I have rarely used the groupings in the nutrition tracker. I have used it for my oatmeal breakfast and mostly just to keep track of my individual snacks or meals.
Spark was asking for verification for some of the entries. It was only then that I realized there were so many discrepancies in using number from others.
I tried to use the recipe calculator for my soups and stews and my oddball recipes only I and DH love. Almost every time my recipes went out to the site and I just did not want to post to the recipes because there are so many negatives and I am certain all of mine would be criticized as bland or blah, so I gave up on the recipe calculator it took me too long and it was too difficult me being a very slow typist.
I have been making GROUPINGS and I find them to be my best bet yet. With soups and stews that I make regularly I have started to weigh and measure the ingredient. I now know the ounces for carrots and how much I want for exactly 4 servings, everything I put in there has been weighed and gets divided by the number which is for 2 of us 4 servings.
I have many vegetables I like to put in my soups and stews so I go to the grouping and select the beef stew grouping and all of it goes to the tracker. Thanks to the nice “remove” button I can edit in the tracker and not in the grouping.
DH and I know just what vegetables we like and which meats we like. Now I have CHICKEN, BEEF and PORK stew in there and so far it works like a charm. It took a while to set up but now it is getting faster and I have more to add.
I also have sandwich fixings in there. I rarely eat bread but DH always likes his Arnold whole wheat, butter or peanut butter, lettuce, bacon, tomato and I just put the group in and remove what I do not want. I use Romaine lettuce instead of bread
That said I am happy that my tracker has our most popular selections right in there.
I have to tell you, we like to do MacDonald's when we are traveling and so I have the MacDonald's grouping too.
Most are served for me with no bun so that way it is not the same numbers on their place-mats or posters it is my numbers from their website and it really does go faster there too.
Just had to share another tool I am using often Pat in Maine.
Thanks Spark Friends.