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A few (minor) gripes about MyFitnessPal’s recipe functionality.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by  
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MyFitnessPal is excellent, but could use a few tweaks.

MyFitnessPal is excellent, but could use a few tweaks.

One area of MyFitnessPal that I wish were a little more robust is the functionality of the “recipe” features.

Creating a recipe simply involves adding the individual ingredients of any recipe, giving it a name and then saving it. The system will then calculate the total calories and nutritional data for you. Once a recipe is created, adding it to your food logs is a snap. It’s a great feature, but there are a couple of changes that would really improve that section of the site…

First, when creating a new recipe MyFitnessPal will only allow you to add ingredients by searching their database (and, if using the mobile app, by scanning the bar code). While this process is fairly quick, I don’t understand why the site won’t allow members to add ingredients to recipes from their “Frequent” or “My Foods” lists; this would really save folks a lot of time, and wouldn’t be hard to implement (heck, even JSF BodyShop had that ability).

Another shortcoming of MyFitnessPal’s recipe functionality is that once a recipe is added to a food log, no one (not even you) can click the recipe from within the food log to view the individual ingredients. So, for example, if I add my “Chicken Ranch Salad” recipe to my food log and someone is curious about the ingredients, they have no way of seeing that information on MyFitnessPal. That’s silly!

So what’s been happening is I’ve been getting tons of emails and PMs asking me about those recipes. I even included notes with each food log saying something like, “Chicken Ranch Salad recipe can be found in the recipe section of my blog…”, but those notes are all the way at the bottom of that day’s food log and missed by most.

These are fairly minor gripes; overall I have found entering foods on MyFitnessPal to be a joy. After suffering through JSF BodyShop’s glacier-like speeds for the past few years, it’s nice to be using a system with very fast performance and an incredibly large food database (MyFitnessPal’s food database is approaching 4,000,000 items!) I’ve not had to manually add a single food since I’ve been using the system! I also really like that when you pull up a member-submitted food item the system indicates how many other members have confirmed the nutrition facts; this information gives you added confidence that the data presented is accurate.

So, as mentioned above, if you see a recipe in my food logs on MyFitnessPal and are curious about it, you can always find it here on JSF in the recipe section.

So far this week I’ve made for dinner lean chili, Chicken Ranch Salad and Chicken Stir Fry. Tonight I’ll be making one of my favorites, Broiled Salmon with Mustard & Dill (I really need to update that terrible picture!)

I recently wrote a blog that goes into a little more detail about a few of my favorite cutting diet recipes, so check that out if you like.

John Stone Fitness Comments

3 Responses to “A few (minor) gripes about MyFitnessPal’s recipe functionality.”
    • No consideration about it, it’s definitely a processed food. I only have 2 tablespoons, so it’s not a concern.

      As I’ve said, the vast majority of my cutting diet consists of whole, unprocessed foods, but I will consume a few processed foods: condiments (Sriracha, salad dressing), protein powder, Clif bars, energy gels, etc.

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