How to do a Recipe on FitDay.
Homemade vegetable soup is great on cold days and full of nutrition. Trying different recipe calculators on a variety of websites did not get me the results I wanted. So I improvised with FitDay.
How to make a recipe:
1) Click ahead a couple of days in your Food Log
2) Enter all the ingredients (including spices) for your (recipe) soup; using correct weights and measures.
3) When complete, go to bottom of Food log and click on nutrition.
4) Now you have the recipe and nutrition facts ready to be printed off!
5) Go to upper right side of page and click on 'printer friendly' and print off list.
6) Now go into your Custom Foods and create a new food item.
How simple was that! Make sure you measure after cooking to get the amount of product; to make it easier for you to divide you custom food by.
I made slow cooker soup with russet, red and sweet potato in a low sodium (organic -on sale) chicken broth (1Litre/4c) and added 1L water. It made an entire slow cooker of soup. I estimated my batch of soup was 10c; so now, when I record it on my Food Log - and I have 1c of soup - I enter the amount = .1 (I actually had 3c so I put in .3 )
Before you get all up in the air about lack of protein and high carb - I had already cooked my LGT (lean ground turkey) the other day and I added 100 grams to my soup! I cooked LGBeef for the DH, so he could add his own meat to his dish.
I hope this helps, Carren
You gotta be KIDDING me...! What if I make a multiple-serving recipe... say it makes 12 servings. How do I enter just ONE serving...?
This is totally lame...
If you have already entered the recipe, enter 0.085 in your food log for one serving. If you are entering a recipe that makes 12 servings, enter 12 servings before you enter the ingredients - then enter 1 serving in the food log for each serving.
How to make custom meals?
I've made many custom foods, and that function is great. But I don't understand how I can group some of these custom foods into one meal or recipe? Is it even possible? :confused:
When I was referred to fitday, I was told I had to "make the meal" at allrecipes and then import it into fitday... I spent quite a bit of time at allrecipes and never figured out where on that site to do that! If I do, I'll let you know.
There's a bunch of different recipe calculator sites. Just Google something like "recipe nutrition calculator" and take your pick. I do this all the time and don't have a preferred site because they're all pretty much the same. I would say to double check your ingredients/measurements/yields before you hit "calculate" -- some recipe calculators do not let you edit after you've finalized everything. It sucks to re-enter a complicated recipe, trust me, I know! :o
On a side note:
The only thing I've had problems with when creating my own recipes using online calculators is the Vitamin/Mineral counts -- not that they're inaccurate, but often the data will be spit out in IU, g or mg (not % daily value as FitDay uses). In order to deal with that you'll have to find the recommended daily values for each (I use the Mayo Clinic website) and divide the amount of whatever nutrient in the recipe by the recommended intake.
For example, my recipe for Mom's Rhubarb Muffins has 1.82 milligrams of iron per muffin. The recommended daily intake of iron is 18mg. 1.82/18 = .10111 Move the decimal over two places to get the percentage and you get 10% to add to your FitDay data.
Some online recipe calculators DO spit the numbers out in % instead of IU, mg or g. But in case you find one that you like otherwise, this should help ya get everything into FitDay as accurately as possible.
I recently purchased Fitday PC and it looks like it has a recipe calculator included in it, I haven't had an opportunity to try it yet, has anybody here used it?
advice on logging home cooked food
I am new to fitday. Can somebody give me advice how best to log meals that I cooked myself?
Do I have to weigh and add each ingredient separately each time I cook or can I create a custom "dish" that consists of several ingredients.
For example is there a way to build the recipe/calorie count for a dish like "potato and leek soup" or do I have to enter the calorie value for potato, leek, soup stock etc. separately to my daily food log each time I cook this dish?
I saw that I can create customs foods - but this doesn't work for recipes since I don't know how much calories my recipe has.
Hm, hope that explanation wasn't too confusing. Thanks for your help.
Glad to be part of the group, :)
After you create your meal in a blank log, you'll then have to create a custom food for that meal. (I do this by opening a new page and minimizing both pages so they fit side by side on my screen. It saves a lot of flipping back and forth) You can use the total numbers, divided by servings or you can weigh the cooked meal and use the total nutrition as your Custom Food.
If you choose to weigh the whole meal, be sure to type just the name in and save. After you save just the name of the meal, change "1 serving" to how much your food weighed and the unit of weight you used (grams, kilograms, ounces, etc), hit recalculate (all the nutrition should still say 0) and then hit "Edit Food". Add all of your nutritional information for the whole meal, and then save your edited food. When you eat that meal, weigh your individual portion, and log how much it weighed to your food log.
It seems like a lot of work, but in the long run it'll be easier to have some Customs that are full meals. The next time you cook that meal, it's already there. I'm one of those picky eaters that makes the same meals over and over, because I know that I already like it.
Hope this helps!!
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