Sunday, January 25, 2009

Homemaker Monday: The Coolest Nutrition Data Website Ever!

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YOURS: This week's "YOURS" goes to Mrs. Mordecai at Be it Ever So Humble. You can bet that I'll be eating lots and lots of beans from now on, as they are a great source of protein, and Mrs. Mordecai tells us how to cook them right! She features crock pot instructions, one of my favorite modes of cooking, and gives detailed instructions on how to avoid one problem, in particular, that can arise when it comes to eating beans. For Mrs. Mordecai's entire post, click HERE. Thank you so much for your contribution to Homemaker Mondays, Mrs. Mordecai, and please feel free to take the "I Was Featured" button from the left sidebar if you would like!

MINE: When I find something wonderful, I have to share it. Have you ever been on a calorie- or protein gram- counting diet and you wanted to eat, say, a banana or a peach, but had no idea what it's nutritional value was? Or, to make matters even more confusing, have you ever created a dish from scratch but been frustrated at not being able to determine it's nutritional information? Well, thanks to your visit here today, those days are gone! Let me introduce you to nutritiondata.com. Enter in the name of ANY food (I have yet to find a food they couldn't give me information on) and a neat little nutrition label, along with many other charts and tables of nutrition information, is presented.

If that weren't cool enough, they have a form in which you can input the ingredients of your favorite recipes and determine all of their nutritional information. It is amazing! I can see that this is going to be my new favorite pass time (besides blogging, of course).

Something fun I've been doing with this new, informative website is calculating the amount of protein I've been consuming on a daily basis. Many of my friends and loved ones have expressed concern that because of my newfound vegetarianism (leaning towards veganism) lifestyle, I might not be getting all of the protein I need. Soooo....I figured out what the USDA recommendation for protein for my height and gender is and it just so happens that I need about 29 grams of protein a day to be healthy.

I found out some interesting things about the foods I'm eating. Most of us know that THESE have lots of protein...


...but did you know that THESE have some protein, too?...


Yep, the 2 cups I ate for a midnight snack had 2 grams of protein! Who knew?

The following is a list of just some of the foods I ate yesterday that contain protein. I was amazed and quite pleased to see that even though I ate completely vegan yesterday, I consumed MORE protein than is recommended for my height and gender! Some of the proteins were "incomplete", but I was able to consume the complimentary protein throughout the day to even things out. Take a look...

1 cup home-grown wheat sprouts- 8 grams protein
2 tablespoons peanut butter- 8 grams protein
1 cup homemade almond milk- 2 grams protein
2 cups strawberries- 2 gram protein
1/2 cup homemade vegan almond yogurt- 10 grams protein
1 cup homemade hummus- 12 grams protein

That's 42 grams of protein!

So, my dear friends and loved ones who are expressing concern over this new lifestyle choice, not to worry! I've never felt better and I've never had such a desire to eat good foods as I do now. In fact, I posted a recipe for cake balls a few weeks ago, and just the thought of eating one of those completely disgusts me! Those of you who know me will not believe that, but it's true! And it's wonderful! I now crave stuff like this...


...avocados, pears, oranges, bananas, almond milk, manna bread (stay tuned for that recipe tomorrow) and fresh, homemade pineapple-cucumber salsa!

So friends, I hope you will find fulfillment and enjoyment perusing nutritiondata.com, just as I did!

OURS: Okay, you're up! I can't wait to read all of the inspiring ideas you're sending out our way! Thanks so much for your contributions and we'll see you next week!



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LL's Making a Happy Home Monday, and
A Southern Fairytale's Mouth-Watering Monday.

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15 comments:

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

I get delirious when blogging after midnight, but I think I have my site all LINKED up to your very cute and wonderfully fun site. Thank you for all the inspiration:)

Me the MOM aka Kristin at
www.alpinekleinbunch.blogspot.com

Mrs. D said...

Wow, I don't know how you do it! I would go crazy if I had to count up my protein and stuff! You are such an inspiration, really! You know, I'm not a huge meat person myself. I do like chicken, but I prefer pasta and salads and stuff. This is my first Homemaker Monday...I TOTALLY forgot to put the title of my post in parenthesis. OOPS! It's a Valentine's Day wreath if anyone is wondering. :)

Melinda said...

That is such a good site to check out. I look forward to using it. Sounds like you are working hard towards your goal. Keep it up Jen.

Faith said...

Very cool site. I am also a vegetarian and frequently look up nutritional info so this site will come in handy for me!

Tara said...

Thank you for the great info!!! Must go dive into that site!

CompleteLee Blogger said...

Thanks for the cool site, and please share your hummus recipe. :)

I know a rock garden isn't something in the home, but the rules do say gardening is an okay topic. Am I stretching things? I just had so much fun with figuring out what to do with all the rocks the kids have collected and wanted to share. lol

Mom2my9 said...

CompleteLee, Rock gardening is SOOO part of homemaking and I'm glad you shared your great ideas! You definitely didn't stretch things. I know I would be extremely unfulfilled without gardening being a part of MY homemaking. Thanks for the post!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Thanks for featuring me. :)

That Nutrition Data website is excellent! I was just using it on Friday and spent way too long browsing different foods. Great tip!

Jenny said...

I love your blog.

Marilyn said...

Wow-Just this morning I was thinking about how I could track my nutrition better. It is so frustrating because I make so much food from scratch-most of the nutrition type web sites have lots of processed and fast food nutrition facts. A BIG thanks to you and this post is almost like an answer to a little prayer-a tender mercy! I love watching your vegetarian progress and even though I eat meat-I am trying to eat a more plant-based diet. Thanks again. P.S. I don't drink cow's milk anymore and I was amazed to find out how much calcium spinach has in it!

shopannies said...

Stop by my blog soon I will have something there for you.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Great site to know about! I bookmarked it!

Jennifer said...

I didn't realize so many fruits had protein. Thanks for a great link!

RhondaLue said...

Awesome site, I love it!

I just entered my whole wheat carrot cake recipe. Give it a whirl.

Prudent Homemaker said...

Check out the protein in mushrooms!