Tuesday, April 20, 2010

EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale {Review & Giveaway} ARV $25

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

Recently my brother-in-law decided to cut soda out of his diet and, combined with a little working out, easily lost somewhere in the range of 20 pounds in a fairly short time. He looks great but let me tell you, I'm annoyed. It made me want to take up drinking a lot of soda just so that I can stop again and see what happens.

Seeing as that isn't going to happen, it did make me stop and think. Aside from the obvious (mmm, brownies), what is it that I'm eating that is making the calories add up? In fact, how many calories do the things I eat actually have? Looking at the side of the box for things like cereal and crackers works, but that doesn't help me with everything that's left. Answering that question is now easy with the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale.

An easy to use, lightweight, compact, multifunction home scale, the Precision Pro from EatSmart has really opened my eyes to the calories that I'm putting into my mouth on a daily basis. Did you know that to lose just one pound, you need to create a deficit of 3500 calories? 3500! Therefore, when I think about all of the times that I eat the rest of Big Sister E's sandwich or finish the crackers that Little Sister B doesn't want... well, it's no wonder the pounds aren't dropping off.

Right out of the box, using the Precision Pro is simple. Pop in the provided AAA batteries, turn it over and it is set for your first item. The unit button allows you to select between 4 different measurements (grams, ounces, kilogram or pounds) so whether you are cooking, measuring or weighing, each option is readily available.

What really interested me was the Calorie Factor Booklet that came along with the Precision Pro and how clearly it laid out the steps to finding out how many calories are in so many of the foods we eat around here. Simply weigh your item (in grams) and multiply it by the Calorie Factor listed in the guidebook and you no longer have to wonder how many calories are in that banana.

Which is exactly what I did. Using the tare feature (which "zeros out" an amount and eliminates the weight of a plate) I was able to place my bowl on the Precision Pro without showing any added grams:

Next, I added the banana and the large LCD display clearly shows 102 grams:

Finally, by removing the bowl I could see that the weight of the bowl was indeed being counted:

By pressing the tare button again, the scale returned to zero for the next item. And, by using the Calorie Factor booklet and doing the math, I found that the banana in question contained approximately 91 calories. Not a huge amount by any means, but something to think about the next time I walk through the kitchen and consider munching on one just because I see it sitting there.

The longer the Precision Pro scale has been here, the more uses that I have found for it. As well as counting calories or carbohydrates, this is a great tool to have in the kitchen for accurate measurements when you are cooking. I really like that it automatically turns itself off after 3 minutes, long enough that I can turn away and not lose my numbers but short enough that if I move on to something else I won't waste the batteries.

Outside of the kitchen, however, this scale has been great for weighing other items as well (up to 11 pounds). No longer do I have to pack both kids up and wait in line at the post office (not a fun outing with a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old) if I am mailing a letter that is thicker than normal. Instead, after a quick weight check on the Precision Pro, I know whether or not to stick on an extra stamp before putting my envelope right out in my own mailbox. Now that's convenience.

Available in 5 great color choices (the red is really great), the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale is high quality, accurate and versatile all at an affordable price. Hundreds of satisfied customers have voiced their opinion as well and the reviews show not only how well this scale works but on the impressive customer service EatSmart provides. If you are looking for a Mother's Day idea for the woman who loves to cook or is looking to shed a few pounds, the Precision Pro would make a wonderful gift.

Plus, thanks to the generosity of EatSmart, one person will get starting weighing their food and ingredients with this innovative and handy appliance, because...

One lucky person will win an EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale in their choice of color! ARV $25!

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A big thank you to EatSmart for providing a Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.