Friday, June 20, 2008

Use Cookbooks With Easy Ingredients & Nutrition Info:

I haven't found a great number of them, but there are cookbooks that include nutrition information with every recipe. Some Better Homes and Gardens, as well as The Eating Well cookbooks have them. They are worth seeking out. Also a number of websites like and include nutrition information with most of there recipes.

When you see how many calories are in a serving and how many servings that item is supposed to yield, it helps you maintain portion control and helps you make better food choices. A 'cost', for example, of 150 calories per brownie might sound acceptable, until you see the cookbook writers are counting on your getting 16 brownies out of an 8x8 sized pan. If you cut the brownies so that there are only 9 portions, count on each brownie now 'costing' you 267 calories!
Always look at the amount of servings you're supposed to get in a recipe. I've seen some well-known so-called 'lite' calorie magazines that, when reading the small printed nutrition info at the end of the recipe, have simply cut a two-layer cake into 18 servings instead of the typical 12. Anybody can reduce the calories in a slice of cake by cutting it smaller!

And one more thing, don't forget to adjust the recipe's calorie count if you change ingredients. Using real butter instead of margarine is going to add more calories, while substituting oil with applesauce will 'lighten' any recipe.

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