The Prep Pad Review and an Improved Peanutty Pumpkin Dip Recipe

 

I’m a huge fan of kitchen scales. I use them mainly to avoid getting a bunch of different measuring cups and spoons dirty when I’m throwing together some of my favorite single serving recipes. In full disclosure, if I’m not using a scale, a tablespoon of nut butter or some other delicious ingredient (for example chocolate chips) is rarely just a tablespoon. I ‘m really good at doing the whole rounded tablespoon thing.

I’ve done a lot of experimenting with different nutritional needs in the past like the whole STUFT detox thing last year. Currently I don’t track macros or calories, but I have been trying to be more conscious of a few things lately just to make sure I’m fueling my body with the food I need for running and teaching as much as I do. I’m still figuring out just the right thing that works for me and my body, but it’s always a learning process. These days my focus is on limiting artificial sweeteners, enjoying everything in moderation and making sure I’m fueling my body with enough carbs every day.

When I got the opportunity to review the Prep Pad from The Orange Chef Co. I was pretty excited to check it out.

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*Disclaimer-  I was given a Prep Pad and additional compensation for this sponsored campaign through FitFluential LLC. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own in this review.

 

The Prep Pad is the smart food scale that shows the breakdown of particular foods and meals that you create. It pairs with its iOS Countertop app to see a visual of the nutritional information of your food.

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(Prep Pad requires an iPad 3 or newer. This includes iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad
Air and iPad mini. There is an iPhone version coming in July.)

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I’ve been using my Prep Pad for the past week or so figuring out how to use it.

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We’ve been spending some time getting to know each other. Ha ha.

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I haven’t used it on a daily basis or to track a full day’s worth of meals or anything. It would be a great tool to do so though. I’m still getting used to it a bit, but it can really do a whole heck of a lot of cool stuff.

With the Countertop app, it is pretty much the only resource you need to search for particular foods, control portions and have a nutritional breakdown for a specific food or an entire meal or recipe.

Some of the features are really easy to figure out while others took me a little more time. I’m not that great with technical stuff though and am not one to really read directions carefully, so someone else might not have the same issues I had.

The set up was easy. I downloaded the app, turned the prep pad on and it was all set to go.

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Once you enter in all your personal information (age, height, weight, activity level, goals, etc.) it gives you a goal profile based on USDA guidelines.

You can use the USDA guidelines it gives or you can customize your own nutritional goals and profile depending on your specific needs.

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The set up was easy, but it took me a little while to figure out the whole real-time features of putting different ingredients together.

Putting just one ingredient on the Prep Pad and searching for it (it has a database of over 350,000 food items) was simple.

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It gives you the exact breakdown of the food.

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You can also use the barcode scanner to enter a particular food.

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I think it’s easier to use the scanner, but some barcodes aren’t yet recognized by the system (for example Trader Joe’s chicken apple sausage).

Once you have a food on the Prep Pad you can add or take off the amount to meet your needs. You can see the information listed in calories or in weight. A simple touch of the “My Meal” box changes the metric information.

You can also easily cancel out the weight of an empty container you are using by placing the container on the Prep Pad and then touching the icon at the top right. It automatically takes it off so you’re ready to add the ingredients.

Things get a little tricky for me when I add more ingredients. If I take too long the auto lock feature locks the ingredient. It took me a little while to learn that you can just tap on the lock button to unlock it and add more of the ingredient and it will adjust.

There is a whole comprehensive tutorial that is very helpful and I probably should have read before experimenting with my new gadget. I always have to do things the hard way.

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I really like that you can see a real-time breakdown of the caloric intake, macro- and micro-nutrients,
minerals and vitamins by a particular food item with weight accurate to
the gram.

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You can do this with a whole recipe also by adding ingredients to the pad (just make sure to follow the directions.)

Enter the ingredient FIRST. Scan the barcode or enter the food item before placing it on the Prep Pad.

I made a few mistakes by adding the ingredient before finding it and entering it when it asks “What’s on  Prep Pad?”

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Just to show you an example, it shows you the balance of your meal with your personalized goals.

The outer ring is the goals you have set up and the inside is how the particular food or meal compares to or matches your goals.

This has been one of my go to snacks lately.

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It saves your recipe of food combination. You can even save it with a picture and categorize it for future use.

 

There really is so much you can do. I don’t track calories or macros, but this would be perfect for someone who does or who wants to know the specific macros with food combinations and recipes. I do love that I can put a recipe together and see the nutritional breakdown. I haven’t done any complex recipe creating using this yet, but if it’s one where I’d like to know the macro- and micro-nutrients so I can pass the information along and post it on the blog, I’m definitely going to keep using it.

I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with it after the first couple of times I’ve used it. It can also track nutritional intake on a daily and weekly basis.

Here’s a really helpful video from Williams-Sonoma on how to use the Prep Pad.

 

I’ve used the Prep Pad for simple recipes lately.

One simple snack recipe I’ve been having a lot over here recently is a new version of Peanutty Pumpkin Dip.

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You can calculate ingredients based on calories or weight. A simple touch of the “My Meal” box changes the metric information.

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You can also use the meal view where you can see the entire overview of macro and micro nutrients, vitamins and minerals of your meal.

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Here’s the stats for this dip.

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I would feel guilty just giving you the stats, so here’s the recipe for this simple nutritious dip.

I would also feel guilty for not telling you one more time to find (or enter) the ingredient before actually adding it. (I’m also reminding myself. I’ve made the mistake one too many times.)

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Here’s the recipe:

 

 

The Prep Pad really does give you an easy way to keep track of real-time macros and the nutritional breakdown of your food. It retails for $149.95 and can purchased online.

It also works directly with UP from Jawbone. I don’t have a Jawbone so I can’t provide any information on how that works. If anyone does though, fill us in okay?

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You can also learn more about the Prep Pad and it’s features on any of these social channels:

Facebook: @TheOrangeChefCo
Twitter: @TheOrangeChefCo
Instagram: @TheOrangeChefCo
Pinterest: @TheOrangeChefCo
Google+: @TheOrangeChefCo

 

Have a great day!

 

Do you keep track of macros or calories?

Have you seen this Prep Pad before?

What’s you favorite easy snack and/or favorite healthy dip at the moment?

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Comments

  1. 1
    Kimberly C says:

    My mind is blown by that prep pad! I’ve never seen that before. Technology and stuff. Craziness.

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    WOW what a cool gadget! Makes me wish I had an ipad so I could use it! I don’t really measure or weigh my food but this would be perfect for baking! Recipes require such precision and accuracy with measuring things out and calculating nutritional information if you want it!

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    Kathy says:

    I would think that would take so long to figure out…I do not have time for all of that nor do I really care…ha!

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    elizabeth says:

    I’m going to give this peanutty pumpkin dip a try, since pumpkin is so healthy, although I didn’t love the last version, which I think included garbanzo beans? Maybe I just don’t like canned pumpkin very much, but I’ll try it today.

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    Veronica says:

    Wow. That’s fancy, but a lot of work and complicated. I don’t count calories or macros. I like Michael Pollan’s advice: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. In addition to that, move and sweat. I lost 45 lbs on WW years ago but realized I wasn’t eating real food. I was going for things that were low/zero points and was starving myself, nutritionally. I was thin, but not healthy. I’ve gained some of that weight back but I am healthier now than when I used to analyze every calorie I put in my body.

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    Tracey says:

    What did you add to your pumpkin dip, looks awesome!

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    I am a tracker & always have been – not as sticky as when I was younger but I like to know all that good stuff & with age, so important!!!!! 🙂

    I don’t have the iPad stuff but I so wanted to sign up for this campaign! 🙂

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