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15 Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

esp_easy_slow_cooker_soup_recipesThere is nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day. Did you know you can actually make a delicious soup in your crockpot? Simply add the ingredients in the morning and come home to a ready-to-eat soup simmering in your slow cooker! Homemade soup tastes so much better than canned and these 15 recipes are healthy and easy to make. Dig out your crockpot and get ready to enjoy a nutritious homemade dinner.

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

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Get the recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod.


Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Squash

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Get the recipe from Rachael Cooks.


Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

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Get the recipe from Little Spice Jar.


Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Lentil Soup

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Get the recipe from Melanie Makes.


Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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Get the recipe from Valerie’s Kitchen.


Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup

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Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.


Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

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Get the recipe from I Wash You Dry.


Slow Cooker Recipe for Easy Thai Coconut Soup with Lemongrass

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Get the recipe from 365 Days of Slow Cooking.


Turkey and Brown Rice Soup

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Get the recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker.


Skinny Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup

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Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.


Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Soup

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Get the recipe from The Recipe Rebel.


Vegan Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

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Get the recipe from Making Thyme for Health.


Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Squash

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Get the recipe from Running in a Skirt.


Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Soup

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Get the recipe from The Lemon Bowl.


My Mom’s Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

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Get the recipe from Smile Sandwich.


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Sneaky Ways to Cut Calorie Consumption and Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

how_to_cut_calories_pinterestWhether you are looking to lose weight or want to commit to a healthier diet, increasing your fruits and vegetable consumption provides numerous benefits. According to the CDC, “Eating more fruits and vegetables adds nutrients to diets, reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, and helps manage body weight when consumed in place of more energy-dense foods.” Unfortunately, only 25% of Americans consume the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and many people eat way more calories than recommended.

If eating less and cutting calories from your diet seems impossible, we have some tips to help you eat healthier without feeling deprived or hungry. You won’t even realize you’ve reduced calorie intake, and your new diet can help you lose one pound a week! Fruits and vegetables have fewer calories and more nutrients than typical snacks of chips, cookies and crackers, making them a great “go-to” snack option. Always remember, if there is no color on your plate, rethink your snack or meal choice and swap something out for a colorful burst of fruits and/or veggies.

A new and improved diet will have you eating healthier and feeling more satiated. What have you got to lose – except some excess weight?

Start the day with fruit or vegetables at breakfast

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Adding berries, prunes, or an apple to your morning oatmeal gives you extra fiber as well as anti-oxidants. Eating eggs? Add some veggies to your omelet. The fiber helps keep your blood sugar steady throughout the morning and prevents hunger pangs mid-morning.

Add veggies to your smoothie

smoothieSmoothies are a great way to enjoy fruit on the run, but you can also add veggies for a nutritional boost. The sweetness of the fruit will mask veggie flavors, so feel free to toss in a large handful of spinach. Add in half of an avocado to make it creamier and add a little healthy fat.

Include healthy fats in your meal

avocadoHealthy fats fill you up and keep you satiated for longer than low-fat foods. Low-fat foods are not as satisfying and usually have more sugar than their traditional counterparts. Add some avocado in your salad and eat the whole egg, rather than just the white. A few nuts on top of your granola works too.

Always choose healthy snacks

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A healthy snack in the afternoon can satisfy your hunger until it’s time for dinner. There are lots of delicious fruit/veggie snacks, and here are some of our favorites:

  • An apple, some walnuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Celery and carrot sticks with hummus
  • Turkey slices with slivers of avocado
  • Yogurt and berries
  • A hardboiled egg and half an avocado
  • Cucumber and tomato salad drizzled with red wine vinegar and olive oil

Have a salad with your lunch or dinner

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Adding a side salad to your lunch and dinner increases your vegetable and fiber content. You’ll feel full without adding a lot of extra calories. Keep toppings such as croutons, nuts, and cheese to a minimum to keep calorie content under control. Top with a vinaigrette or low-calorie dressing and enjoy.

Pre-portion your snacks

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Snack foods are easy to overeat. Keep yours to the suggested serving size by measuring them by weight on your Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale. Save time and money by portioning your favorite eats in grab-and-go containers or plastic baggies. For example, if one serving size of cashews is 150 grams, use your kitchen scale to weigh the nuts and only consume this measured portion. Whenever possible, avoid eating straight from the bag or jar.

Avoid mindless eating

tvMindless eating and snacking tends to happen when food is in front of you and you are “focused” on something else such as your phone, TV, or computer screen. Avoid eating in front of such distractions and take time to enjoy your food. When you are aware of what you’re eating, you tend to eat less of it.

Include a source of protein in every meal

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Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates and fat, and it causes your metabolism to rise.  When you eat protein, you get full faster and stay full longer. Pair an egg or nuts with morning oatmeal, add lean chicken breast to your lunch salad, and have a piece of string cheese with your afternoon apple.

Swap out traditional carbs for veggie substitutes

zucchiniSwitching some of your carbs for vegetables can help you cut calories while keeping you full. Swap out all or some of your pasta for zucchini noodles. “Zoodles” will give you the feeling of eating pasta with less calories and carbs. Cauliflower can be cut into small pieces or riced to give you the texture of rice. When cauliflower is steamed and mashed, it can also be a substitute for mashed potatoes.

Try a new fruit or veggie monthlybroccoli

Try one new vegetable a month or experiment with a new way of cooking vegetables. Roasting is an excellent way to bring out the natural sweetness in vegetables. You may like broccoli or Brussels sprouts after all.


Pro Tip: Exercise in the morning.
Exercising in the morning encourages more movement throughout the day. Exercise helps suppress appetite for a short period. Even little bursts of extra activity during the day can help cut your overall appetite.


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Incorporating these tips to your everyday routine can help you drop weight without dramatic effort on your part. Regular weigh-ins can help you keep track of your success. Our newest scale, the Precision Choice Digital Bathroom Scale, is a simple scale without bells or whistles, that lets your measure your weight accurately and quickly. If you want more data, such as body fat percentages, muscles mass, body water, BMI, and other matrixes, we suggest our Precision Body Fat Bathroom Scale.body fat

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EatSmart Products Featured on The Rachael Ray Show

EATSMART_FEATURED_ON_rachael_ray_pinterestOn Monday, January 2, 2017, EatSmart Products was featured on The Rachael Ray Show. As part of the “17 Top Tips to Lose Weight in 2017!“, Rachael Ray and celebrity personal trainer, Bob Harper, highlighted the importance of weighing yourself and your food. The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale and the EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale were included as essential weight management tools.

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With New Year’s resolutions in full swing, Harper told the audience, “If you’re trying to lose weight, I believe you should weigh yourself every day. You’re going to see how your body fluctuates.” Rachel recommended every other day as a more realistic option. Whichever you chose, be sure to weigh yourself at the same time each day in the same amount of clothing to get the most accurate reading.

The Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale is a sleek, modern scale that weighs up to 11 pounds. It’s perfect for learning correct portion sizes, measuring ingredients, and planning snacks for the week. It can weigh in ounces, pounds, kilograms or grams. The tare feature keeps life simple by automatically eliminating the weight of a bowl, plate or previous ingredients. This scale also comes with a free EatSmart Calorie Factors Book to simplify counting calories.

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The Precision GetFit Body Fat Scale is a must have tool for anyone who serious about fitness and health. Unlike your everyday bathroom scale, the GetFit Body Fat Scale estimates body fat, muscle mass, total body water, and bone mass, in addition to your weight. This scale automatically recognizes users when they step on the scale and stores personal profiles for up to 8 users. The scale also has a touchscreen interface as well as a large, easy to read LCD display.

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EatSmart scales are great tools for anyone trying to lose weight. These products help you live a healthier lifestyle and provide feedback along the, letting you know how you are doing. Our kitchen scales teach you correct portion sizes and help you stay within your daily calorie allotment. Our bathroom scales keep you accountable to your weight loss goals as well as provide other important health metrics for a complete picture of your health.

As part of the weight loss segment on The Rachael Ray Show, EatSmart Products donated 150 kitchen scales and 150 digital bathroom scales to audience members.

Why You Need a Wellness Plan and How to Create One

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A wellness plan is geared toward achieving overall health in all facets of your life. It’s a multi-dimensional look at your well-being. Wellness is defined by Merriam-Webster as the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal (lifestyles that promote wellness). A wellness plan takes into consideration your mental, physical, spiritual, financial, professional, intellectual and environmental health.

When creating a plan for your health, you will need to assess each area of your life to determine what your goals are. Asking yourself a few key questions can help you discover opportunities for an improved quality of life and create goals accordingly.

Here are some key questions to consider when assessing aspects of your health:

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Physical health includes your medical wellness, your fitness levels, your sleeping patterns and your recreational activities.

  • What are your fitness goals?
  • Are you at a healthy weight?
  • Do you smoke, drink to excess, or take recreational drugs?
  • Do you get adequate amounts of sleep?

Nutritional health questions to take into consideration.

  • Do your nutritional habits support your lifestyle?
  • Do you eat plenty of whole foods, vegetables, and fruits?
  • Do you drink enough water?

Mental wellness includes how you deal with stress and how you manage your emotions.

  • What emotions do you feel most often and how do you cope with them?
  • Are you able to let little things go or do you dwell on them?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed by occurrences in your life?

Spiritual wellness is less about religion and more about having values and beliefs that provide a purpose for your life and your place in the world.

  • Are you able to spend reflective time alone?
  • Do you feel fulfilled in your life?
  • Can you find comfort and meaning in your daily life?

Emotional wellness means you are attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as well as to the feeling of those around you.

  • Are you accepting of your feelings and able to remain positive, despite life’s sometimes unpleasant moments?
  • How is your self-esteem?
  • Do you have healthy relationships and friendships?

Intellectual wellness is the practice of engaging in creating and mentally stimulating activities. It includes analytical thinking, learning, and problem solving.

  • Are you frequently bored?
  • Do you have creative hobbies?
  • Are you able to see all sides of an issue?
  • How are your time management skills?

Professional health is having a career that satisfies and engages you. It’s having a positive attitude towards your job.

  • Do you feel fulfilled by your career?
  • Do you feel appreciated at work and well compensated?
  • Are you confident in your abilities to do your job and mentally stimulated by your work?

Financial wellness is your financial stability.

  • Are you living within your budget?
  • Are you able to build up a nest egg for your future?
  • Are your student loans and credit card debt manageable?

Environmental wellness is a respect for and being in harmony with your environment, including your personal space, community, and the planet.

  • Do you spend enough time in nature getting adequate sunshine and air?
  • Are your surroundings tidy and comfortable?
  • Do you make a conscious effort to save energy, reuse, and recycle?
  • Do you participate in community affairs?

Now that you have asked and answered these questions, it’s time to decide what goals you would like to establish. Keep them achievable and realistic and make both short term and long term goals.


Here are some examples on how to set your wellness goals:

Physical wellness

  • See your physician and address any health concerns you may have.
  • Have a local gym or fitness facility give you a fitness evaluation. Have a professional show you how to use the various machines. Increase your activity slowly.
  • Add more walking into your daily routine. Here are easy ways to get more walking in your day and to increase your daily steps.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Our Precision 550 Extra Wide Digital Scale offers a comfortable extra wide platform to stand on and with weight capacity of 550lbs, it’s the highest on the market. The scale also has a beep feature, the scale beeps hen your weight locks in, allowing user to step off and have an easy view of the readout. The large LCD display has a blue backlight and is easy to read from any distance or angle.550

Nutritional wellness

  • Not sure what eating plan works best for you? Consider speaking with a nutritionist for guidance.
  • Increase the amounts of vegetables you eat and be sure to drink plenty of water.
  • Choose whole foods rather than prepackaged meals.
  • Learn what proper portion sizes are. Our Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale will help you measure out the perfect portions. The scale also comes with a free EatSmart Calorie Factors book to help make calorie counting easy.precision pro scale

Mental wellness

  • Make time for relaxation and reflection each day.
  • Practice deep breathing, yoga, and/or meditation to manage stress and anxiety.
  • Take a time out when you are distressed, a short walk can help lift your mood.
  • Some sadness is normal, feelings of despair are not. Seek a therapist or support group for help.
  • Never go off or reduce medication for mental health on your own, always see your mental health professional first.yoga

Spiritual wellness

  • Similar to mental wellness deep breathing, yoga, and meditation can also increase your spiritual well-being.
  • Spend some time in nature and pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Think positively, reframing negative thoughts will help relax you.nature walk

Financial wellness

  • Set up a realistic budget that lets you live within your means.
  • Consider sitting down with a financial planner to prepare for your future.money

Intellectual wellness

  • Take a class, online sites such as Coursera offer many for free.
  • Read, do word and number puzzles to keep your mind sharp.
  • Debate someone and choose the side opposite of how you really feel.crossword

Write down your goals and choose which ones you will begin working on first. In the beginning, it’s best to pick 2 – 4 goals to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed. Once you have achieved these, move on to the next 2 – 4 goals. Be sure to always work on different areas so your life remains balanced. When one area is neglected, it can affect other areas. For example, when your relationships are out of balance it can impact your physical and emotional well-being.

PRO TIP: For your wellness plan to work, you will need to track and measure your goals. Use a calendar to create a reasonable timeline to hit your goals.


Here are some tips to stay accountable to your wellness plan:

Keep track of progress with a journal and make notes on how you feel. Commit to journaling 2-3 times per week.

  • Are you feeling happier or more content?
  • Do you feel physically stronger or have more stamina?
  • Are you losing weight? Is that weight body fat or are you losing muscle? An easy way to keep track of your body composition is with our Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale. Seeing the numbers of pounds and percentage of body fat lost or percent of muscle increased can be powerful motivation for you to continue!

Update and tweak your plan as needed.

  • Some goals may take more or less time than you planned on; adjust your timeline accordingly.
  • If something isn’t working, do not be afraid to adapt your plan to one that works better for you and your lifestyle. Situations can change and you may want to adjust as well.
  • When you do reach a goal, consider how you feel. Do you want to lose more weight, work on a new area of fitness, or save more money? Create new goals to accommodate those desires.

Get support.

  • Whether it’s a buddy, family member, or professional, have someone who can provide support and encouragement throughout your journey.

new-years-day-1926337_1920There are many aspects to health. When you take charge of your overall health, you can function at your highest potential and get the most happiness out of your life. It will take some time and practice, so remember to go easy on yourself.

7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Measure with a Food Thermometer

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A food thermometer takes the guesswork out of cooking. An instant-read food thermometer can make the difference between a juicy, tender roast and one that is dangerously undercooked or dry and overcooked. There is no telling from the outside whether your meat is thoroughly cooked and safe to eat. Knowing the internal temperature of your food will guarantee that it’s cooked all the way through.

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Instant-read, digital thermometers, such as our Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer or our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer are essential kitchen tools. In fact, they are very versatile and can be used for everyday tasks around the house. We promise you will use a food thermometer more than you ever imagined.

7 reasons you need a digital food thermometer and things you can measure with them:

  1. Ensure food safety – The only way to truly know if your food has reached a safe internal temperature is with a food thermometer. According to the USDA, using the color test is not reliable as meat that has been frozen or stored in the refrigerator can turn brown prematurely. In order to prevent food borne illnesses, you want the meat cooked to at least the minimum amount of doneness. Our Precision Pro Digital Thermometer comes with a handy list of temperatures on its cap.testing hamburgers
  2. Make superior tasting meals – Tired of overcooking chicken? Don’t ruin dinner or a holiday meal with tough, dry meat. Our digital food thermometers will be your secret weapon for cooking consistently amazing meals. Your family and friends will rave over how juicy your turkey is and how the roast was cooked to perfection.chicken
  3. Cook and reheat non-meat dishes to perfection – A food thermometer is not needed just for meat, fish and poultry. Cooked foods such as egg dishes, casseroles, raviolis, leftovers and microwave meals all need to reach a safe internal temperature to prevent food poisoning and uneven heating. Our food thermometers ensure evenly cooked foods.casserole
  4. Prepare baby food correctly – For new moms, warming up baby formula or reheating expressed breastmilk should be a bit below body temperature (98.6 F). Just stick the food thermometer directly into milk or formula.baby
  5. Make delicious candy – The temperature range of our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer is -40° to 572° Fahrenheit, making it perfect for DIY candy makers. Boiled sugar syrups can measure over 350° F.fudge
  6. Enjoy the perfect bath – Food thermometers can also be used to test the temperature of your bath water. The ideal bath water temperature for adults is about 102° F; three degrees more than the normal body temperature. Baths and showers should never be hotter than 112° F. Babies should be bathed in temperatures around 100° F.bath
  7. Never burn your mouth again – Are you tired of hot coffee burning your mouth? Just place your food thermometer in it! Boiling water (212° F or 100° C) should never be used, as it will burn the drink and your mouth. Even certain teas taste better when seeped at different temperatures.coffee

EatSmart digital food thermometers are great tools to have in your home. With automatic shut-offs, you never have to worry about draining the battery. They are easy to see with bright blue backlit LCD displays and feature readings in both Celsius or Fahrenheit with a resolution of 1 degree Fahrenheit. To learn more about our Precision Elite Thermocouple and our Precision Pro Thermometer, and determine which model is right for you, read our blog post.

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Healthier Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Do you love baking cookies for the holidays but wish the recipes were somewhat healthier and still tasty? We understand it’s not easy to make nutritious cookies taste delicious but these recipes hit the mark. Your family and friends will be impressed at how good these cookies are! And you can rest easy knowing you’re serving healthier versions of the season’s favorite treats – some of these recipes even have vegetables in them!

13 healthier Christmas cookie recipes to try:

Gluten Free Stained Glass Cookies

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Get the recipe from Noshtastic.


Soft and Chewy Spiced Carrot Cake Cookies

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Get the recipe from Averie Cooks.


No Bake Coconut Delights

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Get the recipe from Whole New Mom.


Grain Free Butter Cookies with Dye Free Sprinkles

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Get the recipe from Everyday Maven.


Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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Get the recipe from Flippin’ Delicious.


Gluten Free Nutella Filled Linzer Cookies

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Get the recipe from Fearless Dining.


Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

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Get the recipe from The Healthy Family and Home.


Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

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Get the recipe from With Salt and Wit.


Gingerbread Cookies Recipe {Paleo, Gluten Free, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Vegan}

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Get the recipe from My Natural Family.


Healthy Monster Cookies

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Get the recipe from Love to be in the Kitchen.


Holiday Breakfast Cookies

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Get the recipe from Simple Hacks Living.


Healthy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Get the recipe from Busy But Healthy.


Healthy Protein Buckeyes

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Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.


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Holiday Baking FAQs

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Have you ever had a cake cave in the middle, a custard pie crack, or wondered about an unfamiliar ingredient? Sometimes things happen to our baked goods and we have no idea what went wrong. We want this to be the best holiday baking season ever and to prevent these annoyances from happening again. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked baking questions.

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Q: How do I prevent chocolate from seizing up in the microwave?

A: Chocolate hardens when it gets too hot.  The best way to eliminate this problem is to melt chocolate in a double boiler. To melt it in the microwave cook it at half power for one minute, stir and repeat in 20 second increments until the chocolate is fully melted.

Q: A recipe calls for buttermilk but I don’t have any on hand. Can I substitute something else?

A: Absolutely! To make buttermilk, place 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to 1 cup. Let stand for 5 minutes and it’s ready to use.preicision elite thermocouple thermometer

Q: How can I determine when my loaf of bread is done baking?

A: The most accurate way to tell if your bread is fully baked is with our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer. Stick the thermometer into the side of the bread; most breads are done at 190° F. Breads enriched with butter, eggs, or milk are finished when the internal temperature is closer to 200° F.

Q: The recipe calls for unsalted butter but I only have salted available. Can I still use it?

A: You can, but it may alter the taste of your baked goods, as a home baker cannot determine how much salt is in the butter. If you do choose to use the salted butter, omit any added salt from the recipe.

Q: Can I use brown sugar instead of white sugar?

A: Yes, the difference between brown and white sugar is mostly a matter of preference. Brown sugar adds a taste of molasses to baked goods.

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Q: Can I substitute regular sugar for confectioners’ sugar?

A: Confectioners’ sugar has a much finer texture as well as a bit of cornstarch.  Therefore, it is not recommended to switch one for the other.  The only time these two sugars could be substituted would be in the case of decorating.

cocoa-powder-1883108_1920Q: My recipe calls for Dutch cocoa powder; what is it and can I use regular cocoa powder instead?

A: Dutch process cocoa powder is treated with an alkaline solution. This partially neutralizes the acid in natural unsweetened cocoa powder. It has a much darker color than the natural powder, think Oreos or Whoopie Pies. Dutch cocoa has a higher pH than natural cocoa and this can affect the rise of your cake or cookies.  Therefore, we would advise against this substitution.

Q: My cake sunk in the middle! What happened?

A: There are a few reasons for a sinking cake. Your oven temperature could be off; an oven thermometer will give you a correct reading. Opening the oven repeatedly to check on a cake could also cause a cake to collapse. The use of old baking soda can cause a cake to rise and fall.  The same problem can occur when too much baking soda is used. Finally, was your cake baked long enough? Stick a piece of uncooked spaghetti into the middle of the cake, only a few moist crumbs should cling to it. If batter clings to the spaghetti strand the cake needs additional cooking time.

Q: What is cream of tartar? Can I use tartar sauce instead?

A: Cream of tartar is a stabilizer and used in meringues and whipped cream to hold their shape.  Cream of tartar also is used as an ingredient to activate baking soda in some cake and cookie recipes. Tartar sauce cannot be substituted here.

Q: If I am baking in a high-rise apartment do I need to adjust my baking for high altitude?

A: No, there is no need to adjust your cooking time.

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Q: Why did my homemade brownies turn out rubbery?

A: You probably used too much flour. A cup packed with flour has too much volume. For best results we recommend measuring flour with a Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale. A cup of all-purpose flour is 4.25 oz or 120 g.  You can read about other types of flour and their conversions here.

Pro Tip: Measuring out ingredients in one bowl on a digital kitchen scale eliminates extra measuring cups and bowls, making clean up a breeze. Read more about the tare feature.

cookies-baking-faqQ: Why do my cookies spread out so much when baking?

A: Your butter is probably too warm. Try chilling the dough for 30 minutes before baking to reduce spreading. Alternately use a combination of butter and shortening for a tender cookie that doesn’t spread as much.

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Q: I baked my cupcakes the appropriate amount of time, so why are their bottoms soggy?

A: Allowing cupcakes to cool in the pan can trap the steam inside them and cause them to become soggy. For best results cool cupcakes for 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Q: Why do my pumpkin and coconut custard pies crack?

A: You may have overcooked it or it cooled too quickly. When the pie crust is completely cooked and golden, turn off the oven but leave the pie in. Let it sit in the off oven for 10 to 15 minutes then crack open the oven door, and let the pie cool for another 10 to 20 minutes.

Q: How do I alter a recipe if I am baking cookies in a convection oven?

A: The key number to remember for converting a recipe from a conventional oven to a convection oven is 25. Bake at the same temperature for 25% less of the stated time (i.e. if a recipe says to bake for 20 minutes, bake for only 15 if using a convection oven). Or you can reduce the temperature by 25 degrees and bake for the same amount of time. You can also check out this Convection Oven Temperature Conversion Calculator.

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Charity of the Month – Eliza HOPE – School for Children with Unique Learning Needs

EatSmart fans will continue to select a Charity of the Month in 2016. 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 Eliza HOPE – School for Children with Unique Learning Needs as our charity of the month for December.

Eliza HOPE – School for Children with Unique Learning Needs Story:

For years, Aimee and Aaron struggled to find a school that could meet the unique needs of children like Eliza. They aren’t alone. Families with children who have epilepsy and various specialized education needs deserve to have access to schools that are equipped with resources to ensure that their children thrive.

Aimee and Aaron were blessed to find two places that were able care for their daughter Eliza Hope and create a productive education environment. Now, they to want honor Eliza’s legacy of kindness, generosity, love, and constant hope by making sure other families have the same opportunity.

Their vision is to build a school in Eliza’s memory, equipped with specialized care resources, where cost is not a burden for families.

For every new Facebook Fan we (EatSmartProducts) acquire during the month of December we will donate 50 cents/follower to Eliza HOPE – School for Children with Unique Learning Needs (So spread the word!)

Click below, follow us and EatSmart will donate!

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TravelWise Packing Cubes Featured on USA Today

eatsmart_packing_cubes_on_usa_today_featureWe are excited to share USA Today included our TravelWise Packing Cubes to their list of “must-haves” in their recent article, Tis the Season for Minimalist Travel!

“I’m a big fan of packing cubes such as the TravelWise Packing Cube System. These lightweight nylon cubes let you stuff your shirts, pants and dresses into small compartments for streamlined packing.” Read more

TravelWise 5-Piece Packing Cubes help you organize your clothing and travel necessities while maximizing all available space in your luggage. packing-cubes-benefits

Top features include:

  • OPTIMIZE SUITCASE SPACE – Similarly sized items can be grouped together in various cubes. Clothes stay neatly organized and compressed in their own “drawers” for optimal packing space.
  • VERSATILE 5 PIECE SET – Each set contains 2 large cubes (17.5″ x 12.75″ x 4″), 2 medium cubes (13.75″ x 9.75″ x 3.75″) and 1 small cube (11.5″ x 6.75″ x 3.75″).
  • EXTRA DURABLE – Constructed of lightweight, durable nylon fabric and fitted with two way easy-pull zippers and a deep pocket design.
  • OPEN MESH PANEL FOR EASY VIEWING – The mesh panel allows you to see exactly what’s inside each cube without having to unpack, or unzip each one to find what you’re looking for.
  • 5 COLOR CHOICES – Available in red, teal, black, silver and purple. 

travelwise-packing-cube-set-best4 Ways Packing Cubes Make Travel Less Stressful

You’ll maximize luggage space

Packing cubes allow you to compartmentalize similar size items and make more use of space by keeping items organized and compressed.

You’ll find things easily

Need a shirt for your meeting or your bathing suit for a quick dip? The mesh panels allow you to quickly remember what you packed in each cube; no more tossing your luggage while frantically searching for items upon arrival at your destination.

No need to ever unpack

Each cube acts as its own little drawer. These individual cubes can simply be unzipped and placed in the hotel dresser for your convenience.

You can organize by person

For short trips, assign each family member a packing cube. Mom and Dad can each have a large cube for their clothing, older kids can each have a medium cube and the baby’s items will fit nicely into the smaller cube. For longer trips, assign each traveler their own color so everyone easily knows where to find their clothes. Everyone is organized and you can cut down on unnecessary luggage.slide_1

Do you have a question about our TravelWise Packing Cubes? Please tweet to us @eatsmartscales. We’re happy to help!

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