Counting Calories in Spaghetti (w/ Video)

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  1. Bill Whitaker says:

    Looks delicious, and low calories. Lots of carbs though, you can’t be on a low carb diet and eat have that baby for dinner!

  2. MikeW says:

    Liked the video.

    Shortly after I started calorie counting myself, I made a big pot of turkey chili. I peel off can labels, and searched out calorie info for other items, put it all in a big spreadsheet, then used a ladle to transfer the whole big pot to another just so I could figure out how many “servings” were in my big pot of chili.

    Yep, it takes a little extra effort and a little bit of time to figure it out. But not much. And the time is well worth the knowledge you gain. Once you figure it out the first time, write it down and you won’t have to do it again. If I do it for a recipe in my recipe notebook, I jot the info down on the recipe so I won’t lose it.

  3. Julie says:

    Give Dreamfield’s lower carb pasta a try…I cannot taste the difference. It will help keep your blood sugar at a constant level and you won’t have as many food cravings…congrats on feeding your body with healthy food most of the time…

  4. Morgan says:

    An additional tip: if you are following a recipe online that does not have the calories per serving listed, there are a ton of great websites that you can paste the recipe into and it will give you a good guess of all the nutritional information.

    For Ex:

    good luck calorie counting, it really is easier than it sounds, even when eating out most companies (chains) have websites with all the nutritional info, or you can ask for one there.

  5. Kericia says:

    Wow, I will do this next time I make spaghetti. I use ground turkey (90/10) but I also put sausage. I cook the ground turkey with bell pepper/ onion, pepper and other seasoning to give it taste. I think next time I will sneak some mushrooms in and I bet the family wont notice. I usually make a big pot because I run a daycare and usually have extra kids over so it should be very interesting.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Yep- I have a question- have you considered using whole wheat pasta ? it’s yummy and though not necessarily lower in calories has more fiber (equals more filling and better for cholesterol, intestines, etc) and a mixture of lean ground beef and turkey (slightly lower calories while still giving the taste and texture of beef), also a bouillon cube in the spaghetti water ( instead of salt) can really add flavour

  7. Kyle says:

    Although I still eat traditional pasta as well, I’ve also found that I like brown rice pasta. In my opinion it has a nice taste and feels lighter than traditional pasta.

    I’m also interested in trying buckwheat pasta. I heard it is also very good.

  8. I disagree with you about whole wheat pasta (I actually prefer it), but I completely agree with the intent behind it. If it sucks, it doesn’t matter how healthy it is. I’d rather do without entirely than eat turkey bacon.

  9. MikeW says:


    I am with you on the turkey bacon thing. I have switched to ground turkey where I used to use ground beef, have begun to eat turkey smoked sausage instead of beef, even have adapted to enjoy turkey breakfast sausage instead of pork sausage. However, when it comes to bacon, it is either pig or none.

  10. Will says:

    Great job, man. You learn to focus that camera, and you’ll be golden, lol. And, nah, you’re voice doesn’t sound girly at all. I think it’s pretty cool to see what other people eat and how they cook. Hope this will be the first of many videos to come!

  11. Tyler,

    Love the video. You may not like the “production quality” but for my prefernce, I’ll take the raw real video any time over the polished, perfectly lit video with a pre-written and rehearsed monologue.

    Nice work, brotha!

  12. Tyler says:

    Tons of carbs. Go light on the noodles, heavy on the sauce. It’s delicious.

  13. Tyler says:

    It takes time to figure it out and calculate everything the first few times you make the meal, but after that you know it by heart. It comes natural as you continue on your journey.

  14. Tyler says:

    I’ll definitely give it a try, thanks.

  15. Tyler says:

    That’s a good link, Morgan, thanks.

  16. Tyler says:

    It’s absolutely DELICIOUS with mushrooms. It just makes the sauce a lot thicker, tastes delicious.

  17. Tyler says:

    I have considered it, it’s not as yummy in my opinion though. A good thing to do though is to mix wheat pasta with refined, you get both worlds and less calories.

  18. Tyler says:

    Agreed. I love me some bacon, real bacon. Yum.

  19. Tyler says:

    I’ll give that a shot, as well! Thanks for the recommendation.

  20. Tyler says:

    Nice to see you again, Will. I’ll definitely start using the camera more, and hopefully I’ll get better as time progresses.

  21. Mike says:

    Thought the video was awesome man. I have nothing new to add that the previous posts didnt already say. I do a very similiar thing, thanks to you and this site, was just cool to see im doing it right! In any case, I look forward to seeing more. Great job, and you should make it a series with a different 80’s band in the backround each time…. Journey? REO?

  22. Lisa says:

    I HATE fixing pasta dishes. They are so hard to accurately count the calories and you don’t get much food for those calories. I’d much rather eat something else…

    I do like gnocchi. Or ravioli. That’s easy to count.

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