How to record Salads

Hi,

Not sure if this is the right place. Just some advice on an entry for MyFitnessPal.

We often have a salad of Iceberg lettuce, radishes (sliced, sometimes whole) sliced cucumber. I don't like mayonnaise or any other dressing.

Any recommendations on how to record this on MyFitnessPal? Individual items or is there one entry for all?
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  • sweetilemon
    sweetilemon Posts: 122 Member
    You can create a 'recipe' in theory although I tried it the other day and every time I went to confirm the ingredient it said item not found so gave up. To track a accurately you'd need to include all the ingredients...I just search 'side salad' or 'large salad' and pick one I think would be close to what I'm having. I do have a lot to lose and a 2lb at least deficit so it doesn't make a huge difference to me. I suppose it might if you don't have much to lose.
  • malibu927
    malibu927 Posts: 17,568 Member
    You can create a 'recipe' in theory although I tried it the other day and every time I went to confirm the ingredient it said item not found so gave up. To track a accurately you'd need to include all the ingredients...I just search 'side salad' or 'large salad' and pick one I think would be close to what I'm having. I do have a lot to lose and a 2lb at least deficit so it doesn't make a huge difference to me. I suppose it might if you don't have much to lose.

    The problem with using generic entries like that out of the database is you can't verify what the person who made it used in their salad. Logging every item or creating a recipe is the way to go.

    What was the item you couldn't find? Even if it's uncommon, your best bet would be to create an entry for it.
  • zyxst
    zyxst Posts: 9,131 Member
    I record my salad ingredients individually. It works better for me since I don't use the same stuff every time.
  • MarkH1916
    MarkH1916 Posts: 4 Member
    I have done the individual item logging so far and will continue. Thanks for the help.
  • snowflake930
    snowflake930 Posts: 2,193 Member
    My salad is always the same ingredients, so I entered my "recipe" for salad and always use that.
    Quick and easy.
  • fr33sia12
    fr33sia12 Posts: 1,258 Member
    I add everything separately if I'm making the salad myself. My food diary is open so you can see every day how I log it.
  • jhmomofmany
    jhmomofmany Posts: 571 Member
    I have a recipe created for when I have a salad with meat, egg, and dressing. If it's just lettuce and non-starchy veggies, I just use an entry for bagged salad even if it wasn't.
  • Ready2Rock206
    Ready2Rock206 Posts: 9,490 Member
    Bowl on scale, tare, lettuce - record weight, tare, radish - record weight, tare, etc.

    This exactly. Just takes a few seconds. Easy peasy and you have an accurate diary.
  • beemerphile1
    beemerphile1 Posts: 1,710 Member
    A tossed salad has so few calories accuracy isn't the same concern as some other calorie dense food.

    I just used tossed salad 150 calories plus whatever dressing I am using.

    The calorie density is in the dressing, not the greens.
  • rhtexasgal
    rhtexasgal Posts: 569 Member
    I eat approximately the same size salad with the same ingredients most nights so I created a recipe but also sometimes, I add the ingredients individually.

    On a side note - if you can afford it, invest in different kinds of lettuce. Iceberg lettuce doesn't really have any nutrition, but red leaf lettuce and romaine (and to an extent green leaf and boston varieties and many others) are packed with vitamin A and also contain vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin b-6 and some magnesium too.

    I used to primarily eat iceberg lettuce but once I discovered that I can get more of a nutritional punch with other kinds of lettuce, I switched. Sure, some lettuce is a little more expensive but I decided my health was worth the investment.
  • sweetilemon
    sweetilemon Posts: 122 Member
    malibu927 wrote: »
    You can create a 'recipe' in theory although I tried it the other day and every time I went to confirm the ingredient it said item not found so gave up. To track a accurately you'd need to include all the ingredients...I just search 'side salad' or 'large salad' and pick one I think would be close to what I'm having. I do have a lot to lose and a 2lb at least deficit so it doesn't make a huge difference to me. I suppose it might if you don't have much to lose.

    The problem with using generic entries like that out of the database is you can't verify what the person who made it used in their salad. Logging every item or creating a recipe is the way to go.

    What was the item you couldn't find? Even if it's uncommon, your best bet would be to create an entry for it.

    It was a chilli recipe I was trying to make, I scanned all the items in (all found) but when I pressed the tick to confirm it said item not found and didn't add then to the list. It did add some so think it was a fault.
  • capaul42
    capaul42 Posts: 1,391 Member
    I saved my salad as a Meal so that it's a bit easier to edit the weights of each item. Not that it's a big deal as my salad has 4 items total (including dressing). I also did that with certain meals we have regularly: like big breakfast (eggs, toast, bacon and hashbrowns) and my week day breakfast and lunch (which is the same all week). Makes prelogging easy. I just go in and edit the weights when I cook/make it.
  • JeromeBarry1
    JeromeBarry1 Posts: 10,187 Member
    Salads can get complicated. I simply put the bowl on the scale and add stuff. When the green leafy things are done, I record that weight and zero the scale. When the next discrete item is done, I record that weight and zero the scale. Repeat for each item.
  • malibu927
    malibu927 Posts: 17,568 Member
    OP, if you're still around, here's an example from another user on how to log it. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/tincanonastring
  • stealthq
    stealthq Posts: 4,298 Member
    Others have already answered the question, but I wanted to add a trick I occasionally use when I'm really lazy. I'll pick the highest calorie salad ingredient (usually tomatoes for me), and log the whole bowl like it's nothing but tomatoes. Any dressing, cheese, etc gets logged separately.

    I figure I'm logging on the high side, but it won't be so much that I'm shortchanging myself much on daily calories.
  • Alluminati
    Alluminati Posts: 6,209 Member
    malibu927 wrote: »
    OP, if you're still around, here's an example from another user on how to log it. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/tincanonastring

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  • Mentali
    Mentali Posts: 352 Member
    Frankly, I know people are very big on "log every morsel" but I don't bother under a certain amount. I'll just weigh the parts that have enough calories to make a difference in my deficit - cheese, meat, dressing, croutons, those kinds of things. Then for the salad I just estimate 150-200 calories for lettuce and call it a day. I'm probably off but I believe if anything, I'm overestimating calories for a bowl of lettuce and tomato.
  • peleroja
    peleroja Posts: 3,979 Member
    Mentali wrote: »
    Frankly, I know people are very big on "log every morsel" but I don't bother under a certain amount. I'll just weigh the parts that have enough calories to make a difference in my deficit - cheese, meat, dressing, croutons, those kinds of things. Then for the salad I just estimate 150-200 calories for lettuce and call it a day. I'm probably off but I believe if anything, I'm overestimating calories for a bowl of lettuce and tomato.

    I often just pick one of the more calorie-dense vegetables and log it as that. If I'm eating a bowl of romaine, tomato, bell pepper, carrot, broccoli, radish, and cucumber, I just weigh the total and log it as carrot so I don't have to do everything individually. Vegetables like those are low enough calorie that I don't worry too much about precision, especially as I'm not trying to lose weight.

    I do add protein or dressing separately as those pack a bigger hit.