Monday, February 14, 2011

Very Useful Recipe Calculator

I know there are many different recipe calculators out there, but I just thought I'd share one with you today. I use the calculator at Spark People/Spark Recipes. I find it to be pretty comprehensive and it breaks out all of your nutrition for you, not just fat, protein, & carbs. It's a pretty easy recipe calculator to use and I find that they have most of the ingredients you could ever hope to need, plus they have a myriad of different measurement options available. For instance, I put today's green smoothie in the calculator and when I put in apple, it asks if you want it as one whole apple and what size, or if you want it measured in Cups of apple... it might even have the option for oz. too, I don't remember specifically. You can also change up the number of servings and you can then see how this affects the calorie and fat content.

Like I said, I was calculating my smoothie and was pretty blown away by the nutrient content in the smoothies. Just for those of you who have any doubts about the value of smoothies in your diet, here's the breakdown for today for just ONE approx 20 oz. green smoothie.

User Entered Recipe
  2 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories                                   250.7
  Total Fat                                  3.9 g
      Saturated Fat                        1.2 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat              1.9 g
      Monounsaturated Fat            0.6 g
  Cholesterol                              5.0 mg
  Sodium                                    61.3 mg
  Potassium                               720.4 mg
  Total Carbohydrate                  53.7 g
      Dietary Fiber                         8.7 g
      Sugars                                 27.8 g
  Protein                                     6.2 g

  Vitamin A                                 67.2 %
  Vitamin B-12                            0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6                              16.6 %
  Vitamin C                                 41.0 %
  Vitamin D                                 0.0 %
  Vitamin E                                 9.4 %
  Calcium                                   6.0 %
  Copper                                    10.1 %
  Folate                                      17.8 %
  Iron                                          17.0 %
  Magnesium                              12.0 %
  Manganese                              30.6 %
  Niacin                                      5.4 %
  Pantothenic Acid                      2.9 %
  Phosphorus                             4.7 %
  Riboflavin                                10.1 %
  Selenium                                  1.9 %
  Thiamin                                    6.2 %
  Zinc                                         2.7 %

Today's Run
Miles: 9.01 (Holy Cow!!!)
Time: 1:51
Pace: 4.9 mph
Treadmill  Run

1 comment:

Heather said...

Go 9 miles!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!