New and Improved Meal Plans!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

We know that our members rely on the SparkPeople meal plans to learn how to eat better and stay within their calorie and nutrient ranges, and when you told us about improvements you'd like to see, we listened!

Today, we added new and improved meal plans to the site! As always, you can find meal plans by viewing your Nutrition Tracker. If you turned off your meal plans in the past, you'll have to click the button that says "Show Meal Plans" in order to see them. Here are some of the improvements you will notice:

  • An overall improvement in the quality and variety of the meals

  • Meals that better match up with our nutrition recommendations for carbohydrates, protein and fat. In the past, some of our meal plans were a little higher in carbs and lower in protein than we'd like. Our recommendations (50% carbs, 30% protein, 20% fat) haven't changed, but our new meal plans have been updated to better fit these requirements.

  • Directions for preparing meals. When we thought it wasn't clear how to prepare the foods listed in a meal, we added some short instructions, sort of like a mini recipe. Simply scroll over the word "Directions" next to the meal name (when applicable; not all meals will have directions) to learn how to cook or combine the foods into a meal.

If you have your meal plans turned on, you'll start seeing these new meal plans and directions the next time you view a new day or meal. This may sound confusing, so here's a short way to explain it: When you look at a day or grocery list that you have not looked at before, you will see new meal plans there.

We hope you enjoy these upgrades to our meal plans!
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