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Smart Planet Edible Spoon Maker Review

Smart Planet Incredible Edible Spoon Maker

December 15, 2017www.smartplanethome.com

Reviewed by Arielle Matlin, Editor, AllFreeCopycatRecipes.com

Serve up your favorite appetizers, soups, and more in a tasty bite when you use the Smart Planet Incredible Edible Spoon Maker. This small kitchen appliance makes four edible spoons in just minutes. You can use store-bought dough or make your own to create these fun and delicious serving utensils!

I was impressed with how easy it is to use the Spoon Maker. I tried it with all premade doughs, and they came out great! All you need to do is roll out the dough and use the spoon shaped cutter to make the pieces. You can make four spoons at a time and they cook in just minutes. Each time I used it during the testing, the spoons came out perfectly, none had to be thrown out. 

I tried a variety of different recipes incorporating the spoons. It is perfect for making an elegant, unique bite for parties!  One big hit was a crescent roll spoon paired with chili and the fixins. I also love using it to make dessert bites with cookie dough. It is so easy to make them and guests will go nuts for the cute bites.   

This is a truly unique gift that is perfect for a foodie friend who already has the essentials

 

 

 

 

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Review: Smart Planet Home Glass Divided Bento Box!

 

THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017

Review: Smart Planet Home Glass Divided Bento Box!

Hello Bento friends! 

Summer arrived a month and a half ago and instead of the lazy relaxing endless long days lounging at the pool and tennis club that I had envisioned, it seems like we have been going nonstop just as busy as before. Is it just me, or has summer vacation become super busy for you too?

Luckily, there's always time for bento! The good folks at Smart Planet Home have been kind enough to provide me with another cool lunch box that they thought I might like. You may remember I reviewed another box for them previously (check out my Ultrathin Saladbook review here). 
This one is called Pure Glass Bento Meal Container. It retails for $12.99 and is microwave-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe (glass box only, not lid).
This one was intriguing to me because it is made of glass! If you're like many people these days, you may be conscious of the possibility that the plastic containers you're using are not good for food storage. Some might break, leak, stain, or leach chemicals.
The other cool thing about this box is that it is divided! Have you seen a divided glass box before? I don't think Lock & Lock has one available, and I have several from that company. Smart Planet Home has up to now mainly offered plastic boxes with all kinds of extra qualities like collapsibility, the option to reheat, meal planning kits, etc. 
So I was surprised to learn of this newest product. The final selling point is that the box comes with a leakproof lid, which locks with 4 latches and a silicone gasket. The box is heavyweight glass, which I assume is meant to safeguard against breakage by dropping, but it may be too heavy for young children to manage. In addition, at least for me and my fairly new unit, the latching mechanism was quite tight at first and almost too difficult to click on. It took some elbow grease to get the last one latched. Over time, it seemed to become easier to click locked. My 14 year old was able to do it without trouble.
Once it's on, the box is completely watertight. I packed a juicy fruit salad and a fresh green salad to go to one of my dreamy summery destinations, and there was no leaking of anything. Nice! It's on the large side (this one is advertised to have a volume of 52.8 oz or 1561 ml) so it would be ideal for a picnic bento or to bring snacks to share! The glass is sturdy and won't warp in the hot sun like some plastic boxes. The company offers more glass containers in different shapes, including an even larger divided glass bento box. You can check them out at their website. 
Have fun this summer and don't forget to pack bento! 😊❤🍱
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Make Meal Prep Easy with Pure Salad by Smart Planet

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If you read my blog then you may know that that I am working really hard on losing weight with Nutrisystem.  Part of my program is to include four servings of veggies every single day.  Since we always seem to be on the go and fitting in quick meals when we get a chance it really helps me to plan ahead.  With Pure Salad from Smart Planet, I can prep my salads and veggies in advance and keep them fresh so I can grab them and go.   Since it’s made of glass I can easily stick it in the fridge, use it in the oven, or even the microwave with no worries.  It’s really convenient and has really helped me with having healthier options prepped ahead of time for easy snacking and eating.

This BPA free glass bowl is perfect no matter what meals you would like to prep in it.  For me, I love it for my veggies but it’s great for any type of food.  It makes meal time really simple and you can keep your foods fresh much longer with it.  I like taking my foods with me when we travel or if I have to be away from the house during meal times.  It’s small enough it easily fits in a lunch bag but big enough to hold the foods I need to bring with me.  The easy lock lid keeps foods safe and fresh and is secure so you know it’s locked in place.  It is my favorite way to meal prep right now.

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3 Ways to a Perfect Iced Coffee + GIVEAWAY

3 Ways to a Perfect Iced Coffee + GIVEAWAY

BY KRISTINA SLANEY // JULY 13, 2017 08:15 AM
3 Ways to a Perfect Iced Coffee + GIVEAWAY

So I may have quit caffeine back on January 1st, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a nice iced coffee treat every now and then – especially on a hot summer afternoon. But the biggest problem with iced coffee (whether you make it yourself or buy it at a store) is that it’s tough to keep ice-cold…especially since when you add ice, it melts and waters it down.

{I was given an Iced Coffee to Go Bottle by SmartPlanet in exchange for a review – and they’re giving one away to a lucky reader, too! Read on for more info on how to enter.}

So how do you keep your iced coffee as delicious, strong, and creamy as it was when you first made it? Here’s how.

1. Make Coffee Ice Cubes

Well, if this isn’t an ingenious solution. As they melt, they don’t water down your coffee! In fact, Starbucks began testing these in a couple of markets back in May – but they’re charging customers 80 cents for them. Instead, brew some coffee, pour it into an ice cube mold, and freeze it. Then pop a few out and add them to your coffee. I found that a 12-ounce brew filled up one ice cube tray perfectly.

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2. Use an Iced Coffee Tumbler

So you want iced coffee but you didn’t plan ahead. Your choices are to 1) buy it somewhere, 2) brew a cup of coffee and stick it in the fridge to cool off, or 3) just dump as many ice cubes as you can in there to cool it down. Now, there’s another option. SmartPlanet sells a tumbler that’s designed specifically for iced coffee, their Iced Coffee to Go Bottle. You just keep the tumbler and freezing rod in your freezer, and when you want iced coffee you pour the coffee right into the frozen tumbler, insert the freezing rod, and let it sit for five minutes.

Boom. Iced coffee – cold, immediate, and not watered down. Genius.

3. Make Cold Brew

Cold brew is coffee that’s steeped in the refrigerator overnight. It can be stronger – but less bitter – than traditionally brewed coffee. And the good news is that one batch of cold brew makes a BUNCH so you can enjoy your coffee all week long! Check out this simple recipe on how to make your very own cold brew.

Once you’ve got your coffee cold, add all the things that will custom-make it to your liking, depending on how sweet, rich, or creamy you prefer your iced coffee to be. Some ideas are:

  • Milk or milk alternatives
  • Cream or half-and-half (this will make a creamier/thicker iced coffee)
  • Sugar (add this while your coffee is still hot so the sugar granules dissolve)
  • Regular or flavored coffee creamer
  • Sweetened condensed milk

I’ve found that using a combination of the techniques listed above will keep my iced coffee chilled for a long time. For good measure, I threw a few of the coffee ice cubes into my frozen Iced Coffee to Go Bottle, and even on a hot day working in the garden, it stayed cold. I even found myself sipping the coffee instead of inhaling like I usually do – because I hate when my coffee gets watered down. It’s always a race to beat the clock. This was a really great solution!

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Now that you know how to make the perfect iced coffee, we’ve got a surprise for you. SmartPlanetis giving away one of their Iced Coffee to Go Bottles to one lucky reader (U.S. mailing addresses only, please). There are lots of ways to enter below – see if you’ll be the lucky one!

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Smart Planet Pure Glass Bento Meal Container Review & Giveaway

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SmartPlanet has been offering innovative ways for us to take and store our food for years.  This year they introduce the new Pure Glass Bento Meal Container.  The Pure Glass Bento Meal Container by Smart Planet is made of thermo temp glass.  Allowing you to take this food container directly from the fridge and right into the oven.   This container also boasts a food divider so you can conveniently keep two portions in the same container without them mixing together.  This feature is a huge selling point when preparing meals for my kids since no unrelated food items are allowed to touch or meal time is ruined.

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This glass container is very sturdy.  My kids love picnics and the new Pure Glass Bento Meal Container works great.  It is easy to travel with and the divider makes it perfect for serving up dishes for everyone to graze from during our picnics.

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The Pure Glass Bento Meal Container has a lid that seals at four points.  Press down and close to get an air tight seal and keep your food fresh.

Buy It!

The Pure Glass Bento Meal Container is available for purchase online at Smart Planet Home.

Win It!

One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Pure Glass Bento Meal Container by Smart Planet.

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Smart Planet Portion Perfect Stackable Bento Meal Tower Review & Giveaway!

I am reviewing one of the newest products from Smart Planet’s. It is called the Stackable Meal Tower!

Portion Perfect Meal Tower

Customize your lunch with perfect portions in this Stackable Meal Tower!

  3 compartments measure 1 cup and 1 compartment measures 1.5 cups- to help you pack healthy portions every time.

 

Seals and stacks for any custom meal plan.

Easy Carrying handle.

  • Available in 2 fun colors!
  • Compartments are Microwave and Dishwasher Safe. Remove lid and separate each compartment before placing in microwave.
  • BPA Free
  • Pack Healthy Portions Every Time with this Stackable Meal Tower
  • Has 4 measured compartments that stack on top of each other, (3 x 1 cup and 1 x 1.5 cups)
  • The lid has an easy carry handle
  • Compartments are microwave safe and top rack dishwasher safe
  • BPA Free & FDA certified

Item Dimensions: Approx. 4.13″x4.13″x1.25″

 

I do have one recommendation. You use each bowl which you stack them each with your snack, lunch, etc. You take the stack apart for your lunch, stacked removing each layer. My problem is winter time comes around or even the summer time cold soups. Unless you undo each cup without turning or tilting allowing the soup to just go all over. Smart Planet does have nice thermoses  which some just have a small spout to pour perfectly for homemade soup, using the bottom cup to enjoy the hot soup! No Mess!

 

I love Smart Planet, they have so many wonderful items to choose from. The products are made with you in mind as this planet earth will be a safer BPA FREE world to live by. The Smart Planet Products can be found on Amazon.

 

Now that you have seen how awesome this is you probably want one for yourself! So make sure to enter my giveaway for a chance to get one delivered right to your door! US Residents only. Winner must respond within 48 hours or I will have to pick another winner! Good Luck!

 

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How to Convince Your Husband to Take Leftovers for Lunch

How to Convince Your Husband to Take Leftovers for Lunch
 

Kristina was given a SmartPlanet Pure Glass Bento Container in exchange for the opportunity to review it honestly. All opinions are her own. And they're giving one to you, too! Scroll down for details on how to enter to win.

It's no secret that I love saving money, avoiding food waste, and feeding my family healthy meals. One super simple way to do that is to send leftovers to work with my husband for his lunch.

But therein lies a problem - one you may have encountered, too. Not everything reheats well, tastes good the next day, or transports easily. Through the years I've learned a thing or two about what's worth sending off to work with him, and what's better left in the fridge or freezer to be repurposed another way.

If you're hoping that your husband (or, let's be honest, yourself!) will be more open to transporting leftovers to work, I've got some tips.

Choose visually appealing meals.

Things don't look quite as delicious the next day, no matter what you do. We eat with our eyes first, so if you pack colorful, visually appealing meals you - or your husband - will be more likely to eat it instead of running to the local sandwich shop.

Choose meals that he enjoys.

If your husband is all "meh" about dinner on the night you serve it, it's going to be double "meh" by the next afternoon. Don't badger him to take a meal that he doesn't really like.

Invest in a good container.

You need a good container that fits your lifestyle. I love bento containers that have multiple sections for food, but many of them are either plastic (not the healthiest option if you're reheating due to chemical leeching) or stainless steel (can't microwave these). I prefer glass containers, but found myself packing several of them for one meal.

I was given the opportunity to check out this glass bento from SmartPlanet and I jumped at the opportunity! It's got two separate wells (perfect for most of our meals), holds enough food to satisfy my husband's appetite, and is microwavable.

Plus, it didn't leak. That's always a plus. (Note, the central divider does not come all the way to the top so if you transport this container carelessly it's possible that the foods will slosh over into each other. But they won't leak out the top, which is the most important part in my opinion.)

Since receiving it, I've been using this container exclusively to pack my husband's lunch. No more armful of mismatched containers to wash at the end of the day, no need to warn him to "be careful so it doesn't dump out in your bag," and no words of caution about transferring the food to a plate prior to reheating. It's really been the one-size-fits-all lunch container that we've been looking for!

Pack foods that have similar reheat times.

If you pack a grilled chicken breast and mashed potatoes, by the time the potatoes are finally heated through the chicken is going to be way overdone, dry, and tough. Packing foods that reheat similarly will mean they all come out tasty by the time the buzzer on the microwave goes off.

Pack higher-fat foods.

I think most of us know by now that fat isn't the enemy, right? When reheating foods, they have a tendency to dry out. Packing foods that have a higher fat content decrease the likeliness that they'll be tasteless and rubbery by the time they're heated. Foods like casseroles, meatballs, soups, and chilis are usually great the next day.

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Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool Review & Giveaway

Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool Review & Giveaway

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Car trouble and vehicle accidents are things we all hope to avoid.  Unfortunately, these events can happen and being prepared in an emergency can be a life changer.  The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is a small yet handy tool to keep in your vehicle.  The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is a vivid yellow color making it easy to find in dark storage areas of a vehicle.  This tool may be small but it contains an emergency hammer, seat belt cutter, road flare, flashlight, and a magnetic base.

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The seat belt cutter will allow you to quickly escape the vehicle if needed.  The emergency hammer will allow you to break auto glass.  The magnetic base conveniently holds onto small items such as screws or keys.

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The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool requires two AA batteries in order for the flash light and road flare features to work.  Simply twist off the top part of the tool to insert the two batteries and it is good to go.  The Beacon Button will turn the road flare on when pressed.  The button closest to the top of the tool will turn the flashlight on and off.

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I love how simple this tool appears yet offers so many uses.  I have even walked my kids through the features of this tool.  I want them to be familiar with it in case of an emergency since I am often traveling with them in the car.

Buy It!

The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is available for purchase online at the SmartPlanetHome website.  This affordable tool is a must for every vehicle.  With many summer adventures ahead it never hurts to be prepared when on the road!

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Smart Planet Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower

Smart Planet Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower

Smart Planet Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower

 

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Reviewed by Arielle Matlin, Editor, FaveHealthyRecipes.com

It turns out food containers can be useful AND adorable; look no further than the Smart Planet Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower. This lean, green, snack-storing machine has plenty of room for a complete lunch.

I always thought Japanese bento boxes were pretty much the perfect food container style. They are compact, and keep your foods separated as they should be. That is the case with this Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower. 

There are four sections to this tower, in cheerful shades of yellow and green that remind you that you should actually be eating more of the green stuff. I will not tattle on you if you fill this tower with candy, different types of cheese, or any other kind of food. 

The sections are portioned so that they get bigger on the bottom, which makes it the perfect container for a complete workday. Put your lunch in the bottom two containers and snacks in the upper parts. That way you can use the container throughout the day and won't need multiple containers to be prepared for your lunch and snacks.

The sections of this meal tower screw closed with a tight seal. You could put noodles in the bottom, then veggies, chips, and fruit for a complete meal. The portion sizes make it an easy way to stay on track with your diet.

Due to its compact size, you can easily transport this container in a backpack or lunch bag. It would be a great tool for a hiking trip or a day out on the town. Just stack your meal, and you're ready to go.

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Smart Planet Pure Salad Glass Lunch Box Review!

Smart Planet Pure Salad Glass Lunch Box Review! 

I am reviewing a new product by Smart Planet. It is called the Pure Salad Glass Lunch box!

The Thermo Temp Glass can go from fridge to oven and helps keeps meals fresher longer. Snap down lid securing a freshness by pushing the air out allowing the food to stay fresh.

The Pure Salad Bowl Lid locks down with Push Down in the Center for Absolute Freshness

Take a fresh salad to work or school. It is microwave safe as well as fridge to oven is always nice I know when I worked outside of my home packing my lunch for work or eating off the what in Food Truck. Now this was back in the 80’s when we didn’t think about what we eat like in today’s world. So when Smart Planet asked me to do this review I was like oh yes..please!!

Therme Temp Glass Bowl 32.79 0z (968 ML)

 

Tempered glass Take it from the fridge to the oven. Leak proof snap lock lid Base is microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. 100% BPA free

The Take-it-anywhere meal solution goes from fridge to oven or microwave comes in so many shapes and sizes from Soup bowl to a sandwich keeper the Pure Salad and they also have bento!

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