Grill-It! (Android | iOS)
Grilling ability has long been a measure of manliness, and while not everyone can be an expert, Grill-It! gives you access to enough recipes and tips to make you feel like one. The app gives you specific instructions along with professional photos of the completed dishes so you can see how yours match up. You can browse the recipes by meat types, key words or ingredients. Don’t know what temperature to cook a certain meat? Grill-It! provides you with a list of the correct internal temperatures for cooking every kind of meat. A new recipe is added every week, so you’ll never run out of new meals to try.
ESPN Scorecenter (Android | iOS)
No man wants to be caught not knowing the score of a game or the latest sports news. Stay informed 24/7 with ESPN Scorecenter, an app that provides scores, news and standings from hundreds of different sports leagues around the world. The feature myTeams allows you to select your favorite teams and creates an individual page for each one. You can even subscribe for alerts to be sent to your phone for the start of your teams’ games, scoring plays, end of period/quarter/half notifications and final score updates. No matter how hectic your schedule is, ESPN Scorecenter lets you stay up to date on everything sports.
Fitness Buddy (Android | iOS)
Personal trainers are expensive, but that’s no longer an excuse for not getting a great workout. Fitness Buddy features over 1,700 exercises and 1,000 HD videos to provide you with the best personal training app available for your phone. It provides detailed exercise instructions, as well as full workout plans, so you can get your body to its prime condition. The app also tracks your progression, so you can make sure you’re getting the most out of your workout.
SkyDroid – Golf GPS (Android | iOS)
Say goodbye to expensive GPS devices for tracking your position on the golf course. This $0.99 app provides you with a satellite view of the course you’re playing on, as well as distances to greens and any hazards. There are currently over 22,000 courses mapped on the app, but you can map any course you want to online.
Mixologist Drink Recipes (Android | iOS)
If you don’t want to have to deal with the crowds at your local bar, Mixologist Drink Recipes will provide you with your own personal bartender. With almost 8,000 drink recipes and 1,300 ingredients, this app gives you access to the steps to make any drink you could want. If you only have a limited selection of alcohol, you can tell the app what you have in stock, and it will give you recipes featuring only those ingredients. Or, if one of the drinks that you don’t have the right alcohol for catches your eye, the app will find the nearest liquor store to your current location.
Runkeeper (Android| iOS)
One of the most popular fitness apps available, Runkeeper allows you to track your runs, walks, hikes and more from your smartphone using a built-in GPS and timer, among other great features. The app shows you your pace, heart rate, calories burned, and it keeps track of your stats from previous runs, helping you track your progress in multiple ways. One standout feature is that the app notifies you whenever you have completed a personal-best time for a particular distance, helping to keep you motivated.
Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal (Android | iOS)
Keeping track of your calorie intake is an incredibly important part of maintaining a healthy diet, and there’s no better smart phone app for it than Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal. The app features over 1.7 million different foods, all but guaranteeing that you can find your meal, and its calorie totals, on the list. It’s incredibly easy to input your meals, as the layout is user-friendly and allows you to save your favorite foods for quick access. You can also access your account via a computer, letting you backup all of your information.
Fooducate (Android | iOS)
Deciphering nutrition labels can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Fooducate is an app that lets you scan the barcode of an item at the grocery store and then gives you the most important nutritional information of the item, both good and bad. It has over 200,000 products in its database, and updates regularly. This app allows you to see past labeling tricks, such as distorted serving sizes, to see what nutritional value the products actually has. Just use your smart phone’s camera to scan the barcode and the app does the rest for you. Combined with Calorie Counter, it can be easy to keep control of your diet.
First Aid by American Red Cross (Android | iOS)
Have you found yourself in an emergency situation without the knowledge of how to deal with it? First Aid by American Red Cross provides you with all of the knowledge that you need to handle yourself in any emergency. Featuring the expert advice from the Red Cross, the app gives you access to step-by-step instructions for first aid, videos and animations of first aid techniques and even safety tips for severe weather. The app is very easy to navigate, and the information is presented in an simple-to-understand manner. There are even interactive quizzes to aid in your learning, keeping the user engaged in the content.
Looking for a new taste, a fresh recipe, a mouthful of flavor? Sometimes we need new ideas to help expand our menu. I tend to get into a rut of rotating the same handful of meals: peanut butter, peanut and jelly, and when I’m feeling adventurous peanut butter and marshmallow.
Truth be told, peanut butter is not my only meal (but I do eat a bunch of it). Usually when I think about trying something new, I’m already walking around the grocery store. I have been known to walk over to the magazine aisle to see if there are any cooking issues. The five cooking apps below offers a range of recipes, great ideas and tips for being a better cook.
Some folks started using Pinterest as a recipe tool for collecting and trading pictures of great tasting food. Foodily takes that functionality up a step and gives you the ability to store and save all sorts of great recipes. You can follow famous chefs, food bloggers, cookbook writers, plus all your friends. Foodily makes it easy to search and sort through great tasting recipes on all sorts of sites across the web.
One of the most popular recipe apps is Epicurious. This long time web site is the ultimate cookbook and kitchen companion for new cooks and long time chefs. Search and sort by ingredient, dish type, dietary considerations, occasion, season, and meal course. Once you select a recipe, it gives you prep time, photos, reviews and will even help you make an aisle by aisle grocery list. If you like it, favorite for future use.
3. Evernote Food
Remember the food you love with Evernote Food. Based on the continuous syncing app Evernote, this app keeps all your favorite meals, recipes, food sighting synced across your devices. Add captions, titles, tags, and any other details with each item.
4. Grill It
Any night is a great night to grill out. Whether grilling up a steak, some burgers, fish or even veggies, the grill adds that extra special taste. Here’s an app that gives you access to some of the best grilling recipes available. Plus, if you’ve got a questions, it comes with a built question tool that lets you post questions via email or put them on twitter for a fast response. The initial app costs $1.99 but after purchase, you get a free Meat Temps app that gives you recommended temperatures for all your favorite meats.
5. How to Cook Everything for the iPhone
What about an app that answers your cooking questions even while helping you pick some outstanding recipes. “How to Cook Everything” is a great tool for new and old cooks alike. It offers recipes, kitchen basics, and picks by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman (who wrote the bestselling cookbook, “How to Cook Everything”). Recipes over step-by-step instructions, an ingredients list that can be exported to a grocery list, and variations on recipes. I included this app because I love the practicality and cooking tips, but it does cost $4.99 (there is also a free version and a more expensive deluxe version), and sadly it’s only available for iPhone, iPad and iTouch right now.