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2/4/14 3:30 P

Just to add -- of course, any dried fruit, seeds or nuts need to be recorded, as they're pretty calorie-dense. I would track any added fruit. But a tablespoon of chopped vegetables, pretty much not.

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EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
2/4/14 3:29 P

I know, it seems like "busy-work" to enter these teeny values!
But I do it, nevertheless. I just use "0.1" as a serving size when listing it on my Tracker.
I've got myself on a accountability regime... anything I *can* track, I do!
I figure, if I'm a tiny bit 'over' on anything, that's better than being 'under'.

Just my 2

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they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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2/4/14 3:25 P

For a few teaspoons of red onion, I wouldn't bother. A tablespoon of chopped red onion is 3.6 calories. A quarter-inch tomato slice is 4 calories. In those amounts, I consider those free. Pineapple I would track, it's a little more calorie-dense.

I do track condiments that are sweet or high in fat. Others, like Worcestershire or mustard, I don't worry about.

"I owe everything you see here to spaghetti."

-Sophia Loren
EELPIE Posts: 2,700
2/4/14 2:11 P

I always keep another tab open on my browser if I am unsure ;) One thin slice has 28 calories.

But yeah, you can change the figures in the tracker - 4 tablespoons is 1/4 cup. So if the weight of item in the tracker was 1 cup, just change it to 1/4.

3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup

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2/4/14 1:53 P

What you can do is take the entries in the database and enter in fractional serving sizes. For example, when I make tuna salads for my lunches, one serving ends up having only about 1/4 of a can of tuna. So I find the entry for tuna packed in water and instead of saying the serving was 1 can, I say it was 0.25 can. SP does the math for the rest.

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2/4/14 1:42 P

For the bigger stuff can measure. Its just coming up a lot when I'm adding a little chopped onion to tuna salad or a couple pieces of tomato to the tacos. I'll start trying to use measuring spoons and see if that helps. Hard to find the calorie count for two pieces of a ring of pineapple. :)

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
2/4/14 1:32 P

Do you know correct portion sizes? Can you eyeball a tablespoon, a teaspoon, 1/4 cup?

If not, you need to start being able to (measure food for a day or two to get the hang of it).

Do you use the tracker? There are a ton of stuff entered (If you can't find by doing the search, or if you don't have faith in the amount you can google the words "calories red onion").

It's important to do because sometimes the little things really add up (cilantro is a herb, so not necessary - onion pretty negligible 1/2 cup usually about 50 calories). Something like the pineapple I would track, especially in the beginning.

A lot of times people don't realize how the little things add up, especially tasting things while cooking, or a smidge of sour cream here and there....

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2/4/14 1:17 P

Does anyone have any good tips to track toppings or condiments. For example when I make fish tacos I top them with a little red onion maybe a couple pieces of pineapple a little cilantro. How do I track the calories of these little bits of things?

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