How
To Figure the Points For a Recipe
Below
is the what I've found to be the most accurate way to figure the
points in a recipe. I will be using a recipe for Beanies 'N
Weenies as an Example. There are only 3 major ingredients that
really need to be figured in this recipe (water and spices have no
nutritional value to count). Here are the
labels from those 3 ingredients so you can refer to them as we go
along:
1
Pound Great Northern Beans
1
(15 oz.) Can Tomato Sauce

8
Fat Free Hotdogs

First
thing you'll want to do is get a piece of paper and label it like
this (leave the columns under Calories, fat, and fiber
blank):

Calories 
Fat 
Fiber 
Beans 
910 
0 
169 
Sauce 
105 
0 
0 
Hotdogs 
320 
0 
0 
Totals 
1335 
0 
169 
#
of Servings (I got
7,
so that's what
we'll use) 
191 
0 
24 
We'll start with the Beans: According to the package, there are
13 servings in a bag, so this is what the calories, fat, and fiber
will be multiplied by.  Each serving has 70 calories, so you'll have: 70
x 13 = 910 (Place
this # in the calories column next to beans.) Each
serving has 0 grams of fat, so you'll have: 0 x 13 = 0 (Place
this # in the fat column next to beans.) Each
serving has 13 grams of fiber, so you'll have: 13 x 13 = 169 (Place
this # in the fiber column next to beans.)
Now
for the Tomato
Sauce: According to the
can, there are 7 servings, so this is what the calories, fat, and fiber
will be multiplied by.  Each serving has
15 calories, so you'll have: 15 x 7 = 105 (Place
this # in the calories column next to beans.) Each
serving has 0 grams of fat, so you'll have: 0 x 7 = 0 (Place
this # in the fat column next to beans.) Each
serving has 0 grams of fiber, so you'll have: 0
x 7 = 0 (Place
this # in the fiber column next to beans.)
Last
are the Hotdogs: There are
8 servings, so this is what the calories, fat, and fiber
will be multiplied by.  Each serving has
40 calories, so you'll have: 40 x 8 = 320 (Place
this # in the calories column next to beans.) Each
serving has 0 grams of fat, so you'll have: 0
x 8 = 0 (Place
this # in the fat column next to beans.) Each
serving has 0 grams of fiber, so you'll have: 0
x 8 = 0 (Place
this # in the fiber column next to beans.)
Now
all you'll need to do is add up each column. So you'll have: Calories
= 1335 Fat = 0 Fiber = 169 Divide
these numbers by the total number of servings* (7). So you'll have: Calories
= 191 Fat = 0 Fiber = 24 Now
just use your points finder and figure up the points for each
serving. Remember you can only count 4 grams of fiber. Each
serving would be: 3
Points
*Not
sure what a serving is?
Before
you serve the meal, get out your measuring cups. I usually use
1/2 cup measurements and go from there.
Measure out the
entire pot making sure your measuring cup is level. Count how
many measurements you get.
For
example: I'm using a 1/2 cup, so each time I do this: scoop,
level, pour into another bowl and count 1 scoop, level, pour  2 scoop, level, pour
 3 scoop,
level, pour  4 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, etc. Just
keep doing this until you have nothing left.
Now I scooped
until I had nothing left. I counted 14 scoops, so that would be 14
half cup servings. You could stop now and just divide your numbers
by 14. But I can't just eat a half of cup, so I
thought well how about 1 whole cup? So since 2 half cups = 1 whole
cup, I ended up with 7 whole cups. So that gives me 7 servings per
batch of Beanies N Weenies, and everyone gets 1 cup which is
plenty considering how heavy this meal is! :)
Hopefully I haven't confused you! If you have
any questions, feel free to email me.
