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Recipe serving size confusion in MyFitnessPal

heathersundean146heathersundean146 Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
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This has been bugging me when typing in my home-cooked recipes in MyFitnessPal. Ok, so say I have a veggie soup that I make on a regular basis and I want to create a recipe for it. I enter in all the ingredients, and MFP asks how many servings the full recipe is. Let's say I make a guess and say it's 6. Then, whenever I eat the soup, I have to remember that one serving is one sixth a pot of soup. I can't just measure out two cups of soup like a normal person and enter that I ate two cups of soup. I don't understand how this is supposed to work at all, for people who cook at home frequently. Help?

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  • heathersundean146heathersundean146 Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    Thank you so much for the info. But, is it just me, or is that method just totally bananas? Holy time consuming and complicated. If the app knows the foods and amounts that went into the recipe, it should be able to tell you how many calories are in any amount of said recipe. Who programmed this thing? :-)
  • estherdragonbatestherdragonbat Member Posts: 5,285 Member Member Posts: 5,285 Member
    We did. It's a user-sourced database. We plug in the ingredients and tell it how many servings.

    Another option, if you have a large measuring cup (1-2 quarts or bigger) would be just to pour the soup in, see how many cups it is, and know that's your serving. If it's not a pureed soup, the weight of the veggies may vary, but close enough.
  • heathersundean146heathersundean146 Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    We submit the ingredients and what we consider a serving to be, sure, but we didn't write the computer code behind the scenes that determines how that data is processed and displayed for our use. I just wish I could tell it what food I'm putting in the pot, then tell it I plan to eat 1.5 cups of said food, and have it tell me how many calories that is. It seems infinitely simpler. Anyway, I'll quit grumbling about it. It is what it is.
  • CharlieBeansmomTraceyCharlieBeansmomTracey Member Posts: 7,702 Member Member Posts: 7,702 Member
    We submit the ingredients and what we consider a serving to be, sure, but we didn't write the computer code behind the scenes that determines how that data is processed and displayed for our use. I just wish I could tell it what food I'm putting in the pot, then tell it I plan to eat 1.5 cups of said food, and have it tell me how many calories that is. It seems infinitely simpler. Anyway, I'll quit grumbling about it. It is what it is.

    to tell it what you are putting in the pit and how much of those ingredients you have to weigh said ingredients and input that into the recipe builder. it will tell you how many calories a serving is. but what I do is weigh everything(its a pain at first) that Im putting ,write it down, cook said ingredients, then when its done I weigh the finished products total weight(subtracting for the container its in) .

    I write that down. I then take out what I want and write that number down as that is what a serving is and divide it into the total weight. I also put on my recipe say its veggie soup I will put veggie soup-XXXg serving as the title of the recipe. this way I know what a serving is for that recipe. you can always go into the recipe and edit it down the road if you make the same thing but use more or less of the same ingredients or add or omit something. its a lot easier that way too so you dont have to keep doing it over and over.

    the recipe builder will then tell you how many calories,fat,protein,etc is in a serving. providing you use adequate entries from the database which is why its best to weigh and cross reference.once you get it down it becomes easier over time. its not really that time consuming .I weigh all my food recipe of not, its the only way I can be accurate in how many calories Im eating but thats me.
  • iamauntbethiamauntbeth Member Posts: 13 Member Member Posts: 13 Member
    I have written a few recipes down. But I find nowhere to give direction on how to make it, or when I prefer pecans in place of the walnuts the original recipe calls for.
  • CharlieBeansmomTraceyCharlieBeansmomTracey Member Posts: 7,702 Member Member Posts: 7,702 Member
    I have written a few recipes down. But I find nowhere to give direction on how to make it, or when I prefer pecans in place of the walnuts the original recipe calls for.

    that when you put in your own recipe with the pecans instead of the walnuts put all the original ingredients down and then put the pecans in. as for direction on how to make it thats when you have that info aside. you can import recipes from sites to MFP recipe builder too. but you still will have to know how to make it. and if you weigh everything the recipe will says cups or spoons or what have ya
  • DomesticKatDomesticKat Member Posts: 565 Member Member Posts: 565 Member
    It's really not that difficult. I've weighed all my cooking vessels ahead of time and have them written down. I weigh my finished dish in grams, subtract the weight of the empty vessel, and write that down for number of servings. Then I weigh out my portion in grams and that's my serving size. Takes less than 5 minutes.
  • ashrymomashrymom Member Posts: 503 Member Member Posts: 503 Member
    After I finish cooking my soup I line up about 5 or 6 containers that are identical. Then I pour out equal servings. I usually get 6. I enter that into my recipe and the calories are calculated. Each day I grab a container already knowing how many calories it is.
  • maureenkhildemaureenkhilde Member Posts: 850 Member Member Posts: 850 Member
    To me the key, it takes a bit to get used to. And once you get past that it is really not a big deal. I weigh everything first. Ok if I am adding 4 cups of tap water I indicate just that. But weigh everything, meat, veges and so on. I put in an estimate for servings if this is the first time I am making it. For soups I have decided that 1 Cup is my serving size. And when it is all cooked. I measure out in 1 cup, and weigh In same size containers so I know that they all weigh the same. And then if I have to change the number of servings you can go back and do an edit. I figure it is a one time edit, not a big deal. But in my notes to myself I indicate how many 1 cup servings I will get. And which containers I use. I do this for pretty much everything desserts like puddings, cookies, stew, Mexican dinners, soups. I really like this feature, because I see serving size and all the macros.
  • LoKoMiLoKoMi Member Posts: 51 Member Member Posts: 51 Member
    I put the serving size in the title of the recipe. For example this past week we had:

    1/2 C mac n cheese
    1 C white chili
    4oz Italian roast
    1/2 C sauce and vegetables

    There are four in my house who are counting calories, one other using MFP and two use a different app. I do the majority of the meal planning, grocery shopping, calorie counting, and cooking so I need to make it as easy as possible FOR ME 🤣

    I know weight is far more accurate BUT with four people using a scale at dinner (which is usually 8pm or later due to work and class schedules) it is much simpler to just use a measuring cup as a serving spoon and call it close enough for most things. I have the lowest calories/day so I am more careful with weighing portions at less hectic meals.
  • metaylor1982metaylor1982 Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member
    I literally weight everything. Unless it's a sauce.. like I make a copy cat rubios sauce, it has a total of 1 cup liquid, everything else is spices. I plan on a tablespoon being a serving so I make it 16 servings... food food on the other hand, instant pot, crock pot, on the stove.. I just weigh it, decide by 4 and call it a day.
  • try2againtry2again Member Posts: 3,544 Member Member Posts: 3,544 Member
    Thank you so much for the info. But, is it just me, or is that method just totally bananas? Holy time consuming and complicated. If the app knows the foods and amounts that went into the recipe, it should be able to tell you how many calories are in any amount of said recipe. Who programmed this thing? :-)

    Like anything else, it's just a matter of getting the hang of it. You tell the app the item and raw amount of ingredients you are putting into the dish, but the app can't calculate the volume or finished weight after cooking. However, if you really object to using a scale, you can certainly measure out the entire dish in cups or whatever and figure it out that way. I know which way I find easier ;)
  • allieeverydayallieeveryday Member Posts: 86 Member Member Posts: 86 Member
    I just learned this: I put the recipe into the recipe builder, weigh every single thing (including the pot) and entering it into MFP minus the pot, and I start by putting the servings as 1. Then I weigh the final product when it's done, removing the weight of the pot. Then change the serving size to however many grams the whole recipe weighs. (So if my pot of soup without the pot weighs 2500g, then 2500 servings!) That way, I can get two bowls of soup, weigh them in grams, and then log the number of grams as the number of servings. This made it WAY easier for me, since I cook a lot and my husband doesn't care about counting calories.
  • allieeverydayallieeveryday Member Posts: 86 Member Member Posts: 86 Member
    Oh, estherdragonbat beat me to it! Should have read all the comments. :smile:
  • BowdlerperezBowdlerperez Member, Premium Posts: 2 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2 Member
    @heathersundean146 I agree that it’s time for the app to evolve. The code on the recipe calculator could help you out here. It’s also annoying that you can log any notes with your recipe, so I can’t track how much the servings are (was it 1 cup of chili or 200 grams??), special instructions, optional substitutions, the website, etc. I get it, I can weigh everything, keep detailed in a notebook - but doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the app? I mean - I could track my food, calories, macros, and recipes on paper if I wanted to. Would love to see some upgrades on the app - especially now that we’re all cooking from home so much more.
  • freda78freda78 Member Posts: 194 Member Member Posts: 194 Member
    I can't just measure out two cups of soup like a normal person and enter that I ate two cups of soup.

    Cup is not "normal". Normal people use scales. :#
    edited October 11
  • BelleRequinBelleRequin Member, Premium Posts: 14 Member Member, Premium Posts: 14 Member
    Cup is volume, but surprisingly, not so standardized. Grams is weight. But weight and volume are not interchangeable (except for water when metric). It can’t tell you what 2 cups is worth, because a variety of cooked foods lose moisture or volume. It doesn’t know how long you reduced a soup or sauce. A cup of spinach cooked is a lot less than a cup of spinach raw. A recipe calculator can’t know those things.
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