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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.

Precision Elite Digital Thermocouple Thermometer

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
portobello_faita_buddha_bowls-13_cmpGet the recipe from Eat Healthy Eat Happy.


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


Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Rice Bowls
Crockpot-Cheesy-Chicken-Enchilada-Rice-Bowls-New-Edit-Version-2.1Get the recipe from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life.


Greek Bowl with Meatballs over Couscous
greek-bowl-meatballs-couscous-491Get the recipe from Life Tastes Good.


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.

Do not make too many changes at onceegg

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.

For EatSmart approved recipe inspiration, visit the following:

Quick and Easy One-Pot Recipes
Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe Round-Up
15 Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes
Awesome, Healthy Apple Recipes
Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Easy, No Cooking Required Summer Recipes

Do you have a tip that helped you lose weight? Share it with us by tweeting to @EatSmartscales.

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The Ultimate Bathroom Scale Guide – 2017 Edition

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At EatSmart Products, we offer a variety of scales to help you reach your weight goals. However, with so many options, it can be tough to determine which scale is best for your unique needs. Some people are concerned with their body weight on a day-to-day basis. Some, have limited space in their bathroom for a digital scale, while others need to be able to see an extra-large LCD screen.

Fitness fanatics may need a more in-depth analysis such as a breakdown of their body composition. Body fat, total body water and muscle mass can help athletes monitor their weight, muscle and hydration levels leading up to competition. These estimates can also help dieters stay motivated, as the number on the scale may remain the same even though body fat is decreasing and muscle mass increasing.

To help you decide which model is the best fit for your needs, we compiled the ultimate guide of our bathroom scales. If you have further questions, tweet to us anytime, @eatsmartscales, message us via Facebook, email or call (866) 843-3905, M-F, 9-5 MST.

The Ultimate Bathroom Scale Guide – 2017 Edition:


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EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Weight Capacity: 400 lbs / 180 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 12.5 x 12 inches with a 3.5-inch backlit LCD screen | Silver
Price: $22.95
Fancy Features: The Precision Digital is easy to use, extremely accurate scale and features an attractive glass platform. An EatSmart Body Tape is included with each purchase.
Claim to Fame:
#1 rated bathroom scale on Amazon.com since 2009 24,000+ Amazon reviews (average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars)
#1 on Consumer Search Best Bathroom Scale in December in 2016
#1 on Faveable Best and Most Accurate Digital Bathroom Scale in 2016
*EatSmart’s best-selling scale



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EatSmart Precision Premium Digital Bathroom Scale

Weight Capacity: 400 lbs / 180 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 12 x 13 inches with a 3.5-inch backlit LCD screen | Black with Silver accents
Price: $35.00
Fancy Features: The Premium is constructed of lightweight aluminum base accented with a black, non-slip plastic cover for user safety and only sits ½ inch off the floor, making it the lowest profile EatSmart scale.
Claim to Fame:
Earned 3.5 stars from Good Housekeeping in 2013



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EatSmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale

Weight Capacity: 440 lbs / 200 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 16 x 13 inches with a 4.3-inch backlit LCD screen | Silver
Price: $32.95
Fancy Features: The Precision Plus is known for three things – it’s weight capacity of 440lbs, it’s extra-large platform (16 inches wide!) and its super-sized LCD display.
Claim to Fame:
#1 on Good Housekeeping 10 Best Digital Bathroom Scales in 2017
#4 on FitnessMustHaves.com 5 Best Weight Scales in 2017
Featured a high capacity favorite in The Washington Post in 2013



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EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale

Weight Capacity: 400 lbs / 180 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 12.5 x 12.5 inches with a 3.5-inch backlit LCD screen | Silver or Navy Blue with Silver accents
Price: $19.95
Fancy Features: At each weigh in, the Precision Tracker displays three readings: current weight, weight change from the last weigh in, and total change from starting weight. It has a touch screen interface and recognizes up to 8 different users’ personal profiles as soon as they step onto the scale.
Claim to Fame:
#8 on BestProducts.com The Best Bathroom Scales to Help Monitor Your Weight in 2015
#2 on Faveable Most Accurate Digital Bathroom Scale in 2016



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EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale

Weight Capacity: 400 lbs / 180 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 14.1 x 14.1 inches with a 3.5-inch backlit LCD screen | Black
Price: $39.95
Fancy Features: In addition to weight, the GetFit Body Fat Scale calculates body fat, muscle mass, total body water and bone mass, providing a complete picture of health. It has automatic recognition technology and stores data for up to 8 users.
Claim to Fame:
#1 on Top Ten The Best Top Ten Best Body Fat Scales in 2017
#1 on FitnessMustHaves.com 5 Best Weight Scales in 2017
#2 on Faveable Most Accurate Digital Bathroom Scale in 2016
#1 on Consumer Search Best Body Fat Scale in December in 2016
#5 on Heavy Top 5 Best Digital Bathroom Scales in 2015
*Featured on The Rachael Ray Show in January 2017



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EatSmart Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale

Weight Capacity: 400 lbs / 180 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 12 x 12 inches with a 4.5-inch backlit LCD screen | Silver
Price: $35.00
Fancy Features: The MaxView is known for its oversized, easy to read 4.5″ LCD display. This scale has a small footprint at and each purchase includes an EatSmart Body Tape Measure.



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EatSmart Precision CalPal Digital Bathroom Scale

Weight Capacity: 440 lbs / 200 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 13.8 x 14.8 inches with a 4.3-inch backlit LCD screen | black
Price: $35.00
Fancy Features: The CalPal calculates how many calories are needed daily to maintain your current weight and it calculates BMI (Body Mass Index) so you can see how you rank within national standards. The large LCD display makes it easy to read your weight.
Claim to Fame:
#5 on the Today Show 7 high-tech bathroom scales in 2017
#1 on The Sweethome Most accurate basic bathroom scale in October 2016



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EatSmart Precision Body Fat Bathroom Scale

Weight Capacity: 400 lbs / 180 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 12 x 12 inches with a 3.7-inch backlit LCD screen | white with silver accents
Price: $24.95
Fancy Features: The Body Check is not your ordinary bathroom scale because it quickly and easily measures weight, BMI, body fat, body water, body muscle, bone mass and it estimates the daily calories needed to maintain your current weight. It also has our “beep feature” – the scale beeps once when a weight locks in, giving the user time to step off and easily view the display.
Claim to Fame:
#9 on Top Ten The Best Top Ten Best Body Fat Scales 2017
The Body Check was included on a round-up of top 2016 Pampering Products on You & Me on WCIU, The U.



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EatSmart Precision 550 Digital Bathroom Scale

Weight Capacity: 550 lbs / 250 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 13.8 x 16.4 inches with a 3.7-inch backlit LCD screen | stainless steel
Price: $39.95
Fancy Features: The Precision 550 tops the charts with a weight capacity of 550 pounds – the highest capacity EatSmart scale and the highest in the consumer market. The sturdy, oversized (16.4 inches!) platform features a glass base and a fingerprint resistant stainless steel platform.
*Launched August 2016



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EatSmart Precision Choice Digital Bathroom Scale

Weight Capacity: 400 lbs / 180 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 11.8 x 11.8 inches with a 3.1-inch backlit LCD screen | black
Price: $14.95
Fancy Features: The Precision Choice is ready to go whenever you are ready to weigh in – simply step on and get your weight within seconds. It’s your basic bathroom scale, complete with our “beep feature” – the scale beeps once when a weight locks in, giving the user time to step off and easily view the display.
*Launched November 2016



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EatSmart Precision Power Battery Free Bathroom Scale

Weight Capacity: 330 lbs / 150 kgs (0.2 lbs / 0.1 kg increments)
Size | Color: 10.2 x 12.6 inches with a 3-inch backlit LCD screen | black
Price: $39.95
Fancy Features: The Precision Power will never require any batteries, making it an environmentally friendly choice in bathroom scales. Simply press the center button and the scale uses magnetic friction to automatically charge itself.
*Launched January 2017


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Resting Heart Rate 101 – What You Need to Know

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February is National Heart Month, so it’s time to make sure your heart is healthy. In addition to your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and BMI (body mass index), it’s critical to know your resting heart rate. Your resting heart rate can indicate whether your heart is in good cardiovascular health. According to the CDC, cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States for both men and women of all ethnicities.

If your resting heart rate is too high, remember that your heart is a muscle. Like any other muscle, with the proper training, your heart can become stronger and more efficient.

What is your resting heart rate?

Your resting heart rate is the speed at which your heart beats when you’re at rest. This will vary based on a handful of factors such as your age and physical fitness levels. Your resting heart rate provides insight into your overall cardiovascular health.

 What is the healthy range for resting heart rates?

Resting heart rates should range between 60-80 beats per minute (bpm), with the optimal number being under 70 bpm.

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 When’s the best time to obtain your resting heart rate?

The best time to obtain your resting heart rate is in the morning, right when you wake up. If you’re taking your heart rate manually, the American Heart Association recommends using the tips of your first two fingers and pressing lightly over the blood vessels on your wrist. Count your pulse for 10 seconds and multiply by 6 to find your beats per minute and this number is your resting heart rate. Note: Most activity trackers have heart rate sensors built-in.

What to do if your resting heart rate is on the higher end of the range?

If your heart rate is on the higher end, don’t sweat. Well, you might want to think about hitting the gym or finding an exercise buddy! The best way to lower your resting heart rate is through routine vigorous exercise. It’s important to talk to your doctor and determine the best ways for you to strengthen your heart.

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What are the best ways to lower your resting heart rate?

  • Increase your exercise. You’ll receive the best benefits through a combination of interval, aerobic and resistance exercises. Choose an exercise that increases your heart rate between 50% and 75% of your maximum heart rate for 30 minutes most days of the week. Moderate exercise, such as walking, has not been shown to have a big impact on changing your resting heart rate.
  • Reduce your stress levels. Managing your stress can help lower your heart rate over time. Practicing relaxation exercises, breathing exercises, or meditation can help reduce your resting heart rate.
  • Cut out tobacco. Smoking and tobacco use of any kind can increase your heart rate. Eliminating tobacco not only reduces your resting heart rate, it greatly improves your overall heart health.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can cause your heart to work harder and speed up to adequately supply blood to your body.

Would losing weight help lower my resting heart rate?

Losing weight would definitely help lower your heart rate. It would allow your heart to slow down the rate it pumps blood and experience less stress on a daily basis. Changing your diet and increasing exercise can help you achieve a healthy weight and BMI as well as help increase your cardiovascular heart health.

Could exercise alone help achieve a healthy weight?

precision scaleWhile exercise is a helpful component in losing weight, diet and portion control are the main factors for achieving a healthy weight. Even people who are eating healthy foods can have too much of a good thing. Measuring your portion sizes with our new Precision Digital Kitchen Scale can ensure that you are not eating more than you need.

calpal scaleIf you’re serious about losing weight, keeping a food diary and regular weigh-ins will help help you stick with your weight loss goals. In addition to weight, our Precision CalPal Digital Bathroom Scale estimates your BMI and the daily amount of calories you need to maintain your current weight, making it the perfect accountability buddy.

Are there other factors that could increase the resting heart rate?

Other factors such as medication, dehydration, certain supplements, exercise overtraining, heat, humidity, and caffeine can cause your heart rate to increase or become erratic. If you also experience chest pains, dizziness, or problems breathing, you should call your doctor.

Monitoring your resting heart rate is one more tool for keeping your heart healthy. It’s easy to do and it costs you nothing. Not paying attention to your heart, on the other, hand can be very costly to your health.

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Introducing the EatSmart Precision Digital Kitchen Scale

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We are excited to introduce the brand new EatSmart Precision Digital Kitchen Scale. The thin profile and black, lightweight design fits perfectly in any kitchen. It has a small footprint, measuring 9.1″x 6.4″ and the scale itself weighs in at only 11.2 ounces.

With the touch of a button, you’ll get accurate measurements (grams, ounces or pounds) within seconds. The recessed platform allows you to effortlessly weigh items on the scale itself and the plastic design is easy to clean. You can also utilize its tare (zero) function, which eliminates the weight of a plate or bowl. The LCD screen provides easy viewing angles on any countertop. The scale weighs up to 11 pounds in increments of 0.1 ounce / 1 gram, perfect for calorie or carbohydrate counting.

Here’s the front of the box: eatsmart-precision-digital-kitchen-scale-esks-12-box2


Here’s the back of the box: eatsmart-precision-digital-kitchen-scale-esks-12-box


What’s in the box:

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Inside the box, you will find the kitchen scale, an instruction manual and customer satisfaction guarantee.


Height of the scale: eatsmart-precision-digital-kitchen-scale-esks-12-toscale

The platform sits approximately 0.8″ off of the ground. For context of the scale’s size, here it is next to a nickel.


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The scale’s LCD display is 2.5”x .875″. For context of the display, here’s the LCD screen next to a nickel. The Precision Digital gives instant readings and will automatically turn off.


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The Precision Digital runs on 1 Lithium Metal battery, which is included with your purchase. You will need to use a Philips head screwdriver to open the battery compartment and remove the safety strip.


Measurement modes: eatsmart-precision-digital-kitchen-scale-collage-measurement-modes

You can easily switch between grams, ounces and pounds by pushing the button on the left side of the screen.


Tare Feature:

The tare feature resets the scale to zero and will automatically subtract the weight of a bowl from your measurement. This allows the user to view the exact weight of their portion without worrying about the math. Click here to learn more about the tare feature.

 


Recessed platform:

eatsmart-digital-kitchen-scale-weighing-nutsThis kitchen scale features a recessed platform to contain foods when weighing them directly on the platform. 
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In this example, you can use the scale to measure one serving size of almonds. In the nutrition facts on the container, simply locate how much is in one serving size (28 grams) and add 28 grams of nuts. It’s that simple!


Features include: eatsmart-digital-kitchen-food-scale

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

Click here to purchase the scale for only $9.99.

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

How to Make Your Child Try New Foods with These 7 Proven Methods

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Do you have a little one? Then you already know that children are naturally resistant to trying new foods. While your kids may be good at eating foods they are already accustomed to, it takes a great effort for them to get used to eating new foods. And as a parent, you need to know the efficient methods you can use when introducing your children to new types of nutrition.

Here are some of the reliable and dependable methods you can use when presenting new foods to your child.

Be calm
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The last thing you want your child to know is that you are mad at him for not readily trying new foods. This is going to make the child more resistant and will eventually make them hate the food you are introducing, no matter how nutritious it is. That’s why it’s better to remain calm even when you are outright frustrated and disappointed.

Be casual towards introducing a new food to your child and ensure that you make dinner time as lively as it can be. This makes it easy for your kids to find fun in trying the new foods and become more interested in doing so.

Don’t offer alternatives

child eatingWhen introducing a new food to your child, it is important that you do not provide any alternatives or substitutes for the food.

If your kid realizes that there’s an alternative food that he/she can substitute for the new food, they will definitely not try the new food. If you are introducing pasta or veggies to your child, do not provide any other food that the child can prefer to the new food.

Do not fear or worry that your child will go to bed hungry because they don’t like the new food. You need to know that some lessons in life are best when learned the hard way. Skipping one or two meals in a week won’t do any harm to the child but will instead make them develop interest in the new food you are introducing.

Be enthusiastic about the new food

encourageEnthusiasm and positivity are contagious.

If you show your child that you are enthusiastic about the new food you are introducing them to, they will definitely feel equally enthusiastic. This positivity inclines the mind towards accepting the food more readily and without objection or resistance at all.

Eat the food with your child so that he knows that the food is right and tasty for them to try out. You cannot stress the importance of trying out a new food for your children if you are not eating the food yourself. This might send a contradictory message to the child that the food may not be as important and nutritious as you put it to be.

Be patient
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It is almost impossible for your child to become fond and overly interested in a new food at first instance unless it is candy or sweets.

As such, it is important to be patient with your child as he/she tries a new food. At first, it is likely that the child will be completely disinterested in the food but with time, the child’s interest and positivity about the food are bound to increase.

According to a recent research, children try out new foods for 7-15 times before they acquire a taste for the food. Therefore, you need to constantly motivate your child to try the new food and exercise great patience while you are doing this.

Try soups

soupSoups are an excellent choice when introducing new foods to children, particularly if you’re presenting them new veggies. This is because soups can be cooked in lots of ways and they add flavor and taste to most foods. In fact, children tend to prefer soups more than other types of meals.

They also love creativity. As such, when introducing new soups in their diet, it is important to creatively prepare the soup using different flavors and serve with different meals. In addition to this, you can use special bowls and spoons to make the dining experience more special.

Involve your child in cooking

baby kitchenYour kids will exhibit little or no resistance to the food they prepared themselves.

This is because there is a sense of pride and self-belief that comes about when your child prepares his own meal. What is more important about food preparation is that children are more likely to eat new foods when they know what is in the food.

However, when having your children help you prepare and cook food in the kitchen, it is important to be extra careful so that the kids do not burn or cut themselves. It can be quite fun to have your children help you in the kitchen but an accident can happen any time. Therefore, there is need to be alert and overly cautious.

Record progress

writingThe easiest and most accurate way to determine if your child is developing interest in the new food you are introducing is tracking the progress over time.

If your child had 3 bites of the new food yesterday and after a fortnight, he increases this consumption to 10 bites; you need to record such progress. In line with this, you should also commend any improvements and accomplishments. This will motivate the child to consume more of the new food.

At first, it is possible for you to see very little or hardly any improvement as the child’s interest in the new food is very low. However, with time this is bound to increase and improve.

It is advisable that you discourage your child from eating too much of junky and excessively sugary foods. These foods are known to cause lifestyle illnesses such as hypertension and diabetics; most of which have severe effects and are life threatening. So, make sure to keep them at bay.

About the author: This blog post is written by Danny from MyParentingJournal.com, a blog dedicated to parenting best practices, advice, practical tips, and useful resources. Feel free to connect with him to share your parenting stories today.

20 Inexpensive Ways to Treat Yourself

20 inexpensive ways to treat yourself

Sometimes you need a break from your routine to feel rejuvenated and boost your mood. Treating yourself doesn’t need to involve an expensive night out or a fancy spa day. Inexpensive indulgences can have a big impact on your happiness and well-being. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, spend some time on your self-care and give yourself some love.

Whether you have time for a full day of revitalizing activities, or only 30 minutes, our list of inexpensive ways to treat yourself has something for everyone.

Make a special dinner at home.

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It’s cheaper than a fancy restaurant and you can go all out – tablecloth, candles, and fancy dishes. Our Precision Pro Food Thermometer will ensure that your dinner is cooked to perfection.

Soak in the tub.

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Take a long, indulgent bubble bath. Dim the lights, play your favorite music and drift away into a state of total relaxation.

Watch funny videos on YouTube.

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Laughing is great way to reduce tension. Whether you watch your favorite comedian, pet, or kid videos, you’ll feel more relaxed afterwards.

Visit a local museum or gallery.

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Spend some time looking at art. If there isn’t anything close to home, check out Google Arts and Culture. They have art from venues such as The Met in New York City and The Tate in London.

Give yourself a mini back massage.

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Grab a tennis ball and stand near the wall. Place the tennis ball near where you are experiencing tension, lean back against the ball, and move gently letting the ball massage away tension. You can also do this lying on the floor.

Take a hike.

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Hit a local park or hiking trail and spend the day exploring. Even local hikes require you to carry basics like water, snacks, first-aid and a flashlight. The smallest TravelWise Packing Cubes make it easy to stay organized, and they fit neatly into a backpack.

Have a movie marathon.
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Make popcorn, cuddle up on the couch and spend the afternoon or evening watching your favorite movies.

Indulge in your favorite beverage.

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Treat yourself to your favorite beverage. Try these easy DIY recipes for your favorite coffee drink, hot chocolate, or smoothie.

Enjoy breakfast in bed.

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It feels decadent and special to enjoy breakfast in the comfort of your own bed. Easy Homemade Waffles take just 15 minutes to prepare, and they are perfect for an indulgent breakfast in bed.

Hit the local library.

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Browse the stacks for new ideas or old favorites. Spend some time reading just for the pleasure of it.

Have dessert.

chocolate covered cherriesDon’t wait for a special occasion. Enjoy your favorite treat in the middle of the day for no apparent reason. Need some healthier recipes? Check out our blog for Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes, Toasted Coconut Macadamia Chocolate Bars and many other healthy treats.

Spend time outdoors.

outdoorsWhen the weather is nice, go sit in your yard or visit the local park. Read a book or simply admire your surroundings.

Go to a matinee.

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Check out when the local movie theater has half-price matinees and treat yourself to that movie you’ve wanted to see.

Make chocolate fondue.

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Dip fresh fruit into a mixture of cream and dark chocolate for a decadent treat. Our Precision Pro Kitchen Scale helps you get the right ratio of chocolate and cream.

Take a nap.

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A twenty minute nap will have you feeling refreshed. Put on your softest pajamas for an extra comforting treat.

Learn something new.

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Go to a local lecture or take an online class in something that interests you. Sites like Coursera offer free courses from top rated universities.

Make a playlist.

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Create a playlist of songs that make you happy and listen to it while relaxing.

Take an afternoon off.

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We often use our free time to run errands and tend unfinished business. Instead, clear your schedule and do something fun.

Explore your neighborhood.

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Be a tourist in your own neighborhood. Check out the free and inexpensive offerings.

Take a yoga class.

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Yoga can be relaxing and rejuvenating. Your gym probably offers classes and some studios even offer donation based classes.

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Heart-Shaped Recipes for Valentine’s Day

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Are you planning to make treats for Valentine’s Day? Heart-shaped foods help make the occasion a bit more special. We have gathered up some of our favorite creative recipes so you can show your loved ones how much you appreciate them. Seeing these fun and festive foods will be sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!

12 Easy, Heart-Shaped Recipes for Valentine’s Day:

Heart Shaped Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispies Treats
how-to-make-chocolate-dipped-rice-krispies-treat-hearts-the-perfect-valentines-day-treats Get the recipe from Honey & Lime.


Strawberry Nutella Poptarts
strawberry-nutella-poptarts-2-smGet the recipe from The Novice Chef.


Raspberry Macarons – The Italian Method
heart-shaped-macarons-with-raspberry-filling-12Get the recipe from Saving Room for Dessert.


Heart Shaped Strawberry Hand Pies
easy-heart-shaped-strawberry-hand-piesGet the recipe from Well Plated.


Valentine’s Day Raspberry Rolls
valentines-day-raspberry-rolls3Get the recipe from Dessert Now, Dinner Later.


Easy to Make a Valentine’s Heart Shaped Pizza the Kids will Love
valentines-day-easy-dinner-ideaGet the recipe from Capturing Joy.


Watermelon Heart Fruit Salad
watermelon-heartGet the recipe from The Designer Life.


Mozzarella Cheese Filled Hearts with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
pie-crust-recipes-valenentines-day-food-valentines-day-recipe-heart-shaped-food-appetizersGet the recipe from Hungry Happenings.


Pink Heart Meringues Bites
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Heart Pancakes
heart-pancakes-12Get the recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod.


Heart Shaped Peanut Butter Cookies
heart-shaped-cookiesGet the recipe from The Semisweet Sisters.


Chocolate Raspberry Vanilla Bean Marshmallows
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