You don’t need to quit your diet because of the homemade foods as long as you use these tips to count calories found in the home-cooked food.
When you buy from the store you know how many calories are in a serving of crackers or a piece of pie, because it’s written on the packaging.
What happens, though, when you make crackers at home or prepare a bowl of spaghetti? You must learn to calculate your calories of each home-cooked food.
The ones who diet for various reasons, related to the figure or health, take a constant struggle with the number of calories they are allowed to consume in a day.
Quite difficult if you do not eat only raw fruits and vegetables or foods that have been packaged ready in a label with nutritional values.
No need to quit your diet because of the home-cooked food as long as you know how to calculate the number of calories it contains.
Counting Calories In Home Cooked Food
To determine the number of calories in one serving you must know, first, the total number of calories in your pot.
Although it seems hard at first, over time you will keep in mind the number of calories of the ingredients often used and you will be able to draw up a table with the ones you prefer.
Divide into two columns the ingredients used in the recipe:
- On one hand, the ones you buy packaged with calories listed on the label;
- And on the other hand, the rest of the foods: vegetables, fruits, meat…
In line with each ingredient already packed write the number of calories in accordance with the weight used in the recipe. For example, sugar has 380 calories per 100g.
For the unpacked ingredients use lists that you find on specialized sites. We love this list compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture where you can find the individual components and nutritional value per 100g.
Collect all the calories and divide it by the number of servings. And that’s it! You’ve got the number of calories for your serving.
Now, this method is time-consuming and, in the beginning, it can seem overwhelming. But, believe me, after a few weeks you get used to it. It becomes as easy as going shopping for groceries. It becomes a habit.
So start counting the calories in your home-cooked food is you want to consume only a certain number of calories a day.