Recipe Calorie Calculator

Making healthy snacks and meals is easier when you can track nutrients and calories. Creating a nutrition fact label for your favorite recipes can help you better understand each ingredient’s nutritional value and how it impacts your overall health. In addition to calories, our recipe counter makes it easy to track everything from carbohydrates to protein in your homemade dishes.

How to Use the Recipe Calorie Calculator

  • Enter your ingredients: First, enter your recipe ingredients. Before each ingredient, list the item’s measurements. For example, “2 tablespoons of olive oil.”
  • Enter serving size: Once you’ve listed all your ingredients and measurements, enter the number of servings. If you don’t know the number of servings, you can enter the serving size—”1 cup” for example.
  • Understand the nutrition facts: Next, click “Analyze Recipe”—this will generate the nutrition label listing calories, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, protein, and various vitamins and minerals in the recipe. Reading through the nutrition facts will give you a clear idea of the dish’s nutritional value.
  • Save and print your label: Once you finalize your list of ingredients, measurements, and serving size, you can choose to print your nutrition facts label or save it with an embedded code. Clicking the “Embed this Label” button will generate a link you can copy and paste for future reference. You can even use this link to insert your recipe’s nutrition facts into a blog.
  • Edit and start over: Before you print or save your nutrition facts label, you may want to make changes to the ingredients list. You can do this by clicking “Edit Recipe.” Then you will need to click the item you want to edit and make the necessary adjustments. To start from scratch on a new label, click “Clear Recipe.” Keep in mind clicking this button will delete all previous ingredients.

Maximizing Our Recipe Nutrition Calculator

Nutritional facts labels are vital if you are tracking your daily calories or trying to eat more nutrient-rich foods. However, these facts can also help you maintain a healthy diet. Below we explain how to maximize the recipe calculator.

  • Create healthy recipes: The recipe calculator lets you see what each ingredient contributes to the overall nutritional value of the dish. If you find some items in your recipe have a high calorie, fat, or sodium content, you can swap them out for healthier options or adjust the measurements. For example, mayonnaise is high in fat and calories. Replacing 1 cup of mayonnaise in a dish with Greek yogurt can lower the calories and improve its nutritional value. The recipe calculator is a great way to create healthy meals before you even start cooking.
  • Compare recipes: If you have two recipes for the same dish, entering the ingredients into the recipe calculator can help you determine which one is healthier.
  • Discover the nutrition facts: Most recipes found online and in cookbooks list the nutritional facts, but this may not always be the case. If you come across a recipe without this information, the recipe calculator can help.
  • Improve meal prep and shopping list: Using the recipe calculator, you can plan your meals for the week and determine which ingredients you need. Once you bring your groceries home, you can clean them and measure them ahead of time to make the cooking process quick and easy.


When you use the recipe calculator, you may see an error message, or it may be unable to calculate your nutritional value correctly. This typically occurs for the following reasons.

  • Unrecognizable ingredients: The food listed may not be stored in the calculator’s database. If you see this message, edit the name of the ingredient and click “Update Recipe.”
  • Unrecognizable measurements: The measurements entered may not be accurate, or they may not relate to the ingredient. For example, 1 cup of pasta is not recognizable, but 1 ounce of pasta is. If you see this message, click on the ingredient to edit the measurements and then click “Update Recipe.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What does daily value mean?

Daily value is determined by the FDA and is based on how much of each nutrient we should have per day (based on a 2,000-calorie a day diet). On every nutrition facts label, you will notice a Percent Daily Value or %DV next to each nutrient. This indicates the percentage of the daily value present in each serving for the food item. For example, if the food has a 20 percent DV of sodium, it makes up 20 percent of the sodium you should have in a day.

Nutrients we should eat less of, such as saturated and trans fats, sodium, cholesterol, and added sugar, should have a DV percentage below 5. Nutrients we need more of, such as dietary fiber, calcium, iron, vitamins, and minerals, should have a DV percentage of 20 or higher.

What is the 5/20 rule?

The 5/20 rule is a quick way to identify more nutritious food items. A percent daily value of 5 percent is low, while those 20 or above are high. If the nutrient is something you should avoid, such as fat or sodium, the food should have 5 percent or less daily value. For healthy nutrients, such as fiber, a daily value percentage of at least 20 is best.

How many calories should you get per day?

The FDA recommends eating between 1,600 and 2,400 calories a day. Adult women should eat around 2,000, and adult men should eat approximately 3,000. If you are trying to lose weight, your age, sex, and current weight can help determine the number of calories you should consume each day. We also have a guide on reducing calories to lose pounds.

What is the easiest way to count calories?

There are several ways to count calories. You can enter calories consumed on one of the many smartphone applications, or write down the number of calories you eat per meal and then add them up at the end of the day.

What foods have negative calories?

Foods advertised as having "negative calories" have low-calorie content and high water content. This means the body uses more calories to digest the food than the food contains. Such foods include celery, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, and cucumber.

Did We Help?

Calculating the calories and nutrient value in your homemade recipes can be difficult. With the help of our recipe calculator, you can better understand the dish’s overall effect on your health. This calculator will help you determine the calories in your favorite dishes, but it will also help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and make the process of eating better easier.

This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.

Andrew Russell, Wellness Writer Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell is a part-time writer and full-time sleep enthusiast. At Zoma, Andrew lends his sleep expertise and writes many of our “better sleep” guides. Outside of Zoma, Andrew puts his advice to the test, always trying new ways to get deeper, more restorative sleep. We appreciate Andrew because he doesn’t give advice that he doesn’t follow himself, so you can feel confident his solutions for better sleep really do the trick.

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