Continuing in our series of the WP Recipe Maker plugin, we’re going to learn how to calculate Nutrition Facts.
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Note: the ability to calculate Nutrition Facts for your recipes is a premium feature in the WP Recipe Maker plugin.
Using Nutrition Facts Effectively
Many of your readers will likely be curious about how your recipes stack up against food they can purchase from the store. They will no doubt have noticed that the pre-packaged food they get at the store has a helpful Nutrition Facts label, telling them the exact quantity of important nutrients that are present in the food they’re about to purchase. Why not offer your readers the same service?
While adding recipes to your site, you will be able to automatically calculate the nutritional content of your meal divided by the number of servings your recipe yields. Now your readers will be able to make an informed decision about whether or not your recipe meets their diet goals; and this makes your site look more professional (win win).
How to Calculate Nutrition Facts for Your Recipes
You can create Nutrition Facts information for a recipe when it is being newly created or edited.
- Log into your WordPress Dashboard
- Create a new post
- Add your post content
- Click the WP Recipe Maker button at the top of content field
- Fill in ingredients and instructions
- Click the Nutrition Facts tab at the top of the window
- Click the Calculate Nutrition Facts button
The WP Recipe Maker plugin uses a food data API to get the nutrient data for your ingredients. If the API found an incorrect food item, you can click the link to edit it. Once satisfied with the selections, click Calculate Nutrition Facts again, and, everything is correct, click Use these values.
Create Custom Nutrition Ingredients
What if a certain ingredient was not available in the food database? Or, what if you want to use a specific brand? No worries. You can easily create a custom food item and input the data manually.
- Log into your WordPress Dashboard (if you aren’t already)
- Select WP Recipe Maker from the left side panel
- Click the Custom Nutrition tab at the top of the page
- Click the Create Custom Nutrition Ingedient button
- Fill in the custom nutrition data
- Click Save
Now, your custom item has been added. You can also edit this ingredient from the same menu.
Putting it all Together
That’s how you can create a professional-looking Nutrition Facts label for your recipes using the WP Recipe Maker plugin. If you’ve been following along in our series, you’re ready to start blogging your recipes to the hungry public. Be sure to leave any comments or questions you have below.