daisydukewendy

determining calorie and protein of recipe

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I have tried using my fitness pal to get calorie and protein info. from my recipes and it is not user friendly. I use it online. If the data base doesn't contain the ingredient you need there are no other options. It may give you another product but not the one you're looking for. Any ideas? Very frustrating!

 

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MFP has like a million foods in it, so I'd be curious to know what you're not finding in a search (it's got the specific brand of Sri Lankan fake meat curry mix that I like, for instance, or the hard-to-find German sugar free chocolate I eat). For me, the easiest thing with recipes is to put them into the recipe builder. You can even import them automatically using the URL from the recipe's website. The recipe builder gives you options if it doesn't find a match. You can also add things manually to the recipe. What are you having problems finding? 

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There are many recipe calorie calculators on the web and if you search that phrase, it'll bring up a good selection.  It's just a case of trying them out to see which one is the best fit for you. 

SparkRecipes is worth checking out along with the others I've listed:  

https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

https://www.verywellfit.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4157076

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator

https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/myrecipe.aspx

 

 

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I would also ask what specifically you've been unable to find, as we may be able to provide tips on how to search in MFP. 

There are occasions when they don't have a specific brand name of something I want to use (or I struggle to find it), and in those cases, I just add the item to the database, since presumably I have the item with its nutritional label right in front of me. Or, I'll use something that isn't the exact brand name, but has really similar specifications. 

When building a recipe, MFP often identifies a completely ridiculous item right off the bat and I have to search for an alternative. There should be an option when you're editing the recipe to do a "Replace" for anything that isn't the correct match. 

The other options are, of course, to try another online tool if you don't like MFP (@cinwa linked to a bunch of them), or you could add them up by hand or in a spreadsheet by looking at the nutritional labels and Googling anything that doesn't have one (vegetables, meat, etc.). 

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I guess I don't know how to use it. I had a few recipes from pinterest that said they were high protein low carb and I wanted to find out the nutrition info. The recipe is for chocolate peanut butter protein muffins.  I guess I will try again and maybe try another site. Thank you very much for your replies!

 

 

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I just tried using spark people and couldn't calculate what 1 cup of peanut butter would be. It only allowed tbsp. Oh well, just don't get it!

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2 hours ago, daisydukewendy said:

I just tried using spark people and couldn't calculate what 1 cup of peanut butter would be. It only allowed tbsp. Oh well, just don't get it!

You'll need to enter multiple tablespoons, then. There are 16 in a cup. Google can do those conversions for you. 

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thank you, that really helps!

 

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