kabobs
Peep-Fruit-Kabobs-For-EasterGet the recipe from Amee’s Savory Dish.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs Copycat
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Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies (Vegan + GF)
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Jello Easter Eggs
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Paleo Chocolate Bunnies
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Spring Krispie Cake with M&M’s and Candy Drizzle
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Are you making an adorable Easter dessert? Share it with us on Instagram by tagging us, @EatSmartProducts.

Charity of the Month – The Autism Science Foundation

EatSmart fans will continue to select a Charity of the Month in 2017. 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.

We’ve selected The Autism Science Foundation as our charity of the month for April in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

The Autism Science Foundation Mission:

The Autism Science Foundation supports autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism

For every new Facebook Fan we (EatSmartProducts) acquire during the month of April, we will donate 50 cents/follower to The Autism Science Foundation (So spread the word!)

Click below, follow us and EatSmart will donate!

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

Product Spotlight: Meet the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

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The EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale is the ideal way to track your weight goals quickly and easily. The sleek design looks great in any room of the home, and its tempered safety glass platform weighs up to 400 pounds to the nearest 0.2 lbs. The Precision Digital is a customer favorite, it’s our best-selling bathroom scale and it has been number one on Amazon for over 8 years.

Here’s the front of the box: eatsmart-precision-digital-bathroom-scale--box22


Here’s the back of the box: eatsmart-precision-digital-bathroom-scale-box2


What’s in the box:

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Inside the box, you will find the bathroom scale, an instruction manual, customer satisfaction guarantee, free body tape measure (included – taped to the plastic packaging) and four AAA batteries (included – taped to the plastic packaging).


Battery compartment:

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Open the battery compartment, pop the four batteries into the back of the scale and you are ready to go.

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Four EatSmart precision sensors: eatsmart-precision-digital-bathroom-scale-feet

Four EatSmart precision sensors in each foot of the scale ensure accurate measurements in 0.2 lb or 0.1 kg increments.


Three measurement modes: eatsmart-precision-digital-bathroom-scale-measurements

You can easily switch between pounds, kilograms or stones by pushing the unit button to the left of the battery compartment.


Height of the scale: eatsmart-precision-digital-bathroom-scale-toscale

The platform sits approximately 1.8 inches off of the ground. For context of the scale’s height, here it is next to a quarter.


FREE Body Tape Measure (included):

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With every purchase, you will receive a FREE EatSmart Body Tape Measure – another great tool to monitor progress!


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The scale’s backlit LCD display is 3.5” diagonal, and 3.125″ wide by 1.5625” high and lights up in cool blue.


Sleek design:

eatsmart-precision-digital-bathroom-scale-battery-inactionThis bathroom scale features a sturdy 8mm thick tempered glass top and large 12″ x 13″ platform.
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The Precision Digital gives instant readings using EatSmart proprietary “Step-On” Technology and automatically turns off to conserve battery power.EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale with Extra Large Lighted Display

The scale is ideal for general home use. It’s simple to set up, easy to operate and boasts an attractive design.


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As with all EatSmart scales, the Precision Digital Bathroom Scale includes our 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty.

Click here to purchase the scale on Amazon for only $24.95.

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

Digital Food Thermometers 101 – FAQs, Safety + Calibration Tips

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Are you sure your meat is fully cooked? If you want to guarantee your meal is prepared to perfection, you need to use a food thermometer. In addition to ensuring your meat reaches a safe minimum temperature, you can prepare meats rare, medium and well-done with confidence. The exterior color of meat is not a true indication that your meat has reached a safe internal temperature.

When you use your thermometer correctly, you protect your family from food borne bacteria and illness. We’ve compiled FAQs, safety tips and calibration instructions to help you get the most from your instant read thermometer, such as our Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer or our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer.

Top frequently asked questions (FAQs):

When should I use my digital food thermometer?

Instant-read digital food thermometers give readings quickly. Use the thermometer toward the end of the minimum cooking time and allow it to remain in the meat for 3-5 seconds. The quickness of the reading means less time for the oven door to be open, keeping oven heat stable.

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Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer

What’s the best way to get an accurate reading?

You can get the most accurate temperature by sticking the thermometer into the center of the thickest part of the meat or casserole. Also, make sure it’s not touching any bone or gristle. For whole chickens and turkeys, the thickest part is where the thigh meets the rest of the body. For thin pieces of meat like hamburgers, stick the probe sideways into the meat.

How do I clean my digital food thermometer?

To ensure their longevity, properly clean them after each use by washing in warm, soapy water and air drying. For very sticky jobs, such as making candy, stick the probe in boiling water to remove any residue.

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How many models of food thermometers does EatSmart Products sell?

We offer two options for you to monitor accurate internal food temperatures, our Precision Elite Digital Thermocouple Thermometer and our Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer. Both models feature easy to read, bright blue backlit screens, splash proof designs, readings in Celsius or Fahrenheit with a resolution of 1 degree Fahrenheit and 1.5 mm step-down probes. There are a handful of differences in the food thermometers, which are broken down in this blog post. ESP_differences_between_thermometers_square

5 safety tips when using your digital food thermometer:

  1. Do not leave your EatSmart food thermometer in your food as it is cooking. Quick read thermometers are not designed withstand the heat of the oven for long periods of time.
  2. When you take a reading and the meat or casserole is not fully cooked, wash the probe before reinserting it into the meat again. If your food has any bacteria, washing the probe will prevent you from putting any of it back into the dish.
  3. Do multiple checks when cooking more than one piece of meat on the grill or in a microwave. Such heat sources can be uneven and not all of your foods may be cooked to the proper temperature.
  4. Be sure to fully insert the probe to get an accurate reading. Both of our food thermometers have a step down probe that shows how far to insert the thermometer into the meat.
  5. Do not submerge your digital thermometer into water. Our instant read digital food thermometers are water resistant but could become damaged when fully submerged in water.

GRILLINGWITH-food-thermometer2How to calibrate your digital food thermometer:

EatSmart food thermometers are pre-calibrated, but if the temperature appears off, there are three simple way to check the accuracy your thermometer readings.

  1. As a first step, we suggest changing the batteries, as low battery life may cause a temperature discrepancy.
  2. Try the freezing point method. Fill a glass with crushed ice, add cold clean water until the glass is full and stir. Wait for about three minutes before inserting the thermometer into the ice-filled water. Insert the probe, wait a few seconds, then check that the thermometer’s display reads 32 degrees F.
  3. The boiling point method uses heat to determine if your thermometer is accurate. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, then wait a few seconds to insert the thermometer. If everything is working properly, the display should register at 212 degrees F.

We recommend testing your food thermometer every six months, so that its ready to use whenever you need it. By following these safety and calibration tips, you can keep your EatSmart food thermometer in top condition and ensure that it provides accurate readings.

To learn more about our Precision Elite Thermocouple and our Precision Pro Thermometer, including some unusual uses for a food thermometer, read our blog post.

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Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate 30K Facebook Likes

Thank you for helping us break 30K Likes on Facebook! To celebrate, four lucky fans will win our new EatSmart Precision Power Battery Free Digital Bathroom Scale and our new EatSmart Precision Digital Kitchen Scaleeatsmart-products-giveaway

The Precision Power Bathroom Scale gives accurate and quick body weight measurements. You’ll never need batteries for this scale, as it’s powered by pushing the center button prior to stepping onto the scale.

Our Precision Digital Kitchen Scale has a recessed platform so you can weigh foods directly on the scale without them rolling off. The scale weights items to .1 ounce / 1 gram increments and is perfect for measuring ingredients as well as calorie and carbohydrate counting.

HOW IT WORKS:

Fill in your full name and email address, and then answer the questions below. If you answer them correctly, you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a bathroom scale and kitchen scale from EatSmart Products.

RULES:

Eligibility: This EatSmart Products Scavenger Hunt Giveaway is open only to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.

Prizes: Four (4) winners will each win the EatSmart Precsion Power Battery Free Digital Bathroom Scale and EatSmart Precision Digital Kitchen Scale.

Selection of Winners: Contest ends on March 21, 2017 at 5pm EST. Sponsor will select and announce winners on March 22, 2017 at 12pm EST. If they do not respond by March 23, 2017 at 4pm EST, we will select a new winner(s).

Delicious Bowl Recipes You Need to Make for Dinner

Grain and Buddha bowls are trending right now for several good reasons. These bowls are easy to make, packed with nutrition, and they look amazing. The more colorful and brighter your bowl is, the more nutrients it contains. Not sure where to begin to create one of these delicious meals for yourself? We have put together a few of our favorite recipes for inspiration.

Asian Quinoa Power Bowl with Ginger Miso Dressing {Vegan}
asian-quinoa-power-bowl-pinterestGet the recipe from Fit Living Eats.


Chipotle’s Chicken Burrito Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice
How-to-Make-Chipotle-Style-Burrito-Chicken-Bowl-10Get the recipe from Gimme Delicious Food.


Portobello Fajita Buddha Bowls
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowls
CilantroLimeShrimpQuinoaBowlsGet the recipe from Spoonful of Flavor.


Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Rice Bowls
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Greek Bowl with Meatballs over Couscous
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Easy Tuna Steak Poke Bowls
Easy-Tuna-Steak-Poke-Bowl6Get the recipe from The Girl on Bloor.


Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl
eggrollGet the recipe from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy.


Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Rice Bowls
ChickenEnchiladaCauliflowerRiceBowlsGet the recipe from Recipe Runner.


Harvest Roasted Vegetable Grain Bowl
Harvest-Roasted-Vegetable-Grain-Bowls-web-6Get the recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats.


Tofu Rancheros Bowls
rancheros-bowls-2Get the recipe from Connoisseurus Veg.


Do you have a favorite bowl recipe you would like to share? Share it with us on Instagram by tagging us, @EatSmartProducts.

9 Things Not to Do When Starting a New Diet

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Embarking on a new weight-loss plan can be daunting. There are so many different ideas, theories and diet plans, that it can feel impossible to figure out what works best for you. As if that weren’t enough, some TV shows feature extreme weight losses that are nearly impossible for anyone to achieve in real life. By comparison, you may feel disappointed in slower progress with your own weight loss.

Despite all the challenges a new weight-loss plan presents, you can set yourself up for success by having realistic goals and avoiding these very common diet mistakes.

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Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see big weight loss results each week. According to the CDC, evidence show that it’s safest to lose between 1 to 2 pounds per week. Healthy weight loss is part of an ongoing lifestyle, and it can take time to see results from new diet and exercise habits.

Do not cut out major food groups
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We know there are a lot of gluten-free and dairy-free products out there, but if you don’t suffer from food allergies or sensitivities, you may be missing out on essential nutrients. Cutting out entire food groups can also lead to strong food cravings and binge eating, which would defeat the purpose of eliminating these foods.

Do not skimp on meals snacks

Skipping meals or eating tiny portions may seem like a great way to lose weight, but it can end up leaving you hungry. Feeling hungry can lead to poor food choices or eating too much at your next meal. Instead, opt for 3 balanced meals and 2 or 3 small healthy snacks per day. A good way to understand portion sizes is to measure foods with a kitchen scale, such as our Precision Digital Kitchen Scale. The recessed platform makes it ideal for containing foods when weighing them.

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It’s tempting to change your diet completely and start a new exercise regimen at the same time. However, making many big changes will feel overwhelming and those new healthy habits will go by the wayside.  Instead, make small changes once a week, such as bringing a healthy lunch to work each day. Once you’ve mastered one new habit, add a new challenge, such as increasing the intensity, or duration, of exercise.

Do not rely on willpower alone
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Willpower is important, but it’s not always reliable when tempting foods are available. It’s especially difficult if you’re hungry or tired. Instead, set yourself up for success by removing the temptation. If you know you can’t resist cookies or chips don’t keep them in the house. If you really want a treat, you’ll have to leave the house to indulge yourself.

Do not cut back on sleep
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Establishing new healthy habits can take extra time out of your day. Don’t cut out sleep so you can exercise or cook healthy meals. A good night’s sleep lets your muscles repair from exercise and helps balance the hormones that regulate hunger. Sleep deprivation can cause you to crave sugary and fatty foods and leave you less inclined to work out.

Do not think that it’s “all or nothing”
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Don’t think that you must do everything perfectly every day or else your diet is ruined. Truthfully, no one is perfect and slip ups do occur. One mistake is not going to wreck your efforts. Learn from what you did, think about how to prevent it in the future, and move on. Your next snack or meal is another chance for success.

Do not perform exercises that you hate
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Don’t choose activities based on how many calories they burn – focus on exercises that you enjoy. When you don’t enjoy your workout, you’ll make excuses to avoid doing it. You’ll stay more consistent if you look forward to your exercise. Not a fan of spin class? Don’t force it. Instead, take a dance class or hit the elliptical machine. With so many varieties of workouts available, find something you enjoy.

Do not forget to yourself accountable
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When you hold yourself accountable, you are more likely to achieve your goals. To help stay on track, you can join a weight loss group, find a diet buddy, or use a diet and fitness app. Regular weigh-ins are another way to hold yourself accountable. Our Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale has a roomy platform that allows you to stand comfortably while weighing yourself. The large display has a cool blue backlight that is easy to read.
body fatIf you prefer a scale that provides more data, we recommend our Precision Body Fat Bathroom Scale. The Body Fat Scale measures weight, body fat, body water, body muscle and bone mass using electrode technology and it beeps when your weight is locked in so you can step off the scale to read it more easily.

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