Weigh it. That's the only way to be accurate on anything that can change shape. It's not such a big deal with veggies because they're so low in calories anyway, but with just about anythign else that can be chopped, broken, or squished, there's no way to know how much you're getting by measuring it. You saw it with defrosting vegetables; you can also try it with fruit. Measure out a cup of big grapes and weigh them. Then take those grapes, cut them into quarters so they're the size of small grapes, and put them back in the cup measure. They'll only fill it up halfway. If you eat a cup of small grapes, you'll get twice as many calories as in a cup of big grapes. 100 grams of grapes, on the other hand, has the same calories regardless of size or shape.
I really learned this lesson with cereal. There was one brand that I ate often. The label said 1c=1 oz=120 calories. But legally, if they put a cup measurement on the box, it has to be done with the perfect flakes as they come off the assembly line. The last cup out of the box, after it's been shipped across country, dropped off a forklift, and tossed around by stockboys, can weigh up to 3 ounces! The closer you get to the bottom of the box, the more calories you're eating if you measure by cups.
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Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions. I'm a little clearer now.
that depends on what nutrition info you are using. if you enter in the info off the side of the bag and use the frozen measurements that will be the most accurate way to track.
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Does the water drain out of the vegetables after you cook them? If so, then re-measure after cooking. I also know that as frozen vegetables are stiff, they take up more space, which can be deceiving. I usually meaure after I cook them, like the other poster said, as it goes on the plate.
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I'm certainly no expert...but I do it as it goes on my plate...
I believe you will find in the Nutrition Tracker that there are entries for Broccoli, fresh and Broccoli, cooked ...and even Broccoli, frozen.... to help you choose.... I would choose the cooked entry and measure as I serve it.
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 8/2/2013 (21:28)
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I usually use frozen vegetables. When I measure out a cup of vegetables, broccoli for instance, and microwave it, it collapses until it is more like a 1/2 cup of the vegetable.
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