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What to do with all those recipes.

June 30th, 2014 Posted in Bariatric surgery, Diabetes, Duodenal switch, Eating healthy, gastroesophageal reflux disease, News, Nutrition, post weight loss surgery tips, Post WLS tips, Protein and calories, Recipes, Research, Resources, San Francisco weight loss center, surgical weight loss, Vertical gastrectomy, weight loss plan, weight loss surgery, Weight loss surgery results


Ever find numerous recipes online that you would like to try, but get too overwhelmed with bookmarks, addresses, and websites? There is a solution for this! I recently had a patient contact me asking for help with this exact issue. She always needed recipes to help her come up with ideas for what to eat but she states she tends to lose all the websites names or has a hard time managing her bookmarks. Also, she stated she wanted a way to figure out how to track the food that she makes from these recipes.

One of the best ways to manage recipes online by category is using the virtual pin-board, Pinterest. Pinterest allows you to add a recipe to a virtual board that you want to save for later. Good idea? Make a board for each type of food you eat. “Vegetable dishes” or “Proteins” would be examples of boards you could pin to and use these for when you need inspiration for new recipes. Want to take this a little further? There are applications that have been created to help you pull in all the recipes from a certain board and condense them into the application for better use and display. These applications are called, Chef Tap (Web/Android) or Paprika (Web/Android/iOS). Both of these options makes those recipes from the web easier to navigate and can be edited for later use.

So what if you have an old recipe that dates back before computers or one that you heard by word of mouth? Big Oven (Web/iOS/Android/ Windows Phone) is your best bet! This application also has a tool where you can take  a picture of a recipe in a book or magazine and it can add it to your database.

So now how do you track your intake with these recipes?

For those who track their intake daily with MyFitnessPal, there is a way to build a recipe with the application and modify it by portion sizes. Many times an average portion size that has nutritional analysis done does not fit your new portion size after a sleeve. This tool will help you put in recipes by name, add the ingredients use, and then determine the nutritional analysis per serving by determining how many servings it will provide. Whenever you have a serving of that recipe, you can then add 1 serving of “Chicken Meatball with Zucchini Noodles” for example, versus adding in each item of food individually from that meal. This is the easiest way to determine the nutrition facts of the recipes you make.

There are other websites you can do this such as Spark People, Livestrong, and many others.

Hope this helps your frustration with recipe storing and food tracking!

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