Product Review: Simple Health Global Food Scale

It’s embarrassing to admit this, but when I first started this “healthier living” endeavor, I didn’t really have a clear idea of what made up a normal serving of most foods. I couldn’t have told you what a 4-oz. serving of chicken looked like or whether or not I was eating 3 ounces of potato or 10 ounces. (Back then, I can assure you I was probably eating closer to 10. :) )

With that in mind, one of the first and most valuable tools I bought for myself was a food scale. I don’t use it all the time, but I do weigh new foods/recipes or do a “portion check” now and then. On the rare occasions I do any baking, the food scale is invaluable for measuring, especially dry ingredients.

simple health global scaleRecently I was offered an opportunity to evaluate the new-scale-on-the-block from Simple Health Global (not an affiliate link). Even though I already had a food scale, I confess I was attracted by the strawberries prettiness of this one.

After putting this scale through its paces for a few weeks, I’m happy to report that it’s a winner.

Pros:

  • lightweight but stable
  • easy to use
  • clear platform, wider (6″) than my previous scale
  • measures in pounds, grams, or ounces
  • tare function! (scale newbies: this allows you to put an empty dish on the scale and zero out its weight before putting your food in)
  • accurate (as compared to my previous scale, but I suppose they could both be equally incorrect)

Cons:

  • the indicator for ounces, pounds or grams is so teensy, tiny I had to get a magnifying glass to see them
  • the marketing photo is somewhat misleading as the scale does NOT come with fresh strawberries

Live Action Shot
simple health global in use

Oh, how my portion estimating skillz have improved! I grabbed what I thought was a half-serving of cashews and came pretty darned close. I had to eat one cashew to get it down to the intended 15 grams. :)

If you are in the market for a food scale, the Simple Global Health Food Scale is definitely one to consider. If you’re in the market for one NOW, click the image with the strawberries (or HERE) and enter TIPPYTOE for a 20% discount. (This is not an affiliate link.)

Question: If you could design the perfect food scale, what features would it it include?

Disclosure: I received a scale at no charge for evaluation, but I did not receive any compensation for my opinions. For the record, I also did not receive any strawberries.



Winter Fest 2015

Well, we’re finally having a bit of wintry weather here in the South, but only a tiny bit. Sadly, we got ice instead of snow and just enough of that to coat the roads and make driving a bit dicey. Worse than driving is trying to walk on it.

icy parking lot

Fortunately, we’d had just enough meltage today that I was able to cross the gym parking lot without embarrassing myself. Bonus: I didn’t embarrass myself inside the gym either. Good thing, too, since it was pretty crowded. :)

Like so much of the country, we’ve got snow (minor) and frigid temps forecast for the rest of the week. It’s times like this that I have to force myself to go to the gym. Once I’m there, I’m fine, it’s just getting my mind set to go that can be a problem. If I were better at in-home workouts, this wouldn’t be a problem, but I’m not and that’s okay. A little shivering never hurt anyone.

But enough about the weather. What I really want to share today is a recipe of a different sort: homemade lip scrub! With all the cold and wind lately, my lips were feeling like sandpaper. My coconut oil lip balm wasn’t able to handle the job all by itself.

lip scrub ingredients

I’m not sure where I first saw this scrub, but I’ve always remembered the ingredients. They’re so simple, it would be hard to forget them. Pity I didn’t remember the measurements or ratios of the ingredient. After a bit of tinkering, this is what seemed to work well together:

  • 1 tsp sweet almond oil (or you could use coconut oil or olive oil)
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Mixing it all up is simple too! Stir together the honey and almond oil, then add in the brown sugar. Splash the vanilla in as a finale and you’re done. I store it in the fridge.

lip scrub tin

Craftsy types would have a cute little storage container on hand, but I’m not craftsy so I repurposed an Altoids Smalls container. I’m all about reducing my environmental impact. Plus, I’m cheap. :)

Every couple of days, I gently rub a tiny bit of this over my lips for a minute or so, then wash off. My lips love it, and my mind gets a happy little boost from the scent of those scrumptious ingredients.

And now I see that the sun has peeped out again. I need to rush out for a dose of Vitamin D. I hope your week is going splendidly and that wherever you are, you’re safe and warm.



My Lucky Day

I think I mentioned before that I’ve been running a local Facebook resale group since last summer. It started out a smallish group of about 3000 members that has now tripled in size. I’m usually so busy managing the group that I don’t even have time to shop! But every now and then I have a lucky day and today was one of those days.

Meet my new kitchen toy:

Cuisinart Ice Cream Yogurt Maker

My usual methods of making fro-yo at home involve either tossing a container of yogurt in the freezer and adding toppings when I serve it or mixing up a bunch of Banana Split Frozen Fruit Cups. Both are quite effective and tasty, but I’m ready to branch out a bit, especially for sharing with friends and neighbors.

I’d been hoping someone would post a good used ice cream maker on my resale group and sure enough, someone did! For a measly $15, I have a used-once fro-yo maker of my very own. This is going to be such a fun summer! :)

My other bit of luck was finding 4 new-to-me cookbooks:
4 cookbooks

I’ve checked out Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything from my local library on two different occasions but have never managed to finish it because it’s over 900 pages. The War and Peace of cookbooks. I enjoyed what I did read, so when it popped up on the resale group for $1.50, I decided an at-home copy would be a good investment.

The titles of the other books caught my attention. I’ll be sure to let you know more when I read them. I’m especially looking forward to reading Fred Thompson’s Southern Sides. My rotation of side dishes consists mostly of salad, broccoli slaw, sweet potatoes, roasted green beans, and/or corn-on-the-cob. It probably wouldn’t hurt to expand my repertoire. :)

Oh, and speaking of green beans, here’s something silly I saw today:

green beans labeled cantaloupe

I had stopped at the market especially to buy some green beans. Sadly, they did not have any. They did have some funny looking cantaloupes though. :)

That was the only unlucky thing that happened today, though. Given how much good luck I had, I did buy a powerball ticket. Here’s hoping my good luck streak continues. LOL

What lucky thing happened to you recently?