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How to Calculate Recipe Macros Using MyFitnessPal

by / 8 months ago

Happy Wednesday! Can you believe it is March already? I am so excited to see the sun again. A few weeks ago I posted about the IIFYM or “if it fits your macros” way of eating so today I’m going to show you how to calculate the macros for your favorite recipes.

I personally use the MyFitnessPal app because it’s free and it’s very user friendly but you can also access your profile online so there are really no excuses not to track 🙂

It may seem tedious at first but once you build up your database of frequently eaten foods, it becomes much quicker and it’s as simple as sending a text message. Inputting commonly eaten meals and recipes only makes the process easier. I’m going to show you how to do this both online and through the app.

First I’ll show you how to create your recipes online:

Go to and log in to your profile > Click on Food > Then Recipes and you should see this screen:

If you are using a recipe from the internet simply past the URL into the box and hit “import recipe” otherwise select the hyperlink for “add recipe manually” below.

Name your recipe then input the number of servings and type the recipe into the box below. Try to be as specific as possible and spell out all abbreviations to avoid any mismatches or confusions to the calculation. Once completed select “match ingredients”.

Next you will need to audit for accuracy. *Most* of the time, the results are spot on but on occasion, I’ve gotten strange results for some of the ingredients (i.e. 1 tsp cinnamon came back as having 1000 calories).

If everything looks good, click save or save & log it depending on the situation. If not click “edit quantity” or “replace” to correct any discrepancies and proceed to save or save & log it.

The app is pretty similar to online however, in my experience, it isn’t anywhere as easy to go back and edit a recipe later. Typically if I need to do that, I skip the hassle and just use my laptop instead. It’s all about working smarter not harder, right?

For the app, select the “+” icon at the bottom > then food > then select a meal from the “select a meal” dropdown (it really doesn’t matter what meal you select for this so I usually just select breakfast since it’s on top). That will bring you to this screen:

From here select the recipes tab and then select “create a recipe”

Again if you’re using a recipe from somewhere online select “add from the web” otherwise, choose “enter ingredients manually” which will take you to this screen:

The app version allows you to scan the barcodes of the ingredients also to help ensure accuracy which is nice. One tip for the app is to search by the actual ingredient and update the quantity later (i.e. don’t search for 2 tablespoons butter – search for butter, select the item THEN update the quantity). Once you’ve input all of the ingredients tap the right arrow, audit your recipe and save or save & log it accordingly.

Tracking macros doesn’t have to be hard, it just takes a little getting used to. I hope you found this helpful! I’d love to hear how you stay on track or even what some of your favorite recipes are too.

Thanks for reading!

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