Make a list of all of your favorite dinners and put the approximate calorie total per serving next to each meal. Then have that list handy to refer to when you're deciding what to cook tonight. (Or write the calories per serving on the recipe.)
This helps me because it requires less thinking when I'm trying to decide what I want for dinner. Especially if I didn't plan ahead or plans changed. I can look at how many calories I have left in the day, then look at my list (which I have sorted by calorie count) and pick a meal that works.
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I have a very hard time keeping track of my foods... My hubby and I started to preplan our meals.. at that time, I will log them into my sparks tracker for that week... when I eat them, all I have to do is click on it.. I started doing this for breakfast and lunch and it has kept me on track 90% of the time.. just knowing what you are going to eat saves time and even time for tracking!
Be sure to add your favorite meals to the favorites items that way your most meals are already in the favorites that way saving time from hunting down each separate ingredient
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