Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand
Well I made homemade chicken noodle soup for hubby and I this week, but whenever I make stuff like that I have the hardest time figuring out the calories in it!! I made it with chicken broth, 3 boneless chicken breasts, 2 cans of potatoes, 1 can of carrots, and then elbow macaroni. Any takers?? When I look on my calorie tracker app, people's homemade recipes range from 150-350 calories per serving, THAT is quite a range!!
What I usually do in this case is I track the amounts of everything I put in by weight (I have a food scale). SO, if the chicken broth was from scratch you would need to know the calories for that (good luck :P) but if the chicken broth was not from scratch, then you just write down the cals for the whole package.
So I would end up with a list like: (these are made up random numbers)
- chicken broth 500mL - 400 cal
- chicken breast 300g
- elbow macaroni - 75g
- etc. etc.
If the item has a calorie count on it, then just use that if not, mark the weight down for later to look up the calories. So afterwards I would have my handy dandy bowl and guesstimate how many servings I could get out of my pot. Or you can split it up into Mason jars which are smaller portions.
So say the total calories is 3000 cal for your soup. You were able to fill 10 jars, each jar will be 3000/10 = 300 cal. If you eat half a jar then its 150lbs. I find this is easier when sharing with someone :P because then they can use their own jar or whatever.