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Finding & Using SparkPeople's Tools: Calorie Counter, Recipes, Weigh-In

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This brief article will link you directly to SparkPeople's most popular tools and explain how to find them. If you are unsure about how to use our tools or if you have general program questions, check out Help Desk, which provides step-by-step instructions. You can also link to the Help Desk from the very bottom of any SparkPeople page.

Nutrition Tracker
Our Nutrition Tracker goes by many names (Calorie Counter, Food Tracker, Calorie Calculator). Here you can enter your own nutrition information from food labels, input recipe ingredients to calculate calories, search our food database for nutrition information, and track your water intake. Go to Nutrition Tracker!

To find it in the future: Sign in to your SparkPeople account. Click on the orange Nutrition tab near the top of your MyHome page to get to your tracker. If you need help once you get there, click the button that says "How do I use this page?" for an animated tutorial.

Weigh in
To record your weight and other body measurements, you can use the Weigh-In page. Go to Weigh In!

To find it in the Future: Sign in to your SparkPeople account. On the left side of your MyHome page, click on the icon labeled "Weigh In".

Recipes & Recipe Calculator
SparkPeople has a wide variety of healthy recipes, from meat to vegan, soups to salads, and dressings to desserts. Use our recipes or calculate the nutrition information for your own. Go to Recipes & Calculator!

To find it in the Future: From any page on SparkPeople, click the orange "Resource Center" tab at the top of the page. There, you can click on "Recipes" on the blue bar at the top of the page.

Didn't find what you're looking for? Read our program FAQ's or post in the Site/Technical Help forum to get answers to your questions.
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  • is there really an orange resource tab? I couldn't see it on my PC here at work. - 6/27/2014 11:46:57 AM
  • Just getting started. I ordered two of the Spark Guy's books from Amazon minutes ago and am looking forward to partnering with others in the quest to eat and live healher and achieve weight goals together. - 6/26/2012 7:55:52 PM
  • I am also very allergic to milk in any form. You do have to be careful about which non dairy creamer you use. I have learned to read the lables on EVERYTHING! You also can not have soy cheese--it has casein in it, which is a milk protein. Moha mix fat free, if they still make it, tastes like whole milk. Nucoa is the only margerine I have found that is COMPLETELYdairy free. I agree that tofutti sour cream and cream cheese substitutes are really good. - 3/18/2011 10:33:22 PM
  • For those that have milk/lactose allergies/intoler
    ance, Rich's Non-Dairy Cream is an excellent substitute and Fleishmann's Unsalted Margarine is also dairy free. Tofutti makes awesome soy sour cream and cream cheese also. - 2/15/2011 11:41:10 AM
  • I have allergies to milk, cheese products. Lactose intolerant. I am highly allergic to shrimp. So when the meal plan comes up it has dairy products which I have to substitute. Which I don't find comparable substitutes for. Are there any plans for people who are allergy prone? Can anyone assist me to figure one out? Thanks. - 1/29/2011 11:10:14 AM
  • NCWALSH711
    Is there any way to load the HMR program as a nutrition plan? - 7/19/2010 10:40:26 PM
  • LILABEL
    Is there a way to integrate Spark Recipes with My Nutrition, so that we could just have ONE shopping list? I can't seem to figure it out. - 6/19/2010 11:19:14 PM
  • I'd love to track fruits and veggies too. But I'd also like to know how to change the ticker to pounds from kilograms. I put my weight in in pounds, but the ticker shows it as kilograms! Which makes me 2.2 times larger than I am - who needs that?! LOL - 5/26/2010 10:16:46 AM
  • Before I reset my goal weight I used to have a fruit and vegetable counter on my nutrtion tracker page. I can't figure out how to get it back! Does anyone know? I've tried the tracking goals page, but it doesn't add the counter! - 5/22/2010 9:36:27 AM
  • The nutrition tracker has really helped me. I was way too high w/daily intake of sodium, and low on protein. Also, was usually over the number of calories that I consumed every day. The tracker has helped me cut back. Was surprised at the calorie and sodium content of some of my daily meal choices. - 4/21/2010 7:22:28 PM
  • You can find the weight tracker on your sparkpage. If you want to edit the goal weight or any settings you go to your spark page and click "edit my sparkpage" if you scroll down all the settings are there. You can check the box to show your tracker when you post.

    A good tip for finding the foods you're eating is to make sure when you are searching that the following 2 items are checked "all of these words" (immediately below the search box) and "search foods shared by other members" (below the results box). You only need to check that second one if its a less common food item that's not in the system.

    Good luck & Welcome! - 1/8/2010 8:25:14 PM
  • Please help me find the weight loss tracker. The one which says current weight and goal.Thank you - 12/17/2009 3:33:10 AM
  • I can't figure out how to show my progress in weight? im at 136 but i dont know how to make it show my goal weight..? can anyone help me? thanks in advance - 12/15/2009 11:43:10 AM
  • I did not get my weight loss tracker until I made my spark page. If you're not comfortable with making a spark page but still want the tracker, I think you can set your page to not public, but your tracker will still show up in your comments. - 11/16/2009 12:20:48 AM
  • I can not find the weight loss tracker that many people have posted on their spark page, can anyone help? - 10/4/2009 2:05:39 PM

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