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How to Input a Recipe into MyFitnessPal

This may be old news for some of you, but if you’re new to Macroland and are wondering how to log things that aren’t individual ingredients, in a package, or from a restaurant, I can help you.  I want you to be cooking, obviously.  And I’d like to be cooking healthier versions of your own favorite meals.  In order to do that, you’re going to need to know how to input a recipe into MyFitnessPal.

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Grab your recipe.
I suggest you do this from a computer, but if you have the patience to do it from your phone, good on ya.  It’s under More > My Recipes & Foods > then click the + button at the top right if you’re on a mobile device.
If you’re on a computer, go to myfitnesspal.com > Food > Recipes > Add Recipe Manually.
(Any ingredients that come in a can or a package can be logged using the barcode scanner if you’re entering it on a mobile device.)
Any fresh ingredients need to be weighed (learn why over here…it involves chocolate chip cookies) and added.  When searching for the item, you may need to go through a few to find one in grams.  USDA listing usually do.  Also the green checkmarks that mean the listing is verified are good.  If you find a listing that seems bogus, it probably is.  This is all crowd-populated, so anyone can add any nutritional information and, unfortunately, sometimes the data is incorrect as a result.
Include your serving size.
Save and log!

This will be stored under Food > My Recipes in the future for easy access.

I’m going to walk you through a sample recipe to show you all the steps.  Let’s pretend we are making Hash.
I make it differently every time, but for our practice pretend that the recipe calls for a bunch of chopped veggies, some canned tomatoes, bagged baby spinach, olive oil, garlic, and meats.

  1. Start the recipe in MFP.  (Foods > Recipes > Add Recipe Manually)
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  1. Name the recipe and choose the servings.  I’m calling mine Hash 3/1 (for the date b/c it’s literally different every day) and putting it down for 6 servings.
  2. List all your ingredients.
    1 lb ground beef
    100g onion
    200g bell pepper
    5 oz simple truth baby spinach
    14 oz can simple truth diced tomatoes
    1/2 tbsp. olive oil
    1/2 tbsp. minced garlic
  3. Click Find Ingredients
  4. MFP will bring up things that are as close as it can to your list.  You may need to change the quantity.  Click “Quantity.”  If it’s too far off to adjust, click “Replace” and it will let you search for a suitable alternative.
  5. When you get the least tweaked to your specifications, click “Save” (or “Save & Log” if you’re noshing on it today)
  6. I don’t love this feature, but it’ll save the recipe in your Recipe Box and take you there  It doesn’t automatically show you the nutritional information.  🙁  But click on your new recipe and the nutritional info will show up.  Be sure it seems normal/reasonable.  If so, you’re in good shape!  Success!

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