Posted by: molander | October 21, 2009

Great Tools

Analyze your recipes.

Analyze your recipes.

Ever wonder how to get the nutritional data from a favorite recipe? I just found a great (easy and free) tool called Calorie Count. Simply enter in the number of servings, list the ingredients, click the button and POOF – everything you need to know. You can also track your calories at this site as well.

What if you’re out and about and want to know the nutritional data in something? Calorie Count can help you there, too.  ANY phone with web access can access Calorie Count at http://ccm.about.com. No web access but you can text? Click here for text instructions. Got a Blackberry? Click here for Blackberry’s Calorie Count app. There doesn’t appear to be an app for the iPhone but never fear. Hit the iTunes App Store for a million other app choices for calorie reference.

Just this morning I tested the recipe analysis on Calorie Count. I entered a Pumpkin Bread Spice Cake recipe that I’ve made for years, only yesterday, I made it with modifications in hopes of improving the quality. The modified recipe was a huge hit with the family and I was please to see the changes DID move it up the healthy bar a bit.

Muffins

Muffins

Pumpkin Bread Spice Cake
(Great for fall but remember… this is “treat food” so limit your intake!)

Use ORGANIC ingredients wherever possible. You want to burn off this treat asap so don’t slow your metabolism with chemicals! (See my previous posts: Living in Ignorant Bliss and Introducing Insulin for a brief explanation.)

3 cups sugar (Think I can get away with 2.5 next time. Do not poison my recipe with artificial sweeteners! Hmmm… I need a post about that.)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 eggs, organic-cage free if possible
1 (16 ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin (they only make 15 oz cans now – would be better to use fresh pumpkin)
3 1/2 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
1/2 teaspoon clove, ground
1/2 teaspoon allspice, ground
1/2 cup water

1. Combine sugar, applesauce and eggs; beat well.

2. Stir in pumpkin.

3. Combine dry ingredients, stir into pumpkin mixture.

4. Add water.

5. Bake at 325 degrees – time depends on oven and size choices. For 2 loaves: about 1.25 hours; for muffins about 20+ minutes. Nutrition data provided for muffins.

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