Back in January you probably resolved to eat better—maybe even as a whole family! However, it’s been a few months, how is that going for you? It’s difficult to stay on a path of healthy eating—especially when there’s a pizza place and a burger drive thru on just about every street corner. We are a society of convenience, and if you have work, family obligations, and social obligations, it tough to make every meal from scratch, let alone ensure that it’s healthy. That is why we have put together this list of healthy eating apps that will make it easier to reach your healthy eating goals.
Jenna is an expert in healthy eating and a mom to four awesomely exhausting children. She believes that finding the right food for your family should be easier. That’s why she was happy to provide this information that you need to make deliberate choices for your family. Learn about your grocery shopping choices and follow her on Instagram.
Types Of Healthy Eating Apps
Luckily, with so many smartphone apps dedicated to educating families about health eating, your phone can also double as your diet coach. So between carting the kids back and forth to school, soccer practice, and dance recitals, you can work in a few healthy meals every week. The following four types of healthy eating apps put a ton of healthy eating tools and low calorie meal options at your fingertips. So suddenly healthy eating is just as convenience as ordering out…
Nutritional Information Apps
One of the best ways to start eating healthy is to be educated about what you are actually eating. There are a number of healthy eating apps that let you scan barcodes at home and while shopping so that you can spend less time trying to decipher the labels and choose the foods that are right for your family.
The ShopWell app is one of those that makes that easier than ever. To start, you create a profile and identify the things that are important to you, whether you’re going gluten free or avoiding dairy. Then just scan the barcodes at the store and ShopWell will give a score based on how it fits your personal needs. This app is especially helpful for families with special diets or allergies.
Some of the other apps offering easy to read label information include Sift, and Fooducate.
Grocery Shopping Apps
I always say that the best way to eat healthy is to shop healthy and with these grocery shopping apps, it isn’t as hard as it used to be.
The best way to eat healthy is to have a plan and then stick to your list. I like to use a combination of eMeals, a subscription meal planning app, and the OurGroceries app so create my family’s meal plan and take the list with me. You can also use eMeals along with grocery delivery apps like WalmartGrocery and Shipt delivery. When I do this, I am more likely to stick make deliberately healthy choices rather than “I haven’t eaten in four hours” junk food impulse buys.
For many families, the cost of eating healthy is as prohibitive as anything else. That’s why Thrive Market is a great option for those looking to eat healthy without the Whole Foods budget. While there is an annual membership fee, Thrive Market more than makes up for it with their low prices on organic, gluten-free, and vegan food choices.
Fresh Produce Apps
We all know that eating healthy includes eating as much fresh produce as possible and with there are a bunch of healthy eating apps that make this a simple task.
I love the Locavore app because it puts my family’s health first and foremost with the ripest, juiciest in season fruit and vegetables! It’s plums, raspberries, strawberries, kale corn on the cob, apples, and various other colorful delights on my table thanks to this app which fills me in on what produce is in season. The Locavore app will automatically pinpoint the state you’re located in using your phone’s GPS and then deliver a list of the freshest in season produce at the closest location according to the nearest grocer, fresh market, farmer’s market, or farm.
Other healthy eating apps like, Harvest and Seasonal Food Guide, provide information about which fruits and vegetables are in season which leads to more nutritional produce and better prices, Win-Win!
Food Tracking Apps
You might not want to track all the meals for every member of your family, but if you are looking to get back on track with your health, these food and nutrition tracking apps are a great way to stay accountable.
MyFitnessPal is the most popular nutrition tracking app for a reason. It is easy to use, provides information for over 5 million foods and can even track your exercise. If you are using other health conscious apps like Fitbit or Apple Health, they can integrate with your MyFitnessPal giving you even more insight into your health goals.
Lose It! and Spark People are just a few of the other calorie tracking apps available. If you are tracking a special diet or way of eating then your best bet will be Cron-o-meter or CarbManager.
Which type of healthy eating apps do you think will help you reach your goals? Have you tried any of these healthy eating apps? Which is your favorite?
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