So you have concocted a most impressive superfood recipe that’s going down as a firm favourite, but what tools can you use to analyse what the energy count really is and what nutritional content is actually in it?
One of my lovely readers posed the question this week saying she wish she could find out the calories etc of her morning mish mash of nuts, yoghurt and fruit. Now, we have to keep it all in perspective because personally I’m not really into calorie counting but it’s good to have a general knowledge of what’s going into your body.
The internet makes it easy for us with tools to do the hard yards for us. Calorie Count is one such tool with a recipe analyser that allows you to type in the ingredient list and number of servings with a fairly accurate nutritional data similar to that found on your favourite cereal box!
1 // Once you’re on the Calorie Count website or downloaded the free app, under the Tools tab at the top click the Recipe Analyser option.
2 // Enter all the ingredients into the recipe field. You can cut and paste the ingredients (like I did from my RecipeFit database). Next add in the amount of servings that you think the recipe allows for and then click on the Analyze Recipe button under the ingredient box.
3 // If an ingredient isn’t valid or can’t generate data, it will flag that line. Try to keep ingredients on separate lines and specific amount for each ingredient Click the Analyze Recipe button a second time.
4 // When all the ingredients are flagged green, the information in the standard nutrition data format will be correct. It’s a great way to inform yourself of what may be too high in fat, sugar or salt and how just by playing around a tweaking a few numbers can turn it into a healthier meal. You can save the recipes on the site, but you’ll need to sign up as a member
I popped in the ingredient list for my raw coconut, banana, macadamia nut ice-cream and this is what it spat back at me
So you can see as expected it is high in fat due to the coconut and nuts but also a great source of vitamin C, iron and fibre. This is not an everyday food but we have it at least once a week for dessert because it is nutrient dense and much better than eating a bowl of standard ice cream (see below)
So there you have it…problem busted…nothing like cold hard numbers staring at you to keep you honest…Do you have any idea what’s in your favourite recipes?