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Calorie Counting and Macro Counting: Prepared Meals Can Help!

April 30, 2021

There are many diets out there that have you concerning about omitting certain foods or types of foods. Some work better than others, but it all depends on the person. As an alternative to the restrictive diets of the past, a new type of diet has emerged. Counting calories and macros does not restrict any food group but instead tasks you with adding up the calories and macronutrients of the food you consume. Though more freeing, the actual tasks of tracking those numbers can be daunting since you might not know the calorie count and macro numbers of every meal you ingest. Prepared meals make calorie and macro counting a breeze.

Before we get into why that is, let’s break down what calorie and macro counting are.

Calorie Counting

A calorie is a unit of energy, and in the realm of food, it is specifically the amount of energy that a person would get from that food. Calories are extremely important since our bodies need fuel to function. The issue is that too little and too many calories can lead to health issues. In addition, not every calorie is made equal. A sweet pastry with the same number of calories as fruit does not make them equals.

Calorie counting is a convenient tool to help promote healthy living. By safely determining your caloric maximum with a nutritionist or dietician, you can use calorie counting to help achieve a healthy lifestyle!

Macro Counting

Macro stands for macronutrients. Macronutrients are the three essential nutrients that your body utilizes as fuel: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. They are called macronutrients because the human body requires large amounts of each to function. The foundation of counting macros is that you consume a designated number of macros a day, much like calorie counting allots you a maximum number of calories.

It’s suggested you speak to a dietitian to guide you and determine the amount of each macro that your body might need. Not everybody needs the same amount of carbs daily or the same amount of fat. Everybody is different.

How Can Prepared Meals Help?

Prepared meals from Fire Dept. Meals are well suited for calorie counting and macro counting. And here are the reasons why!

Nutrition Labels and Ingredient Lists

When it comes to both methods, it can become difficult keeping track of either the caloric or macro content of a meal. Especially if that meal is homemade. That’s when both diets become overwhelming!

Fire Dept. Meals have proper nutrition facts on all their meals. If you look at the nutrition facts for, let’s say, our healthy lemon chia bars, you’ll see that the calories are clear as day.  It even shows how many calories come from fat. Remember, not every calorie is made equal, and unhealthy fats can wreak havoc on your calorie budget. In the case of the lemon chia bars, you can read the whole ingredient list:

 

By reading the ingredient list, you can see that most of the fat comes from two healthy sources: coconut and almonds.

Coconut and Almonds are full of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are both healthy macronutrients. Which gets us to the second point!

For those who are macro counting, all the macros are listed on the nutrition facts label. You’ll be able to keep an accurate count of your fat, carb, and protein intake.

For both diets, you know exactly what you are getting from a Fire Dept. Meal!

Prepared Meals Keeps You Away from the Junk

Old habits die hard, especially ones of convenience. Starting a diet is challenging and is hard to implement with just how prolific a quick meal is in America. Fast food and ready-made junk is available just about everywhere and might be tempting! But fast food and junk food can put a real dent in your calorie budget and add to only the fat and carb side of the macro equation.

By having prepared meals delivered to you weekly, you can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner ready to go. And each meal is prepared in-house by our fantastic chefs, so no preservatives or artificial ingredients. We make the calorie and macro counting life easier!

Give yourself a fighting chance on your new and order Fire Dept. Meals today!

FIRE DEPT. MEALS

At Fire Dept. Meals, we’re ready and happy to serve you the freshest, healthiest, and most delicious food around. We are unlike any meal prep delivery service. When it comes to ingredients, preparation methods, servings sizes, and our commitment to our customers, we are at the top of our game!

At Fire Dept. Meals we have:

  • Additive & Preservative-Free
  • Fresh Locally Sourced Produce
  • Fresh Organically Sourced Spices
  • Small Batch Homestyle Cooking
  • Allergen Restriction Compatible

READY TO EAT?

As firefighters, we’re always ready to get up and go! If you’re ready to order your meals, check out our weekly menu of delicious foods, and we’ll deliver it from the Firehouse to your house. For questions, you can always contact us here. Happy eating!