The digital world we live in allows us to do everything from pay bills to order pizza with a few clicks. It can make eating healthier easy, too. If you are looking to make some healthy changes in your diet, begin by checking out the apps reviewed below. These are excellent tools to enable you to locate, evaluate and track food in order to make better choices for your health.
This is a great companion for the work, school or leisure traveler (or those wanting to try something new in their home city!). Simply enter your location and choose a category. Some categories include:
- Farmers’ Markets
- Coffee and Tea
- Vegetarian and Vegan
You can view locations on a map or via list, and can see hours of operation and a menu on most locations. It is much easier to make healthy choices when you aren’t surrounded by unhealthy food! Creating a healthy environment is important in living a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a food tracking app, check out Fooducate. What I like about Fooducate is that it looks beyond calorie goals, and promotes choosing nutrient dense foods. The app “grades” foods and food products by looking at the nutrition facts and ingredients. If your recommended intake of carbohydrates is 150 grams per day and you’re getting them all via Cheez-It’s and Skittles, you will get a lower grade than if they were whole grains, fruit and vegetables. The app also syncs with most fitness devices and the Apple HEALTH app, has menus from hundreds of restaurants, and you can track foods by searching or scanning the product barcode.
ShopWell is designed to help you make smart decisions at the grocery store. You can create your own profile (ingredients to avoid, health conditions you may have) and set goals (decreasing added sugar, increasing vitamin D etc.) Scanning barcodes of the foods your purchase allows the app to track and rate your cart in terms of its nutritional value compared to your goals.
Colored labels are also used.
- A green label indicates that the food fits well with your profile
- A yellow label means to consume the food in moderation
- A red label indicates the food doesn’t match your goals/profile
So if you state that one of your goals is to consume less added sugar, and you scan in a granola bar with a high content of added sugar, it will receive a lower rating and be marked red. This app will also give you recommendations for a “trade up” if you scan in an unhealthy food. For instance, if you scan a granola bar, you will also see suggestions for healthier options.
What health apps would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!