I use the recipe calculator too and it is time consuming. But one benefit of it that I love is that when I see the recipe written out along with the nutritional info, it gives me ideas about how to change it up and make it healthier. I've done this for a bunch of recipes now and they come out just as good, but fewer cals, carbs and fat,
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I think it's impractical to put every single thing you make into the tracker, for ever and for always, if you cook like I do- mostly from scratch and never the same way twice! BUT, I have to say, if you do it for a while, even though you have recipes in there that you don't re-use, and you spend a lot of time on it, it will teach you a concept of what is in things and you'll start to get a better feel for things you don't have time to put through the tracker, just from experience. I stopped logging things all the time a long, long time ago-simply because I don't have the time to pick through everything I make that is new every day and every meal. I was thinking, though, that I should pick random days (Every Thursday, or the same dates of every month or something like that) and make a point to always track those days-that way I will still get the practice and remind myself of the implications of adding various things to my dishes, but not spend my whole life in the tracker.
I put recipes in my SparkRecipe recipe box, too. If they're copyrighted recipes from cookbooks that aren't published on the internet, I just don't share them. It's a lot of work in the beginning, but it's really helpful. I have revised recipes based on the nutrition info I saw after I put them in SparkRecipes, so there are added benefits to using that feature. After I revise a recipe, I run the nutritional stats again to see if I accomplished whatever goal I was aiming for with the changes.
Edited by: PATTK1220 at: 10/13/2011 (14:49)
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Hi, I was wanting some help on how to keep track of calories of stuff that I make homemade. I make alot of homemade meatloaf's, casseroles, ect....We don't eat alot of processed foods, so how do I go about knowing how many calories, fat, carbs, fiber, protien are in the things that I make homemade?
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