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11 Ways to Walk More on National Walking Day

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We spend more time sitting than ever before. Whether it’s at work, on our commute, or home in front of the computer, this sedentary lifestyle is having negative effects on our health. Studies continue to prove “sitting is the new smoking” and can even lead to a shorter lifespan!

The American Heart Association has declared the first Wednesday in April National Walking Day. To celebrate, all you need to do is lace up comfortable shoes and walk for 30-minutes. Walking is great for your health, and you don’t need any fancy equipment or trendy fitness gear.

Does finding 30-minutes to walk on a regular basis seem impossible? We have some easy and fun ways to get more walking into your day.

  1. Walk and talk. Need to return some calls?  Catch up on your calls while taking a walk.
  2. Always opt for the stairs. Skip the elevator and the escalators and walk up the stairs instead.
  3. Walk the dog. Rather than let Fido run in the backyard, take him for a walk. You’ll both enjoy the fresh air and exercise.
  4. Skip the coffee shop or happy hour at the bar. Instead of sitting in a restaurant, head to the park for a catch-up session with your friends.
  5. Walk at lunchtime. Get away from your desk and clear your head with a lunchtime walk. You can walk with friends or take some time for yourself.
  6. Park further away. Whether you’re shopping or in the parking lot at work, choose a spot far away from the entrance to give you more time to walk
  7. Get off a stop or two early. Commute via train or bus? Get off a stop or two earlier than you need to and walk the rest of the way.
  8. Go see your colleague. Rather than sending an email or calling your co-worker with a question get up and walk to his or her desk. Bonus if she works on another floor and you take the stairs!
  9. Create active family time. Get everyone together for a walk after dinner, rather than sitting down in front of the TV.
  10. Do your errands on foot. Do you need to hit some local stores or pick up dinner? Leave the car at home and walk instead.
  11. Treat yourself to a pedometer. Invest in your health and keep yourself accountable by tracking how many steps you take per day.

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Do you have some creative tips on fitting more walking into your busy day? Share them with us on Twitter at @Eatsmartscales.

Charity of the Month – The Jack Morton Foundation

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.

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We’ve selected The Jack Morton Foundation as our charity of the month for April. Our fan, Larry Reno, wrote to us,

Jack is my Grandson!  He was three years old when he was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma.  Jack received treatment at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ – they saved his life!

The Jack Morton Foundation was founded by Jack’s Mom and my Daughter to raise awareness of Neuroblastoma and to raise funds for research that hopefully one day will lead to a cure.

No child or family should have to experience the pain associated with childhood cancer – 100% of funds raised go directly to the hospital for research.

In contrast, The American Cancer Society directs only $0.01, a penny, towards Childhood Cancer research for every dollar that is donated to the American Cancer Society!

We appreciate any and all promotions and donations.

The mission of  The Jack Morton Foundation:

Our mission is to raise awareness and funds for Neuroblastoma cancer. We stand up for the little fighters because they can’t do it for themselves.

To learn more about The Jack Morton Foundation, please visit their website.

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

Click below, follow us and EatSmart will donate!

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

11 Reasons Why You Aren’t Losing Weight (And What You Can Do About It)

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You’re eating smart, working out and yet you’re still not losing weight. You’ve tried diets, counting calories, new fitness routines, but the pounds still aren’t budging. As a result, you’re frustrated and searching for answers.

So, if you’re working so hard to lose weight, why aren’t you seeing results? It depends – reasons can vary from person to person. First, check with your doctor to make sure there are no underlying medical issues. If you get a clean bill of health, then one of these common habits is likely preventing you from shedding the unwanted pounds.

#1 You sit too muchsitting at work

This one is tough, especially for those with desk jobs. Even though you’re exercising regularly, you sit most of the day at work and retreat to your favorite spot on the couch as soon as you get home.

Solution: Sneak in movement

Take little breaks throughout the day to get up and move. Try setting alerts on your calendar, or phone, to remind you to move around for at least five minutes each hour. You could also wear a pedometer to monitor your activity level throughout the day.

#2 You have portion distortion

Do you eye your serving to decide if it’s the correct amount? A few extra ounces with each meal can result in weight gain or a plateau.

Solution: Measure out your portions

One way to be sure your portion sizes are correct is to measure out your food with our Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale. Our kitchen scale ensures that portions are accurate to the 0.1 ounce.

#3 You aren’t tracking your foods

It’s easy to forget about that pre-lunch granola bar or the bread you ate while dining out. When you don’t track your eating habits, you may think you’re eating healthier, and less, than you actually are

Solution: There’s an app for that

Apps such as MyFitnessPal let you track the foods you eat and when you eat them throughout the day. It can be an eye opener to see what you’re eating!

#4 You’re a fitness fiend

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Exercise is great, and you should be moving on a regular basis. However, there can be too much of a good thing. Spending hours in the gym each day leads to hunger, burn out and exhaustion.

Solution: Ease back on the workouts

Your workouts should be short enough that you can still have a life after the gym session. When you’re tired, go easy and do something low impact such as yoga, or take a rest day. Always allow plenty of time for recovery – even elite athletes have an off-season! Also, mix things up. Over time, your body becomes accustomed to your exercise routine. You have to continually challenge yourself in new ways if you want to see results.

#5 You only track your weight

You weigh yourself regularly, but weight is just one measure of health and fitness. Are you losing body fat and gaining muscle mass? How is your BMI?

Solution: Measure all of your health metrics 

Certain scales, such as our Precision Body Check Bathroom Scale, measure your weight and estimate your body mass index (BMI), body water, muscle mass, body fat and calculate how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. With over 4,800 reviews on Amazon, our Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale is a very popular at-home body composition monitor. These scales provide a more accurate picture of your health and fitness levels. Even though your weight might be stagnant, your body fat could be decreasing while muscle mass increasing. #winwin

#6 Mindless eating habits

Do you eat lunch while working and dinner while watching TV? You might be eating more food than you need to satisfy your hunger.

Solution: Skip multitasking and pay attention

Sit down to eat without distractions and take the time to chew your food. Put your fork down between bites and be sure to chew each mouthful least 20 times.

#7 You don’t sleep enough

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When you’re busy, sleep often goes by the wayside. Sleep is vital to health because during this time, the body repairs muscles, restores energy and produces hormones that keep hunger in check.

Solution: Make sleep consistent each night

Create a wind-down ritual about 30 minutes before bed to relax your body and mind before sleep. Settling down at the same time each night creates a healthy habit.

#8 You eat the same foodsthermometer

When you stick to the same foods over and over you miss out on a variety of other vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals. A varied diet ensures that you get both your macro and micro nutrients.

Solution: Try new foods and recipes

Adding new foods into your eating plan is fun, provides greater nutritional benefits, and keeps you from getting bored. Are you hesitant to try and cook new recipes?
Increase your confidence with our Precision Pro Instant Read Food Thermometer. You’ll be able to tell when your meal is cooked to perfection.

#9 You drink your calories

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Fruit juices and pre-packaged smoothies can be loaded with sugar that add extra calories and leave you feeling hungry. Also those fancy drinks from Starbucks could be costing you 300-500 calories!

Solution: Eat the whole fruit and DIY

Instead of a big glass of orange juice, eat an orange. Make your own smoothies with your favorite fruits, Greek yogurt and spinach. For easy to make, healthy smoothie recipes, click here. For more tips on making healthier drink choices, click here.

#10 Your diet is too strictdieting too hard

You are afraid to eat any treats and monitor every bite of food that you eat. When you constantly deny yourself, you set yourself up for binge eating later on.

Solution: Treat yourself

Enjoy your favorite treats – in moderation! A small portion will satisfy your craving and can be a reward for a day of healthy eating.

#11 You eat the wrong snacksfries

A snack should be a mini-meal that nourishes you until your next meal. Sugary treats and snacks like chips and candy won’t keep you full.

Solution: Keep healthy treats on hand

Foods like apples and almond butter make great nutritious snacks. You could also make up a batch of healthy granola or protein bars to curb your hunger. Here are some of our favorite DIY recipes.

Did you overcome a weight loss plateau? Share your top tips with us on Twitter @eatsmartscales.

 

15 Easter Brunch Recipes

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Easter is just a hop, skip and jump away! To help you celebrate and eat smart, we rounded up some of our favorite festive recipes. Whether you want healthier breakfast treats,  main courses and sides, or dessert, we have you covered. These tasty recipes will impress your family and guests while keeping holiday splurges under control.

Breakfast Sweets

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bake
Get the recipe from Slim Pickin’s Kitchen.


Easter Egg Breakfast Popsicles
Get the recipe from Eats Amazing.


Clean Eating Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Get the recipe from The Gracious Pantry.


Carrot Cake Donuts
Get the recipe from Inside Bru Crew Life.


Main Courses & Sides

Herb Crusted and Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Mint Gremolata
Get the recipe from Feasting at Home.


Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios
Get the recipe from The Food Charlatan.


Broccoli Garlic Quiche
Get the recipe from Love & Olive Oil.


Red Wine Braised Brisket
Get the recipe from Food Done Light.


Quinoa, Asparagus, Pea and Lemon Salad
Get the recipe from Taming Twins.


Slow Cooker Ham (Paleo and AIP)
Get the recipe from Southern In Law.


Homemade Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin
Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy.


Asparagus Salad with Shrimp
Get the recipe from Simply Recipes.


Desserts

Fruity Easter Egg Smoothie
Get the recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking.


Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

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No Bake Coconut Butter Easter Bunnies
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Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie
Get the recipe from Southern In Law.

Do you have a favorite Easter recipe to share? Share it with us on Instagram by tagging @EatSmartProducts. Use the hashtag #getleanin2016 to enter our weekly Instagram giveaway!

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Packing for Spring Break? How Packing Cubes Can Ease Travel Stress

ESP_spring_break_pinterestPacking can be stressful – especially when everything you need just won’t fit in your luggage. Our TravelWise Packing Cube System keeps your clothes organized while maximizing luggage space. Placing clothes in their own “drawers” prevents shifting during transit, so clothes arrive at your spring break destination neat and wrinkle free. The mesh inserts in each cube keep clothes visible so you can easily find an item when you need it.

Here are a few of the ways packing cubes make spring travel less stressful:

Maximize luggage space

TravelWise Packing Cubes keep items organized and maximize available space. To save space on each item, roll your clothes, and then place into packing cubes. For carry-on luggage, the TravelWise Durable 3 Piece Weekender Set is a perfect fit. For longer trips, we suggest the 5 Piece Weekender Plus Set.

Assign travelers their own color

Sharing a suitcase with your S.O.? Or spring breakin’ with your family? Assign each traveler their own color so everyone easily knows where to find their clothes.travelwise-packing-cubes-solution

Mesh tops allows for quick view

Want to hit the beach as soon as you check-in, but aren’t sure where your bathing suit is?  Forget digging through your luggage and leaving your carefully packed items a disorganized mess. Mesh panels on each cube allow for easy visibility of the internal content, so you will quickly find your suit and maximize beach time!

No need to unpack

Simply zip open the top panel of the cube and place it in a hotel drawer. Clothes will stay organized and can be easily repacked (just re-zip the cubes and put back in your suitcase) without ever actually unpacking.

Organize outfits by destinations

Staying in San Francisco for a few days after you’ve visited Hawaii? Use your packing cubes to organize outfits for each portion of the trip. Try different sized cubes for new stops for or use mixed colors for distinct locations – teal for San Francisco, red for Hawaii, and black for travel days!

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Sort by type of clothing

You can also use different colored cubes or different sized cubes to separate by type of clothing. For example, keep socks and underwear in one cube and casual beach wear in another.

Corral your chargers and small items

The smallest packing cube is the perfect place to corral small, but necessary items, for your trip. No more wondering where you put your cell phone or camera charger!

Bring an empty cube for souvenirs

When on spring break, you always return home with more than you started with. Bring an empty cube for those souvenirs and keep them away from your dirty laundry. Bonus: Avoid any unwanted baggage fees and awkwardly repacking your suitcase at the check-in counter by bringing along our Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale.

Do you have any questions about our Packing Cubes? Tweet to us @eatsmartscales.

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Healthy Meal Prep Ideas to Save You Time and Money

ESP_meal_prep_ideas_pinterestDoes a healthy, home-cooked meal on a weeknight sound wonderful and impossible at the same time? One of the keys to eating healthy is effective meal planning. A good plan will ensure that you have access to nutritious food when you need it.

If you’re committed to eating healthier, we’re here to help you save time – and money – with effective meal prep strategies.

Cook once, eat twice

Or even three times! Always cook more than you need so you have leftovers for later in the week. If eating the same meal all week sounds boring, freeze leftovers for future meals. If you’re baking chicken for the week, our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer will make sure it is cooked just right.

Wash and chop produce

Make it a habit to wash chop, and store your fresh produce as you get home from the store. This way, it’s ready to go when you want it. Salads and sides will be ready in no time!

Portion out snacks

Do you find yourself mindlessly munching from the chip bag? Portion out snacks for the week into baggies or containers. Our Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale makes it easy to measure portion sizes by weight without tediously counting every chip or nut.

Load up your oven

While you’re baking that batch of chicken breasts, don’t forget the veggies! Maximize your meals by including healthy side dishes with your meal prep. Throw together chopped veggies with some olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet and cook them alongside your meat.

Make smoothie packs

Combine your smoothie ingredients and freeze them in marked baggies. For extra protein, freeze Greek yogurt in ice cube trays then add them to the smoothie pack when you’re ready to blend.

Freeze your smoothie

Do smoothie packs still seem like too much work in the morning? Blend up a batch of your favorite smoothie, pour into a clean muffin tin and freeze it. Toss two or three of these “pucks” into the blender for a quick breakfast or snack. For more inspiration, check out some of our favorite smoothie recipes.

Make slow cooker freezer bags

Throw all of the raw ingredients of a slow cooker recipe into a freezer baggie and label it. On cooking day, simply add the contents of the bag and a little water, oil or broth to your crockpot and turn it on!

Make your own granola and protein bars

We love a quick snack but not the sugar content found in most store bought snack bars. Make a batch at home and you’ll have tasty snacks ready for the week. Check out our Granola Bar Recipe Roundup for easy ideas – many of which are “no bake”!

Instant oatmeal packs

Oatmeal packets seem convenient and healthy, but most are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. Make your own instant oatmeal pouches with quick cook oats and toppings such as cinnamon, nuts, dried fruit, coconut, chia seeds or cacao nibs. Simply add hot water and breakfast is served!

Mason jar salads

Mason jars are the perfect size for making your own salad. They can easily be prepped for grab-and-go meals during the week. Check out our recipe for Mason Jar Carrot Noodle Salad with Sweet Chili Vinaigrette.

Keep snacks simple

Fruit, nuts, pre-cut veggies, hummus, brown rice cakes, and hardboiled eggs are all simple and nutritious snack choices. Avoid packaged snacks with a long list of unfamiliar – and unhealthy – ingredients.

Need some ideas for grab-and-go meals? We have super quick breakfast and lunch options that won’t break the bank.

Do you have a favorite meal prep tip that you would like to share? Tweet it to us at @EatSmartScales or share it on Instagram and tag us @EatSmartProducts.

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Slow-Cooker Curried Vegetable Lentil Soup

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and that seems to be the case in 2016.  With temperatures still chilly in much of the country, it is a perfect weekend to make a simple, comforting soup.  This slow-cooker vegetarian soup is easy to make and tastes great.  Enjoy!

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  • 2 cups uncooked lentils
  • 1 can Garbanzo beans/chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 10 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

For cooking instructions visit Dishing Out Health.

About the Author: Jamie Vespa is a Registered Dietitian and health food blogger with a passion for food, fitness and getting creative in the kitchen. Jamie’s blog, Dishing Out Health, offers nutritious recipes to help prove that eating healthy can taste just as good as it feels.

Win a Kitchen Scale in National Nutrition Month

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March is National Nutrition Month created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With this year’s theme “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” we are going to break down what exactly “eating right” looks like.

Eating right or eating smart follows a few basic tenets:

  1. Cook more of your own food
  2. Cut back on unhealthy choices and substitute with a healthy alternative
  3. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  4. Eat a variety of foods from the different food groups
  5. Not all calories are built equally (300 calories of chips versus 300 calories of avocado are very different nutritionally!)
  6. Know what a portion size looks like (Here’s where we come in!)

Over the last decade, American portion sizes have drastically increased in size and knowing what a portion is can be a bit of a mystery.

Weighing your food with our Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale in conjunction with our handy calorie factor booklet (included with your Kitchen Scale) will set you on the right path to eating right. Simply turn the scale on, place your food onto the scale, and look up the correct portion size in the calorie factor booklet. And to EXTRA get you ready for National Nutrition Month, we’re giving away FOUR of our Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scales on Instagram every Friday this month! Want to win one? OF COURSE YOU DO! Keep reading!

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SIMPLE RULES

  1. Follow @EatSmartProducts on Instagram.
  2. We want to help you reach your 2016 health goals. Share photos on Instagram of anything that shows you making healthy choices with the hashtag #GetLeanIn2016 and tag @eatsmartproducts. Pictures can be a nutritious meal, a green smoothie, or your daily exercise – be creative!
  3. Private Instagram accounts that would like to enter will have to set their Instagram to Public so we can see your entry.
  4. You can enter as many times as you like, winning photos can only win once.
  5. Our Instagram team will choose a photo at random every Friday by 5PM EST – throughout March. (That’s 4 lucky winners!)
  6. Weekly winning photo will be re-posted to our Instagram, and may be used in the future to advertise our #GetLeanIn2016 Contest.
  7. Winner will have 24 hours to email Karen@eatsmartproducts.com to claim their prize.

No purchase necessary. Must be a US resident ages 18 and up. Buying EatSmart Products does not increase odds of winning.

IN-DEPTH RULES CAN BE FOUND HERE

Charity of the Month – The Food Trust

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.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, we’ve selected The Food Trust as our charity of the month for March.the-food-trust

The mission of  The Food Trust:

The Food Trust was founded with a simple idea: healthy change. There were neighborhoods where residents couldn’t easily buy healthy foods — and science shows that people who live in underserved neighborhoods are more at risk for serious diet-related diseases. The Food Trust has worked with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers to change how we think about healthy food and to increase its availability.

The Food Trust’s mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, we’ve developed a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.

To learn more about The Food Trust, please visit their website.

For every new Instagram follow we (EatSmartProducts) acquire during the month of March, we will donate 50 cents/follower to The Food Trust. (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 karen@eatsmartproducts.com. The donation amount will be capped at 500 new followers/likes.

Introducing the EatSmart Precision 550 Bathroom Scale

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The next BIG thing is here! We’ve expanded our product line and are excited to share the new EatSmart Precision 550 Digital Bathroom Scale! It tops the charts with a weight capacity of 550 pounds – the highest capacity EatSmart scale and the highest in the consumer market. The sturdy, high-quality design features a glass base and a fingerprint resistant stainless steel platform. With our new “beep feature”, the scale beeps three times when a weight locks in, giving the user time to step off and easily view the display. These features combined with its super sleek design, differentiate it from other high capacity scales.

Here’s the front of the box:

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Here’s the back of the box:

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Inside the box, you will find the bathroom scale, an instruction manual, customer satisfaction guarantee and three AAA batteries.

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Just pop the three batteries into the back of the scale and you are ready to go! Four EatSmart precision sensors ensure accurate measurements in 0.2 lb or 0.1 kg increments. You can easily switch between pounds and kilograms by pushing the unit button to the left of the battery compartment.

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The platform sits approximately one inch off of the ground. For context of the scale’s size, here is the 550 next to a quarter.

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This bathroom scale sports a black, tempered glass base with a stainless steel platform and weighs in itself at 7.6 lbs. With a sturdy, 15″x 13″ base, it can easily accommodate some pretty big feet!

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The scale’s oversized, backlit LCD display is 3.7”x 2.3” and lights up in cool blue. The Precision 550 gives instant readings using EatSmart “Step-On” Technology and will automatically turn off to conserve battery power.

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If you’re looking for a sturdy and reliable scale, the Precision 550 is for you. The stainless steel finish on the 550 makes it an attractive addition to any surrounding.
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As with all EatSmart scales, the Precision 550 includes our 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty.

Click here to purchase the scale on Amazon.

Do you have any questions about our new Precision 550 Bathroom Scale? Please tweet them to us @eatsmartscales. We’re here to help!

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