Looking to add a little something more to your recipe to make it more appealing? Try adding a Nutrition Facts Panel to your recipe. There are a number of online recipe analyzers available for you to use for free. This tutorial will provide instructions on how to calculate the nutritional value of a recipe using the Calorie Count Recipe Analyzer tool.
STEP 1: Before you can calculate the nutritional value of your recipe, you’ll need to know the serving size and how many servings one recipe will make.
Serving size is up to you. (You might be interested in reading the latest FDA guidelines before your assign serving sizes.) For example, a 9-inch pie pumpkin pie can serve between 6-8. If you’re frugal, a 9-inch pie might serve between 8-10. If you want to know the nutrition facts for pan-fried breaded pork chops, then the serving size is probably 1 pork chop at 3-4 ounces each. A pot of soup could be 8 half cup servings or 4 one cup servings. A dozen cookies might yield 2 cookies per serving. Large cookies may only yield 1 cookie per serving.
Serving size determines the nutritional value of each serving in your recipe. Yes, you may need to measure your prepared dish. You will also need measurements for each ingredient in your recipe. The tool can not equate the value of a dash of this or a sprinkle of that.
STEP 2: To begin, login to the Calorie Count website. If you don’t have an account, create an account or login with one of your social media accounts.
STEP 3: Once you log in, select TOOLS on the main menu bar then select RECIPE ANALYZER. Fill-in the number of servings, add the list of ingredients in the INGREDIENTS box, then select ANALYZE RECIPE.
You should note that the analyzer can’t decipher the many ways that we record ingredients, so don’t be surprised if the analyzer chokes up. Ingredients or measures of ingredients that can’t be interpreted will be highlighted in pink. If this happens, select the highlighted text. A pop-up box with suggested ingredients or measures of ingredients will appear. You can browse through the list and read the details of each before selecting one. You can also add a new ingredient to the list.
Once you’ve cleared the list, select ANALYZE RECIPE. If all errors are cleared, the pink highlighting will go away and the Nutrition Facts box on the right will be populated with nutritional values.
STEP 4: You have a number of options once the Nutrition Facts Panel is complete. You can add your recipe to Calorie Count’s recipe database (this will open additional pop-up boxes), if you want. You can use a tool to snip the Nutrition Facts Panel from the screen, save it as a jpeg, and paste it at the bottom of your recipe.
I use a recipe plugin called Easy Recipe Plus. I simply copy the nutrition facts in the recipe plugin’s Nutrition window. The Nutrition Facts Panel display will vary depending upon the selected recipe layout. In this example, the NUTRITION INFORMATION appears at the bottom of the recipe. In the cover photo of this post, the NUTRITION INFORMATION appears in the upper right of the recipe.
Health conscious recipe developers may be interested in learning more about calculating nutritional values of recipes. If you’re one of these recipe developers, or if you’re just interested in knowing the nutritional values of the food you eat, then you might find Stuart Mizuta’s book, Recipes: What You’ve Been Missing, to be not only an eye-opener, but also to be most useful to those of us who develop recipes. Devin Burke’s book, Healthy Eating in the 21st Century, is also informative.
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