SparkRecipes is a vast resource full of tasty, healthy recipes. The site includes dishes posted by its more than 8 million users as well as enticing recipes offered by their resident chef. Users can share their favorite dishes or look for new recipes that could become their new favorite. The site focuses on eating healthy and helps users by providing health related calculators. These provide information for each recipe that shows the number of calories, fat and other nutrition information. Users can easily find tasty new dishes and put together a daily or weekly menu that suits not only their taste buds but their general health as well.Show more screenshots »
SparkRecipes is a part of SparkPeople. SparkPeople was founded in 2000. Based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, the SparkPeople team currently includes COO Dave Heilmann and board member Tige Savage. SparkPeople is dedicated to providing free online resources for weight loss and healthier living. The sites and applications that fall under the SparkPeople umbrella have formed a community of health conscious individuals who want to live and eat better.
The concept of a large online data base of recipes is not a new one. However SparkRecipes has adopted the focus and goals of its parent company, SparkPeople. The site wants to not just share recipes, but also related health and nutrition information. This vital information can be viewed for each recipe so the user knows exactly how healthy it really is. This is a very important benefit because it can be difficult to find new recipes that fit into specific nutrition requirements. Users who search for recipes on SparkRecipes can easily see what they are eating before they make it.
The SparkRecipes website features a rich green, red and orange color scheme that can be described as cozy. Full color images of tasty dishes are displayed, cycling through to give new visitors a closer look at the tasty recipes available on the site. Six navigation tabs that run across the top of the homepage make it easy to move through the site, jumping to the recipe listings, nutrition calculator, or healthy cooking resources in a click.
New users can sign up for a SparkRecipes account by clicking on the “Login/Join for Free!” button along the right hand side of the homepage. The user can click the orange “Join SparkRecipes for Free” button that corresponds with the right hand column. The registration form asks the user for an email address, username, password, country location, zip code, date of birth, gender, and two health questions regarding whether they have diabetes and whether they are pregnant or breastfeeding. After submitting the information by clicking the orange “Get Started Now!” button at the bottom of the form, the user is taken to their account dashboard and can begin using SparkRecipes.
SparkRecipes has built a user community which is encouraged by the free signup process. There are no fees for creating an account or using SparkRecipes' features. No subscription fees are required and anyone can enjoy the recipe listings and informational resources available at no cost. This is definitely a great way to encourage visitors to return and begin eating healthier with the help of the recipe calculator.
Just about anyone can love SparkRecipes. Whether you are a casual cook looking for something new or a serious chef that wants to discover many new recipes, SparkRecipes can help. The nutrition calculator feature is extremely valuable and can encourage people to eat better and select the right dishes for their diet.