Baked sourdough loaf in a Dutch oven with silicone bread sling

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If you are looking to live a happy healthy and balanced life, you may wonder how you can fit sourdough into your lifestyle. I personally don’t want to live a life where sourdough is off limits. And so when I feel the need to “track”, I may track my diet to ensure I am hitting my macros.

PS this is NOT medical advice in any shape or form.

Rather, I have had friends ask how you can calculate sourdough bread for macro tracking. This post will show you the calorie and macro break down BUT it does not share the actually benefits of sourdough bread.

What are macros?

Food is comprised of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Each of these have a caloric value assigned. Macro tracking is a way to ensure that you are hitting the right protein, carb, and fat ratio for your unique body.

Unfortunately, you shouldn’t just plug in one apple as your serving because apples vary in variety and weight. To be MOST accurate, weighing (in grams) is the best way to get the most accurate information for tracking your macros.

I do not set up personalized macros, but if you are interested, I highly recommend Kate from BeyondFit Mom. You can sign up for workouts and personalized Macro calculations here. You’ll select this option:

How to calculate macros for a recipe?

I am using the recipe analyzer from happyforks.com but using my fitness pal would also be the exact same process.

In THIS example I am calculating the macros for an artisan style loaf. The ingredients are simple: sourdough starter, flour, water, salt. If you are making banana bread, you would enter all the ingredients into the recipe analyzer box.

Step one: enter all ingredients and their weights into the analyzer and then press analyze recipe:

The above images reflect the macronutrient breakdown for the WHOLE loaf of bread. Keep reading for the breakdown per slice/serving.

Below you can see how the recipe is comprised as a WHOLE for nutrients (vitamins, minerals, macros):

How to track individual slices and/or servings.

to calculate the macros for your serving or slice, simply cut a slice of bread from the loaf and weigh it. Then instead of saying one loaf is a serving (like the above shows), you will write the weight of your slice and tap analyze. I selected a serving size of 45g.

As you can see, for a 45g serving the total calories are 99cal, 4.54g protein, <1g fat, and 19.25g of carbohydrates. You can be even MORE specific by ensuring you add the correct brand of flour and salt to your recipe. For this example, we are going basic for a tutorial.

Here is the breakdown on the recipe for the remaining nutrients:

But how do I figure out the weights of my recipe or slice?

We are so used to using cups for measurement. Weighing in grams is the most accurate measurement for cooking, baking and for tracking macros. In order to do this, you need a scale. I have this Brod & Taylor scale. I absolutely love it. It is able to weigh up to 33 pounds and has measurements in grams, kilograms, pounds & ounces, and milliliters.

To get the BEST and smoothest slice, get the right knife. This is my go to slicing knife. It cuts incredibly smooth and works on delicate items like tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

One last tip, to create really incredible tasting bread, use the right salt. Redmond Real Salt is hands down my preferred salt in my kitchen. You can use code FLOURING to save.

Not yet started with sourdough? Head to my shop and order your starter today.

Cheers to a happy, healthy and balanced life that includes sourdough!!

Have questions? Ask away in the comments!!

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