The New Year is just around the corner, and for many of us that means making resolutions for 2018 to start off on a good note! Health-related resolutions are always popular, and nutrition mobile apps are handy tools to help you start or maintain an action plan. Here are the 5 best nutrition apps to keep on your radar in 2018!
Disclaimer: The mobile apps listed in this blog were selected to address common nutrition needs and are for educational purposes only. There is no financial relationship between 80 Twenty Nutrition and the following mobile apps mentioned in this blog. They’re listed because I like them.
How To Make Healthy Choices When Traveling
If you’re a frequent traveler, maintaining your nutrition goals can be difficult, especially when that one question pops up on your mind: where should I eat? With fast food chains being so predominant, healthier options can feel challenging to find – that’s why the Food Tripping mobile app is here to help! Food Tripping uses your current location (in Canada or the United States) to find local eateries, vegan and vegetarian restaurants and even farmers’ markets nearby.
The app uses a simple layout, providing the restaurants’ location and contact information, as well as an option to save your favorites. I tested out this app at home and was surprised to see a lot of hidden gems right in my city!
How To Increase Your Vegetable Intake
Plant-based diets dominate the nutrition world, and are certainly going to increase in popularity in the new year. Incorporating more vegetables in your diet is a great way to start off 2018, since vegetables are anti-inflammatory and reduce your risk of many chronic diseases.
As a soon-to-be dietitian, I can understand how the phrase “eat more veggies” seems so tired out – but hear me out, because the VegOut! mobile app makes this nutrition goal more fun and intriguing, especially if you have a competitive side!
The annual VegOut! challenge is every March (United States only), with the goal of eating 30 different vegetables before the end of the month to get fun prizes and promotions – however, you don’t need to wait until then to get started. The app contains a lengthy list of veggies with their corresponding photos, a brief description and simple recipes that you can use them in. The incentives not only make the vegetable aisle less intimidating, but they also allow you to experiment with new flavors and recipes!
How to Stay Motivated in Your Nutrition and Exercise Goals
Exclusive to residents of Ontario, BC, Newfoundland and soon the rest of Canada, the Carrot Rewards mobile app provides incentives to live a healthier life by being awarded partnership points for completing nutrition and physical activity goals and completing quizzes. This is a great way to stay motivated, get rewarded and learn a few things along the way!
I learned about this app through a few of my friends who made it their goal to walk at least 1 hour a day after sitting all day in college lectures. The combination of earning points while setting goals together helped to make this goal a part of their lifestyle instead of another chore.
How to Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time
Planning your meals ahead of time not only saves you time but money in the long road. Well, for most people and their busy Monday to Fridays, that’s easier said than done. Check out this recent blog on how to make meal planning easy, as it provides you with tools to get you started on your meal planning journey, while the Food Planner mobile app will keep you organized.
You can organize the Food Planner mobile app based on your preferences by planning day-to-day or week-to-week, as well as create convenient grocery lists! That’s why this planning tool made it onto our list of the best nutrition mobile apps.
How To De-Mystify Food Ingredients
If you have recently acquired a food allergy, intolerance or started a new diet, navigating the grocery aisle can be quite the challenge. Have no fear because The Whatsinit? app makes this learning curve much easier!
First, select your needs from the drop down menu (ranging from nut allergies, vegan diet and lactose intolerance) and the app will automatically color code their extensive database which contains hundreds of ingredients. This is quite convenient, especially if you’re a visual learner like myself!
The color codes are based on a stoplight system: green means that the ingredient is safe, yellow means caution (may cause side effects) and red means to avoid.
One of the key features of this app is how accessible it is. You can look up any ingredients using the keyboard, say the ingredient you want to look up OR take a photo of the ingredient list. The app will then mark which ingredients to avoid, as well as provide a brief description and nutritional information. Who doesn’t love an app that does all the homework for you?!
The Bottom Line on Nutrition Mobile Apps
Nutrition mobile apps may a convenient tool to keep you on track of your goals and stay motivated. There are countless apps that can meet many different needs, however they’re not for everyone and that’s okay! If you prefer a more personalized approach, a registered dietitian can help you meet your nutrition goals and get you started for the new year!
What do you think are the best nutrition mobile apps? Share in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!
A big thank you to my student, Jacqueline Vykoukal, for reviewing these apps and writing this piece.