A Review of Nutrium Meal Planning & Nutrient Analysis Software for Dietitians

Updated: Jul 26, 2019

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I recently came across Nutrium; a company providing online software which enables nutrition professionals and patients to work together closely.


I have been using Nutrium in my freelance dietetic work for several months, and this article will provide an overview of what the software does and how it might benefit you and your clients.


Navigating the Website


The great thing about Nutrium is that it is really easy to navigate round the site.


From scheduling appointments, meal planning and diet nutrient analysis, to following up with patients, all of these services can be easily accessed from the homepage.


Here is a short overview of what each of these options allow you to do:


Appointments


This enables you to manage your time more effectively by collating all your appointments in a central location.


At the click of a button, you can register new patients and book appointments for existing clients.


You can see your weekly availability and whether clients have confirmed, not confirmed or cancelled appointments.


What’s more, you can access graphs which show you how your clinic has been performing over the past few months, with information on the volume of appointments over time and the average number of appointments per patient.



Patients


This section which enables you to securely documents all your patient information in one place.


As you will see below, there are seven sections to work through (although it is possible to skip sections if you don’t require them):


Patient Information: a comprehensive section to document medical history, biochemical parameters and tests, diet history, foods diaries, and patient goals


Measurements: a space to record anthropometric and clinical measurements (i.e. cholesterol), including the option of tracking their progress over a matter of months



Planning: arguably one of the most useful features of the software, here you can set patient goals for their body weight, body fat percentage and activity levels. The software automatically calculates your patient’s BMI and daily energy expenditure as well as their macro and micronutrient requirements


Meals: here you can define the meals within your client’s meal plan. You can provide as much or as little detail as you want, from portion sizes to timings of meals and macronutrient composition of snacks


Recommendations: this section allows you to specify your recommendations and patient-centred goals. There are sections for foods to avoid, physical activity and water intake, plus an additional section for your own bespoke goals. I use this section to write my patient summary report, as in the final stage all this information is compiled into a PDF report for the client



Analysis: once you’ve created your client’s meal plan, this section provides an overview of the nutrient composition. It’s highly visual due to the numerous pie charts (see below), and you can go back and tweak the meal plan if you wish to alter the nutrient composition (i.e. reduce grams of fat or increase grams of protein)


Deliverables: now that you’ve reached the final step of the consultation, you can choose how you wish to send over your patient summary report to the client. You can download the PDF (which is personalised with your business details i.e. logo) and/or have this automatically emailed to the client’s email address. You can also invite your client to view their meal plan and communicate with you via the android and iOS app.



Messages


This section allows you to send, read and reply to messages from clients. Nutrium is a GDPR-compliant software programme, so rest assured any confidential information is safely stored on the website.


Foods


The food section enables you to create, check and update the database of foods for when you design your meal plans. You will find thousands of well-known foods (including branded items) on the database, and you can click on each food for an individual breakdown of the nutrient composition. You can also add your own foods, if you wish to do so.


Recipes and Nutritional Analysis


I regularly work with food and nutrition corporate clients, who require nutritional analysis and advice on the nutrient composition of their products.


I simply plug in the ingredients and the quantities and then Nutrium does the rest of the work for me!


Step 1. Name your recipe and enter the ingredient quantities

Step 2. Conduct nutritional analysis for a nutrition label breakdown. At this stage, you could go back to step 1 and adjust the quantity of ingredients if you wanted to alter the nutritional profile.


Step 3. Collate information into a printable report


So there you have it, a quick guide to using Nutrium! Feel free to message me with any further questions via my website.

Surrey Dietitian

United Kingdom

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