Where would we be without technology? Kinda scary to think about.
I don’t have a smartphone, but I got an iPad last summer and since then I have become an app junkie. There is one for everything! Cynthia Sass, an RD, gives a low-down on some of the latest-and-greatest apps geared towards healthy eating.
Purpose: Ever see something listed on the ingredient list of a food and have no idea what it is? This app will give a description of a wide array of food additives and an overall evaluation of “safe”, “cut back”, “caution”, “avoid” or “certain people should avoid”.
Purpose: This app lists the “dirty dozen” which is a list of 12 most contaminated produce items as well as the “clean fifteen”, which is a list of foods least likely to contain pesticide residues.
Purpose: Leading you to the most sustainable seafood options, this app will tell you your safest bets. The app uses a color-coded rating system of red, yellow, or green. The app also has a list called “Super Green” that has the most sustainable choices that are low in contaminants and high in omega-3 fatty acids. Download this one before your next shopping trip!
Purpose: To help find a healthy alternative to fast food. This app is really good at telling you about little whole in the wall joints including artisan food shops, vegan options, juice joints and farmers markets. Great for finding an alternative to Mickey D’s on your next road trip or vacation.
Purpose: This is a database of over 200,000 food products stating their nutritional value with a letter grade. You can also use your phone to take a picture of the bar code of a product and the database will identify that particular product. Fooducate takes the guess work out of grocery shopping. No buyer’s remorse!
Seasonal and Simple
Purpose: Find out what produce is in season. I love this one! Not only does it tell you when each food thrives, it gives tips on how to select store, and prep them!
Purpose: Is it a take-out dinner kind of night? Use this app to find a healthy meal that can be delivered to your door!
Purpose: GMO food products aren’t labeled, so sometimes it can be tricky to know what you are getting. This app has a nice rolodex of products enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program.
Purpose: Who hasn’t inhaled a meal because you have been rushing around all day? I sure have. This app is SO simple, yet SO beneficial. You set a pace, from 20 seconds to 3 minutes, and press start. In that time you take a bite and savor it for the set amount of time, don’t take another bite until the time is up. Eating slower makes you feel more satisfied which will lead you to eat less, naturally!
Do you have any others to add to the list?
I would love to add to my collection!