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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Appetizer and Side Dish Recipes

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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.

A Quick Guide to Making the Perfect Pie Crust and 6 Easy Recipes

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Do you want to know the secret to a perfect pie crust? Whether you’re an expert baker or planning to bake your first pie this holiday season, we can help you create a golden, tender, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth pie crust. It seems simple enough to mix flour, butter, salt, and water, but it can be very tricky to get just right.

Once you master all the variables, you will have an amazing pie crust in your repertoire. Continue reading to learn how to bake an amazing crust and find some delicious recipes to experiment with.

5 Things to Know for Beginner Pie Makers:

#1 Cracking dough means it’s too dry or too cold.

If your dough cracks when you roll it out, it’s either too dry or too cold. If it’s crumbling, it needs a bit more water. Add a tablespoon of water and work it into your dough. If your dough is cracking at the edges, it’s too cold. Let it warm up on the counter for just a few minutes, as it will get sticky if you leave it out too long.

#2 Always bake pies on the bottom rack.

To avoid soggy crusts, bake your pie crust on the bottom rack of your oven on a preheated baking sheet. When possible, use a glass pie dish so you can see how the crust is cooking.  Depending on the type of pie, you can partially or fully pre-bake your crust.

#3 Unfilled pie crusts need help maintaining their shape when baking.

Prick the bottom of your crust all over with a fork, then line crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights. No pie weights on hand? You can use dried beans instead! Both the weights and the beans help flatten the crust and prevent it from bubbling.

#4 Top crusts need to be vented.

Are you making a two-crust pie? The top crust needs to be vented to allow moisture from the filling to escape. You can use a decorative pie cutter or simply make slits in the top crust.

#5 Use a pie crust shield to prevent burnt crusts.

A pie crust shield can protect your crust from burning. You can buy one or easily make your own from aluminum foil. Loosely fold two-inch-wide strips of foil around the outside edges of the crust and dish to protect it while baking.

cherry-pie-1241372_1280What you need to know about choosing your crust ingredients:

  1. Begin with flour. All-purpose or a blend of all-purpose and pastry flour are the easiest to work with. The blend will result in a more tender crust and is much easier to work with than pure pastry flour for the novice baker.
  2. Add in the fat. Shortening, butter, or lard work best here. Butter will give a rich flavor, shortening will hold its shape the best, and lard will result in an extra-flaky crust with an old fashioned taste. Whichever fat you choose, make sure it is cold to help keep the crust flaky.
  3. Add in the salt. Table or fine salt distributes the best in the flour.
  4. Use ice water. This water should be too cold to drink, use our Precision Pro Digital Thermometer to ensure your water is a frigid 32°F. You need to add enough water so the dough just holds together. Too much water will cause the dough to become very sticky and you will end up with a hard cracker-like crust.
  5. What about the extras? Some people add a little vinegar, lemon juice, or vodka to their dough. Scientifically speaking, they really don’t make a difference in the crust’s texture. Others add in milk, buttermilk, or egg to add sturdiness and enhance browning. Sugar sprinkled over the top of a pie crust can make it crunchy and add both shine and flavor.

Tips for mixing the crust:

  1. Add your flour to a large sized bowl. You want enough room to be able to maneuver easily. The best way to get accurate measurements is to weigh your flour on our Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale. Too much, or too little, flour can greatly impact the texture of your dough. To keep mess to a minimum, put the bowl on the scale, turn it on and add your flour. One cup of all-purpose flour weighs 120 g.
  2. Cut your butter or shortening into pats and work them into the flour. You can mix them with a pastry cutter, two knives, a fork, or your hands. Press down on the biggest chunks and flatten them so you can start to break them down and mix with the flour. Be sure to leave some pea sized chunks of butter in your flour to create that flaky texture.
  3. Once your butter is distributed, it’s time to add the water. Start with 4 tablespoons of ice cold water and mix it in. Add additional water, one tablespoon at a time, until your dough starts to stick together.  Test a pinch of dough to see if it sticks together. If it sticks but then falls apart, add a little more water. Stop adding water once the dough forms clumps and stays together.
  4. Work the dough gently. Take the crumbly dough and mix it with your hands or use a piece of parchment paper to work the dough. Fold it over on itself 3 – 4 times to add air into the dough and create layers.
  5. Press the dough into a disc and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling out.
  6. When it’s time to roll the dough, lightly flour a pastry sheet or a piece of parchment, the dough, your hands, and the rolling pin. Flatten your disc slightly and start rolling out from the center in all directions. Roll gently or the dough will split. Move the dough around to ensure even rolling. If the dough sticks to the surface, add a bit more flour. Roll the dough until it is 3 inches wider than the top of your pie pan.
  7. Depending on the type of crust you’re making, follow instructions for the specific oven temperature and baking time.

dessert-1674495_19206 Easy Pie Crust Recipes:

Butter Pie Crust: How to Make Perfectly Flakey Pie Crust by Perfectly Delicious

Shortening Pie Crust: Homemade Pie Crust by Reality Daydreams

Lard Pie Crust: Tender Lard Crust by Lucky Peach

Gluten-Free Pie Crust: The Best Gluten Free Pie Crust by A Little Insanity

Almond Flour Pie Crust: Easy Low Carb Press-In Pie Crust by All Day I Dream About Food

No-Bake Nut Crust: Raw Pie Crust Recipe by The Rawtarian

Do you have a favorite pie crust tip or recipe that you want to share? Tweet it to us, @eatsmartscales.

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9 Holiday Gift Ideas for New Moms

gift-guide-2016-momIt’s that time of year again! The holidays are right around the corner. Are you shopping for a new (or expecting) mom? Adjusting to caring for a new baby can be tough, so why not get her a helpful item that she will be able to use over and over again.

The following gift ideas are sure to impress any new mama:gift-guide-for-moms

#1 Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer

The Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer does more than you ever imagined. Not only does it instantly check the temperature of your dinner, but it’s also useful for many baby-related tasks. When warming baby formula or reheating expressed breastmilk, it should be a bit below body temperature (98.6 F). Simply place the food thermometer directly into the milk or formula, and you’ll have an accurate readout within five seconds. Food thermometers can also be used to test the temperature of bath water. Babies should be bathed in temperatures around 100° F.

Price: $14.95 on Amazon


#2 Travelwise 5-Piece Packing Cube System

esp_clothesBeing organized when traveling with a new baby is easier said than done. The TravelWise 5 Piece Packing Cubes are a travel essential that allow clothes to stay folded and neat when packed in their own “small drawers”. Constructed of lightweight, durable nylon, these multi-sized cubes allow mom to compartmentalize similar items such as her clothes, her husband’s clothes, the baby’s clothes, and electronic accessories to streamline packing. The open mesh top makes searching for misplaced items a thing of the past and our five color choices allows each mom, dad and baby to have their own individual set.

Price: $24.95 on Amazon


#3 Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale

The Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale will track mom’s weight during pregnancy and her subsequent weight loss after delivery. The typical weight gain ranges from 20 to 50 pounds, and this scale makes it easy to track weight gain during pregnancy. This handy dandy scale allows her to monitor her health at-home. At each weigh in, the scale will display three readings: current weight, weight change from the last weigh in, and total change from starting weight. A healthy weight gain equals a healthy baby and quicker recovery after birth. When she’s ready to lose the baby weight, the Tracker will track her progress as she sheds the extra pounds.

Price: $24.95 on Amazon


#4 Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scaleeatsmart-precision-pro-baby-food-measurement

Once the baby starts eating solid foods, the Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale takes the guesswork out serving sizes. Rather than trying to eyeball 13 grams of infant cereal, this scale allows mom to easily weigh portion sizes to the nearest gram. It’s also a handy tool to help mom with calorie counting and portion control.

Price: $19.95 on Amazon


#5 Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale

Help mom and her family travel stress free. Flying during the holiday season is hectic enough. Traveling with a new baby is guaranteed to create additional stress. The last thing mom needs to worry about is whether her suitcase (which is probably overflowing with baby items) is over the airline’s weight limit. The Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale makes a great stocking stuffer for new moms who are planning to fly anywhere this holiday season and beyond.

Price: $12.95 on Amazon


#6 Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale

eatsmart-precision-getfit-digital-body-fat-scaleFor the post-partum mom who wants to get back down to her pre-pregnancy weight, the Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale is a great tool. Instead of watching and waiting for the pounds to come off, this scale breaks down your body composition for a complete picture of health. It allows Mom to quickly and easily measure her body weight, BMI, % body fat, % muscle mass, % total body water and bone density. Being aware of body composition is an important way to monitor your health, and as any fit mama knows, health is more than a number.

Price: $44.95 on Amazon


#7 Digital Indoor Comfort Level Thermometer with Hygrometer

digital-indoor-comfort-level-thermometer-with-hygrometerWith the Taylor 1732 Indoor Comfort Level Thermometer and Hygrometer, mom can constantly be informed about her home’s temperature and humidity levels. It’s recommended that babies do not sleep with any blankets in the crib until after turning one years old, so maintaining a comfortable room temperature (between 68 and 72 degrees) is imperative for a healthy and happy little one.

Price: $9.99 on ShopTaylorusa.com


#8 Taylor 5858RD Anywhere Timer

This easy to use timer is great to have for both baby and non-baby related tasks. As a new parent, you track everything – how long the baby sleeps, how long between diaper changes, and how long it’s been since the last feeding. The Taylor 5858RD Anywhere Timer’s unique bendable stem wraps, shapes, and clings to anything, freeing up your hands for baby specific tasks. Wrap it, wear it, take it anywhere! Bonus: The case is dishwasher safe!

Price: $9.99 on ShopTaylorusa.com


#9 Decanter

decanter-oprah-favorite-things-2016Now this one is solely for the new mom who likes to enjoy a nice glass of wine. Caring for a baby is tough work, so treat her to a new Decanter and bottle of her favorite vino. For a superior taste and more flavor in each sip, the aerating funnel oxygenates wine by flowing liquid across the inside walls of the glass. It’s even designed to be poured with one hand, which is perfect for a mom who is multitasking 24/7. You can’t go wrong with this decanter – it’s even Oprah approved! The decanter was recently included in Oprah’s Favorite Things List 2016, which includes her top 100 gift picks for the 2016 holiday season.

Price: $99.95 on www.madebyrbt.com


Which gift is going on your shopping list? Tweet to us @eatsmartscales or visit eatsmartproducts.com for more gift ideas.

The Beginner’s Guide to Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

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Is it your turn to host Thanksgiving this year? If hosting a holiday stresses you out, we can help. Whether your dinner is a large family gathering or small get-together, you can pull off a stress-free turkey feast.

We’ve organized our planning tips chronologically, beginning one month from Thanksgiving. By following the right steps, you’ll be able to enjoy the holiday – and your company – when the big day arrives.

1 Month Prior

Get a head count. Call or email those on your guest list and see who will be attending. It’s the perfect time to see who will be able to bring a side dish or dessert.

Plan your menu. Are there family favorites that are a “must-have?” Be sure to add those in and any new sides that you might like to try. Don’t forget to include some easy appetizers and beverages.

3 Weeks Prior

Review your recipes. Create a list of what you will need to purchase and what you already have. This is the time to see if you need to order any specialty items. If you plan on having a fresh turkey, order it now.

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Check your cooking supplies. Do you have the necessary pans and tools to make the day go as smoothly as possible? Our Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale makes it easy to measure recipe ingredients for a crowd. Plus, the handy tare feature allows you to use one bowl rather than having to wash several measuring cups and spoons. Are the batteries working in your Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer?

2 Weeks Prior

pie crustPrep dough for pies and rolls. Are you planning on baking pies or rolls? Make batches of pie dough, wrap tightly, and freeze. Make rolls in advance, freeze, and defrost Thanksgiving morning.

Decide on set up. Will you do a buffet or a sit down dinner? Knowing this lets you plan your set up and décor for the day.

Pick up beverages. This is the time to pick up wine, beer, liquor, and soft drinks. They can be stored without being refrigerated.

1 Week Prior

Go food shopping. Pick up your turkey and non-perishable items, including paper goods and baking supplies, a week prior. Perishable items, such as fresh produce, can be picked up a couple of days before Thanksgiving.

Buy some containers. Have inexpensive containers on hand if you plan on sending your guests home with leftovers. Don’t hand out your favorite storage containers since you may not get them back!

Make soup and broth. Planning on a non-dairy soup course or need stock for your meal? Make it now and freeze until Tuesday, allowing enough time to thaw.

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Make a cooking plan. Figure out which dishes can be made in advance and how long dishes need to be cooked or reheated on Thanksgiving Day. Do you know how long your turkey will take? It takes about 13 minutes of cooking time for every pound of turkey. Our Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer gives you an accurate temperature reading in seconds, so you know when your turkey is perfectly cooked.

3 – 4 Days Prior

Defrost your turkey. It takes 24 hours for 5 lbs of turkey to defrost in the refrigerator. If you choose to defrost the bird in cold water estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per lb. You will need to change the water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey cold.

2 Days Prior

pieMake pies. Get your pie filling together and fill your crusts. Wrap and set in your fridge until Wednesday.

Clean the house. Don’t wait until the last minute to straighten your house, or you will be too exhausted to enjoy the holiday.

Defrost frozen items. Put frozen items in your fridge so they are defrosted for when you need them.

The Day Beforechop veggies

Prep ingredients for tomorrow. Wash and chop vegetables, salad fixings, and herbs in advance.

Make your side dishes. Make and cook any sides that will keep overnight, then reheat them tomorrow.

Bake pies. You’ll be glad you did the prep work yesterday – just pop them right in the oven!

Bake desserts. If you’re making brownies, cake or cookies, get this done the day before.

Set the table. You can assign a family member to do this for you. Take a quick walk through to make sure the house looks the way you want it to.

Thanksgiving Day

Preheat your oven and cook the turkey. It’s time! Depending on the size of the turkey, it could need anywhere from 2.75 hours to 5.25 hours of cook time. Use this guide from Real Simple.

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Defrost the rolls. Leave them on the counter until they are ready to go in the oven.

Chill beverages. Put wine and soft drinks in the fridge to chill.

Prep salads. Toss your freshly chopped vegetables with other salad fixings in a large serving dish.

Reheat the sides. Once your turkey is finished, let it rest while you reheat side dishes and make the gravy.

The Day After

Take a rest and enjoy your leftovers. Pop on Netflix and try this Thanksgiving Turkey Soup. It’s a great way to use and enjoy your leftovers in new way.

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Do you have favorite tips for Thanksgiving? Tweet them to us at @EatSmartScales.

Charity of the Month – Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention 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.alzheimers research and prevention foundationWe’ve selected the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation as our charity of the month for November.

Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation Mission Statement:

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation is to prevent Alzheimer’s disease by funding research studies and providing educational outreach and memory screenings. For 20 years, the ARPF has been on the leading edge by researching, advocating, and educating about a holistic or integrative approach to preventing memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

We do this by:

  • Researching innovative and breakthrough modalities in the holistic or integrative medical approach to the prevention of this disease.
  • Educating healthcare professionals, patients, and their families as well as the public on the known aspects of Alzheimer’s disease, with particular emphasis on the prevention and treatment of early stage memory loss. We believe in your fundamental right to be informed about all the medically proven modalities that are available to you to maximize your brain function now and hopefully reduce your risk of dementia later. We also provide Free Memory Screenings to increase awareness and testing.
  • Facilitating communication among health care professionals to share the results of our research, and between Alzheimer’s organizations and the public to increase awareness of the disease and inform them about the available resources in our greater communities.

For every new Facebook Fan we (EatSmartProducts) acquire during the month of November, we will donate 50 cents/follower to Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation.  (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.

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.
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Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

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.

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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:

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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.


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Drink water

Staying hydrated will keep your immune system working properly.


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Exercise

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.


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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.


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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:

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!

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

Ingredients

  • 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
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Get the recipe from Boston Girl Bakes.


Appledoodle Cookies
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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
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Get the recipe from Simply Sissom.


Gluten Free Apple Bread
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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
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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

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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.

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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.
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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 http://www.solvehungertoday.org.

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