One of the most frustrating parts of eating homemade foods is trying to figure out how many calories are in those casseroles, desserts, breads, etc….
Now you may think I’m crazy, but I keep a daily journal of everything I eat and drink and how many calories each item contains. Hey, it’s working for me.
Well, I recently ran across an awesome website that allows you to input all the ingredients of your recipe, along with the number of servings, and then it calculates the calories per serving. Isn’t that cool?
The name of the website is MyFitnessPal, and it’s totally free! As a matter of fact, you don’t even have to register in order to calculate recipe calories.
However, if you want to save your recipes, you do have to register, and that’s really easy to do also. I already have about four pages worth of saved recipes on the site.
I know most of you probably don’t keep up with all your calories like I do. Nevertheless, I thought you might like to know that if you are ever curious about the calories in that piece of chocolate cake or that super cheesy casserole, you can easily find out.
The above link is to the website homepage, but you can click here to get a direct link to the recipe calculator.
Of course, the website offers many other tools as well, including an online food journal and exercise diary. I personally only use the site for the recipe calculator and looking up various food items.
I find that keeping my information in a notebook with pencil and paper works best for me. It’s also a lot more portable than my laptop.
This is the form I created for myself to track my daily foods, exercise and even my water intake.
As you can see, I also added a to do list at the top and my menu plan for the day. I keep it all in a binder in my kitchen drawer, so it’s very easy to grab when I need it.
Here is the link to a printable copy of the form, if you would like to try it out for yourself.
Again, this may not be something useful for you, but if you know someone who is trying to monitor their calories, I’m sure they would find MyFitnessPal to be a very useful tool.
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