Also the 'favorite' list in the food tracker is a life saver; even more so with the new layout cause you can click more then one favorites for different meals at the same time instead of plugging them in one by one!
I agree. I put a lot of my own recipes into the recipe calculator and have them saved so that I just pull from there whenever I eat a serving.
As for finding ingredients, you can search the ingredients others have shared, and I sometimes find them there. A warning, though: some members input only the calories, so before adding a food shared by another member, check the nutritional info to make sure it is what you want.
But I've also had to input several foods myself. The good news is that once they're in, they're in for good, so I don't ever have to add them again. It's a bit of a start up cost in terms of time, but I think it's worth it.
log in and go to the recipe calculator. you can look for your ingredients and put them in in the amounts you use (then make sure to put in the serving size for the recipe to have it parceled out right). if there's something you use that's not up there, then you'll have to input it yourself.
but you can make the recipe and save it in your recipe folder, or share it, and either way, the next time you make it, you can just go to your recipe box and click on "add to my meal planner for the day" under the nutrition information. it'll be okay (then if you ate more or less than the serving sizes you indicated, you can edit it on your nutrition tracker--no more pencil and paper!)
hope it helped a bit!
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Hi, There have probably been forum discussions on this topic already. I was very excited to find the nifty tracker here on SparkPeople, but quit using it because it became so time consuming trying to find all the different foods and the quantities or measurements I use. I create my own recipes and foods from scratch and most of the time, the foods are not listed here. One day I tried looking up the Nutrient Counts for some foods but it led for a lot of pencil and paper calculating, etc., and so I just gave up. Maybe I am not finding these listings somewhere? Any suggestions?
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