For the last couple days, I’ve been testing food applications for the smartphone. As it turns out, I discovered all sorts of applications that not only improve the way we cook but improve what we choose to cook in the first place. Today, I compiled five applications that can give you quick access to information and tools to eat better and live healthier. Tomorrow, I’ll highlight applications with recipes, ideas, and tips on cooking better.
Using the five apps below you can get a clearer sense of the what’s in the food you’re currently eating, find fresh and healthy food, discover new and tasty foods, and plan better meals.
Know where your fresh food came from? HarvestMark Food Traceability can help you trace your fresh food back to the farm. You’ll know where the food was grown, when it was grown, and how it was grown, and even if the food was subject to recall. This highly awarded app been featured by the The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, NBC, ABC, The Miami Herald, and named as a top five app by over 100 bloggers. The HarverstMark logo on fresh vegetables, fruit, and chicken indicates that you can get information on your food.
Know what you’re buying or what’s in your cabinets? Scan your product labels with Fooducate and get a quick snapshot of what your eating. It ranks your food with an A through D grade, focusing on sodium, sugar and saturated fats as well as fiber and naturally occurring nutrients. Plus, Fooducate can offer a list of alternative items for comparison. This is such a cool app, I’m surprised it’s free. I started scanning everything in my cabinet.
3. Fresh Food Finder
After scanning a few cans of food, you might decide it would be a good idea to start buying more fresh food. Download Fresh Food Finder and discover a list of nearby markets that sell locally grown food.
4. Meal Planning by Food on the Table
Now why not start planning your meals in advance to save costs and eat healthier? Food on the Table helps you make a plan, make a shopping list, find the best deals at local grocery stores. You have the option of choosing calorie allowances, specify health goals (diabetic plans, body building, vegan, etc). Then you enter a list of local grocery stores. Food on the Table will suggest recipes. Select your recipes, and it will make a grocery list and even help you stay on budget. Now that’s a mouthful, literally.
5. Whole Foods Market
If you’ve decided you want to eat a bit healthier, you may want to check with Whole Foods Market. They’e got two apps that can help you discover healthier foods and healthier recipes. The Whole Foods Market app gives you a variety of suggested recipes that can expose you healthier eating habits. The Whole Foods Market Mission introduces you to new vegetables and foods that are tasty and healthy (this app is currently only available on iPhone).