Nutrition Scale Giveaway!

Nutrition Scale Weighing Apples

[This giveaway has ended — thanks to all who entered, and please stay tuned for more great giveaways in the future!]

A few weeks ago I found the Perfect Portions Nutrition Scale for sale over at ThinkGeek.com. I immediately contacted them because I thought this could be a great tool for healthy eating, and I wanted to share it with my readers. They agreed, and the very next day a free sample was on its way.

This glass-top scale is pretty slick. You simply place your food on the scale, look it up in the accompanying book, and punch in the code. That enables the scale to give you detailed nutrition information for your “perfect portion.” It does the math for you (hey, I thought geeks liked math!), giving you get a quick readout of calories and all the other macronutrients in the food in front of you.

Sure, it might be a bit of a hassle to look up each code, weigh it, and figure it all out. However, I see this as a great tool for someone who really needs to watch their numbers carefully.  Or better yet, for someone who wants to learn the numbers — so they can better eyeball servings later.

Unfortunately, we have a tiny kitchen. Our cabinets are carefully crammed, and our counters are currently consumed by a cornucopia of jars of nuts, whole grains, cereals, and loose-leaf teas (Speaking of which: If you’re ever in Paris, don’t miss Mariage Frères, a magical tea shop in the Marais).

Although the scale is fairly petite, and I am indeed a sucker for gadgets, I’m nevertheless going to have to part with it. But my loss can be your gain: I’ll be sending one lucky Eating Rules reader this brand new scale for Christmas! (or whatever your year-end holiday orientation may be.)

Nutrition Scale Closeup

The full specs:

  • Kitchen scale weighs food, monitors carbs, salt, calories, cholesterol and more!
  • Built-in database of nearly 2000 foods
  • Easy-to-read nutrition facts adjusted to your portion size
  • Track daily totals
  • Weight + % Daily Value
  • Easy-to-clean stylish glass design
  • Includes sodium and sugars
  • Adapts to your diet with 99 custom foods
  • Hygienic touchpad keys
  • Measuring Units: g and oz (lb, oz)
  • Capacity: 10lb / 5kg
  • Resolution: .1oz / 1g
  • Dimensions: 9.25″ x 1″ x 6″
  • Batteries: 2AA, included

Perfect Portions Nutrition Scale Giveaway

This scale will make a fun (and functional) holiday present for you or your favorite healthy eater. Speaking of which, I’m working on an “Eating Rules Holiday Gift Guide,” and would love to hear your ideas so I can include them in my upcoming post. So…

To enter the giveaway, simply share a healthful holiday gift idea in the comments below.

For another entry, tweet about the giveaway, including a link to this post and my twitter username, @eatingrules. Then come back here and leave an additional comment with a link to your tweet.

For another entry, share this post on Facebook. Please leave an additional comment to let me know you’ve shared it.

Limit of three entries per person: One for your original comment, one for tweeting and posting an additional comment, and one for sharing on facebook and posting an additional comment. I will be picking the winners from all of the comments received, so please be sure to leave a comment for each type of entry.

Contest ends at 11:59pm PST on Friday, December 17th.  I’ll go to random.org and pick the winner shortly thereafter.  I will then notify the winner via email, and request his or her mailing address.  The winner will have four days to reply with their mailing addresses, or I will pick a replacement winner from the list.  (If you get back to me over the weekend, I will ship it on Monday via Priority Mail so you can have it in time for Christmas!).

This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only, since I am limited to shipping within the U.S.

Although you may enter up to three times, you may only win once.  Odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received. Offer void where prohibited by law.

Huge thanks to Think Geek for donating the nutrition scale!

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Emily K
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Emily K
December 14, 2010 9:15 am

My healthy eating tip is to limit your portions, but not limit your holiday favorites. If I were to try and cut out everything I loved, I’d be in trouble. Instead, I’ll take a bite or two and enjoy it without overdoing. Sure, some recipes have healthier versions, and some are actually quite nice, but not everyone goes that route and if you’re not the one cooking, you do what you can. I love math AND I love gadgets! 🙂

Diana Basmajian
Guest
December 14, 2010 9:17 am

Instead of holiday cookies this year, I’m using my food dehydrator to dry fruit. I’m seasoning apples, pears, and some other great fruits and then making some sweet and delicious fruitful confections. Wrap them in some cheesecloth (to avoid plastic or cellophane, tie with a ribbon and voila!

Emily K
Guest
December 14, 2010 9:22 am

I shared on facebook AND I tweeted! 🙂

Diana Basmajian
Guest
December 14, 2010 9:23 am

I’m kind of lame on twitter so I can’t tell if it posted to you. But its showing on my page! http://twitter.com/dianabasma

Cassidy Stockton
Member
December 14, 2010 9:44 am

We’re giving gift packs to our family and friends of our favorite healthy Bob’s Red Mill items- steel cut oats, whole grain pancakes, flaxseed meal and hard white whole wheat flour. I’m baking all my holiday cookies using whole wheat flour this year too!

One of my favorite “healthy gifts” was a heart-rate monitor watch.

owlchick
Guest
December 14, 2010 10:11 am

Instead of cookies and candies, keep some nuts and pretzels around. For a bit of sweetness, I dip pretzel sticks into melted chocolate. It cuts down on how much sugar I’m consuming, and when the chocolate hardens, they look pretty festive on their own.

Becky
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Becky
December 14, 2010 10:16 am

I just started making homemade granola this year and I love it. I’m thinking of making some to give instead of the usual cookies. Plus, I’m “off” white flour now and I’ve been serving low sugar, whole wheat baked goods at parties with great success! Just don’t tell unless people ask! King Arthur makes a great white whole wheat flour that is a good transition for those only used to plain white flour.

Angela
Guest
December 14, 2010 10:34 am
I have been thinking a lot about healthy gift ideas lately, from simple gadgets to homemade treats. Favorites right now: -Gift certificate to a CSA for one month or one year -Gift certificates to Whole Foods or Trader Joes. It seems a little impersonal to give a gift card to a grocery store, but true health nuts will really appreciate it! -Homemade healthy quick breads with a little applesauce switcheroo for the oil/butter and reduced sugar; homemade nut butters -Ninja pro blender – this thing is awesome, and great for a close friend or family member who loves to make smoothies (At $99, it’s a little spendy but way less than a Vita-Mix or Blendtec) -Small salad spinner – Salad spinners are great and I think underutilized. They let you quickly clean fresh greens and also store the salad, which keeps it crisp longer. May be a bizarre holiday gift,… Read more »
jean
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jean
December 14, 2010 10:34 am

This year as gifts I’m making homemade granola and homemade taco seasoning to hand out as gifts. Super easy, super yummy and healthy!

Erica
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Erica
December 14, 2010 12:39 pm

This would make the perfect gift for my husband and I’ll probably order it despite the giveaway. I have been cooking Christmas dinner for my family in recent years, and I have made healthier versions (less butter, sugar, etc.) of most of our family recipes without anyone figuring it out (they like to not mess with the traditional holiday food and would be unhappy if they found out)!

Bonnie
Guest
Bonnie
December 14, 2010 12:40 pm

I’m a sucker for different types of mustards such whole seeds pub-style, horseradish, dijon, and many other delightful blends. I get small jars for stockings and regular size as gifts.

Bonnie
Guest
Bonnie
December 14, 2010 12:48 pm

I tweeted and shared this giveaway on my facebook wall. Awesome tool to have.

Michelle
Guest
December 14, 2010 1:09 pm

My mom can be tough to buy for but loves tea. Whenever I travel I try to pick up something local for her, this year she’s getting teas that I bought while traveling in Egypt and Jordan along with a shiny new tea pot for her collection.

Katie
Guest
December 14, 2010 1:20 pm

I hate shopping for my mom. I love her to pieces but she’s so hard to buy for. This year I’ve decided to buy her a month of yoga sessions. She’s always saying how she “would try it but…”. Now she won’t have an excuse not to (and I’ll have a yoga buddy!).

Shari
Guest
Shari
December 14, 2010 1:48 pm

I love making jams, though I haven’t done it a lot recently. But I found that it is possible to make them very low in sugar! The only problem is that they don’t seem to keep well unless they stay in the refriderator or freezer. (I think the sugar helps preserve the jam.) But if you give them as gifts, just let the person know that it is because it is more healthful! They taste great – even better than the overly sweet, multiple cups of sugar stuff on the shelves at the market!

oh, and I shared the post on fb, but I don’t twitter or tweet 🙂

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