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Sunday, September 29, 2013

10 Apps to Keep You Eating Healthy - Living Green Magazine


By Kristin Marino

What does healthy eating mean to you?

For some people, it means sticking to a healthy eating plan away from home. For others, it means cooking at home because if you cook it yourself, you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.

Some people prefer to count calories, while others adhere to a no meat or no carb regimen. However you choose to eat healthy, there’s bound to be an app for that. Here are just a few of the many available.

Fooducate [1] : Available on iTunes and Google Play, this highly rated app tracks your diet, calorie quality and exercise. Users can use this app to scan a barcode on a food product and receive a nutrition grade for the food (A, B, C, D). What’s more, if the food is a fail, the app offers healthier alternatives. The basic app is free, and versions for diabetic, gluten free, and other special diets are available for a charge.

HealthyOut [2] : It can be hard to eat out when you’re really trying to stick to your meal plan, but this app helps you find restaurants in your area that can accommodate your dietary needs, including Paleo, Atkins, Weight Watchers and more.

MyFitnessPal [3] : Looking to lose weight? There are plenty of diets promising to help you do just that, but it all boils out to simple arithmetic: calories in, calories out. Sure, there are other variables, but you need to pay attention to how many calories you’re eating and how many you’re expending. The MyFitnessPal calorie counter and diet tracker helps you do just that, with a database of over three million foods to help you keep track of how much food you’re really eating.

Green Kitchen [4] : This app is a user favorite and was a runner up in the Best of 2012 for iPad. The app offers photos, recipes and shopping lists for delectable vegetarian main courses and snacks. Green Kitchen also offers several interactive features, along with the ability to email or text ingredients to your phone for shopping on the fly. Users will also find recipes that are vegan, raw[5] , gluten free and sugar free. Enthusiasts rave about the stunning food photos offered in this app.

Nicolas’ Garden [6] : An 8-year-old boy inspired and helped develop this app that encourages healthy eating in kids. Created by a kid for kids, this app offers kid-friendly, healthy, simple recipes with easy-to-follow instructions. A favorite feature of this app is the ability it gives kids to try out new recipes, photograph the results, and share with friends.

Happy Cow [7] : Why is the cow happy? Because with this app, you are searching for restaurants and stores in your immediate geographical area that offer vegetarian and vegan food. Each entry tells you how far away you are from the location. Once you’ve selected the right place, you’ll get directions and reviews from other patrons.

Vegan Delish [8] : Take your vegetarian cooking one step further with this app, which offers shopping lists and step-by-step instructions for over 130 plant-based recipes. Not only are the recipes vegan, they are also gluten free[9] and include little or no oil, salt, or added sugars. Recipes include zucchini corn fritters, hummus, pizza, quinoa salad, and more.

South Beach Diet [10] : This diet plan has been around for awhile, but plenty of aficionados still follow it because it focuses on high protein and low carb, rather than limiting calories. Diets that restrict certain foods, such as meat or carbs, can be hard to follow in large part because it becomes hard to come up menu ideas. This app provides personalized menus, recipes, a weight tracker and more.

Animal-Free [11] : This app acts as a reference guide for users who want to quickly and easily detect hidden and common animal ingredients in their food. Users can scan a barcode on a product to find out if the product contains any animal-derived ingredients. Users can also look up ingredients by name to see what they’re made of.

Paleo Central [12] : Though it’s the antithesis of vegan, eating like a caveman is all the rage these days. It’s no surprise, then, that there are plenty of paleo diet apps available for paleo folks. For beginners trying to make sense of the paleo diet[13] , this app includes a database of over 4,000 foods, with easy-to-understand icons showing exactly what is and is not paleo. The app also includes a beginner’s guide.

Most of these are available in Apple and Google Play. Some are a free, while all are $4.99 or under. Whether your diet is organic, vegan, gluten free, or all of these, you’re bound to find an app to fit your diet and lifestyle.

Kristin Marino writes about health and food for several websites, including

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