Training & Nutrition - Calories for homemade foods.
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08-11-06, 06:37 AM
My wife makes a lot of our food from scratch. Is there a way to measure calories per serving for homemade items? (Things like cookies, bread, applesauce, tomato sauce, jams, pasta, etc.)
I might be way off base, but the only way I could think of is to add up all the calories for the base ingredients and divide that by the serving size.
08-11-06, 08:36 AM
The base ingredient idea would be the most accurate but I wouldn't worry about being that close. I would find like items commercialy made and use their numbers. It won't be exact but probably won't be way off either. The homemade won't have all the chemical preservatives and such but that isn't a big source of calories.
I'll assume you're counting calories for weight loss or control. If so Weight Watchers point system does just what I suggest. To them 1 cup of applesauce is 1 cup of applesauce no matter where it came from. And their system works.
08-11-06, 08:39 AM
Agree with SoonerBent, but then it depends what your aim is. Is it calroes, f/c/p breakdown, or nutrition?
08-11-06, 08:57 AM
I wouldn't worry about being that close....
but, careful... I have a friend that's a chef and she cooks with all natural ingredients but she has a very heavy hand with regard to oil, butter, salt etc... and though her food is delish, it's heavier than it could be... if Im following recipe that is followed by nutritional info, I am sure to measure things like oil...
If a recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons oil, unless it's baked goods (which is like chemistry), I'll only use 1 Tablespoon of oil... it's not missed at all.
I've been able to use the FitDay.com website to calculate recipe nutrition as you do, a full tally then dividing by serving sizes... seems a good guesstimate
08-11-06, 11:04 AM
I wouldn't worry about being that close....
Measure everything. It is so easy to think a splash of oil is just 3 tablespoons and it is really 6. That is a difference of 360 calories. And yes Weight Watchers is awesome and far less tedious than counting calories. The weekly weigh ins keep you honest. It isn't embarassing at all. They are very nice and everyone is in the same boat. The WW employees all had to have been on WW before, lost weight, and kept it off.
To them 1 cup of applesauce is 1 cup of applesauce no matter where it came from. And their system works.
This isn't necessarily true. Many applesauces have sugar. You really need to read the label. Some homemade applesauces actually have added fat.
08-11-06, 11:23 AM
Thanks for your replies! I am using this for weight loss, but in time will probably expand to nutritional information as well. Basically, I'm trying to figure out what I need to do to get to 3,500cal deficit per week between food & exercise & everytime I put one of my wife's killer muffins in my mouth part of my brain is going "So really...how many calories is this thing?"
I think I'll try the FitDay idea...sounds like something I've been looking for.
08-11-06, 11:34 AM
FitDay is really cool.. It's a bit cumbersome at first but quick once you get the swing of it... You might be surprised to find out how many calories your are consuming.
I don't know your habits, of course, but things like soda and fruit juices, salad dressings... add up really fast...
All the best! :)
08-11-06, 11:45 AM
Yes, you are consuming more calories than you could possibly imagine. At least that's what fitday will tell you if you are totally honest with it. Then you adjust, and go from there. Your wife may wonder why you're suddenly eating 1/4 of a muffin and weighing your cereal.
08-11-06, 08:18 PM
...things like soda and fruit juices, salad dressings... add up really fast...
Funny you mention that...fruit juices is what started this whole thing. I absolutely love ice tea (sweetened, of course) & during the summer I can drink up to 2 litres of the stuff on a really hot day. I happened to glance at the Nutrition Data & was shocked at how many calories one can pack away!
After that I went on a bit of a witch hunt - the barbequed hamburgers were the worst - ouch! Now we buy ones with half the fat & 2/3 the calories & I'm eating one, not two. Lunch has been pared down, after work snacks are non-existent & we're definitely saving money on ice tea. NormZurawski is right; today I measured my foods for breakfast & wrote everything down!
It's strange, I never felt like I ate *crap* - no Doritos or chocolate bars, haven't had a fast food meal in years; heck, it takes me a year to go through a case of Coke. I guess I just ate too much. Well, here's to a new me...
Thanks again for all your encouragement!
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