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Best Nutrition Smart Phone Apps

  • By Webmaster
  • Published May 1, 2011
  • Updated Jun 8, 2011 at 8:50 PM UTC

Shopping, cooking and eating out

The key to eating well is first shopping well. Apps are an incredible resource, especially when you are traveling. Search for local healthy food choices, look up the nearest farmers’ market, check out what’s in season and what to do with it, or even compare best options from fast-food chains.

Some of the best:

Fooducate. Navigate food labels and ingredient lists—simply scan a product and it will give you some of the highlights and lowlights. Will even alert you to food recalls. (iPhone, Free) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fooducate/id398436747?mt=8

Seafood Watch. Shop for and eat sustainable and healthy seafood no matter where you are or what the season is. (iPhone and Android, Free) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seafood-watch/id301269738?mt=8

Seasons. Locate farmers’ markets and what is in season locally. (iPhone $1.99) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seasons/id300214071?mt=8

Whole Foods Market Recipes. Find the nearest Whole Foods market plus browse for healthy recipes including for various dietary requirements. (iPhone and iPad, Free) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/whole-foods-market-recipes/id320029256?mt=8

The Food Guide. A food reference, tips on selecting produce and seasonal guide. Nicer interface than Seasons, but no farmers’ market locator (iPhone $0.99) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-food-guide/id369641323?mt=8

Fast Food Calories. Handy for when you are travelling and stuck for choice. Brings you more than 100 of the most popular restaurants with their menus and nutritional information. (iPhone, free. Pro version without ads $1.99) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fast-food-calories/id402447013?mt=8

Restaurant Nutrition. Similar to Fast Food Calories and for both iPhone and Andriod (free) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/restaurant-nutrition/id285180322?mt=8

Zagat to Go. The guide for quality dining post race (iPhone, iPad  and Android  $9.99, BlackBerry $19.99) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zagat-to-go/id296428490?mt=8

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List. When you’re stuck for inspiration or just clueless about what or how to cook something, recipe apps are a savior. If you can have just one cooking app, this might be it. Thousands of recipes and more added constantly plus the search options are unbeatable. Takes you from simple, quick, healthy eating all the way through to 5-star weekend cooking indulgences  (iPhone, iPad and Android, free) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/epicurious-recipes-shopping/id312101965?mt=8

….a bit more specific: Need to avoid gluten? Dairy? Track your sugar intake? Plenty of apps can help you do this.

HappyCow VeginOut Guide. Uses happycow.net to help locate vegetarian and vegan options.  (Android $1.89 and Lite version free)

VegOut. Not perfect, but great for travel, this app also uses happycow.net to locate vegetarian restaurants. (iPhone $2.99) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vegout-vegetarian-restaurant/id301275521?mt=8

VeganXpress. Takes some of the challenge out of finding something you can eat by pinpointing local restaurants, stores and other vegan-friendly options. (iPhone and iPad $1.99) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/veganxpress-menu-shopping/id307591991?mt=8

Is That Gluten Free? (iPhone and iPad $7.99) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/is-that-gluten-free/id324483597?mt=8

Diabetes Buddy – Control Your Blood Sugar  – Help manage your diabetes by tracking, monitoring and planning (iPhone and iPad $4.99, Lite version FREE) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/diabetes-buddy-control-your/id387128141?mt=8

OnTrack Diabetes – (Android, free)

Allergy Translator. Simple, smart and essential if you are traveling to a foreign-speaking region.  Choose your food allergy or restriction and the language and let hosts, servers and cooks know what you can and cannot eat. (iPhone $1.99) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/allergy-translator/id332715333?mt=8

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