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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:
MEYLOSE 6/18/2009 4:32PM

    I use all sorts of recipes from Sp. Love that we can use our favorite item so much easier. THANKX for all you do emoticon

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MACS706 6/18/2009 4:15PM

    Love Love Love the recipe feature!
God Bless you for this gift of What a great Gift you have given us here!

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NELLIEBLUE 6/18/2009 3:41PM

    I love the new recipe page, I was just there, thanks for all your work and always thinking of what we need. emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 6/18/2009 3:30PM

    Thank you all for the wonderful site and all the updates. Sparkpeople is the BEST. I can't thank you enough.

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    Whoa! You guys keep right on amazing us! Thank YOU for all your hard work to make our SparkExperience better and better! I have loved SparkRecipes from the start and use it often. These additions will make the experience fantastic!

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CARLI_MAE 6/18/2009 2:50PM

    Wow, you folks are really on a roll! Actually it's more of a tidal wave! WTG! And ... this is funny ... a friend of mine just came back from a one week vacation away from everything, and she was just saying to me last night ... "I haven't figured out what all this new stuff is yet!" She's getting there ... only has about 240 more emails to catch up on ... LOL!

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WOLFSPIRITS 6/18/2009 2:25PM

    SO MUCH EASIER! THANKS. emoticon

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LADYHUNTER82 6/18/2009 2:24PM

    Wohoo! Way to go Spark People! I love all these recipes....... sure helps me out.....Thank you for all you do for us!!!! Keep up the great work! What a awesome site! emoticon

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GRANDMAMAOF3 6/18/2009 2:09PM

    Great, thanks! I'm always looking for something easy, good and good for me. (especially the easy and good part!) emoticon

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LWILLIAMS77 6/18/2009 1:52PM

    Thanks! I get bored with food easily. So Spark Recipes really helps. emoticon

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OC326502 6/18/2009 1:03PM

  Wow, I love the new look!

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GIANNI98 6/18/2009 12:59PM

    Very nice. Thank you for the constant upgrades and improvements to the site.

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SALAVAD 6/18/2009 12:49PM

    Thanks. I appreciate all the help that is available FOR FREE on this site!!!!!!!!!!

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LIFENPROGRESS 6/18/2009 12:48PM

    Bless you and thank you for keeping your membership updated and informed. How can I ever thank you for the support I've received here?

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FLMOMX2 6/18/2009 12:44PM

    Thanks for the improvements!! emoticon

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LISABAN1 6/18/2009 12:39PM

  Great idea. Another great "helper" from SparkPeople and sure to be useful

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 6/18/2009 12:24PM

    This is wonderful news! I love sparkrecipes and the improvements sound impressive :-) emoticon emoticon

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YICHE12 6/18/2009 12:14PM

    Spark People is just the BEST! Thank you for everything you are doing for all of us. I will surely try tons of these recipes. emoticon

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HERE2BME 6/18/2009 12:10PM

  I think its ok now that i have found how to get to receipe box!

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MONEYSTRETCHER 6/18/2009 12:02PM

    This great! Thanks

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CELLE98 6/18/2009 12:01PM

    Wow - I guess I am totally in the minority here but I don't like the new layout at all. While I will agree it looks pretty and colorful and light and airy and all that some of the stuff I could easily get to is now harder to find. Like I now have to click twice to get to my recipe box. It took me a while to even find the link - who would think of looking in the Recipe Calculator for the Recipe Box? And I really liked having those popular and most viewed recipes over on the left nav bar. Unless I'm just lost, those are now gone. But the recipe box is my biggest complaint - PLEASE but a link to that back where we I see it from the recipes homepage!


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MODESTA 6/18/2009 11:59AM

    Oh Cool!! its going to be so neat to have a world master chef demonstrating recipes, and even makeovers are even welcome!!
I can't wait! emoticon

Mollie Bean

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    thanks for all the improvements.
i always read the comments after the recipes and i think these comments should be monitered before being posted, some have been really negative. such as putting the person down for their choices of meats used and especially what choice of sweetner used. some were followed by lectures on how bad they thought the sweetners were. i am sure all these negative comments caused a lot of peole to not submit a recipe, which is unfortunate because we all need more recipes to cook at home that go with our sparkdiet. also i wish that the recipes were checked for accuracy in the nutrition calculator before being posted because i have seen in the comments that that seems to be a big complaint.
i love sparkpeople and just celebrated my one year sparkaversary last month and have lost 31 pounds. thanks for all you do for all your sparkpeople emoticon

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BUTTONS973 6/18/2009 11:39AM

    That is great!! Can't wait to go check it out!! This site is wonderful!! emoticon

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LISAW/3 6/18/2009 11:33AM

    Thank you for making continued improvements to Spark People!

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    Fantastic emoticon emoticon

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POETSOUL 6/18/2009 11:31AM

    I want to Thank you for all you are doing to make things easier for us! I want to ask if you could add a way to know how many grams are in certain foods. I don't have the money to buy a food scale like I should have to know the grams in things like meat or fruits. You have shown us how to know portion sizes, so can you include a way to know the grams without a scale? Thanks again for ALL you do for us to help us lose weight! Blessings to you! Vicki

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AWYEAGLE 6/18/2009 11:29AM

    I love it and the look is so much for vibrant and attractive. You guys are the best

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TAZ675 6/18/2009 11:25AM

    sounds great! Thanks!!

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SHANIMCK 6/18/2009 11:25AM

    I love this! Can I make a request for one more improvement? The ability to quickly scan through My Recipe Box? A search for certain key words would be good but also a way to quickly jump to a point in our recipes, say alphabetically? I have so many that it takes a long time to scroll to where I need to be. Thanks!

Comment edited on: 6/18/2009 11:27:44 AM

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THANIA1 6/18/2009 11:24AM

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CHOCMOM 6/18/2009 11:21AM

  emoticon for all you do - you guys are the best.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 6/18/2009 11:19AM

    Awesome!!! I can't wait to check out the changes!!

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COLEMANSR 6/18/2009 11:17AM

    Awesome, Thank you.

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