I've used the software 'Living Cookbook' for years to help prepare my menus for the week. Now, I use it to track my calories, sodium, and nutrients.
I got it free, online, for a 30 day trial. But then, it worked so well for all phases (grocery list making, menu planning, inventory, etc, recipes) of food that I decided to purchase my own copy.
livingcookbook. com if you want to see what I mean
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Preparing my meals ahead of time using Calorie tracker makes staying in my goals so much easier.
I've lost almost 10 pounds in the last six weeks by prepping my breakfast, lunch and snacks on Sunday to bring with me to work during the week. This eliminates unhealthy lunch choices and I know my exact calories for each day. All I have to do calculate my dinner calories. Saves so much time!
Where I work we had a "healthy carry-in". We requested that everyone prepare a healthy meal and provide a recipe card. We then made a cookbook and passed out to all who participated. Many of the recipes could have been healthier, but having the cookbook allowed for some substitutions to be made. It was a great way to try out new foods!
I spent the money for a recipe program for my computer and save recipes I find in magazines, books, online, etc.. We can only recall and save so many recipes from the many places we see them. This way, recipes I find which are healthy and look good are at my fingertips. This program actually allows me to copy a recipe and "captures" it to avoid a lengthy process of transcribing it over.
I bought Living Cookbook 2011 online for $35.00 and do like it.
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