Nutritional Facts in Recipes

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2010-12-04 16:11:48 -0600
Started 2010-12-01 15:29:10 -0600

I just printed out several of the Diabetic Connect yummy recipes but am confused by the data under "Nutritional Facts". The recipes were "Crustless Cheese Quiche" and "Zucchini Pizza Crust" and " Frozen Chocolate Kisses" All of these recipes note "Servings per Recipe: 1". I THINK the nutritional values that follow are per serving but it looks like the entire recipe makes more than one serving? The total number of servings per recipe is important to know for portion control and for applying the nutritional facts and counting carbs.

For example, the frozen chocolate kisses recipe makes approximately 200 kisses…how many kisses are considered 1 serving…certainly not all 200??

Can anyone clear up my confusion? HELP! I want to try these recipes but need more info.

7 replies

Elrond 2010-12-04 00:32:29 -0600 Report

A site I use a lot is You can type in each ingredient and it will give you a very detailed nutritional breakdown per serving. Many recipes calculate servings very small and if you have a hearty appetite, it can be difficult. Just change a recipe from 6 servings to 4 and you can allow for larger servings. The reverse is true for me as I often 'eat like a bird' and don't consume an entire regular serving. This can cause a low sugar later in the evening if I don't adjust somewhere. This site is very convenient when you find a recipe that looks very good but doesn't include nutritional info. I also use it when I want to 'fine-tune' a non-diabetic recipe; substituting ingredients until I get the carbs where I want them without harming the overall food pleasure.

Type1Lou 2010-12-04 16:11:48 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info…although I'm not new to diabetes and have been watching my carbs for years, I never really COUNTED them to determine my insulin dosage. I now must do so to avoid some scary lows and regain better BG control. The site you recommended should help me get back on track. Can't wait to check it out!
Thanks again!

GabbyPA 2010-12-02 06:41:01 -0600 Report

This is a kind of rough spot since the recipes are put in by members and they don't always have all that information available. The old recipe format was confusing as to if they were looking for a serving or servings for the whole. Unfortunately, the only way to get some clarification is to contact the person who posted the recipe and ask them if they know the serving size.

The new format makes it much easier to know what to put into our posts and I hope that it clears up some of the confusion for future posts.

Type1Lou 2010-12-02 08:23:36 -0600 Report

Dear Gabby,
Thanks for the info. I will contact Avera and sexyswamprat to see if they have the servings per recipe so the carbs per serving will be meaningful to me. I'm eager to try out these recipes but won't do so until I can get this info which is critical to calculating my Novolog mealtime dose. Is it possible to add a "Servings per recipe" line to the recipes postings?…I haven't yet tried to post a recipe but feel this is critical info. Thanks again for clarifying this for me.

GabbyPA 2010-12-03 08:59:05 -0600 Report

Have you ever calculated nutritional values for yourself? It is not too hard really and most of the recipes I post are calculated by what I used. You only have to do it once and it is set for the recipe unless you change it. It is a bit time consuming, but worth the effort.

  1. First you get all the nutritional values of the individual ingredients in your dish.
  2. Write down the values based on the quantity in your recipe.
  3. Add everything up (these numbers will scare you at first)
  4. Then choose what you want to control. If you want to make sure a serving only has 20 carbs in it, divide the entire set of numbers by that and you will get your portions per recipe. If you want to control it by calories, use the calorie goal as your dividing number.

I did this for a recipe here I called Chubby Grubbies and it made me make my cookies nearly bite sized to keep my goal. You can eat 2 or 3 I think...It has been a while since I looked at it. But it is a good skill to work on so that you can adapt any recipe to what you need.

Type1Lou 2010-12-03 09:17:32 -0600 Report

That is exactly what I was thinking I would have to do, but how much easier would it be if everyone included the true servings per recipe with their yummy dishes?…If I don't get replies from Avera and sexyswamprat and do calculate the total carbs per recipe myself, I'll be sure to post it under the recipes so that info is available…otherwise it's too easy to delude ourselves that our portion is a good one. Thanks again for your response.

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