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Smarter Eats: Analyze Your Recipe With Calorie Count

Knowledge is power. Now you can take those recipes you have followed for years and learn how they stack up nutritionally.

Calorie Count has a great recipe analyzer. It's simple to use — mostly just cutting and pasting — and you can find out how many calories those holiday cookies really contain.

For a short tutorial on how the recipe analysis tool works,


It's so easy. Here's how to analyze your recipes.

  1. Once you're on the Calorie Count website, under the Food tab click New Recipe option.
  2. Enter all the ingredients into the recipe. You can cut and paste if the ingredient is online or in some electronic form — so easy. If the recipe says it makes between eight and 10 servings, go for the middle number and type nine in the box. Click on the orange Analyze Recipe button under the ingredient box.
  3. If the analyzer doesn't recognize an ingredient or can't compute a measurement, it will flag that line. I have found you must enter eggs and egg whites on separate lines and you must write a specific amount for each ingredient — "1 to 2 tablespoons" is too gray for the system. So once again find some middle ground and type in "1.5 tablespoons." 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. If you find your recipe too high in fat, sugar, salt, or calories, you can begin to play with your recipe and see how substitutions will affect the nutritional quality of your recipe. As for taste, you will just heed to see how your experiments work. To save the recipe on the site, you do need to be a member. Registering is easy and free.

What recipe are you going to analyze first?

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DivaDivine DivaDivine 7 years
This is so much faster than the website I usually use. I analyzed Ina Garten's Sour Cream Coffee Cake. Yikes, 595 calories per slice!
kittie78 kittie78 7 years
When I used Calorie Count daily it really helped my progress. This is one of my favorite features. Also it's great that you can then add a serving, or two, to your daily count. Ditto tisgirl; it will inspire you to sub ingredients.
zeze zeze 7 years
I love, love this, I use it everyday basically! I love the nutrition grades it gives, although not perfectly accurate, it really made me see that my mother's foods were all nutritious, no matter how fatty I thought they were.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Wow, this sure beats my way of doing it, which was by hand. I did it for my Grandma's sugar cookie recipe and it took forever. I'm going to figure out how many calories are in the peppermint fudge I made last night. I'm sure it's not going to be exactly "diet" food, but if I'm going to eat some, I want to be accountable for it.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I love this thing! It definitely made me see the wisdom of subbing yogurt for fat in a few recipes where it wouldn't affect the taste.
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