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September 25, 2008

SparkPeople for Nutrition: The Blogpost that Turned into a Class

This post started as my telling my colleagues in a meeting about a social network I thought they'd enjoy.

SparkPeople: http://www.sparkpeople.com/
Social Media and Food: SparkPeople

At the previous Cool Toys Conversations meeting, someone had told me they like to use SparkPeople to analyze the nutritional value of recipes. Hey, that is useful, I thought! So I mentioned it. They said, "You should do a blogpost. Just a simple one." Famous last words, right?

The next day I found another fitness / nutrition community. Then I found a nutrition-only network. And it kept going — more and more. Quickly the number of tools and communities I found far outstripped anything appropriate for a blogpost, so we are now planning a mini-class overview of Food and Nutrition Online Communities. If we're lucky, maybe right before Thanksgiving?

Meanwhile, I checked out SparkPeople for the rumored recipe analysis, and here are some screenshots to show how you'd get there.

SparkPeople: Getting Started with the Nutrition Tracker:
Social Media and Food: SparkPeople - Start

SparkPeople: Nutrition:
Social Media and Food: Sparkpeople - Nutrition

SparkPeople: Nutrition: Meal Plans:
Social Media and Food: Sparkpeople - Diet Plans

SparkPeople: Nutrition: Add a Food:
Social Media and Food: Sparkpeople - Nutrition, Add a Food

NOTE: Did you see the Serving Size Calculator in the upper right hand corner of the picture above?

SparkPeople: Nutrition: Find a Food:
Social Media and Food: Sparkpeople - Nutrition, Search for a Food

SparkPeople: Nutrition: Create a Food Not Listed:
Social Media and Food: Sparkpeople - Nutrition, Create a Food

NOTE: You would use this when you are using a food in a recipe or meal plan that isn't already in their database. For myself, this is often when it is an old family recipe that starts with a mix or prepackaged food of some sort, and I will use the nutrition data from the packaging information.

Okay, not go have fun. We can get into more detail in the class, later.

Posted by pfa at September 25, 2008 09:20 AM

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