So I really only keep track of protein and calories (and only roughly). I had a thought of making a protein calorie ratio table of foods I commonly eat as a guide. A food item can have a ratio from 0 (no protein) to .25 (all protein). Now if I am aiming to hit a certain calorie and protein number in a given day, the total day will have a ratio I need to hit to achieve that. Say 3000 calories and 200g of protein. The daily ratio would be .0667. Anything I eat with a higher ratio than that would help me hit my protein goals. I don’t really care if protein goes higher. Basically, other than low calorie foods, I should be shooting for a ratio around 0.0667 to hit my goals. If I go lower, I’ll need to eat some higher ratio foods to make up for it.
For example a double chicken chipotle bowl has a ratio of 0.089, so it is a good item to eat to hit my goals. Another example is peanut butter (which is touted as high protein), that only has a ratio of 0.035, so it probably isn’t the best thing to eat to achieve my goals.
Now it seems the downfall of this type of thinking would be neglecting low protein / low calorie foods. A strawberry has a terrible ratio, but should be eaten. Its calories will likely not screw up the daily ratio by much, and has other benefits.
Does anyone else do anything like this to assess the food they are eating?