How To Calculate Nutritional Value For Any Recipe
By Goin Lo-Co on August 19, 2014
Wondering about the nutritional value and/or calories of a favorite recipe? It's one of my pet peeves about cookbooks and interesting recipes found online or in a newspaper or magazine - the recipes rarely list the calories and key nutritional info (like fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugar, etc) included per serving.
Well, wonder no more.
I've written multiple posts about the fabulous app, My Fitness Pal (I Heart My Fitness Pal; I Love Me Some Nutrition Graphs; and Better Than Salad at Wendy's to name a few) but I just discovered an update to their site that enables you to quickly and easily - using copy/paste - import recipes and see their nutritional value.
The basic ability to input recipe ingredients and calculate the nutritional value - and save the recipe into My Fitness Pal so you can use it to track your calories/nutritional intake - is not new. But they've now made it far faster and easier by adding the ability to copy/paste recipe ingredients rather than enter each one manually. But wait, there's more! Their recipe importer stops the guesswork - for example, it automatically translated '1 medium onion' into 1/2 cup onion - an equivalency I always just guessed at before (um, even when cooking).
To me, this is miraculous. (OK, OK, I know, I need to 'get a life.') But I heart technology, what can I say.
Now calculating the full nutritional value of any recipe is so, so simple. Just login to your My Fitness Pal account on your PC or Mac, and under the 'Food' tab, click 'Recipes.' That brings up the Recipe Importer - importing from a URL didn't work for me, but right underneath that, just click on 'Add Recipe Manually.' Then copy/paste your ingredients into the box, name the recipe, adjust the # of servings, and click the green 'match ingredients' button under the input box. Either all your ingredients will either magically match - or if there are any issues, it'll point them out for you to adjust manually.
Then save it and it appears in your 'recipe box.' To see the nutritional value, just click the recipe title in your recipe box and this is what appears (this is the nutritional value of my favorite homemade salad dressing: Mustard Vinaigrette):
I tried out My Fitness Pal's new copy/paste recipe importer for this 5 ingredient mustard vinaigrette and ALSO for a more complicated recipe. I'll write about that recipe, Risi E Bisi, separately - but the recipe importer worked beautifully for both a very simple recipe like this vinaigrette and a more typically complex dinner recipe.
So if you are ever in need of nutritional value of a meal at a fast food place OR a side dish you're making or even a full recipe, check out My Fitness Pal. My husband and I (and several friends) have found it a tremendously easy-to-use and very helpful way to pay attention to what you're eating - for both calorie counting/losing weight and also for tracking cholesterol and fat (or any other nutritional value) of a recipe or meal out.
Note: I am in NO WAY associated with My Fitness Pal. Though LOL, I think I need to contact them about putting an ad on my blog...
Going Lo-Co is a blog about one woman's journey to lower cholesterol without medication via food and lifestyle changes and the crazy things that happen along the way. Read more at www.golowcholesterol.com.
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