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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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