I have an app on my phone that helps me track the food I eat. I enter the food and the amount, measured by volume, and the app calculates the nutritional information of what I have eaten during each meal. It is handy when trying to watch what you eat, but measuring by volume is not very accurate.
Almost everyone that knows anything about weight loss will suggest you get a food scale. But a scale will require you to calculate the nutritional information on your own. I don't know about you, but I am not usually in the mood to do a little math before I eat breakfast in the morning.
Wouldn't it be nice if there was a scale that would do the math for you at 5am? Well there is! The Perfect Portions - Food Scale with Nutritional Calculator.
The Perfect Portions scale weighs your food like a regular scale, but when you enter the food code for the item you are eating it will calculate the nutritional facts for you.
It will even add up all of the items you use to prepare your breakfast, like oatmeal, milk, and blueberries, and give you the total for all of the items. No need to write down each individual item to keep track. It will tell you the total calories, calories from fat, carbohydrates, protein, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sugar, cholesterol, and sodium in the items that you have weighed.
All of the facts make it handy when you're trying to watch your weight, control your portions, or if you have special health issues that requires you to watch your sodium or sugar intake. But because the Perfect Portions scale is also a scale, giving you measurements in grams and ounces, it is perfect for baking as well.
My kids always love to use new gadgets, so right now I am using the scale to monitor snack time. I can get out a bag of baby carrots and put a bowl on the scale and give them a target for how many grams of fiber they have to eat before they can have the cookie they want to eat after school. I used to just assign them a number of carrots, but the addition of a gadget makes it more fun for them, which means less arguing for me.
In addition to all of the food codes that come pre-programmed into the scale, you can add your own custom food codes for items that you eat on a regular basis. You select a code and enter the nutritional information from the label, and the scale will do all of the calculating for you. With a touch of a button you will know how many calories are on your plate and be able to adjust your portion sizes accordingly.
The scale is amazingly accurate. It gave me the nutritional information for just two blueberries. I ate a lot more than two blueberries, but just wanted to see exactly what the scale would do. It comes in fun colors, too. I have the silver version, but it also comes in black, white, red, and blue. Who doesn't love a little color in their kitchen?
The Perfect Portions - Food Scale with Nutritional Calculator is pretty perfect. Now all they need to do is create an app so I can look up the food codes when my daughter has walked off with my food code book.
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Disclosure - This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Best Buy. I received a Perfect Portion Scale to use for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.