Friday, June 25, 2010
Different cuts of meat vary in how much they shrink during cooking - chicken breasts, pork chops, various cuts of steak, ground beef patties, etc.
When you enter the number of ounces of your chicken, pork or beef into your nutrition tracker, are you entering the pre-cooked weight or the cooked weight?
You can easily see when you grill that water and fat are dripping out of your food.
How much does that alter the "total ounces" of the food that actually enters your mouth?
Which is the PROPER and MOST ACCURATE weight to use when you're counting calories or fat?
What do you think?
Have you found any info on Spark People that addresses this?
Inquiring minds want to know, lol.
Ok. As suggested I checked the nurtrition message board in the FAQ I found this:
How do I know if the recommended serving size is cooked or uncooked when I look at it in the food database?
Cooked vs. uncooked…that is the question. However, standard serving sizes are always listed in a ready to eat state. When you are dishing the food item onto your plate, this is when the measuring and weighing begins. These standard portions are perfect examples:
Meat: 3 ounces, cooked
Vegetables: 1 cup, raw
Vegetables: ˝ cup cooked
Pasta, Noodles, Rice, Oatmeal: ˝ cup cooked
But, many times recipes do not use these standard portion sizes. Here are a few tips to help determine how much is being used:
Meat contains 7 grams of protein per cooked ounce.
Example: If the nutrient analysis for a pork chop recipe indicates 35 grams of protein/serving, you can estimate that approximately 5 ounces of cooked meat is used for the serving.
THANK YOU ALL for responding! I learned some valuable information today. Isn't Spark People a great place!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I'm looking for a tasty, LOW calorie smoothie recipe.
I did look on Spark recipes, but I'd like some of YOUR personal faves!
I'm wondering what's a good mixer besides yogurt and/or soymilk/milk?
Care to share?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
They strolled down the lane together,
The sky was studded with stars.
They reached the gate in silence
And he lifted down the bars.
She neither smiled nor thanked him,
Because she knew not how.
For he was just a farmer's boy,
And SHE was a Jersey cow!
A rhyme from my childhood. . .
I once knew a Jersey cow personally and bought a gallon of milk from her about 3 times a week. The cream was so thick, almost 50% of the jar was creme. Made wonderful butter and still had really thick, creamy milk.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Now and then people comment on my HAPPY Spark Page.
I figured out when I was in my late twenties that Happiness is a decision. We make it ourselves. Or NOT.
I was having a lot of difficulty with someone in my life and with a great deal of effort I managed to change my approach and things really got better. Wow, I really affected her. Or so I thought.
Then I heard several other people complaining about her. They had the same complaints as I did before I "changed her". That was when I realized that SHE hadn't changed at all. I had. And the next thought that came thundering in was, "We really do make our own hell."
So the opposite must be true too.
Synchronistically, (Don't you love the way the Universe works?) I found this poem, loved it, memorized it. Forty something years later, it's still with me. The last line sums up the philosophy of life I began to adopt way back then.
I had a little Sorrow,
Born of a little Sin,
I found a room all damp with gloom
And shut us all within;
And, "Little Sorrow, weep," said I,
"And, Little Sin, pray God to die,
And I upon the floor will lie
And think how bad I've been!"
Alas for pious planning - -
It mattered not a whit!
As far as gloom went in that room,
The lamp might have been lit!
My little Sorrow would not weep,
My little Sin would go to sleep --
To save my soul I could not keep
My graceless mind on it!
So I got up in anger,
And took a book I had,
And put a ribbon on my my hair
To please a passing lad,
And, "One thing there's no getting by --
I've been a wicked girl," said I:
"But if I can't be sorry, why,
I might as well be glad!"
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Happiness is an inside job!
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