With summer feeling like it’s here bringing warm days and long, light evenings, I still want to make healthy choices with food at home and when I’m out and about. Apps are a great tool for helping to make speedy, easy and healthy food choices without having to spend hours in the kitchen deciding what to eat, or having to plan every detail of meals.
I have tried and tested some great apps to make feeding times a breeze. Here are my 5 favourites and they all have the added bonus of being free!
1. Where’s This From?
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Requires Android 2.2 or later.
I want to know where my food comes from especially when I buy meat and poultry. This is from both a health and animal welfare point of view. Cheekily abbreviated to ‘WTF’, this app gives shoppers information on the food supplied in supermarkets and by entering the code found on every packet of meat it will tell you the name, location and activities of the operator (typically a slaughterhouse, cutting or packaging plant). The information will inform you of where the meat has been handled and how far it has traveled. Where it can, the information given will also provide UK Food Standards Agency levels of compliance with 'good’, ‘adequate’ or ‘weak’ scores.
2. Dirty Dozen
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Requires Android 1.6 or later.
Eating organic is the only way to go if you want to limit your chemical intake and let’s face it modern day living has us exposed to enough chemicals in our environment as it is, without wanting to add more voluntarily by our food choices, from sprayed herbicides and pesticides on our fruit and vegetables.
Having said that, sometimes budgets can be a bit tight or there may not always be organic food available, especially if eating out. This informative app gives you the ‘dirty dozen’ and the ‘clean fifteen’. The ‘dirty dozen’ are the twelve fruits and vegetables that you really don’t want to be buying if non-organic, as they have the highest levels of unnatural contaminants. The ‘clean fifteen’ have very low levels of pesticide residue so are better choices to buy non-organic. This app is a great reference tool for when you’re out shopping or eating out.
3. Daily Water Free – Water Reminder and Counter
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Our bodies are made up of around 75% water and the brain closer to 80%. Any depletion in our stock of water is going to have a big effect on our ability to function. But how many people are conscious of giving their bodies the 2 litres of water a day, and I mean water, they require to function at maximum health and effectiveness? This app is a way to keep yourself on track and ensure your body stays fully hydrated. It tracks how much you’re drinking and reminds you to drink water at the right time.
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Requires Android 2.3.3 or later.
We all love to eat out now and again and this app is for those unplanned times when you’re out and about when hunger pangs call. This app is great for when you find yourself with a group that requires specific dietary requirements. It is used by millions and gives great reviews on restaurants by consumers and food critics. Photos of food, maps and the ability to book a table are included on this app.
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, (Android version to follow).
If you already have a nutritionist and know your best dietary requirements then this app will help you make healthy choices adjusted to your individual outlined needs. You can set your dietary preferences and goals through the app to create healthy menus suited to you accordingly. It even creates a grocery list for you.
Apps are great shortcuts once you’re established in knowing your health and diet requirements. If you feel you need guidance on tailoring the best diet for you and your circumstances then you can book me for a free 20 minute Skype consultation to discuss. Here is a link to the form where you can contact me:
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