Monday, October 22, 2012

Introducing Personalized Nutrition

We're excited to announce the release of personalized nutrition guidance.

At its core is a scoring system based on the philosophy that what you've eaten determines what you should eat next.

The scoring system helps you to achieve an ideal diet

If your diet is low on vegetables, recipes with lots of vegetables receive high scores. If you've eaten plenty of vegetables, those same recipes receive lower scores. If you're doing a good job avoiding saturated fat, then the score won't penalize you for a small indulgence.

In short, the scoring system helps you to achieve an ideal diet without you having to do any of the thinking.

Complicated food journaling is not required

Just press "cooked it" after you finish a recipe, or use Yumprint to plan meals, and we'll automatically understand your diet.  Since the Yumprint Extension makes adding recipes as simple as a single click, it really couldn't get any easier.

I'll quickly point out some highlights ...

1: Holistic scoring

In the top left corner, you'll see your diet's overall score*.

We assume your diet to be everything on your timeline. So just press "cooked it" or  use the timeline to plan your meals and you'll be all set.

2: Detailed reports

Clicking the score shows where your diet is succeeding and where it can improve.

3: At-a-glance guidance

Every recipe is marked with points indicating what that recipe will do for your diet score.

Just choose recipes with positive points (the ones in green) and you'll be on your way to a perfectly balanced diet.

* Our scores are currently based on the Healthy Eating Index. In the future, we'll be releasing alternative eating philosophies. Which philosophy should we introduce next? Paleo? Low carb? Zone?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

How to create the last cookbook you'll ever need.

The Yumprint Extension makes building a digital cookbook effortless, so effortless that you don't even have to remember to use it - it will remind you.

Step 1: Get the extension.

Step 2: Go to any web page containing a recipe

Step 3: Look for the Yumprint button to slide in from the top right corner (this will only happen if a recipe is actually on the page)

Step 4: Click the button

Step 5: Press Save

Step 6: Choose a cookbook

Step 7: Repeat as many times as you'd like. There's no limit to the number or size of your cookbooks on Yumprint.

More detail about the Yumprint Extension is in this post.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What do fried ice cream, au gratin potatoes, and breaded ranch chicken all have in common?

Before I tell you, let me tell you why I ask.

Last week, we ran a big analysis to find the ten best recipes for pregnant women. Fried ice cream, au gratin potatoes, and breaded chicken all showed up in the top ten.

That seemed wrong.

In fact, it wasn't just those three recipes. Six of the top ten seemed highly suspicious:

Long Boy Burgers
Oven "Fried" Chicken
Fried Ice Cream
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
Hashbrown Casserole
Breaded Ranch Chicken

Seriously, should we really be recommending that pregnant women have a daily allowance of fried ice cream?

After careful examination, we finally realized what was going on.

All six recipes have one thing in common.


Our scoring system included three nutrients that are really hard to get from natural foods: thiamin, vitamin b12, and vitamin d.

Less than 5% of recipes contain enough of those three nutrients. Corn flakes are fortified with all three.

Is this fair? Should the nutrition in fortified foods count just as much as naturally occurring nutrition?

We didn't think so, but what do you think?

Maybe we should have called our post "Throw out the prenatal, eat corn flakes instead."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Throw away your cookbooks.

I love books. I love them for all the things this picture conveys - their beauty, their smell, their texture.

But if you love books mostly for what's inside of them, you should throw away your paper versions. This is especially true for cookbooks.

Six months ago, my wife and I got rid of our cookbooks. Before we did, we pulled out our favorite recipes, used a free OCR reader to convert them to a Google doc, and then used the Yumprint Extension to convert the Google doc to a digital cookbook. It took several hours.

My wife was skeptical that going digital would work, so she kept her cookbooks in a secret place.

Because all our favorite recipes were now on Yumprint, we started going there every time we cooked, and something amazing started to happen ...

We'd go to Yumprint to open one of those favorite recipes and we'd end up seeing a recipe my sister cooked, a recipe we'd saved from Pinterest with the Yumprint Extension, or a new recipe from one of our favorite food blogs ... and we'd cook that instead.

Without realizing it, our favorite recipes were forgotten - replaced by a continual stream of new and exciting recipes.

This is why a digital cookbook is so much better than a paper one ...

Once you've flipped through a paper cookbook a few times, you know what's in there. You settle on a few favorites and you don't open yourself up to inspiration until you buy your next cookbook.

But every time you open Yumprint, it's a new a cookbook - it's a new source of inspiration. So instead of just discovering new recipes every time you buy a cookbook, you discover new recipes every time you cook.

And all of the sudden your cooking becomes dynamic and fresh instead of stagnant and stale.

So what happened to our paper cookbooks? They've been forgotten too.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The 31 butternut squash-iest recipes on Yumprint

Just in case you wanted to eat butternut squash for a month (I wouldn't blame you), here's how to do it without ever repeating a recipe.

Alternatively, if you're trying to break a butternut squash addiction, start at #1 and proceed to #31 ... it's like a 31-step program that takes you from 88% squash all the way down to 14% squash.

Whatever the reason, here are the 31 butternut squash-iest recipes on Yumprint.

Save them - and any recipe on the web - with the Yumprint Extension.

#4 Butternut Squash Dip
63% squash

#9 Butternut Squash Bake
48% squash

#12 Curried Squash Soup Recipe
42% squash

#15 Roasted Winter Squash
37% squash

#18 Barley and Roasted Pilaf
30% squash

#20 Butternut Squash Soup
28% squash

#28 Quinoa Salad
16% squash

#30 Butternut Squash Risotto
14% squash

Friday, October 12, 2012

The 10 most kale-packed recipes on Yumprint

Apparently, Kale Day was on Tuesday. That's my excuse for pulling together this list.

Mostly though, I'm writing this because kale is all the rage, I'm continually amazed by how many recipes people save to Yumprint that contain kale, and I finally decided that I too love kale (recipe #5 convinced me).

 So without further ado, here's the list of the 10 most "kale-y" (grams of kale/ total grams) recipes on Yumprint (save them to your cookbook with the Yumprint Extension):

See also: Meal planning just got fun ... for the first time ever.

#1 Baked Kale Chips 92% Kale

#9 Winter Pasta 31% Kale

For the pinners among us: