Nutrition 112 Dietary Assessment Lab

Step 1: Connect to the Food Processor Remote Desktop Server

Begin by selecting the link to your computer's operating system below. Once you have connected to the Food Processor Remote Desktop server proceed to the lab below.

This guide will help you to practice with Food Processor by providing step-by-step instructions for entering data and printing data reports.  The example uses information about the following person’s 24 hour dietary recall.

Mrs. Smith, age 35, Height 5 foot 3 inches, Weight 120 lbs, Moderate activity level





Cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios



Milk, 2%





Mugs (6 oz each)


Ham and cheese sandwich on wheat bread with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise



Nestea Iced Tea


17 oz bottle

 Afternoon snack

Snickers Bar


Bar (standard size)


Lean Cuisine, beef and w/ mashed potatoes and gravy



White wine, Chardonnay


Glass (~10 fluid ounces)

Step 2: Open Food Processor and create a person record.

Double click on the Food Processor icon on the Remote Desktop server desktop.  Then, follow the next few steps to practice entering information and also learning which reports you will view and print for the lab assignment.

Enter the individual’s personal data by selecting FILE and NEW and then PERSON.

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Step 3: Input Person Information

Input all of the following information into the screen below:

  • Name: Mrs. SmithXXXX (for first name enter "Mrs." and for last name enter in "SmithXXXX" where XXXX is the last four digits of your student ID number)
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 5 foot 3 inches
  • Weight: 120 pounds
  • Activity level: moderate

You will not need to input anything in the "Client", "Medical" ,"Recommendations", "Weight Gain/Loss" ,"Groups" or "Notes" sections.

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Step 4: Enter Diet Information

When you get to this screen, you will begin entering in Mrs. Smith’s diet.  You need to search for foods and choose the item that best matches the reported intake.  Be specific with foods to help limit the number of foods displayed.

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Step 5: Enter details for diet entries

Once you have chosen the best option, select the item and the below screen will display. You will need to input the quantity and measure consumed and categorize which meal this food item belongs in.  Do this for each food in the diet record.

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Step 6: Configure Reports

After you have entered the data, select REPORTS from the top menu and then select CONFIGURE (make sure you select the top link to "Configure" as shown below, not the link to "Configure" shown underneath "ProteinQuality"). This will allow you to choose the reports you want to view and print.

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Step 7: Select Reports

While all of the reports may be interesting to you, you will need to submit the following: (1) "Single nutrient", (2) "Bar graph", and (3) "Calories and Fats Pie Chart."  Move all other reports to the “More Reports List” window and click on OK.

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Step 8: Set up Bar Graph Report

Next set up each report to show the data that you want.  Select each report by clicking on the title in the top left Reports area.  For the Bar Graph report, click on all of the options available. 

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Step 9: Set up Single Nutrient Report for Sodium

For the Single Nutrient Report, open the report and scroll across the list of nutrients to the right to select “Sodium”.  Then click on each of the “+” signs to open up all of the days and/or meals that you have entered.  No special selections are needed for the Calories and Fats Pie Chart.

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Step 10: Select your project to save

When complete, you should save your diet project. Click on your project's name tab under the ribbon (do not skip this step of clicking on your project's name under DOCUMENTS or your reports will not print properly later)

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Step 11: Save your document to file

You will then go to FILE on the top menu, choose SAVE TO FILE (make sure to select SAVE TO FILE, not Save As).

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The below dialog will display. To save to the desktop of your profile on the Remote Desktop server, select Desktop on the left-hand side, name your file, and then click on SAVE. Cick on OK when the "Export succeeded" dialog appears and again when the "Person saved successfully" dialog appears. If you need to import your file later, please see the instructions for saving/opening Food Pro files.


Step 12: Print Reports

When you are finished working and you are ready to print, first click on the project’s name tab. You should see the subject’s food list displayed. Then, you have two options for printing: 1) Print to a printer available on your local computer; or 2) Print to PDF, email to yourself, and print later.

Printing multi-day food records

For you lab assignment, you will complete a two day food record and then you are asked to report on your data from both days separately.  Food Processor will display the average intake for however many days that you have inputted and selected.  To evaluate data from each day individually, you will need to print two reports for the two different days.  To do this, first select your subject’s name and then select only the “Day 1” record.  Deselect all other days.  Open up all of the food items for this day.

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Print to a printer available on your local computer

Your local printer(s) should show up as available printers with "(redirected)" next to the name. If your local printer(s) do not show up as available printers, please see the instructions to Mac Printing or PC printing (or skip this step and go to the next option described below for printing to PDF to email to yourself to print later).

To print to your local printer to go FILE and then select PRINT.


In the dialog that displays select your local printer from the pull-down menu next to Printer Name. You will also need to click the correct boxes next to the reports for submission with your Diet lab.  Select the following reports (all of these will need to be turned in with your lab):

  • Personal (This will print your patient’s personal height, weight, activity level information)
  • Diet (this will print your food lists)
  • Single Nutrient (for Sodium only)
  • Bar Graph
  • Calories and Fats Pie Chart

When you are done click on OK and wait for your printout to complete.

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How to print to PDF so you can email the PDF file to yourself to print later

To print to PDF go to FILE on the top menu and then select PRINT TO PDF.  You will be asked to save the file, and you will save it to the DESKTOP by selecting Desktop on the top left hand side of the "Save As" dialog that will appear.

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Click on Save. You will then be prompted to select the reports you want to print for submission with your Diet lab.  Select the following reports (all of these will need to be turned in with your lab):

  • Personal (This will print your patient’s personal height, weight, activity level information)
  • Diet (this will print your food lists)
  • Single Nutrient (for Sodium only)
  • Bar Graph
  • Calories and Fats Pie Chart

Click on OK and wait for your PDF file to be created.

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You can close the PDF once it opens for you to view. Next, open the Firefox web browser on the desktop and log on to your email system ( and email the PDF file you saved on the desktop to yourself so you can print it later.