After reviewing the Mira Digital Food Scale earlier this week, I thought today I'd check out a more high tech version of a food scale – the NutriCrystal Wireless Smart Food Scale. This food scale does everything other digital food scales do but on a more high tech level. There is no button to change the measurement units, instead guess what?? That's right…there's an app for that!
With the NutriCrystal Wireless Smart Food Scale you can download two free iOS apps (they also have android versions) that do everything from changing the measurement units on the scale to telling you how many calories are in a particular product of so much weight. I kind of wish it did have a measurement units button on the scale though. Not everyone wants to bring out their phone or tablet when they are cooking.
To get started just search for NutriPlus in your app store and then it's as simple as turning on your NutriCrystal Wireless Smart Food Scale and clicking connect. The app will Bluetooth to the scale and then you just weigh things the normal way. I love that you can charge the scale via your computer. I love saving on batteries! And it's power on button is much more sensitive than some other digital food scales out there.
In the app you can choose to “record” an item that you are weighing. This will automatically give you the items calories for that particular weight as well as other nutritional facts (fiber, sugars, cholesterol, vitamins, protein, ect.).
I learned that my 176g apple is 91.52 calories and has 10.39g sugar. Cool. This is perfect for those that are dieting or measuring carbohydrate or protein intakes. You can even email these facts straight from the app if you wish.
I thought I'd play around with the NutriCrystal Wireless Smart Food Scale while making some cookies. Big Bug has been grounded for two weeks and today is the day of his ungrounding. He helped me make one his favorite cookies (besides peanut butter cookies and chocolate chocolate chip cookies) as a welcome to the world of being outside your room. Thanks for the inspiration Betty Crocker!
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar (300g) My measuring skills gave me 296g. Hey, at least I was close.
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups quick cooking oats (170g) Close again. Had a tiny bit left over in the measuring cup.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour The only thing I didn't like about the NutriCrystal Food Scale was that when I was switching ingredients in my cookie recipe at some point the measurement units changed on me. I thought they would stay with unit I started with but for some reason it went from grams to ml. I'm glad I caught that. My flour would have been way off. I think this happened either because the Bluetooth disconnected or the scale turned off. Not sure.
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 chocolate chips
- Optional: caramel bits
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together the butter and brown sugar. Slowly stir in the egg and vanilla till it's a fluffy texture. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together until a soft dough is formed.
Place rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto a non-greased baking sheet two inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
If you want caramel stuffed oatmeal chocolate chip cookies a slightly different route is taken.
Caramel Stuffed Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Follow the directions above until you have completed making the cookie dough. Once the cookie dough is made take a tablespoon of cookie dough and flatten it a bit. Place 4-5 caramel bits in the center and then completely surround them with the dough. Make sure there are no gaps or anything otherwise the caramel will leak out. Once you have made your desired number of caramel stuffed oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, refrigerate them for at least an hour. This helps keep the caramel from oozing everywhere. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Serve warm (otherwise the caramel gets hard to chew). Enjoy!
Purchase the NutriCrystal Wireless Smart Food Scale from ReFlex Wireless. It's a great gadget to add to your kitchen and to keep your weight under wraps this holiday season (at least the scale will let you know how many calories you are enjoying while eating these cookies), all for under $70.