If you are working on tracking your calories, you probably have run into the same challenges I have with figuring out how many calories there are home made foods. This nifty online tool really makes this easier.
It’s called the Very Well Fit Recipe Nutrition Calculator. Basically how it works is you type in the list of ingredients for your recipe, set how many servings it makes, and then hit calculate.
The best part about it is that the tool is that it has a pretty good natural language processing engine in it. Because of this, you can just type in the whole list of your ingredients without the laborious task of going and looking up each one separately in a search box.
There’s just one search box, you put each one on a separate line and the calculator separates each into its own search and provides you with its best guess of what you meant. Then you can edit these suggestions individually if it didn’t get things quite right.
Here is an example.
Quiche is one of our family staple dinners (so easy and kid friendly!). It tends to be sort of a grab bag of ingredients – eggs and pie crust plus meat, cheese and vegetables. We know through trial and error not to use some things (corn doesn’t go well in quiche for some reason). Otherwise, it’s a free-for-all.
Here is what went into this Thursday’s quiche:
- frozen pie crust
- 5 eggs
- 4 trader joe’s maple chicken breakfast sausages
- 3 slices muenster cheese
- 1/2 cup green beans
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
Just one ingredient wasn’t found with the first click, but it was at the top of the list when I hit the edit button.
Here is the ingredient calculation:
Very professional-looking, right?
So, for all you moms who are like me and tracking calories to try to get to pre-baby weight, try this out.