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Festive Easter Dessert Recipes (That are Healthy too!)


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
peanutbuttercips-easterGet the recipe from Joy Filled Eats.

Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies (Vegan + GF)
toasted-coconut-shortbread-cookies-vegan-gluten-free-10Get the recipe from The Green Life.

Jello Easter Eggs
jello-easter-eggs.jpgGet the recipe from Spend with Pennies.

Paleo Chocolate Bunnies
Paleo-Chocolate-Bunnies-2-681x1024Get the recipe from What the Fork.

Spring Krispie Cake with M&M’s and Candy Drizzle the recipe from Delightful E Made.

Are you making an adorable Easter dessert? Share it with us on Instagram by tagging us, @EatSmartProducts.

Healthier Christmas Cookie Recipes


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


Get the recipe from Noshtastic.

Soft and Chewy Spiced Carrot Cake Cookies


Get the recipe from Averie Cooks.

No Bake Coconut Delights


Get the recipe from Whole New Mom.

Grain Free Butter Cookies with Dye Free Sprinkles


Get the recipe from Everyday Maven.

Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Peppermint Cookies


Get the recipe from Flippin’ Delicious.

Gluten Free Nutella Filled Linzer Cookies


Get the recipe from Fearless Dining.

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


Get the recipe from The Healthy Family and Home.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies


Get the recipe from With Salt and Wit.

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


Get the recipe from My Natural Family.

Healthy Monster Cookies


Get the recipe from Love to be in the Kitchen.

Holiday Breakfast Cookies


Get the recipe from Simple Hacks Living.

Healthy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


Get the recipe from Busy But Healthy.

Healthy Protein Buckeyes


Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

Do you have a favorite healthy cookie recipe? Tweet it to us!

8 Great Gift Ideas Under $25

8 great gift ideas under $25

Are you searching for thoughtful holiday gifts that won’t break the bank? If you need some unique gift ideas that are also budget friendly, look no further! Our products are affordable, practical and will bring a smile to everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Here are 8 gifts under $25 that will help your friends and family reduce travel stress, live healthier, and cook with precision.

1. Precision Voyager Digital Luggage ScaleVoyager 3

Who it’s for: The Voyager Luggage Scale is perfect for the frequent traveler who tends to over pack. This smart device helps travelers avoid hassles at check-in, overweight luggage fees, and the embarrassment of repacking.

What to know: The Precision Voyager allows users to quickly and easily weigh luggage up to 110 pounds or 50 kilograms.  Simply clip the scale’s handle to your suitcase or bag, lift and the weight appears almost instantly. Its compact, durable design allows travelers to place it in their suitcase and bring with them on their travels.

Buy the Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale on | $12.95

2. Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scaleprecision-pro-silver

Who it’s for: The Precision Pro is the perfect kitchen tool for the cook, baker or calorie counter. Accurate measurements of ingredients leads to superior meals and healthier portion sizes.

What to know: The sleek, modern scale measures up to 11 pounds, perfect for home cooking, baking, and measuring portions. It can weigh in ounces, pounds, kilograms or grams. To make things even easier, the tare button automatically eliminates the weight of a bowl, plate, or previous ingredients.

Buy the Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale on | $19.95

3. Precision Pro Digital Thermometereatsmart-food-thermometer-grill

Who it’s for: The Precision Pro Food Thermometer is a great idea for a novice cook on your gift list. He’ll easily know when meat is cooked to perfection, either on the grill or in the oven.

What to know: It eliminates the need to call home and ask if the roast has been cooked long enough! Simply insert the stainless steel probe into the thickest part of the meat, and in less than five seconds, you have an accurate internal food temperature reading. Family and friends will be impressed with their new cooking skills!

Buy the Precision Pro Thermometer on | $14.95

4. Precision Choice Digital Bathroom Scale EatSmart-body-check-body-fat-scale

Who it’s for: The Precision Choice Scale is a user friendly tool for the health conscious to reach their health and fitness goals. The new fitness enthusiast and healthy eater will appreciate how easy this scale is to use.

What to know: EatSmart’s proprietary “Step On” technology allows you to simply step onto the scale and get an accurate reading in seconds. With our “beep feature”, the scale will beep once when a weight locks in, giving the user time to step off and easily view the display. The large LCD display features a cool-blue backlight for easy viewing.

Purchase the Precision Choice Digital Bathroom Scale on | $9.95

5. TravelWise Packing Cube System 5 Piece Set


Who it’s for: TravelWise Packing Cubes helps the jetsetter stay organized when traveling. Whether he’s traveling for business or pleasure the packing cubes help save him time and energy while on the go.

What to know: Packing cubes maximize luggage space by compartmentalizing similar size items. This is perfect for the frequent traveler; clothing is organized and does not shift during travel. The mesh allows him to easily view what is in the cube and eliminates searching for misplaced items upon arrival.

Purchase TravelWise Packing Cube System 5 Piece Set on | $24.95

6. Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scaleeatsmart-precision-tracker-bathroomscale

Who it’s for: The EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale makes it easy for the mom-to-be to monitor her weight during pregnancy. After delivery, it will also help track her progress when she’s ready to lose the baby weight. It’s a great tool for anyone who closely monitors their weight.

What to know: At each weigh in, the scale displays three readings: current weight, weight change from the last weigh in, and total change from starting weight.

Purchase the Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale on | $19.95

7. Taylor Four Event Kitchen Timer with Whiteboardtaylor whiteboard timer

Who it’s for: The Taylor Four Event Kitchen Timer with Whiteboard makes it easy to prepare food for your family and friends. Baking a cake, making sides and main course? This timer has it covered!

What to know: This multi-function digital timer can track up to four separate events, each with its own distinct alarm to aid in identification. The large LCD readout provides a clear, easy-to-read display that can be seen from across the kitchen. An extra-large whiteboard and dry-erase markers can display recipes, label timer events, and more.

Purchase the Taylor Four Event Kitchen Timer with White Board on | $14.99

8. 14” Beach Ball Clock with Thermometertaylor beach ball clock

Who it’s for: The Beach Ball Clock is a gift any beach and pool lover would enjoy.  The clock/thermometer combo is the life of any pool party, and on chilly winter days, it brings back happy memories of summer fun.

What to know: The 14” dial features vibrant silk-screened graphics and a tasteful white bezel, both of which are weather-proofed and shatter-resistant. The exterior coating protects the finish, ensuring that its colors will remain vibrant for years to come.

Purchase the 14” Beach Ball Clock with Thermometer on | $19.95

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Appetizer and Side Dish Recipes


Do you have to bring a side dish for Thanksgiving? Did you put off picking out your recipe until the last minute? If you’re still searching for something fun (and healthy) to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, we have picked out several Thanksgiving Appetizers and Side Dishes that are sure to be crowd pleasers!

Loaded Sweet Potato Bites

Loaded Sweet Potato BitesGet the recipe from A Healthy Life For Me.

Parmesan Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks

parmesan crusted baked zucchini strips

Get the recipe from Closet Cooking.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Get the recipe from The Food Charlatan.

Fennel and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

fennel and pomegranate quinoa salad

Get the recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron.

Easy Garlic Herb Butternut Squash

easy garlic herb butternut squash

Get the recipe from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.

Feta & Herb Cantaloupe Truffles

Feta & Herb Cantaloupe Truffles

Get the recipe from The Fit Fork.

Grain-Free Homestyle Stuffing

grain free stuffing

Get the recipe from Mommypotamus.

Warm Harvest Salad with Honey Walnut Vinaigrette

warm harvest salad

Get the recipe from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole

sweet potato pecan casserole

Get the recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen.

Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

apple cranberry wild rice pilaf

Get the recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.

Creamy Broccoli Salad

creamy broccoli salad

Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy.

Chipotle Lime Grilled Corn

chipotle lime corn

Get the recipe from Life’s Ambrosia.

Gluten Free Stuffing

gluten free stuffing

Get the recipe from Officially Gluten Free.

Greek Feta, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Pistachio Truffles

feta tomato truffles Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites

cranberry brie puff pastries

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

Which of these recipes will you try?  Share with us @eatsmartscales.

Do-It-Yourself Edible Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas


This Valentine’s Day, skip giving loved ones another tired box of heart shaped chocolates and surprise them with a homemade treat! Your Valentine will be impressed with these delicious, thoughtful gifts and touched that you took the time to make something just for them. Need some inspiration on what to make? Here’s a list of our favorite edible Valentine’s Day gifts.

Chocolate Dipped Heart Shaped Marshmallows


Get the recipe from Smashed Peas and Carrots.

Mango Passion Jam

mango-passion-jam5Get the recipe from Love & Olive Oil.

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Slice

2-raspberry sliceGet the recipe from Frankie’s Feast.

Pomegranate and Coconut Chocolate Bark


Get the recipe from Dessert for Two.

No Bake Red Velvet Protein Barsred-velvet-protein-bars-5

 Get the recipe from The Big Man’s World.

Dipped and Decorated Pretzelspink-dipped-decorated-pretzel-twists

Get the recipe from 5 Minutes from Mom.

Fruit Bouquets


Get the recipe from Salmon at Seven.

Vegan Chocolate

Get the recipe from Chocolate & Carrots.

Five Minute Bailey’s Fudge Sauce


Get the recipe from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.

Strawberry Applesauce


Get the recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling.

Pistachio Fruit and Yogurt Trail Mix5

Get the recipe from Oh, Sweet Basil.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakesdark-chocolate-raspberry-cupcakes_3037

Get the recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking.

Sweet Potato Crackerssweet-potato-crackers-recipe-easy-healthy-recipe-for-kids

Get the recipe from Merriment Design.

3 Ingredient Homemade Chocolate BarsHomemade-Chocolate-Bars-My-Whole-Food-Life

Get the recipe from My Whole Food Life.

Do you have a favorite DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea you would like to share? Share it with us on Instagram by tagging us, @EatSmartProducts. Use the hashtag #getleanin2016 to enter our weekly Instagram giveaway!

DIY Edible Holiday Gift Ideas

edible-gift-ideasHomemade edible gifts let your friends and family know you’re thinking of them and they’ll think of you as they enjoy their goodies. We have compiled a variety of DIY edible gift ideas, some sweet and some savory. Most of these recipes are quick and easy, with a few requiring no more than layering ingredients in a jar. Wow your friends and family with these DIY treats that are sure to please.

Gingerbread Box and Mason Jars


Get the recipe from RecipeTin Eats.

Homemade Nutella

Get the recipe from A Southern Fairytale.

Homemade Coffee Syrup

Get the recipe from Nellie Bellie.

Hot Chocolate Fudge

Get the recipe from Wonky Wonderful.

Cranberry Mustard

Get the recipe from In Johnna’s Kitchen.

Vanilla Chai Tea

Get the recipe from Kats’ Kitchen.

Honey Roasted Almond Butter

Get the recipe from Heather’s French Press.

Double Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Get the recipe from The Pretty Bee.


Homemade Popcorn Holiday Gift Set

Get the recipe from Real Food Real Deals.

Lentil Rice Casserole

Get the recipe from Busy-at-Home.

Cranberry Ginger Baked Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Get the recipe from Cafe Johnsonia.

Which of these recipes are you going to make?  Tweet to us @eatsmartscales.

Italian Ricotta Cookies

Planning to get your holiday bake on? These easy to make Italian Ricotta Cookies are cake-like, fluffy and festive .



  • 3 1/2 cups (495g) all-purpose flour*
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups (370g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 15 oz. ricotta, whole milk or fresh (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp butter (salted or unsalted), melted
  • 3 3/4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, or 1 1/4 tsp almond extract and more milk as needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 – 6 Tbsp milk

Click here for baking instructions.

About the Author: I’m Jaclyn, a twenty something wife and mother, as well as the self-taught cook, baker, writer, editor and photographer behind Cooking Classy is a place for me to share the food I love. Please follow along and lets create something delicious!

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