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July 11, 2012 4:49 PM
I was wondering if it is at all possible to calculate what a serving size is when you input the recipe?? I used to know of another website that did that and i can't remember what it was.

As when i input recipes i never really know how many servings there are as i have a husband with a huge appetite and then teenagers with different appetites and then 2 small kids that barely eat anything, so if i knew what a serving size was i could just weigh my food and know for sure how much i am eating!!


Thanks!!!
  103981
July 11, 2012 4:54 PM
Weigh the entire recipe at the end of combining everything, it may give you an easy division, either with the weight itself or the calories.

Such as my pretzel recipe is 2400 calories... if i make 12 pretzels out of it each one is 200 calories.
while a desert loaf that I make is 5700 calories for 4 loaves or 1425 calories, if I slice that into 14 pieces it's 100 calories a piece.

Make the portions work for you.
  3335912
July 11, 2012 5:20 PM
that's fine if all the portions are the same size, which they are not as everyone eats a different amount, and with most recipes i make i usually have to double them since there is 7 of us. and then some are casseroles type meals that i can't weigh due to the fact that they are prepared in a casserole/baking dish, so it would just be easier if it would divide it up in portion sizes like the website i used to use did, only wish i could remember what it was, but then i would have to reenter the whole recipe again on MFP in order to be able to add it to my food diary
  103981
July 11, 2012 5:55 PM
How would MFP calculate a serving for you? I don't understand how that could work.
July 11, 2012 7:38 PM
it was on another website i used to use to figure out the calories in recipes and i can't remember the website
  103981
July 11, 2012 7:46 PM
MFP will do it if you'll "play along"

Mix your recipe up... if it totals 2400 calories you can know that 1/12 of the casserole (cut in 3 pieces width wise and 4 pieces length wise) is 200 calories. Give 1 piece to the kids without much eating, take 2 yourself and give 3 to hubby, he gets more, kids get less, you have a standard and know what "each" person got based on the recipe making 12 pieces. (numbers are just an example you can do it however you want, it just "works" if you can get the total amount of the recipe, then you can figure what each person is having to figure a standard serving.
  3335912
July 13, 2012 11:38 PM
Regarding portions.
It would be great if people could add the picture of the food and the portion showing some object next to it to compare.
Beeing an obese man , I have no idea what a portion is. II could easily be 3 times more than the intended amount :)
  26106609
July 14, 2012 5:12 AM
A $10-20 scale from the kitchenwares section of your local department or hardware store will help you figure out a portion accurately.

There's no 100% way other than weighing to ensure that you're putting the same amount on a plate, the picture could be taken of a 7" plate while you only have 9" plates, if you tried to match what you see on the plate you'd be adding more than what the picture had.

Enter a recipe, see what the total calories is for the recipe and decide how many servings it makes based on the calories (or the final weight of the food components), then portion it out evenly across that number of portions.
Edited by Pandorian On July 14, 2012 5:18 AM
  3335912
July 14, 2012 5:17 AM
I just weigh the finished product in grams (you can weigh your baking or casserole dish ahead of time and subtract that at the end if you need to). If the total weight is 2500 grams, I list it as 25 servings knowing that for every 100 grams I eat, I log that as a serving. So if what I put in my bowl (soup in this case) weighs 400 grams, that's 4 servings.

That's the easiest and most accurate way I've found to do it.
  16383434
July 14, 2012 5:18 AM
add in all the ingredients then use quick tools to remember meal. Delete the ingredients then add the the percentage of the whole meal that is your portion.
July 14, 2012 5:19 AM
QUOTE:

MFP will do it if you'll "play along"

Mix your recipe up... if it totals 2400 calories you can know that 1/12 of the casserole (cut in 3 pieces width wise and 4 pieces length wise) is 200 calories. Give 1 piece to the kids without much eating, take 2 yourself and give 3 to hubby, he gets more, kids get less, you have a standard and know what "each" person got based on the recipe making 12 pieces. (numbers are just an example you can do it however you want, it just "works" if you can get the total amount of the recipe, then you can figure what each person is having to figure a standard serving.



this is what I do.
  13516638
July 14, 2012 5:20 AM
I just take a look at my finished product and decide about how much I will eat, and then type that amount, ex. 100 grams or 1 cup etc, into my title. Then no matter what I eat of it I know if it is 1 or 2 servings, or a fraction of it.
  20789011
July 14, 2012 5:31 AM
if i have a casserole, soup, chili, something like that, i put it in a dish that i know the volume of (ie: 12 cups). then i make a serving size = 1 cup in the recipe calculator. then i just have to input how much of that item i ate, and not have to worry about everyone else wink
  20194529
July 24, 2012 7:45 AM
I have a kitchen scale, the problem is i don't know the weight of the finished product to know how big a serving is supposed to be, i Ireally need to find that website again

QUOTE:

A $10-20 scale from the kitchenwares section of your local department or hardware store will help you figure out a portion accurately.

There's no 100% way other than weighing to ensure that you're putting the same amount on a plate, the picture could be taken of a 7" plate while you only have 9" plates, if you tried to match what you see on the plate you'd be adding more than what the picture had.

Enter a recipe, see what the total calories is for the recipe and decide how many servings it makes based on the calories (or the final weight of the food components), then portion it out evenly across that number of portions.




I have a kitchen scale, the problem is i don't know the weight of the finished product to know how big a serving is supposed to be, i Ireally need to find that website again
  103981
July 24, 2012 7:47 AM
QUOTE:

I just weigh the finished product in grams (you can weigh your baking or casserole dish ahead of time and subtract that at the end if you need to). If the total weight is 2500 grams, I list it as 25 servings knowing that for every 100 grams I eat, I log that as a serving. So if what I put in my bowl (soup in this case) weighs 400 grams, that's 4 servings.

That's the easiest and most accurate way I've found to do it.



Good idea and Thanks!! I'm still going to try and find that website, it made it so easy!
  103981
July 24, 2012 1:19 PM
Did you ever find that website?
July 24, 2012 1:26 PM
I weigh or measure each portion has its dished out and track how much that equals total.

Example:
5 cups of soup, each serving being 1 cup

3 lbs of chicken, each serving being 8 oz

I really don't understand how you expect the website to know how many calories in each serving if you don't tell it how many servings your recipe made.

If your husband is whiny about measuring his food, do it for him and give me the plate to food after you have measured. If he still whines, give him a punch in the gut for being unsupportive.
  13683591
July 24, 2012 1:34 PM
I actually find casseroles to be the easiest to figure out. Before everyone digs in, cut the finished product in to a particular # of servings (usually 6 to 10 for a 9x13 pan) and take out your own serving. Then let them dig in and take however much they want. Typcially what happens in my house is I'll cut it into those servings and have one for me and serve hubby 1 1/2 to 2 servings.

Soups and skillet meals can be a bit tougher but I've always just eyeballed them and it seems to work out fine.
  5367199
July 24, 2012 1:39 PM
QUOTE:

I have a kitchen scale, the problem is i don't know the weight of the finished product to know how big a serving is supposed to be, i Ireally need to find that website again

QUOTE:

A $10-20 scale from the kitchenwares section of your local department or hardware store will help you figure out a portion accurately.

There's no 100% way other than weighing to ensure that you're putting the same amount on a plate, the picture could be taken of a 7" plate while you only have 9" plates, if you tried to match what you see on the plate you'd be adding more than what the picture had.

Enter a recipe, see what the total calories is for the recipe and decide how many servings it makes based on the calories (or the final weight of the food components), then portion it out evenly across that number of portions.




I have a kitchen scale, the problem is i don't know the weight of the finished product to know how big a serving is supposed to be, i Ireally need to find that website again


Use a scale and input your recipes. Even if you find that your serving size is different you can go back to the recipe and change it so you get an accurate figure. I made 3 pounds meat loaf for my family. After it was mixed, I weighed it and divided the ounces by four ounces to get servings. It came out to 20 4 ounce servings. One serving was 175 calories.

Look in the database at similar listings. You can figure out serving sizes that way too.

Try these out:

http://www.fitsugar.com/What-Serving-Sizes-Look-Like-762806

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=177

http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-portion-size-plate
July 24, 2012 1:54 PM
You could also just call a portion a one cup size, here is the Canadian food guide for portion sizes sometimes knowing what a portion is supposed to look like can help you figure out how much you are eating. it also lists the 'correct' recommended serving size.

http://www.capitalhealth.ca/NR/rdonlyres/etgansnparwmjhldsvhl4nmhp6bvkynxnoao2bm3qrcounb6nzu5jcpqhocw4wk576apdb7v4dmaeywfqk7rdjx6cec/Portion+size+Handout.pdf
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