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30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 3: Find Out the Number of Calories in Your Family Recipes

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30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 3: Find Out the Number of Calories in Your Family Recipes
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Are you using LIVESTRONG.COM's MyPlate app to track your food and exercise? Did you know it also helps you create and find out how much protein, fat and calories are in your own recipes?

Tracking your recipes gives you insight into the food you prepare so you can see how healthy the dishes are.

Entering a recipe on the desktop version of MyPlate is quick and easy:

  1. Click the "Track" button to go to the LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Calorie Tracker
  2. Click on the "My Recipes" tab (located below the list of daily meals)
  3. Click "Create A Recipe" to start building your custom recipe
  4. Give your recipe a name and upload a picture for reference (optional)
  5. Specify whether you’d like to share your recipe with the LIVESTRONG.COM community or keep it for your own private use
  6. Follow the steps as it guides you through building your recipe (adding ingredients and quantities and listing detailed instructions)
  7. Categorize your recipe and add final details, then click "Create Recipe"

Boom — it’s that easy! This tool allows you to modify your recipes to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions, such as vegetarianism, and also to substitute healthier ingredients as you see fit.

If you want to do it from the mobile app, click "Track," and then select the meal you're eating. Select "My Meals" then "Create New Meal." Give your recipe a name, and then add your ingredients!

As part of the LIVESTRONG.COM community, you can share recipes, tips and secrets to help others succeed. There are already hundreds of existing recipes you can browse, prepare and track. It’s like having your own customized cookbook just a few clicks away to help you stay on track by eating food that’s both healthy and delicious. Now that’s a recipe for success!

Some Yummy Recipes to Try

The MyPlate Calorie Tracker is available on desktop and for iOS and Android devices.

Print Out the GET LEAN IN 2017 Calendar

Isn't it so satisfying to check things off of your to-do list? Each day during the 30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge, you're accountable for five key steps: tracking breakfast, lunch and dinner; tracking your water intake; and either walking or running.

We created a helpful calendar to keep you on task for all 30 days. Print it out and check off each activity as soon as you complete it.

Stay Connected

For daily support, motivation and camaraderie with LIVESTRONG.COM team members, join our Facebook Group for the Get Lean in 2017 Challenge. We'll share recipes, tips, motivations, pictures and more! Plus, we'll answer all your questions.

Sign up for our newsletter if you want periodic reminders to get linked up with helpful LIVESTRONG.COM articles and tips.

Readers Are you joining us in the 30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge? If so, what's your weight-loss goal? Have you ever done a weight-loss challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our LIVESTRONG.COM Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.


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