It used to be that nutritional analysis was an elusive art saved mostly for those who had an RD behind their name or at least were working for someone who did. (And now I'm so old that RD is no longer the only credential. We are RDNs too, but I'm sticking with what I've got for now). And while yes, I agree a registered and licensed dietitian should still be the one doing analysis in a setting that requires precision and accuracy, there's no harm in the rest of the world having access to technology that helps them eat smarter. We live in a world where (most) everyone is carrying around a mini computer in their pocket or purse. Knowing what's in your food and recipes is now just a few taps on a screen.
Which brings me to my new obsession. I may be a little late to the party here, but I'm IN LOVE with the MyFitnessPal app. I love that it syncs up with other apps like DigiFit (where I track my HRM activity) and JawboneUP (my new favorite fitness tech indulgence).
But what I love the most has to either be the bar code scanner in the food diary
OR the "create a new recipe" feature, that puts nutritional analysis for recipes right in the palm of your hand.
So why all of this dialog about an app on a blog about healthy recipes? Because I'm betting many of you bloggers would like to post nutritional analysis for your readers (and I bet many of them would love you for it).
So here's the quick and easy version of How To Analyze Your Recipe Using MyFitnessPal Online (Let me know if you'd like for me to post an in-app tutorial. I actually think it's pretty easy to use. The online was a little less straightforward and I assume many of you - like me - do most of your blogging at your computer.)
How to analyze a recipe using MyFitnessPal (online)
Login to MyFitnessPal.com
From Food tab click on Recipes.
From Recipes tab click on Enter New Recipe (green box on right hand side under “Try Our Recipe Calculator”)
From here, you enter
Number of Servings
and then click “Add Ingredient” to begin adding ingredients.
Once finished, click “Save Recipe”
It's that simple. Pretty cool, huh?
So... do you already post nutritional analysis on your blog for your recipes? If not, why not?
Do you think it's more important for nutrition information to be available, even if it might not be 100% accurate or more important that it be absolutely correct?