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Do you ever wonder how many calories are in your favorite dish you cook?  Or how many grams of fat, sodium or carbohydrates are in your recipe?   About a month ago these facts became really important to my family.

My husband went to the doctor for his annual check up.   It turns out he has high cholesterol.  Not so high that they want him to go on medicine but high enough that the doctor said you have 3 months to change your diet.   Well, I was scheduled for the doctor about 3 weeks later and guess what?? My cholesterol wasn’t where I wanted it to be either.   Turns out a runner’s diet is NOT good for all runners 🙂  So my husband and I are on a mission to lower our cholesterol.  My goal is to cut back on dairy and carbohydrates.   Say goodbye to my cold glass of chocolate milk I enjoyed after my run!  Plus, I realized I ate a lot of carbs.  Now, I know I ran them off but with certain carbs (flour tortillas) come high saturated fat.  Not good for cholesterol!

Anyway, I have been combing through Pinterest looking for new recipes and I noticed that some recipes don’t list their nutrition facts.  Boy, I hate that!    So I went searching online and I found a ton of sites to help me.   After trying a few out, I decided that http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php was the easiest to use.  Many sites require you to search for each recipe ingredient one at a time in their database, which can be somewhat time consuming. On the Calorie Counter website, you just copy and paste the ingredients from your recipe, insert the number of servings, and the recipe is “analyzed” for you. You can also store recipes on the site, and it’s free.

Here is a sample of my No Bake Energy Bites.   Overall Grade was a C.  Not so great!  But I love the new calorie calculator!  If you know of another great website for nutrition facts on recipes, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 18 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories

82
Calories from Fat

45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat

5.0g
8%
Saturated Fat

2.0g
10%
Trans Fat

0.0g
Cholesterol

1mg
0%
Sodium

28mg
1%
Potassium

74mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates

7.7g
3%
Dietary Fiber

1.2g
5%
Sugars

6.1g
Protein

2.0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 8%
Nutrition Grade C
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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