Wednesday, March 18, 2009

EatSmart Digital Scale Giveaway

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? The theme for March '09 is "Eat Right," and at eatright.org you can find some great resources from the American Dietetic Association, including lists of healthy snacks for kids, nutrition facts and myths, and how to eat right for a healthy weight. And to celebrate National Nutrition Month, we're not only going to Eat Right, but you have a chance to Eat Smart by entering to win an EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale! To enter to win, go here and read the review I wrote on this scale back in January. Then come back to THIS POST and leave me a comment telling me what food you would weigh most often on this scale. (Me? Pasta! I can never get "2 oz" exactly right without it!) A winner will be chosen on Monday, 3/23. Open to residents of the USA only (sorry to my Canadian friends!)

If you want to purchase a scale, here's a link. Amazon actually has several different types of EatSmart scales available, and at the time of this posting, one is marked down from $55 to $25 (free shipping on Prime). Nice deal!

With or without a scale, let's all focus on our nutrition this week and feed our bodies the good, healthy stuff they need.

90 comments:

seesaraheat said...

Awesome giveaway! I would probably use it for meat because I'm terrible at eye-balling portion sizes (ounces). Thanks!

kilax said...

Hee hee. I would have said pasta too! So probably grain products, cereals, and fruits and veggies. It would be good to have one and get a better perspective of what an actual serving is!

new*me said...

I am really bad at guessing protein servings like steak and chicken and I'm with you on the pasta!!!!!!!!!

I want it!!! ;)

Annie said...

Funny because right before I read the line where you said "pasta!!" I was thinking... PASTA!!!

I eat it every Monday night while my husband works late - I LOVE wheat pasta with grated parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and a TON of broccoli.

So yes, I'm with you on pasta. :)

Ifey said...

I hope I get this giveaway. I would use it to measure sweet potatoes. I love them and i am sure I eat weigh too much per serving. It would be nice to know the correct/right portion of potatoes rather than using my imagination

Suzy said...

I would weight turkey breast - I always want 3oz to be more than it actually is.

Suzy

Jenn F said...

This scale looks AMAZING!!!! I would use it for almost everything, but the biggest help would be with chicken. We only buy fresh chicken breast but it is never the same weight and so difficult to judge because of the different thicknesses. Six ounces could easily turn into nine!

This scale would be such a blessing!

Bethany said...

OOOH, OOH, Pick me! :) I would use the scale for cheese and for snack stuff, like pretzels, that don't come pre-portioned. And for meat. Actually, doing WW, I pretty much have to weigh everything...
Bethany

Lost Half of Me said...

I would definitely use it for pasta but also for meats. Portions there can be difficult to judge with different typs and cuts of meat. I'm like Suzy...sometimes I try to rationalize that a portion is bigger than it should be.

Stefanie B. said...

This is an amazing Giveaway! I would definitely measure out any kind of meat, I am no good at estimating a proper serving! But pasta is a good one too!

Chubby Chick said...

Hmmm... I'd definitely use it for pasta and meat.

Star said...

I would mostly weight salmon. I always think that its a healthy food so I can eat as much as I want but in my heart of hearts I know that isn't true.

MiaMommy said...

Oh, what a neat scale! I have an analog one that I use for weighing out meat and veggies. Pasta would be good too.

I really need to be better about monitoring my calories, but it can be so tiresome. But, the scale would do the grunt work for me!

I have 40 lbs gone, 85 to go. The scale would be a great tool to get the rest of these pounds off!

mlyon said...

I would sooooo love one of these scales!! I would have to say the thing I would measure most would be servings of meat. Drumsticks are hard to judge as well as steaks (the thickness always makes me leary). And those boneless spare ribs....with the right bbq sauce you could totally blow your calorie count for the day by eating more than one serving!! This scale would be a good way to keep to single servings.

Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget said...

I would love to win this scale. I keep telling myself that I am going to buy one but I just haven't had the extra money yet.
I would use the scale most to measure meat. I never can just meat proberly.

Kelly said...

I have been wanting a digital scale for some time but just haven't spent the money on it.

I would weigh pasta and meats the most. I never really know how much a 3 oz chicken breast is or 4 oz of beef. And 2 oz of pasta? come on.

This would be such a help.

Great giveaway!

NClark said...

I would love to finally have a food scale! Measuring pasta would definitely be helpful since I always tend to overdo it...also, for cheese since its hard to put in measuring cups! Thanks so much for hosting a giveaway.

Pubsgal said...

Meats or combo foods, like chili. Nice feature about being able to enter the nutritional data and have it automatically calculate for the serving size you're weighing.

Dutch said...

I would probably use it for chicken, fish and meat. I have a hard time judging sizes. I know they say a deck of cards or the size of your palm. That scale looks great.

Shannon said...

Just today I was saying my reward (for weight I lost so far) should be a new nice food scale - it would be awesome if I won one! I would use it for meat and pasta the most!

Heather said...

What a great scale and a great opportunity! I would use it to measure meat and portion sizes. Just like everyone else, I have a tough time guessing.

Kat said...

I would use this scale to portion out meat. It looks like a great tool to have. Thanks for doing such a great give-away! Kat

Lee said...

I would need to use it for everything since I'm clueless about measuring serving sizes. Great giveaway.

theantijared said...

I thought every month was National Nutrition Month :)

I am around food sacles all day at work, but that is a nice one!

Shelley said...

Meat...I have such a hard time eyeballing my "palm" sized piece of chicken! I have been wanting to get a food scale, but the prices have stopped me. I'd love to win this!

Brooks said...

Strangely enough, I would use it to weigh bananas....I can never accurately estimate the correct service size. Those peels are deceiving. :)

purple_moonflower123 said...

Awesome! It is a really cool scale. I would use it to weigh both protein (i.e. meat & fish), but pasta and cereal. I have trouble with it all actually. I would love this.

Jessica said...

This is very cool! I would have to say grains, cereal, and pasta would be what I would weigh the most. I just can't eyeball them!

Ginger and Brent said...

I had no idea that March was National Nutrition Month! Kind of makes me glad that I set a St Patrick's Day challenge for myslef to eat green veggies for at least 20 days this. I met the challenge, too! This scale is awesome! Like everyone else here, I'd love to have it.

Farsy said...

I would weigh meat the most. Although I can usually eyeball about 3 oz worth, it's hard to judge how much stuff like stew meat weighs. One of my favorite meals that I still enjoy to this day is marinated stew meat (though I opt for low sodium marinades especially teriyaki). As you know stew meat is small chunks of meat and trying to get them all together and say "That's about the size of a deck of cards" is hard.

Plus my local grocery store sells chicken breasts that look like they came off of a large turkey. They're huge, and pretty thick, so it's hard to judge by eyeballing. I've never owned a scale before. I never seem to have the money to buy one or the knowledge to know if it's one that's worth a flip. lol.

Amber

Twix said...

I'd weigh meat! And maybe a bowl of cereal because their measurements seem to standard and I would rather go by grams. But I rarely eat cold cereal. I'd use it on my kids....heh heh heh!

evy said...

Since I live in Europe I don't qualify.
I weigh my meat and lots of other stuff.
I just can't guesstimate anything.

I also believe the 70lbs I've lost in 1yr is because I weigh and measure a lot of what I eat.

Anonymous said...

I would weigh brown basmati rice. Love the stuff.

~TMcGee~ said...

I'd probably weigh meat and pasta the most. I'm a very naughty "guesser"..."oh, it's probably only 3 oz....really it's more like 6" *blushing* :-)

Arianna Hall ( email4ari@yahoo.com) said...

cheese- I LOVE cheese more then chocolate more then anything? It would be great to have a scale to weigh it on so I can weigh out one serving then put the rest away. ;-)

-Arianna H.

Hope's Journey to Healthy said...

Yay!

I would probably weigh chicken breasts and pasta.

Crystal said...

That is the coolest thing ever. I would probably weigh out my cereals and pastas. I also weigh my fruit so that too. I do pretty well with meats so I'm not sure I would use it for that. Oh, to weigh out block cheese would be a definite use..I can NEVER get that right.

StarCherub said...

I would weigh my salads. My eyes are ambitious and like to make huge green salads that wind up half-uneaten. If I had a scale like that I would be putting all my food on it.

moonduster said...

I'd be weighing everything in it! Pasta, beans, cheese, cereal...

jen.y. said...

rice and chocolate chips my downfall..=X

Mae Flowers said...

Meat mostly. But I never know how much anything weighs!

Philosofya said...

I would weight nuts. Can never get that serving size right.

krissy said...

I would use this scale primarily to weigh fruits (what exactly is the difference in a medium orange and a large orange, anyway?!), meats (i'm thinking that portion distortion is common here) and other snack-y type stuff like dry cereal and small crackers (my 1/2 cup servings of cereal are always too generous--the measuring cup should not be heaping and looking like a cupcake, right?!) thanks for the giveaway!! :)

Pam said...

I've been looking at scales for a while now so I really appreciate your review - it looks awesome!

We're big rice eaters here and that is a big one I would love to be able to become more exact on for us!

Great Contest!

Pink said...

I just found your blog, and have just started my weight loss journey! I agree with you I would use the scale to measure pasta and rice, both of which are my biggest weakness!

I sure hope I win!

Jules said...

OMG! I would LVOE LOVE LOVE this scale. We're broke so all i can afford is probably same the same little $5 scale you had. :)

I weigh everything! And I mean everything, dairy, vegi's, fruits, meats.... basically if you can put it in your mouth and consume it... I weigh it. I even go as far as when i get a box of something; crackers, snacks, etc... (even pasta) I weigh out each individual portion the box has available and pre-bag for consumption later. i know time killer. BUT it theoretically helps me NOT over eat. And from doing this... i KNOW for a fact my scale is off. I'm probably always over or under a serving size. But what can i do? I don't have the money for something more. But I have to weigh everything as I HAVE to lose, so i have no choice if I want to change my lifestyle and become healthier. :)

I'm a WW follower so the food diary on this would be amazing to to use, entering in package labels would be my own new best friend. no more pre-portioning for me. OMG!! grocery day would be so much faster :) Anyhow... I know I'd use every aspect of this scale and i hope you
PICK ME PICK ME!! :)
And if you don't... I will just have to ask for it for my BD or xmas from the present fairies. :)

BTW! great blog! I love tuning in to see what you have to say/share next :)

Anna said...

I would use it for everything but most of all lean proteins. My "deck of cards" for 3 ounces seems to be getting bigger. Somedays I figure maybe they mean my kids' giant deck of Old Maid cards!

Graze with Me said...

Oooh pick me pick me! I would weigh lunch meats or steak for sure. Another thing I would weigh is apples, they come in too many sizes.

Lauren said...

I would do potatoes or chicken, because you can never tell which size potato is the right size.

Jessica said...

Chicken! I wonder how it accounts for it being bone-in or boneless? Does it know the average weight of bones in a chicken thigh for instance? Fascinating! This scale sounds serious. ;)

Sharon said...

Neat scale. I would weigh protein to get my 3 oz portions, fruit to account for different size pieces, rice or pasta to get dry serving size, deli meat for my sandwiches. Pretty much everything.

Donna B said...

Pasta would be a good thing to weigh on it, but since we have that so rarely, I would use it to weigh protein, especially chicken!

Mel said...

I have wanted a digital scale forever but the $ always gets in the way.

I'm totally with you on the pasta.. that would be one thing I would weigh for sure!

Jtammy said...

Ice cream - I can tightly pack me some ice cream in those little 1/2 cups I have. I'm pretty sure it is more grams than what I'm accounting for, but as long as I'm not weighing it, I don't know for sure.

jen said...

What a great giveaway! I have been doing WW so I now weigh or measure everything...lately, we have switched to farm fresh chicken breast. So big and juicy and delicious but very varied in size. And the other thing I have been doing is cheese! Lately I love cheese on everything but I have no idea what 1 oz or 2 oz of cheese looks like? I have been eye-balling the portion sizes (and I hate doing it because I know my vision sucks! haha)

Katie said...

I eat waaaay too much cereal if I don't measure it, and this would be more fun than using a measuring cup.

Anonymous said...

Proteins definitely...and maybe sweets too!
Kylie

Carolyn G said...

I would weigh meat. I have no idea what an ounce of meat is so this would be good to use.

Stormy Vawn Bradley said...

Really awesome of you to give this scale away. It is going to bless whomever gets it.

I would weigh practically everything. I would also teach my 12yo daughter to also weigh food.

This would be an asset in helping us all eat properly in our household.

Sara said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I was just thinking yesterday how I wish I had a food scale...I just got some Mix My Granola in the mail and the serving size is 2 oz., and I was wondering how in the world I would measure that out :) So that's what I would measure! Pasta and meats would also be great to use it for.

Pick me! ;)

IRJessica said...

For me it will be a tie. I will measure pasta... and chips. Don't be upset though. They are my fav indulgence, I like an ounce or so once a day. It's just hard to measure, and yes, my budget is so tight that preportioned bags are just too expensive (and the reason I don't already own one of these puppies).

Anonymous said...

I would probably measure EVERYTHING! It sounds like an educational scale--a real eye-opener to find out how big a serving is supposed to be. I also have a bread recipe that is measured in weight instead of cups and tsps. I could finally make it!
~KarenA

farmwife said...

I have lusted after one of these ever since I read your review! I just don't have the extra $ to drop on one :(

I'd definitely use it for meat the most (though I'd weigh everything!) That is what I struggle the most with portion size wise -- 3 ounces is sooo small compared to what I've always eaten. -- And isn't that the problem, lol!

just me said...

Chicken/Meat Fruits and Veggies because me guessing a banana is small when it is really large is surprisingly a big calorie difference

Linda said...

I'm with you on the pasta. And meat gives me a hard time as my scale is not spot on. I'd like to think I'd weigh everything and weigh more often than eyeball, simply because the scale is like a toy. Nicely reviewed.

Rebekah said...

I would measure chicken with it the most, or maybe also pasta!

nicole said...

Yeah I would weigh out those 100 cal bags w/ stuff that I like, that sounds like such a neat idea! I really want that scale. Thanks for the giveaway!

east-of-eden06 (at) hotmail (dot) com

GastricGirl said...

I would weigh all of my snack items to prevent me from the mindless munching!

Ria said...

Looks like a great scale! I weigh just about everything these days, but my highest frequency item would probably be my granola or other breakfast cereal.

Melissa said...

What a great product. I would probably measure everything! Probably measure flour the most, especially when making something from Alton Brown. lol

Lauren said...

CHEESE! I have a real cheese problem. I would really like to know how much cheese is in 1 oz. Maybe I could then stop being in cheese-consumption denial and eat a reasonable portion and not my fairy-tale portion.

athenaintraining said...

Ooh, I want to enter! Sounds like an awesome scale. I would weight meat because I am tracking calories, but really don't know whether something is 3 oz. or 5 oz.! Thanks.

Juice said...

Um, almost everything? pasta, potatoes, cheese, meat, fish, avocados... I have to stop now, I'm getting hungry.

Graized said...

For me it is meat. Deli meat, steak, chicken breast, ground meat. I suck at guessing what an ounce (let alone 8) looks like.

Graized said...

For me it is meat. Deli meat, steak, chicken breast, ground meat. I suck at guessing what an ounce (let alone eight) looks like.

Tanja said...

I would weight potatoes and pasta the most, I never know how much I'm eating...

I'm probably under estimating all the time.

AlaskaJoey said...

I would use it to measure flour and assorted dried goods. One of the cooking magazines I read has begun giving measurements in ounces - ugh.

Anonymous said...

I don't need to win a scale. I just want to cheer you on!

Marie

Cosmos said...

I think measuring meat and fish is difficult, especially leftover portions.

Tena said...

This thing is so fantastic! I would love to be able to weigh my entire meal, adding one item at a time! That is the coolest!

jules4422 said...

What a great scale! I totally understand weighing pasta and meat - like many commenters, my eyeballing size is much different than the scale size.

I'd probably use the scale to measure starches and cheeses. Feta is a great addition to salads - lots of flavor with not much volume. And garbanzo beans are great on salads too - I'm always fudging a bit on how much I add. These two food groups are constant challenges for me.

Great site Lyn - I'm a daily visitor! Reading your blog is one way I keep myself on track and focused! You're a great role model!

Joan said...

Oh Wow, so fun... I think I would weigh mixed nuts. I normally eyeball a serving and I think I am a little generous usually.

choosinglosing said...

pita chips! My weakness and what I can easily overindulge on.

Jenn H. said...

I would use it mostly for meat...but honestly for about everything I think...I'm horrible with portion control.

Deb said...

I would use it to weigh cheese, nuts, and snack foods (like pretzels or Pirate's Booty). All of these are foods that I tend to have "portion creep" with.

Paula said...

I would love a scale such as this! I lost quite a bit of weight and now have been gaining again and I think it is the whole portion size that is part of the problem. (The Easter candy now and the Valentine candy and the Christmas candy were issues too!)

I would use the scale to measure meat portions, especially as well as casserole, pasta, and rice portions. (All very difficult for me to not overestimate weight.)

I read your blog quite regularly and love your honesty, tenacity and perserverence! Way to go Lyn.

innascribbles said...

I think I'd use this for weighing chicken/fish the most- I would love ot know how many ounces I am eating rather than eyeballing it. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christine said...

I would probably start with my breakfast cereal. I'm pretty sure that bowl I use is 3 or even 4 servings. Yikes!

RiKKi said...

SOOO cool they gave you a scale to giveaway! I would so love to have one- I too would use it to make my hundred calorie packs...I just found sweet potato chips at Trader Joes and um, I don't need them not portioned out! LOL I had a cheapo scale from wally world that finally bit the dust a week or so ago and I could really use one! The numbers were so hard to read on it but this one looks soooo cool! Count me in for the giveaway! and Thanks for the great site!

Kiki BE said...

I would use it for meat mostly. Love your blog!