We all have the best intentions when it comes to healthy eating, but life (and four types of almond butter) can get in the way. Thankfully, technology has developed right along with the food industry and is here to help us out. These are the best nutrition apps to help us choose what to buy, where to eat, and how to serve our healthy haul, and all with a few taps on a screen. Most can even be used in conjunction with our 21-Day Clean Program to make it even more manageable for all different lifestyles and time constraints.
We can upgrade our grocery cart with instant suggestions from this dietician-backed app. For those of us looking to be more healthy, we can upload a photo of our grocery receipt and receive health grades, along with suggestions for better alternatives. On a specific diet? ShopWell can recommend foods for everything from gluten allergies to vegan alternatives.
Less than a whiz in the kitchen? SideChef is the place to start honing those culinary skills. They’ve compiled recipes in categories, from vegetarian to fast & easy, and step-by-step voiceover instructions so there’s no need to keep running to the phone when our hands are busy chopping. The app even sets timers — it’s our all-in-one kitchen buddy.
Should we really spend that extra five dollars for the organic option? Let Fooducate tell you. Bring this app to the grocery store and scan the barcode for a quick nutrition summary. We can also track what we do end up eating, which the app uses to track our hunger levels and recommend better purchases next time around.
We all need a little accountability in your healthy eating plan from time to time, and Rise is the perfect option for that. How does it work? We snap photos of our meals and send them to a nutritionist (at the cost of $14.99/week). They make revisions to the meals we’re eating and help us reach our specific goals. Visit their website for seven free days of coaching.
The most popular nutrition app in the world, MyFitnessPal has 65 million users tracking their calories. Log on for free to find a highly comprehensive database of everything we could possibly eat. The app is geared towards weight loss, with the mindset that exercise allows us more calories in our diet, and encouraging push notifications along the way.
There’s nothing worse than sitting down at a restaurant only to open up the menu and find we can’t order due to dietary restrictions. HealthyOut is hoping to change that with a searchable database of healthy restaurant meals. It’s easy to browse to find our new favorite, or plan ahead and find the best gluten-free pizza nearby. Note: For now, it’s only available in the US.
CleanPlates thinks food should live up to a certain standard, and that includes hormone-free, locally grown, and eco-friendly meals. Search restaurants in NYC, Los Angeles, and Austin for food that’s not only healthy but also environmentally conscious. Everything is searchable by exactly what a natural food lover could want, like “vegetarian-friendly” and “clean fish” and is rated on its own scale.
Couple these great apps with our picks for the Top 5 Best Fitness Apps for the whole wellness package!
Written by Leah Prinzivalli
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