Sunday, March 30, 2008

calorie counting on the go


ok...so you can all thank jenna for this post. We were at dinner yesterday and she showed me the most amazing new trick. You can text the number 34381 (diet1) the food you are eating and it will instantly send you the nutrition facts! What you do is put in the name of the dish first and the name of the restaurant second. For example I put in Ice Cream Cone Mcdonalds. It instantly came back with "Mcdonalds Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream Cone Cal: 150, Fat: 4g, Carb: 24g, Prtn: 4g." SO COOL! This is where the nerd in me really shines through! ;) It only has restaurants that are national chains for the most part, so small local places most likely won't give back any info, but if you can think of a similar dish from a chain restaurant you can get a pretty good idea. Now, I realize that most people go out to dinner and don't want to think about what they are eating or the caloric value of their food. BUT, part of being able to maintain a healthy lifestyle is being able to eat out and make healthy choices. A lot of the time it is good to realize that portion sizes at most places are HUGE, and if you know how many calories one plate is you may be more likely to box up half of it for later instead of eating it in one sitting. I thought this was pretty cool! Thanks Jen :)

4 comments:

Jenna said...

This Jenna is me. I love this service. Use it often and without abandon.

Nichole said...

I am going to have to check this out! That sounds really cool! I have been eating like such crap it is time to kick it into gear!

The Smith Clan said...

Megan, that is so funny. They gave out this info on the Today show while I was listening while working out at the gym. It was just a little different prefix before the diet-1. But I thought it was so cool. So way to be savy and up to speed! Love Mom

The Smith Clan said...

Megs, just go to MSNBC.com, then go to Today Show, and the topic was Gatgets to help you lose weight. To check out what they said about it. That is so funny!! I love it!