Sunday, November 15, 2009

Problem SOLVED!

So - do you ever look at foods and think, "I can't eat that cuz I'm on a diet" or "I don't want to eat that because it will mess up my diet"?  I do.  All. The. Time.  But I was thinking this morning as I planned a slam-bam ending to this day that included baking a long-overdue pumpkin pie with my husband, "If I just knew the nutrition information for the whole pie, I could figure out how much I could eat while still maintaining my daily calorie goals." 

So I did a search online and found a few sites that I used today to figure up the nutrition information for 1/8 of a pumpkin pie -- the result, by the way, is just under 300 calories with 10 grams of fat and just over 2 grams of fiber.  If you are interested, here are the top sites I found:

1) Calorie Count -- Here you type in the recipe and then tell it to analyze the recipe.  It will tell you all the nutrition info. for the ingredients you typed in and will also tell you if there are some that it doesn't recognize or have in its system (like evaporated skim milk, for example; or 98% fat free cream of chicken soup).  It's really easy!  I really like this one!

2) Nutrition Data -- Here you type in the ingredients, choosing them one by one from a list, and then it calculates the nutrition info. for you. I had a hard time using this one.  I couldn't, for example, find generic sugar without searching through eight pages of items that came up when I typed in "sugar" -- and it didn't recognize "white sugar."  But maybe with practice on the key words for the search, I could figure it out. I also read online that you can type in your own nutrition information from labels for foods that aren't in their database -- but I haven't gotten into it enough yet to figure this out.

3) Spark Recipes -- This is basically the same as Nutrition Data.

4) Calorie King -- This is a good place to go to just look up the nutrition information for foods in general, though you have to sign up and pay to use their software for recipe building.

5) Fit Watch -- More of the same.

Although these next two sites don't have a recipe builder, I found a lot of useful information on there for general health/nutrition.

1) Web MD -- I LOVE this site!  So many great resources, and generally a source you can trust!

2) Diet Nation -- Just found this site.  Has great calculators for topics from how much water you should be drinking every day to how much protein and fat your body needs to how many calories you need to cut from your diet each day to reach your weight loss goals.  Good stuff!


Darren and Stephanie

Good for these sites... The pumpkin pie was delicious and would be a shame to deny yourself some!

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