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SparkRecipes Enhancements: Better Search, Serving Sizes, Photos and More


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Monday, April 25, 2011


Have you visited www.SparkRecipes.com lately? If so, you've likely noticed several helpful changes to our free healthy recipes website. Here are some of the enhancements we've recently launched—many of these were suggested by our very own members!

Better Search Options
Our advanced recipe search has just gotten better! You can now search for recipes that meet specific nutrient guidelines including calories, fiber, protein, fat and carbs, in addition to searching based on dietary needs, keywords, cuisine and more! We hope this will make it even easier to find the recipes that meet your needs and taste preferences!

More Search Results
Previously, only 200 recipes came up when you did a recipe search. Now, the top 1,000 results show up (50 per page), and you can also see more member Cookbook results, too. In addition, when viewing a recipe, you'll see five more "related" recipes on the right side of the page, making it easier to find recipes that meet your needs.

Now Required: Serving Sizes
Although all of our recipes have always said how many servings they contain (2, 4, 8, etc), members often complained that a serving SIZE was not listed. To help clarify, all NEW shared recipes are required to list an estimated serving size (such as 1 cup).

Upload a Photo of Any Recipe
Now, anyone can upload a photo of any recipes they make on SparkRecipes! Previously, you had to be the "owner" (submitter) of a recipe to do so. We'd love your helping adding photos to our recipes to help other users of the website know what to expect when considering a recipe. So if you're a foodie who loves to photograph the food you make, please consider uploading photos of the recipes you make. Simply click the "Upload a Photo" link at the top right of any recipe.


We hope you will benefit from these upgrades to SparkRecipes.com. As always thank you for sharing your feedback and ideas for making our websites even better!
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PRETTYBYSUMMER 8/23/2011 12:54AM

    Nice!

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THINMAMAWARD 5/17/2011 10:36AM

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CELESTANDRIA 5/8/2011 10:24PM

    Great ideas! Thanks!

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Fantastic! Thank you so much!

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CHRISS1225 5/8/2011 6:16AM

    Love it!

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SANDY02479 5/8/2011 1:58AM

  I do the same as mrskittkitt. nice to know the nutrition info of the stuff you just 'throw together'!!

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LIFEHASCHANGES 5/8/2011 12:48AM

    I sure did notice it! I go on sparkrecipes to track the soups and other little dishes that I make myself at home, but I just dont always share them. I love throwing a bunch of stuff in a pot and knowing exactly what the calories per cup will be :) Now I look forward to seeing other recipes added that will make the sizes easier to recognize! Sparkrecipes is great. I still tell people about it that I meet. What a great tool :)

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/2/2011 3:06AM

    These changes will be very beneficial. Spark People has been very helpful.
Kay

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THEIS58 4/29/2011 6:13AM

    Thank you for these changes!

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SWEETBASIL14981 4/28/2011 12:47PM

    I will have to check it out! I am always up for reciepe's especially if all the correct nutritional info is listed. emoticon

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SUMMERSMILES1 4/28/2011 11:54AM

    Thanks.

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JCLARK712 4/28/2011 10:58AM

  I am glad because sometimes the recipes was misleading with the serving size. emoticon And as a result of that i would not make the recipe.

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SUNSHINEGIRL49 4/28/2011 12:41AM

    Thank you for making a great site even better!

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DWILCZKO 4/28/2011 12:13AM

  awesome!

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RUESTOR 4/27/2011 1:20PM

    Any time you make it easier to stay focused and on track, toward a healthier lifestyle, you get a giant thumbs up from the SP community! emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 4/27/2011 12:50PM

    These are great new features!

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MRDPOLING 4/27/2011 12:41PM

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeet

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LEEANN_G 4/27/2011 12:36PM

  thanks! i like the serving size update! super helpful! emoticon

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CIVIAV 4/27/2011 8:43AM

    Yeah on the serving sizes!

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DREAMRUNNER59 4/27/2011 6:27AM

  Great features! Thanks for improving something that was already very good! SP you just keep getting better! emoticon

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JSPEED4 4/27/2011 2:16AM

    I apprecient the nutrient information being part of the search options.

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HOWLERMOM 4/26/2011 11:34PM

    Great enhancements! Thanks!

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CALIDREAMER76 4/26/2011 10:02PM

    Great enhancements! Thanks for staying up on things! I especially like the idea that the serving sizes will be listed.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 4/26/2011 9:53PM

    Awesome. Thanks!

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JENIFIREHARP 4/26/2011 9:44PM

    THANKS!!!

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ALICIAT32 4/26/2011 3:53PM

    thanks. make it much easier.

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PLATINUM755 4/26/2011 2:41PM

    Fantastic!

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AUSTINNICO 4/26/2011 1:33PM

    Love it! Thanks!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/26/2011 1:31PM

    Great changes

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DJLAYNE 4/26/2011 1:26PM

    Great job on the improved website; thanks for letting us know! emoticon

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