Apps are here to build your healthy diet

Smart phones, tablets, notebooks – take your pick. You have probably found that apps have an important place, be it radar weather alerts, changes in times and gates for flights, money budgets, resources, finding the best buy, food content – the list goes on.

Today’s article focus gives some quality applications that either I or fellow dietitians have found to be worthwhile and credible. The qualifying criteria is that the app provides current information, is easy to use, creates minimal intrusion, is free and has worked out the bugs. It is almost impossible to stay ahead of the thousands of apps on the market, but here are a few worth checking out. Because my list today is limited by space, they must fit the above criteria. Some are available through Apple and some Android, and a few have both options available. The apps listed focus on nutrition, but let me hear from you about those you have found particularly useful.

Food on the Table (Apple) takes food preferences to match them with grocery store sale items in our area and provides specific recipes and meal planning calendars on a budget. It can also provide a grocery list and maintain pantry inventory.Calorie Counter & Nutrient Tracker by MyFitness Pal provides an extensive nutrition analysis for meal, nutrient and caloric balance. It allows one to adjust goals, enter food or nutrient intake as well as output (exercise), add to an existing food library and track key nutrients on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Cardiovascular and stretch activities can also be included. A worthy app.Diet Assistant as well as My Diet Coach are apps to help dieters stay motivated and committed to meeting weight loss goals (short term).Eat and Move-o-Matic (Apple) – Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University lets users compare the calories they eat with the time it would take to burn them off through physical activity. Exciting for younger populations.Pepperplate 2.3 is a comprehensive cooking app used to save your recipes in one place. It provides the essential tools to plan menus, shop and cook. From there you can create menus, shopping lists, weekly or monthly meal plans and even use the app to monitor multiple cook times in the kitchen. Determining a food budget takes a bit more work but can also be effective. Once they’re synced, you can access your entire recipe collection, shopping lists and menus from any mobile device with or without an Internet connection.Find Me Gluten Free (Apple, Android) provides educational resources to follow a gluten-free diet. Whether your needs are for celiac disease, gluten intolerance or for guidance in terms of weight loss, wellness or fitness, this app can be helpful.

iCookbook Diabetic stems from the original iCookbook app. The recipes and nutrition information for people with diabetes can be used by all.How to Cook Everything: Essentials (Apple) is limited to 100 recipes, but it includes cooking techniques, and the recipes can be filtered by ingredients, cooking technique or type. Because it is a starter app, the content is limited; it can be expanded in the paid version. or 247-4355. Wendy Rice is family and consumer science agent for the La Plata County Extension Office.

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