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SparkRecipes Has a Fresh New Look AND New Features!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

We're excited to launch a BIG update to today! There are two main aspects of this update:

1. A new overall design
Since we launched SparkRecipes, the number of recipes members have shared has really exploded! We wanted to make the design cleaner and more organized so the site is easier for everyone to use.
  • We added our "Advanced Search" to the homepage so new members can quickly find the recipes they're looking for.
  • You can now get to ALL of our recipe categories from every page of the site; just mouse over "Browse Recipes" on the upper left of the site navigation.
  • We added a new navigation for "What's Popular" so you can find what searches and recipes are popular.

2. New features
We love adding new features that our members request! Some of the new features include:

  • The ability to select foods (ingredients) from your SparkPeople Favorites and search foods "shared" from other members when using the Recipe Calculator. Both of these features should make it quicker and easier to use the calculator!
  • More food and cooking articles on SparkRecipes. You can find these under the "What's Popular" tab at the top of the site.

We hope you like the new updates, but wanted to let you know we won't stop here! We haven't announced this anywhere else yet, but SparkPeople is now working with a World Master Chef (and active mother of 3) who will develop new recipes, create video demonstrations and even makeover some recipes from our members! Keep an eye out for this next month!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SKRIFARI 8/24/2009 11:27AM

    I'd love a way to share a recipe with only one other SparkPerson. My husband and I both use the food tracker and have to input the same recipe separately because the only alternative is to put it out there for everybody. I won't do that with a recipe from a cookbook, because that's somebody else's copyrighted work which I have no right to share. But I wish I could just copy it to my husband's tracker, which I believe would be considered "fair use."

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100MILLBUTRFLYS 7/12/2009 10:02AM

    Thanks for all the hard work!

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LOWEJ03 7/5/2009 5:15PM

    Sorry, i don't like the new format AT ALL. It caused me to lose ALL of my history that i had been inputting for a year and half! Yes, completely my own fault however when i went to the "page" to change my preferences i guess i ended up deleting my entire history. Not to happy...actually sent an email to your website three/maybe four now days ago asking if i could get it back and have yet to hear a response. Anyway, oh well, my fault, i was using the recipes whenever i was interested and now i have to do 3 extra steps to just get to the tracking pages....not to happy with this change. Thanks.

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    I don't like the new nutrition page because I cannot directly access my nutrition information. I wrote to the nutrition person twice and she still didn't "get" what I was trying to say to her.

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JACQIBELLE01 7/3/2009 5:56PM

  I liked the food/nutrition tips that were to the side of the sparkpeople recipes that come by email. How come they are not there any more?

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IWILLBE145 7/3/2009 5:22PM

    Still need to INSIST that the recipe include the amount in one serving. Many do not!!
Thank you!


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JPTOWNSEND 7/3/2009 1:27PM

    As always you guys have outdone yourselves making this the best site ever. When you make your next round of changes it would be great to have ingredients in the recipes show up on the shopping list.

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BITTYGIRL51 7/3/2009 11:14AM

    I haven't really gotten the hang of using this recipe featuer yet. It seems difficult to find foods etc; I use WW recipe builder almost every day and love it...but would love to be able to download some of my recipes here and begin a file to share with my SP buddies! Haven't really had time to figure it out. emoticon

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DPUMPY66 6/25/2009 9:24AM

  Love the SparkRecipes site! Would like to be able to add a recipe to a "planned" meal in the future (and have ingredients show on my shopping list) versus have it be a custom food "actual."

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DLR4499 6/24/2009 11:16AM

  I really like the new format.

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GG1978 6/23/2009 5:49PM

  Thanks so much for the updates. Looking forward to recipes from new sources.

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WCRUNNER 6/23/2009 3:00PM

  thanks for the site! Making inspiring meals for the family can be difficult at the best of times but when you are trying to change your habits it can be really be a struggle. Your site offers some really fantastic choices for all the foodies proclivities out there!

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    thank for the site i love it and it helps so much emoticon

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CAYLINMOM 6/23/2009 11:53AM

  Great Job!!! emoticon

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HARRIET2 6/23/2009 10:45AM

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful features here at Sparkpeople. I just love this site and use it every day now! emoticon

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KIMHALLMARK 6/23/2009 9:57AM

    Why are there more calories in the Splenda Blends, both the granular and the brown sugar blend, than in the sugars, both granular and brown, when the measurements for all of them are 1 cup? Makes it hard to get correct nutritional info when calculating nutrition for a recipe.
Sugars are shown as 774 calories per cup and blends are 1920 calories per cup, if I remember correctly. Doesn't make sense.

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JOEGIRL6113 6/22/2009 9:58PM

    Thank you so much for the continuing improvements. You are tops!

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BELLACUDDLES 6/22/2009 2:21PM

    I just love SPARK!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!!!!!

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MARYKRISTA 6/21/2009 12:20PM


I just wanted to say "Thank you" very much for creating a "Free" inspirational site, to help people lose weight. Although I am new to the site, it is such a blessing. I can't wait until I lose weight and I am able to share my story with you and your staff.

Take Care

God Bless


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ALWAYSLOWFAT 6/20/2009 8:05PM

    I am new on this site and still lost in many ways. however, i am always interested in new and easy recipes. hope there are some people who love soy - i am not a meat eater. thanks for the new page. sounds great. emoticon

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LOVE2TEACH2 6/20/2009 12:48PM

    Much more user friendly- thanks

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TRSTHM 6/20/2009 9:39AM

    Excellent! Thanks!

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WEAVERGIRL1 6/20/2009 9:14AM

    Thanks so much! the new features are exactly what I've been looking for! You guys are the emoticon

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PORKWAH 6/20/2009 12:15AM

    Awesome! emoticon

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JACKIE4019 6/19/2009 8:22PM


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FUNNYGRANNY71 6/19/2009 7:23PM

    I love the new look. Thank you. emoticon

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DENONNIE 6/19/2009 4:20PM

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SANNJI 6/19/2009 3:20PM

    Thank you again are really outdoing yourselves with all the upgrades. The new recipe page looks so much better...neater and easier to navigate. I really appreciate all the hard work and dedication you put into this site. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONE_TINY_LADY 6/19/2009 3:01PM

    Thank You!!!

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JLRIAN 6/19/2009 2:13PM

    LOVE LOVE the easy access and fabulous recipes! I'm going to try calculating some of my own now too! This is an absolutely fantastic way to help people track their intake! THANK YOU!! emoticon

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JIMNI98 6/19/2009 2:09PM

    nice look, but my Spin button is not working. can't get my spin points help emoticon

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    Doing great!

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SDLADY62 6/19/2009 11:29AM

  Fantastic!! emoticon

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SPOOKYSAL 6/19/2009 11:21AM

    Thank you very much sparkguy, extremely kind of you

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DMCOONCE 6/19/2009 9:56AM

    Thanks so much!

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MISS_VIV 6/19/2009 12:43AM

    World Master chef... sounds good.. Making over some of our member recipes ?? I hope she doesn't make them over so much that the original taste and idea of a members recipe gets lost. Also, I would expect that she would need the owner/members permission to change it.
Some of our members have shared very old traditional recipes that should not be changed.

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PLASHWAY 6/18/2009 11:50PM

  It will be great to have new recipes from a World Master Chef. I enjoy trying out new healthy recipes! Thanks

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100LBLIGHTER 6/18/2009 11:32PM

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ROBBIEMARIE 6/18/2009 11:17PM

    I love, love, love the recipes on this site. Love that you are making it even more user friendly. Did I mention that I love SparkRecipes? emoticon

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KITEFLYINGAL 6/18/2009 11:10PM

    this is a wonderful addition. the next best for me would be being able to delete several items with one click from my nutrition log...

thanks for helping me save my own life!
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Comment edited on: 6/18/2009 11:11:21 PM

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MARY526 6/18/2009 10:32PM

    Thanks, it just gets better and better.

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JENIFIREHARP 6/18/2009 7:39PM


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    Great news!!

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SUNEME 6/18/2009 5:51PM

  great! this is the best place on the internet emoticon can't wait till next month for the chef emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/18/2009 5:50PM

    Wow, what an awesome new update. Thank you so much!

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JEANSHEP2 6/18/2009 5:37PM

    Wow! You guys and gals have done it again!! I love the recipe site and use it often. I know it is going to be much better now, so will be going there soon. I was there this morning, but it had not yet changed. How fast you folks are! Thanks and more thanks!

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SHELLPROOF 6/18/2009 5:20PM

    Stumbleduponit! litterally- its Great, still a few glitches or me one. emoticon

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SUNNYARIZONA 6/18/2009 5:10PM

    Site is more "clean" looking , thanks. More user friendly. Like that.

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MOM1014 6/18/2009 4:59PM

    Sparkpeople has evolved into the best site for health and nutrition ever. Why anyone would want to sign up for the latest fad diet is simply beyond me. Thank you for keeping this journey so interesting and exciting.

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TIPPIMITCHELL 6/18/2009 4:58PM

  Spark Recipes is always my first choice when I need a recipe. Can't wait to get into the new design!

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