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Fun New Feature: Mix and Match Meal Planner

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Thursday, October 07, 2010



Happy Thursday, SparkPeople!

Are you in a food rut? In a hurry but don't know what to cook quickly? Then we have a new food feature for you!

We're happy to announce today's launch of a cool new feature in the Nutrition Resource Center of the site: The Mix and Match Meal Planner! This new tool will help you create healthful, tasty and portion-controlled meals that fit your calorie range. Introduced in our groundbreaking book, The Spark, these interactive plans will help you calculate calories and come up with new recipe ideas.

Here's how it works. You can find the meal planner by clicking on Nutrition under the Healthy Lifestyle Tab. Look in the center column of that page for the Meal Planner tool.

Once there, simply select the meal you want to build from the tabs (breakfast, salad, sandwich or dinner), and then choose one option from each drop down to create a balanced meal! It will calculate calories and other nutrition facts as you go, so you can see how various choices affect your meal, and find the best options to suit your calorie and nutrient needs! Once you've finished your recipe, click "Add to SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker" to track it! Note that you can use this meal planner even if you aren't logged in, but you can only track the meal you created after logging in (the feature will prompt you to do so if necessary).

We hope you enjoy using the Mix and Match Meal Planner! Please leave your comments about this new feature below.
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RIBKNIT 1/12/2012 1:00PM

    Why does everything get sent the breakfast category on my nutrition tracker, when I enter it under other meals?

Also, why is there no "lunch" catagory? There is no such category on my nutrition tracker called "salad" or "sandwich" Where do they go? And why?

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RIBKNIT 1/12/2012 12:29PM

    Why does my "dinner" plan keep showing up under my "breakfast plan" on my nutrition tracker?

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FLORIDAJOAN 5/7/2011 3:17PM

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GRNBTL 3/28/2011 3:11PM

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GRNBTL 3/28/2011 3:11PM

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BIGHAIRGAL 3/13/2011 5:52PM

    How do you add foods that are not on the drop down list, for example 1% milk is not on the list. I don't like or drink any of the milk options on the list. Is there any way to put foods from our favorites list on the pull down list so we can add those? I thought the point was to have a customizable plan for our likes, these lists are very limited.

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WJGRIFFIN 3/13/2011 10:29AM

  Great information. Now if I can onlynfollow it.

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NASFKAB 1/29/2011 10:57PM

  But still cant track my own meals how to do it? AM ALMOST COMPUTER ILLELITERATE

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GINOPRITCH 1/27/2011 6:26AM

  If I eat something not in the lists how do I add it?

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/17/2011 3:01AM

    Great idea!

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HAPPYMOM8 1/16/2011 8:41PM

    Thanks will give it a try too!

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JEWITCH 1/12/2011 8:48PM

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MFABER3 12/26/2010 2:30PM

    This is good to know. Thanks!

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BEEBEE75 12/15/2010 9:24AM

    Thanks for the mix and match meal plan. So many ways to make weight lose easier.

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MCINTYJ 12/9/2010 6:37AM

    This is a great new feature! Thanks for adding it!

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PRINCESSBAEZA 11/30/2010 3:06PM

    I like the question Stacey has and I was wondering if we deviate from the meal plan can we just add in what we changed even I not listed? For instance, if I were to go out and eat how would I include that to my meal plan?

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TEXASMOM68 11/30/2010 1:00PM

    What do we do if a food item that we buy is not on the list? For example, her in Texas we have HEB grocery stores. I have never seen "Kirkland" anything.
The whole wheat bread I use has only 50 calories per slice, while the Kirkland you show has 80.

Can we somehow edit the lists?

Stacey

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APRILDEMO 11/28/2010 10:40PM

    Sounds great, can't wait to try. Need some new recipes.

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BEACHPLUMFARM 11/27/2010 9:38AM

    Glad I read this--it should help and looks easy to use.

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JOAN68 11/26/2010 10:47PM

    Great..Thanks for the help. J

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LOYAL_LADY 11/25/2010 11:58AM

    I love it...thanks. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 11/24/2010 7:45PM

    Wow! Thank you so much for this idea. Exactly what I need. emoticon

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MASE72 11/24/2010 4:35PM

    it sounds great! emoticon

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PITTERPATT444 11/24/2010 3:24PM

    Wow! I love it, it just keeps getting easier to lose weight. Thanks.

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REFRESH5 11/23/2010 10:25PM

  I just joined November 5, 2010, a few weeks ago, and the mix and match meal planner is wonderful!

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SEWFITSINGER 11/23/2010 11:38AM

    It's nice to have increased options. emoticon

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 11/21/2010 3:05PM

    This is going to help me during my program. Thanks!

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DS9KIE 11/17/2010 12:14AM

    sounds great,



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SUPERSYLPH 11/11/2010 10:05PM

    I'm sure this will help many people out!

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JEWITCH 11/11/2010 8:13PM

    Sounds like a great idea.

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MOM1014 11/9/2010 7:44AM

    Going to try it for sure. More options than just a meal planned for you.

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KASH7890 11/8/2010 4:22PM

  Pretty Cool

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SMRTSISTA 11/7/2010 11:57PM

    I THINK THIS WOULD BE A GREAT TIME SAVING TOOL AND I COULD IMPLEMENT FOODS THAT I LIKE WITH SOME OF THE FOODS FROM THE PLANNER. THANKS FOR THIS ADDED FEATURE. emoticon

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ISEEFOOD2 11/7/2010 11:39PM

  I am new to SparkPeople and just getting started on what's available. Thank you for sharing this tool as it sounds like it will be helpful as get going! emoticon

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SACOST 11/7/2010 7:38PM

    What a great idea! This should make meal planning easier. I always like to see my stats before I make my food choices. emoticon emoticon

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BECKYR16 11/7/2010 7:35PM

    Looks very helpful. Thanks!

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MYRNACARRIER 11/7/2010 6:42PM

    Can you plan menus for the whole week at once?
How do you do that?
Can you also use the foods that you have manually entered? Can one also use the recipes from SparkPeople in this planner?
This could be an incredible help with using the foods one has on hand. emoticon

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WILDHAIR3 11/7/2010 6:23PM

    thank s for sharing the option with us.

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JUDITH316 11/7/2010 6:06PM

    Great idea, thanks for sharing...

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LYNHALTINER 11/7/2010 3:57PM

    sounds great it is always good to have more options available

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/7/2010 2:45PM

    Another great improvement for us. Thanks, SparkPeople.

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MAMATRUITT 11/7/2010 2:01PM

    I love this because i can create meals out of what i have at home. Helpful with the grocery bill!

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STALEYK 11/7/2010 12:46PM

    Sounds like a useful tool! Thanks!

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OLEYGIRL2 11/7/2010 11:45AM

  awesome!!!! emoticon

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GIPSONCLAN 11/7/2010 10:39AM

  I think we could all use something quick and easy like this. Also something just to switch things up always helps!

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COCOAMARIA 11/7/2010 10:13AM

    Thanks for this tool!

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USHAAA 11/7/2010 10:09AM

    Sounds very helpful. I will try it out.

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ALICERIEGER 11/7/2010 9:49AM

    Another great idea from you guys! Sounds really helpful.

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CORINNA81 11/7/2010 7:23AM

    Now I know what to do when I don't know what I'm in the mood for!

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