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Baked Spooky Pumpkin Doughnuts

These baked pumpkin doughnuts are fluffy, tasty and most importantly, easy to make! They would be a perfect treat to bake for a Halloween party.  This recipe makes about 18 doughnuts.

PRO TIP: Accurate measuring of ingredients by volume, leads to more superior tasting doughnuts! The tare feature on our EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale will help with all of your baking needs.


  • 1 cup sugar (200 grams)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (60 grams)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (225 grams)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice (We used whole milk)
Optional topping:

Spooky sprinkles of your choice + cinnamon + sugar


Preheat the oven to 350F/176C.
Spray a doughnut tin with cooking spray, and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the butter and sugar.
Add in the egg, pumpkin puree, and vanilla until combined.
Mix in the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Add in the milk and stir all ingredients together into a smooth batter.
Spoon the batter into doughnut pan and distribute evenly.
Bake 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool on wire racks 5-10 minutes.
Makes about 18 doughnuts.

For the spooky topping:
In a new small bowl, melt ~ 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave for ~10 seconds or until melted. In a second bowl, mix together sprinkles, cinnamon and sugar (make the ratios according to your taste). Dip the top of the doughnut in the butter then immediately into the sprinkle mix. Set aside to let it dry. *For a healthier option, skip the spooky topping and eat plain*

NOTE: Store in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.


Preventative Measures and Natural Remedies to get through Cold and Flu Season

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Do you want to stay healthier this cold and flu season? Over-the-counter medications can help, but most merely suppress symptoms instead of helping you heal. While there are no magic cures for the common cold, you can combine preventative measures and natural remedies to help you kick your bug faster.

We’ve compiled lists of preventative measures and natural remedies that will keep you healthy this winter.

Preventative measures to protect yourself from cold and flu viruses:


Don’t touch your face

Cold and flu viruses enter your body through your eyes, nose, and mouth. Keep your hands away to help protect you from illness.

hand washWash your hands regularly

Wash your hands frequently, for at least 30 seconds, to remove bacteria and viruses.


Drink water

Staying hydrated will keep your immune system working properly.



Regular exercise at moderate intensity levels helps the body fight stress and boosts your immune system. A brisk walk or raking leaves counts, too!

woman sleepingGet enough sleep

Your immune system doesn’t work properly if you are exhausted. Get your rest so your body is ready to fight off that pesky virus.


Eat the rainbow

Fruits and vegetables that are dark green, red, purple, and yellow are filled with phytochemicals. “Phyto” means plants, and the natural chemicals in them provide a supercharged boost.

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Maintain a healthy weight

Excess body fat promotes the production of inflammatory immune cells that predispose us to illness, disease and weaken the immune system’s response to infections. Our Precison CalPal Digital Bathroom Scale helps you achieve your ideal weight.


Limit alcohol

Alcohol suppresses the part of the immune system that protects you catching a virus. It also inhibits the immune system from fighting a bug that you already have. Stick to one or two drinks to decrease your chances of getting sick.

vitaminsTake your vitamins

The important ones are D, C, and zinc. Optimizing Vitamin D levels can help prevent illness and will ease symptoms when you get sick. Take extra Vitamin C to help your body get rid of a cold faster. Zinc can prevent viruses from gaining full access to our cells and shorten the length of a cold or flu. In order for zinc to work properly, it needs to be taken within 24 hours of when symptoms first appear.

Even with a healthy lifestyle, you may still find yourself with the sniffles or flu symptoms. The following remedies can help boost your immune system and decrease the duration and intensity of your illness.

Natural home remedies to fight the flu and cold symptoms:

saltSalt water gargle

When your throat starts to feel scratchy, mix 1 tsp of salt in a full glass of water and gargle. The salt reduces inflammation and clears irritants from the back of the throat.


Oregano oil

Oregano oil is a potent natural antibiotic and antiviral. You can diffuse the oil or dilute a bit in almond oil and rub it on your feet.

epsom salts

Take a detox bath

A bath with 1 cup Epsom salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, and a few drops of essential oil can soothe the body, balance depleted electrolytes, and helps cleanse toxins from the body.

Natural food remedies to fight the flu and colds:

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Add in garlic and onions

Garlic and onions contain the compound Allicin, which can fight off certain bacteria and viruses. Adding this compound to your daily diet helps block infections and helps you heal faster.

chicken soup

Eat your chicken soup

It’s a proven remedy that will help clear congestion, sooth a sore throat, add vitamins and nutrients to boost your immune system, and is easy on an upset stomach.


Make ginger tea

Ginger is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and a potent cold virus fighter. Slice up some ginger and let it steep in very hot water for five to ten minutes to create a soothing drink which also helps quell nausea.


Take turmeric

The spice turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties however it also possesses strong antiviral properties to help fight off the flu. Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a cup of warm milk or try this tea recipe.

What’s your “go-to” remedy for fighting colds and the flu? Please share with us @eatsmartscales.


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Snickers Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge

This one of a kind fudge recipe has it all – chocolate, peanut butter and pumpkin! In between the two layers of creamy, dreamy fudge are chopped Snickers bars. Bonus: It’s easy to make!

Prep time: 2 hr 20 min | Total time: 2 hr 20 min | Serves: 16 pieces


  • 1½ C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1½ C white chocolate chips
  • 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • ½ C creamy peanut butter
  • ½ C pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 C chopped snickers, divided (about 9 fun size bars, cut into 8 pieces each)
  • Sprinkles for topping, if desired.

Click here for preparation instructions.

About the author: Julie is a blogger at This Gal Cooks. She’s a Florida native, a wanderlust, a dark chocoholic, online shopping enthusiast and health and nutrition nerd. She lives in south Florida with her boyfriend Ken and their little gremlin dog Kahlua.

Creative Apple Recipes to Make This Fall

esp_awesome_apple_recipes_pinterestOctober is National Apple Month. Not only do they taste great, but apples are also praised for their numerous health benefits. When cooking or baking with apples, we tend to think of using them in dessert recipes, they are incredibly versatile and work well in savory dishes, too.  To help showcase their deliciousness, we have gathered up a variety of creative apple recipes you must try this fall.

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Barsapple-cinnamon-breakfast-bars-3

Get the recipe from The Lean Green Bean.

Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Get the recipe from Boston Girl Bakes.

Appledoodle Cookies

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Apple Pecan and Feta Salad with Honey Apple Dressingapple-pecan-and-feta-salad-with-honey-apple-dressing-is-loaded-with-fall-flavours-and-is-sweet-crunchy-and-good-for-you-apple-salad-fall-healthy-vegetarian-2

Get the recipe from Jessica in the Kitchen.

Homemade Apple Chips

Get the recipe from Simply Sissom.

Gluten Free Apple Bread

Get the recipe from Natural Fit Foodie.

Kale and Apple Soupkale-apple-soup-3

Get the recipe from Floating Kitchen.

Make Ahead Apple Pie Oatmeal Smoothie

Get the recipe from The Stay At Home Chef.

Maple Dijon Apple Cider Grilled Pork Chopsmaple-dijon-apple-cider-grilled-pork-chops-800-3683

Get the recipe from Closet Cooking.

Raw Apple-Cinnamon and Chia Breakfast Bowlapple-chia-bowl

Get the recipe from Blissful Basil.

Apple Cranberry and Almond Slawapple_cranberry_almond_coleslaw2

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

No Churn Caramel Apple Ice Creamapple-ice-cream-48

Get the recipe from A Latte Food.

Healthy Apple Muffins (with Greek yogurt)healthier-greek-yogurt-apple-pie-muffins-the-crisp-topping-has-no-butter

Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops cider-glazed-pork-chops-by-delightfulemade-com-vert2-w-txt-710x1024

Get the recipe from Delightful E Made.

What’s your favorite fall recipe using apples? Share with us @eatsmartscales.

EatSmart Products Donates Bathroom Scales to the Northern Illinois Food Bank

On September 30, 2016, EatSmart Products donated over 60 bathroom scales to the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) in Geneva, IL. The digital bathroom scales will be used to teach NIFB attendees the benefits of maintaining a healthy body weight. Many individuals who rely on the NIFB for meals suffer from a variety of food-related ailments, such as Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. A healthy weight is a critical component in managing these diseases.

In addition to obtaining meals from the food bank, many people also utilize NIFB for educational resources. They learn the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices, beginning with the plate and continuing throughout their day.


EatSmart donated the top-rated Precision Digital Bathroom Scale. Not only is this EatSmart’s most popular scale, it’s also the number one best-selling scale on Amazon. The classic design and ease of use make it a customer favorite. Top features include its ability to weigh up to 400 lbs / 180 kg to the nearest .2 lb / 3 oz and its large, easy to read 3.5” LCD display with Accurbright blue backlight. Also included with each scale is a free EatSmart Body Tape Measure that allows users to keep track of body measurements such as the circumference of their waist, hips, bust, arms and thighs.

In addition to the EatSmart bathroom scales, Taylor Precision Products‘ donations included Chef’n popcorn makers, and miscellaneous thermometers and timers. The total amount exceeded $5,000! The Northern Illinois Food Bank will be able to use these items as they are partnered with 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior centers in 13 counties to provide food to hungry neighbors. The donated items will be distributed amongst a variety of NIFB programs including food safety initiatives, diabetes/obesity prevention, playworks training to get kids active; just to name a few.eatsmart-donation-nifb

For more information on the Northern Illinois Food Bank, visit

3 EatSmart Bathroom Scales Named Best & Most Accurate on the Market by Faveable

Three of our Digital Bathroom Scales have been named the top scales on the market by Faveable.“We evaluated pros and cons, durability, specifications, accuracy, and features, all to determine what makes each brand great. Our research led us to the top 7 bathroom scales around, and we’ve even categorized each option according to its unique purpose. The result: the absolute best products you can buy for your specific needs.” Read more…



Taking the top spot as the “Best & Most Accurate Digital Bathroom Scale,” the Precision Digital Bathroom Scale is also the number one best seller on Amazon. It’s classic design and ease of use makes it a customer favorite.
Top features include:
  • Weighs up to 400 lbs / 180 kg to the nearest .2 lb / 3 oz
  • Thick 8mm tempered glass “non-slip” top and large 12″ x 13″ platform
  • Large 3.5″ LCD display with Accubright blue backlight
  • “Step-On” technology weighs instantly – no tapping to turn on the scale
  • FREE EatSmart Body Tape Measure included



faveable-_-winner_most-accurate_tracker_fb2The Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale was named the “Most Accurate Digital Bathroom Scale.” In addition to its unmatched accuracy, the Precision Tracker features AccuTrack software that allows users to monitor both short-term and long-term weight goals. With this scale, monitoring weight changes has never been easier!
Top features include:
  • Track Long Term and Short Term Weight Goals with EatSmart Proprietary AccuTrack Software
  • Automatic User Identification; stores personal data for up to 8 users
  • Weighs up to 400 lbs / 180 kg to the nearest .2 lb / 3 oz
  • Large 3.5″ white LCD display
  • “Step-On” technology weighs instantly – no tapping to turn on the scale




Taking the top spot as the “Most Versatile Digital Bathroom Scale”, the Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale is not your ordinary bathroom scale.  It quickly and easily measures weight, body fat, body water, body muscle and bone mass using ITO BIA technology.
Top features include:
  • Measuring Functions: % Body Fat, % Total Body Water, % Muscle Mass and Bone Mass
  • Automatic User Identification; stores personal data for up to 8 users
  • Weighs up to 400 lbs / 180 kg to the nearest .2 lb / 3 oz
  • Large 3.5″ blue LCD display with white backlight
  • “Step-On” technology weighs instantly – no tapping to turn on the scale


Do you have any questions on our EatSmart bathroom scales? Please tweet to us, @eatsmartscales. We’re happy to help!

Easy Ways to Walk 10,000 Steps a Day


Walking can help lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, maintain fitness levels, and lead to weight loss. Unlike more complicated exercise programs, walking is inexpensive, easy to do, safe for almost everyone, and you can do it pretty much anywhere. The Surgeon General recommends adults walk at least 10k steps a day or five miles a day (2,000 steps covers roughly one mile). However, with desk jobs and hectic schedules, most of us are only walking between 4,000 and 6,000 steps per day.

Here are some simple ways to get more movement during your average day. Don’t forget to wear your activity tracker!

  • Start your day off with short walk.
  • Walk the kids to and from school or their bus stop.
  • Skip the elevator or escalator and opt for the stairs.
  • Take a stroll during the second half of your lunch break.
  • Pace back and forth while talking on the phone.
  • Park your car on the opposite end of the lot for some extra steps. If you have extra time, walk a lap around the lot for some bonus steps.
  • Play with your kids. Create family activity time and play ball, have a dance contest, or hold back yard races.
  • Get off the couch. Walk around the house or march in place during commercials.
  • Skip the phone call. Instead of calling your friend to catch up, meet her for a walk instead.
  • Walk while the kids have sports or dance practice, rather than sitting and waiting for them.

Compiling steps in small increments throughout the day is more manageable than trying to do 10,000 in one long walk. If you are still wondering how you’ll reach 10,000 steps in an average day, here are some examples that would add approximately 6,000 steps to your daily routine.

Start the day with a quick 5-minute walk. You can walk the kids to the bus stop or take a stroll around the block. Total: 500 steps

Need to catch up on phone calls? Take a 10-minute walk and return those calls. Better yet, meet your friend and take a walk to catch up.  Total: 1,000 steps

Walk on your lunch break. A 15-minute walk at a brisk pace can help clear your head and reduce work stress. Total: 1,700 steps

After dinner, get the family together, including your dog, and take a 20-minute walk. You can talk about each other’s day while getting some exercise and fresh air. Warm up with an easy pace for 5-minutes (500 steps), walk briskly for 10-minutes (1,350 steps) and then cool down with an easy pace for 5-minutes (500 steps). Total: 2,350 steps

Doing all of these activities will give you a total of 6,050 extra steps per day!

PRO TIPS: Always try to have 2,500 steps before you leave for work or school. As you work to increase your activity levels, start slowly and build up until you reach your goals. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and end your walk with a few gentle stretches to avoid strains and injuries.

Top 3 EatSmart Bathroom Scales to Compliment Your Walking Plan

Do you need additional motivation or support to stick with a walking plan? Monitoring your weight at home with a bathroom scale can help keep you on track with your health and fitness goals.3-scales-for-weightloss

#1 Track your fitness with our Precision Body Fat Bathroom Scale. In addition to monitoring weight, it also measures body fat, body water, muscle mass, and other important health metrics. The daily caloric intake feature calculates how many calories are needed to maintain your weight. esbs_55-scale

#2 Looking to lose weight? The Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale will keep you motivated. It displays the users’ current weight, weight change from the previous weigh in and total change from starting weight. The unique touch screen interface and automatic user recognition make it very user friendly.



#3 Stay on target with our new Precision Choice Digital Bathroom Scale. When your weight is locked in, the Precision Choice will beep allowing you to step off the scale and easily view the display read out. Very easy to use, simply step on and it accurately weighs up to 400 lbs within seconds.lcd_screen_bathroomscale_precision_choice



What are your favorite ways to get your steps in? Tweet them to us @EatSmartScales.


Introducing the EatSmart Precision Choice Digital Bathroom Scale

esp_meet-the-choice_scaleWe are excited to share the brand new EatSmart Precision Choice Digital Bathroom Scale. This scale is ready to go whenever you are ready to weigh in – simply step on and get your weight within seconds. The slim, ergonomic design fits perfectly into any surroundings, and its tempered safety glass platform weighs up to 400 pounds to the nearest 0.2 lbs. 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 Precision Choice is our basic bathroom scale as there are no additional features or user profiles to set up.

Here’s the front of the box: eatsmart-precision-choice-bathroom-scale-new

Here’s the back of the box: eatsmart-precision-choice-bathroom-scale-newbox

What’s in the box:


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

Battery compartment:


Just pop the three batteries into the back of the scale and you are ready to go.

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

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

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

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

Height of the scale: eatsmart-precision-choice-bathroom-scale-height

The platform sits approximately one inch off of the ground. For context of the scale’s size, here it is next to a quarter.

Beep feature:

LCD screen:

lcd_screen_bathroomscaleThe scale’s backlit LCD display is 3.2”x 1.5” and lights up in cool blue. The Precision Choice gives instant readings using EatSmart “Step-On” Technology and will automatically turn off to conserve battery power.

Sleek design:

lcd_screen_bathroomscale_precision_choiceThis bathroom scale sports a black-backed, tempered glass platform and 11.8″x 11.8″ base. The scale itself weighs in at 4.5 lbs and looks great in any surroundings. precision-choice-black-bath-scale

Features include:


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

Click here to purchase the scale on Amazon for only $17.95.

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

Charity of the Month – The Rose

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.the rose logoWe’ve selected the The Rose as our charity of the month for October to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Rose Mission Statement:

The Rose reduces deaths from breast cancer by providing access to screening, diagnostics, and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay.The Rose addresses any barrier that might keep a woman from caring for her own needs.  Studies show women often put personal needs on hold while tending to the needs of others. Many women cite cost and lack of access as reasons they delay preventive services. Yet, early detection mammography screenings are the most powerful weapons in the fight against breast cancer – which is 98% curable when detected early. For the woman who puts everyone else ahead of her own care, The Rose encourages her to take care of Me2.

Every service offered by The Rose is available to the uninsured through one of many sponsorship programs. In fact the whole purpose of the Empower Her® Sponsorship Program is to ensure any woman has access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care. From the initial screening mammogram, through diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and biopsies as well as access to treatment — all are part of the “quality breast health care” offered at The Rose.

Same day diagnosis, special programs for young women, on-site physicians dedicated to breast health care, advanced digital technology — all reflect The Rose’s emphasis on quality and excellence. The Rose collaborates with the best medical organizations in Texas and reach women from Matagorda to Shelby Counties.

For every new Facebook Fan we (EatSmartProducts) acquire during the month of October, we will donate 50 cents/follower to The Rose. (So spread the word!)

Click below, follow us and EatSmart will donate!

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

Strawberry Banana Quinoa Bran Muffins

Strawberry Banana Quinoa Bran Muffins

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Prep: 15 min | Cook: 25-30 min | Total time: 40-45 min | Serves: 9

At Café Terra, you will find many different muffin recipes, but the one that will always have her heart and tummy is this beauty. The recipe is not only healthy for you, it’s also easy to make- bonus! You can mix up the fruit and use whatever is in season. Now let’s grab a mug of coffee or the perfect cup of tea and sit to enjoy a Strawberry Banana Quinoa Bran Muffin together!


2 cups wheat bran
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large banana mashed
1 cup hot water
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup cooked quinoa
6 oz container strawberry banana Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup finely chopped strawberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease Muffin pan with cooking spray.

In small bowl – mix together all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt. Mix chopped strawberries in flour.

In another small bowl – mix together wheat bran and hot water.

In medium bowl – mix together mashed banana, brown sugar, sugar, strawberry banana Greek yogurt, and cooked quinoa. Mix together flour mixture, wheat bran mixture, and wet mixture.

Spoon into muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on oven.



I used leftover cooked quinoa for this recipe. If you need to make quinoa, cook 1/2 cup quinoa in 1 cup water. You could use any flavor Greek yogurt and any fruit combination for this recipe, basically use what ever you have in your fridge at the time or what is in season!

About the author: Café Terra shares easy recipes, BBQ favorites, and her food experiences with new and old friends. You can always find a mug of coffee or tall glass of wine in her hand, and her partner in crime at her side (her husband of 19 years). If you want to keep up on their food adventures catch them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. Terra is also an author-entrepreneur and Terra Kelly. Plus, her and her husband run an online marketing business at Imagine B & T. Any questions you can email her at-

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