How Nutritious are Your Homemade Recipes
The Dietary Guidelines for America 2010 recommends that an emphasis should be put on reducing calories. One of the biggest obstacles to this is our desire to eat at restaurants. Luckily we can solve this problem by eating at home more. However this is where problem number two comes in, how do you know what the nutritional information is on your homemade recipes?
Over the last few years, due to a high risk of heart disease in my family I have been working towards a heart healthy lifestyle. My biggest challenge to a heart healthy lifestyle has been my diet. Time after time I try to change my diet and do fine for a few days or even weeks, but always seem to fall off track. I am on a renewed path again to finding how to change my diet to a permanent lifestyle change.
One of these big obstacles is exactly this second problem which many of us face; how to know what the nutritional information is on the meals and snacks made at homemade. Many recipes that are available today include this information, but this is a recent development. Making my grandma’s spinach salad recipes leaves me guessing how much calories, fat and other nutrition is actually in there.
Last night I began the process of figuring out what is exactly in my favorite recipes. I started doing this on my own thinking I knew the basic ideas and then confirmed my calculations with a bit of web research.
Here are the steps that it took me to figure this out, warning this takes time but just think of all the great information you will have when done! (Sample table at bottom)
1. As you add each item to the meal write down the total statistics for each item. For example I was using tuna so the entire can of tuna had 100 calories, 1 gram of fat and now fiber. (These were the main stats I wanted to track, but you can do everything or only what you want).Continued on the next page