How do I log food when I go out to eat?
FoodNoms has a small directory of fast food restaurants in its food library (Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A, Subway, and Starbucks to name a few). First try searching for the restaurant you are eating at. You may find that FoodNoms has the nutrition facts for the menu items you are looking for.
Here's what to do if you cannot find the food that you are looking for:
- If it's not a chain restaurant, search for generic food names and log each one. You'll have to estimate. Remember restaurants tend to add more oil, salt and butter than you might think, so don't forget to log those in addition to the core components on your plate. Tip: when searching, select the "Generic" tab and include "restaurant" in the search query. There are many generic restaurant foods in the FoodNoms database.
- If it's a chain restaurant, try searching the web to see if they have a public nutrition guide on their website. If you're looking to save time, you can quickly log the calories, macros, and other nutrients that are important to you using the "Quick Entry" feature, which is accessible from the "+" button in the bottom toolbar of the "Log Food" screen.
- If you have FoodNoms Plus, take advantage of the estimation feature to record how uncertain you are.