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How do you calculate calories when it's a home cooked meal?


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I'm trying to figure out how exactly you calculate your calories when you make a home cooked meal.  I know some recipes have them listed out for you but how do you figure this out when you don't have them listed out? Any suggestions?

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You can use the New Recipe tab in Foods - add the recipe yourself number of servings and ingredients (using their instructions) and it will give you the information you want.  Then tag it so you can use it again in the future.

There are great calulators on line, http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calcula tor.asp

Just plug in your ingredients and it will break it down for you, but I thnk this site has one too. Look in recipes.

Original Post by tessa178:

You can use the New Recipe tab in Foods - add the recipe yourself number of servings and ingredients (using their instructions) and it will give you the information you want.  Then tag it so you can use it again in the future.

I second tessa's post.  I use the "New Recipe" tool all the time for my home cooked meals :)

If it won't find a match for an ingredient you put in there, find it yourself in the food database, and look at the number at the end of the URL for the food you need.

Then put that number in square brackets behind that ingredient in your listing.

Like this:

2 tbsp butter [1145]

You can also put in how many servings your dish will serve and tweak that to your needs.  It will also tell you how many grams and calories in that serving, so you can weigh it out if need be, or just guestimate.

HTH!

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