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.



Balance In All Things, Including Peanut Butter

I can’t let National Peanut Butter Lovers Month pass without paying homage to a dietary favorite. I was going to write a poem, but someone else already beat me to it. A wee excerpt:

Oh, sweet legume that grows beneath the earth!
Let me now proclaim your worth!
May my lips your great praise utter
Crunchy, munchy peanut butter
Creamy, dreamy peanut butter.

I do love peanut butter. In fact, let me count the ways:

ways I love peanut butter

That scratches the surface anyway. :)

Given the caloric nature of peanut butter, I don’t eat it with wild abandon. **pause for a moment of sadness** The most common way I eat it is from a measuring spoon–the half-tablespoon or teaspoon, to be precise. At around 3:00 in the afternoon, I sometimes need a “carry-over” until dinner and a little dab of peanut butter will usually do the trick. I said, usually.

Sometimes, especially on big activity days (leaf-raking, gutter-cleaning, bag-hauling, etc.) or long work/travel days, I need more than a dab of PB to fight the hangries. Or more rarely, when I’m OUT of peanut butter completely. quelle horreur! That’s when I turn to something like a PB-flavored Balance Bar to fill the gap.

peanut butter balance bar
Natural health food? No.

Low-calorie? No.

Salty/creamy delicious and satisfying? Yes. Yes. Yes.

Thanks to the nutritional “balance”, a Balance Bar curbs my hunger for a longer period. I enjoy it while I’m eating it, but it doesn’t leave me wanting more-more-more. If you know what I mean. :)

The folks at Balance Bar asked me to celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month with them, and they sent me a box of Peanut Butter bars to keep the party going. (I was already a fan.) They’re in such a party mood, they offered to send one lucky US reader a box of Peanut Butter Balance Bars of your very own! All you have to do is leave me a comment sharing your very favorite way to eat peanut butter.

I’ll choose the winner by random drawing on Sunday (11/23) night and contact the lucky winner with the good news.

Please note: Balance Bar might have provided the PB Joy-in-a-Box, but opinions are expressly my own. If I didn’t truly like the product, I would say so.



Product Review: Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars (+Giveaway)

I have my fingers crossed that you’ll forgive my unexcused absence last week if I give you an opportunity to win some frozen yogurt. Pretty please?

Y’all know how much I love fro-yo, so you can imagine how long it took me to accept an invitation to review the Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars. Yup, as long as it took me to type Y-E-S!

yasso sea salt caramelAccording to the PR, which I have no reason to doubt, Yasso introduced the first frozen Greek yogurt bars to the mass market. That’s a nice bit of history, but this is what piqued my curiosity:

Made with only natural ingredients, including real Greek yogurt, rBST-free milk and natural sweeteners, Yasso is a great low-calorie frozen treat filled with protein and containing little to no fat.

Well, that and the fact that it was fro-yo. :)

Needless to say (except, apparently, to the FTC), Yasso provided me with a free box of yogurt bars for review purposes, which was very nice except Yasso offers 11 flavors of frozen yogurt bars. This created quite the dilemma for this reviewer. Sea Salt Caramel? Mint Chocolate Chip? Peanut Butter Cup? Decisions, decisions…

As it turned out, geography and a sale at Target made my decision for me. My local Kroger had only chocolate and raspberry chocolate flavors. The next-to-closest Kroger had those two flavors and coconut. All fine, but not the flavors I really wanted to try.

Rather than drive all over town, I used the handy “where to buy” feature on Yasso’s website and was able to determine that the Sea Salt Caramel was available at a nearby Target. (A seriously cool search tool–you can search by product and zip code to find specific flavors.)

When I got to Target I discovered that they were having a Yasso sale! Regularly priced at $3.99/box at Target, the sale was 2/$7.00. Y’all know I love a good sale, so I grabbed both the Sea Salt Caramel AND a box of Strawberry bars. (Got that, FTC? One box mine; one box theirs.)

New definition of “eternity”: The hours between a 9:00 a.m. purchase of frozen yogurt bars and a scheduled 7:00 p.m. post-dinner dessert.

Was it worth the wait?

yasso frozen greek yogurt bar sea salt caramel

Oh yes. Definitely, yes. Obviously this is the Sea Salt Caramel flavor. You can tell by the ribbon of salty, sweet caramel-y goodness swirled throughout the creamy rich yogurt. Pure bliss and for only 100 calories. Seriously, whoever created this flavor is a personal hero of mine and deserves riches here on earth and in heaven.

What I especially loved about this bar was that the single bar was filling and satisfying. Some low-cal “dessert treats” just make me want more, but not with this bar. I definitely want more, but not immediately. I’m happy savoring and anticipating. :)

This brings us to the strawberry. I confess, I’m not as enamored of it as the sea salt caramel. It’s good, but it’s more strawberry-ish than full-on strawberry flavor. It would probably be really good on top of some fresh-sliced strawberries, which I think I’ll be trying later this week.

The Yasso bars won’t be a staple in my freezer, but I will definitely buy them again. I would love to try more flavors, but it’s going to be limited to those available in my area. I did just notice a product request form at the bottom of Yasso’s webpage, and my local stores will soon be inundated with requests for the Peanut Butter Cup flavor. For now, I can only hope that some of you will be able to try other flavors and let me know what I’m missing. :)

TWO of you will receive a coupon for a free box of Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars! All you have to do to enter is check out the Yasso Products page and let me know which flavor intrigues you most.

Winners will be chosen by random drawing on Wednesday evening (6/18). Sorry, international readers (except spammers), this giveaway is limited to US residents only.