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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How To Calculate Points For Your Own Recipes

I have been loving your recipes and they provide great low-point variety in my weekly meal planthank you!!!  But I think that in order to succeed long-term in WW, Im going to need to make modifications to what I normally cook and bake.  I already have a substantial number of family favorites and recipes I love is there an easy way to count how many points are in a recipe or per serving?  Is it a matter of just counting up the points of each individual ingredient and dividing by portion size?


I completely agree. In order to succeed long-term, lightening your own family favorites is a must! Experiment in your kitchen using less oil, whole grains, and reduced fat dairy products. Add more filling vegetables and less meat to your dishes. Keep a notebook of all your recipes and write down the points for each ingredient, number of servings, and points per serving. This is good to do because you will find that many ingredients are repeated, so you can always look at your notes rather than trying to calculate the points over and over again.

To figure out the points for your own recipes, figure out the total points for each ingredient, add up all the points, then divide the total by servings.


If you're a Weight Watchers member you can also use their recipe builder or find a free online recipe builder to calculate calories, fat and fiber, then convert it to points with your Weight Watchers calculator.

11 comments:

Weighting Around said...

What a great idea. I just whip things up and never write down the recipes. If I keep a notebook and figure out the points I can duplicate the good stuff and dump the bad. Thanks, Gina!

Anonymous said...

I use an Excel spreadsheet I created for daily tracking and Living Cookbook which calculates nutrition AND points when you enter a recipe. Gina's right as always...writing it down is crucial to long term success. Good luck!

Gina said...

Wish I knew Excel but that sounds like an awesome idea for those of you who do!! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

This is the easiest online resource I've found for calculating nutrition. You can quickly make adjustments to see how substitutions affect the recipe and change the number of servings. Then, I use that info to determine points.
http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

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