Recently while visiting family in Washington State, I learned about a cool website called Cronometer. You can use it to track your daily calorie intake, as well as vitamin, mineral and protein values. The whole idea behind this is, to stay healthy while losing, or maintaining your weight. To do this, you not only want to track your calories, but other nutritional values as well. Cronometer.com allows you to do this and then some. Sign up for a free account, enter what you eat for the day and you will have a complete nutritional tracking to maintain your weight or to lose the amount you choose when you set up your profile.
With daily tracking, Cronometer.com gives you the ability to compensate for calories burned during physical activity. That’s pretty handy if you trying to stay on track but still want to enjoy dessert once in a while. In addition, there is a wealth of information about diet and weight loss in the many forums and on their blog.
My favorite feature is “Your Custom Recipes”. With this, you can plug-in the ingredients of your own recipes and get a per serving calorie count plus all the nutritional information you could ever want. Not just what is on your standard nutrition label , but also lipids, vitamins and minerals. For instance, here is the nutritional information from my Asparagus Lemon Soup.
Use this as the ultimate tool to plan your daily or weekly meals, lose the number of pounds you choose and feel really great. Cronometer also has an app, ($2.99) so you can keep up with everything on the go.
I will be using Cronometer.com to add nutritional information to my recipes. I hope to add some posts with daily meal plans. The thing I like most about this is that there are no forbidden foods. If you have a couple Toffee Bit Brownie Mix Cookies, you just might have to take a brisk walk, ok, maybe a jog, but you have a tool that allows you to do that. I think it should be an interesting journey. If you choose to join me, I would love to hear how it’s going for you.
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