Make dieting and eating healthy a snap with these helpful dietary apps. From shopping for seasonal local produce to advice from nutritionists and dietitians, these smartphone apps will make maintaining a healthy lifestyle fun and easy.
Remember when cellular phones were only used for talking? It’s hard to believe, but there was a time before phones became mini mobile computers filled with little bits of software called apps, and tablets were relegated to science fiction and cartoon crime fighters—remember Penny’s little computer from Inspector Gadget? Now, life just would not seem complete without a phone filled with applications that help with any number of things. From entertainment to banking, to cooking, to weather forecasting, there truly is an app for everything. So we want to help narrow down the endless browsing with a curated list of apps to help you along the way.
Fooducate | Available on iPhone and Android devices; Free (Healthy Food Diet Tracker)|
When doing your weekly grocery shopping, do you long for a personal nutritionist to guide you through the aisle minefield? With Fooducate, that expert resides in your smartphone. Scan any barcode, and Fooducate reveals all the details about a product the manufacturer might not want you to notice, such as high levels of sugar, additives and preservatives. Based on its contents, each product is graded on a scale of A to D. You can also compare products so you can make the best possible dietary choices.
eaTipster | Available on iPhone; Free|
Created by Dietitians of Canada, eaTipster was designed to make it easier to eat healthy by addressing common food and nutrition questions and concerns while also providing tips to increase healthy eating, support a healthy weight and fight chronic disease. Grounded in nutrition science and current research, every day dietitians serve up a new tip to make eating healthy easy and delicious, while also giving the facts behind the advice, but in a conversational, easy-to-understand tone. Covering a wide variety of food and nutrition topics, no matter what your personal goals may be, there is something to be gleaned for everyone. Users can also save the daily tips in their favorites, allowing for easy access down the line.
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Make shopping for local, seasonal produce and whipping up plant-based recipes a breeze with the Locavore and 21-Day Vegan Kickstart apps.
21-Day Vegan Kickstart | Available on iPhone; Free|
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has created a 21-Day Vegan Kickstart app to help vegans-in-training. The app provides plant-based recipes for a three-week meal plan of low-fat breakfast, lunch and dinner options, like apple cinnamon oatmeal and couscous salad. App users can check off ingredients, bookmark favorite recipes and search by keyword. For an even greater jumpstart, combine the app with its online program.
Locavore | Available on iPhone and Android devices; Free|
Make eating local produce this season a breeze with Locavore. This app specifies which fruits and vegetables are in season in your town and then suggests nearby farms and farmer’s markets. Discover tasty new recipes through a produce-heavy database and share your finds and favorite local delicacies on Facebook.