Sometimes eating healthy is easier said than done. We’re surrounded by temptation, fast food and options that might be convenient but not healthy. At the office someone brought leftover muffins, at sporting events everyone around you is snacking on salty and sugary treats. Even at social events, you feel tempted by the birthday cake, chips and salsa, and sugar-sweetened beverages. Luckily, we have tech on our side. Here are five apps to help steer you in the right direction when it comes to dietary choices.
While experts debate how much water the average person should drink per day, all agree that hydration is key for good health. That’s why Waterlogged is so helpful: it sends you reminders throughout the day to encourage you to meet your hydration goals. Simply select the amount of water you want to drink each day and continue updating the app each time you finish a glass or bottle of water. Used in conjunction with nutrition apps, Waterlogged will ensure that you get your necessary intake of fluids.
Fooducate is the ultimate health and fitness tracker. It helps you track your food intake and physical activity, while allowing you to share your experience with the broader Fooducate community. Proud of a healthy meal you created? Want to learn what others are doing to stay fit? Fooducate’s public boards and private forums will allow you to do just that, helping you adopt a healthier lifestyle.
For people who want an easy way to track their snacks and meals, there’s MyPlate. The app’s database of over 2 million foods makes it easy to log the food you eat. Plus, its settings permit you to individualize your daily diet and calorie goals based on personal health needs.
Have you ever stood in the grocery aisle staring at a shelf full of products, unsure of what the healthiest option is? With Shopwell, you’ll always know exactly what’s in the food you’re considering buying. Simply scan any item and its nutritional information will appear on the screen. The app also gives you the option of creating a profile with food preferences, allowing the app to suggest foods that may be of interest to you.
5. Food Intolerances
Eating out and grocery shopping can be especially difficult with food allergies. That’s where Food Intolerances comes in. This app lets you create custom filters to find foods you can eat, even if you’re eating out. Say you’re gluten free and want to double check that you can order a cobb salad. The app will let you know if it’s safe, and also make suggestions of other foods you can eat.