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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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CANDACEMM 4/25/2011 2:48PM

    Great enhancements! Awesome work Sparkteam!

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OUTOFIDEAS 4/25/2011 2:47PM

    These changes are welcome and appreciated. I still would like to see more attention paid to the needs of Spark members who must consume a gluten free diet due to medical reasons...and I second the call for recipes and calorie info for raw foods, for the same reasons. It is estimated that individuals with legitimate gluten sensitivity or intolerance comprise a full 30 percent of the population. Is that not significant enough to warrant some sort of help? We can't eat what everyone else eats, but our need for tracking our dietary progress is the same. Thanks.

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KAYTIE22 4/25/2011 2:38PM

    Great enhancements! The serving portions will really help. Thanks for always finding ways to make Spark even better.

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BROWNIEISLANDER 4/25/2011 2:33PM

    Great improvement...Lots easier to follow.. emoticon emoticon

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1TRULYBLESSED 4/25/2011 2:29PM

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I would like to add my vote for the Raw Food option.

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OVERBURDEND 4/25/2011 2:24PM

    I also would like to see Raw Food or Raw Diet as a choice. Thank you so much for all you guys do!!

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PANSYLADY2 4/25/2011 2:23PM

    Thank you so much for adding the serving size requirement to recipes! That will be so helpful.

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7777BEV 4/25/2011 2:22PM

    Great enhancements! As always you are working on giving us the best experience possible on Sparks! Thanks for your diligence and for keeping Sparks free!

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DANCINCAJUN1 4/25/2011 2:18PM

    I was THRILLED to see the comment & spark points right under the recipe now rather than scrolling down for a few years worth of comments ... thank you so very much.

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HONEYBEE62301 4/25/2011 2:18PM

  Thank you,just came from there.Nice :)

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/25/2011 2:17PM

    That's fantastic! Thanks! emoticon

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 4/25/2011 2:16PM

    emoticon for the updates!
They sound great!

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ALEXANDRA64 4/25/2011 2:13PM

    I recently created a recipe and it was very accommodating. I was happy that I could upload a picture too. Love the changes you are making on the site!

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JRBASKIND 4/25/2011 2:08PM

    Thanks for the update!

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TRAVELNISTA 4/25/2011 2:05PM

    emoticon Still would like to see Raw Food or Raw Diet as a choice.

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APOLLO45 4/25/2011 2:05PM

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JPUFFETT 4/25/2011 1:55PM

    Thank You!

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LOVESLIFE48 4/25/2011 1:54PM

    Very helpful!! Thanks for the info!! emoticon

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THENAMESLISA 4/25/2011 1:53PM

    It just keeps getting better!

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KNITTABLES 4/25/2011 1:52PM

    This is awesome, thanks for the updates and the changes you are making.

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MARTY19 4/25/2011 1:44PM

    Awesome! Thanks.

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SLIMKIM2B 4/25/2011 1:35PM

    IU love the fact that serving size is now necessary. Previously when a recipe did not divulge that information I would measure the whole batch and divide by the number of servings to see what it should be. This will make things much easier.

I just have another suggestion for an advanced search option. It would be really helpful if you added an option to search by ingredients by entering one or two that you have on hand in, I think that this would streamline things even more than you already have.

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GINCHIFER 4/25/2011 1:33PM

    Thank you for the update!

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REMODELINGPAT 4/25/2011 1:30PM

    EXCELLENT! emoticon

Wonder if members who have added recipes without serving sizes might gradually edit their recipes to include this information?
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RD03875 4/25/2011 1:28PM

    There is nothing that says Diabetes friendly. I suggested a year ago to please add Diabetic or Diabetes to the dietary needs.
You also need to let us search for recipes with a hyphen - in the title. I looked for a recipe called Apple-Spice Breakfast soup yesterday and it came up with nothing and that was the EXACT title of the recipe.

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DEE0973 4/25/2011 1:27PM

    All great adds

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LIZABETT 4/25/2011 1:27PM

    emoticon for giving us such great tools to work with. I especially appreciate the addition of serving sizes. SparkPeople is an emoticon site. I recommend it to anyone who will listen. emoticon

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RUTGERSM0M 4/25/2011 1:20PM

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MEMERE2003 4/25/2011 1:19PM

    Serving size will be a huge help. Thanks so much!

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RULEBERG 4/25/2011 1:17PM

    Thank you for all the work you put into this site!

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/25/2011 1:16PM

    Thanks a lot .One serving at a time works wonders. Dottie

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EASH5M 4/25/2011 1:16PM

    emoticon this is good to know!

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SUSIEGKORN 4/25/2011 1:15PM

    Fantastic! Thanks for the upgrade! Much appreciated!

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JUSTBIRDY 4/25/2011 1:11PM

    thanks!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/25/2011 1:09PM

    WooHoo! Loving the recipe changes one serving @ a time!

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THOMS1 4/25/2011 1:08PM

    Great, I use the recipe search a lot and I thank you for making it easier to use.

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WENDYSPARKS 4/25/2011 1:06PM

    Thank you!!

Wendy :)

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GEMINI-SKY 4/25/2011 1:06PM

    So Very Helpful...Thank You So Much...
Patti

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HAPPYWALKER 4/25/2011 1:05PM

    It just keeps getting better! Thanks so much for continually improving an already fantastic FREE web site!!!! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 4/25/2011 1:04PM

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NANCYLEE46 4/25/2011 1:03PM

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KANDKFAM1 4/25/2011 1:03PM

    This is great. Your constant improvement of this site makes me feel like I am part of something important.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/25/2011 1:01PM

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NANCYRUBIO 4/25/2011 1:00PM

    Love the new features. I have, at times, had a hard time finding a recipe I wanted. Thanks so much for the updates to the food features. emoticon

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EVERLEARNING 4/25/2011 12:59PM

    Should make it easier to use the site. Yayy!

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CREATIVEJOY39 4/25/2011 12:59PM

    These enhancements will be a big help, thanks! I use Spark Recipes every week now!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 4/25/2011 12:58PM

    I love the SparkRecipe site, thank you for improving on an already great site!

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MSLZZY 4/25/2011 12:57PM

    That is such great news! Thank you!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/25/2011 12:56PM

    I love this, thank yo so much!

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