Do you love food, but hate meal planning? Wouldn’t it be the dream to have someone tell you what you need to add to your shopping list? Do you wish someone would tell you what to have for dinner? Or how you can improve your diet to include healthier options?
Sadly, genies don’t exist (step away from the lamp), and while a personal nutritionist may be a costly solution to all of the above, there is an alternative. There is a world of apps available to answer all of your food, diet, and nutritional dilemmas.
Here are some of the best nutrition apps to solve all your dietary needs.
Yes, this is a weight loss app from the Under Armour team – but it’s also so much more than that! When you first sign up, you’ll be asked what your goal is. After a short questionnaire, the app will determine your daily calorie target, and away you go. Track what you eat and you will be given a breakdown of your daily nutrient consumption. Discovery tasty meals – and even log these directly to your daily diary for easy meal planning and tracking. The app is loaded with workout routines that compliment your healthy eating journey, and tally up your remaining calories available throughout the day.
You will want to take a bit of time to familiarise yourself with the app, and get yourself set up, but the more you track, the easier it becomes as MyFitnessPal records and remembers your history and makes it easier to use.
If you recognise his name, it may be because you’ve read his bestseller “How Not to Die” (if you haven’t, it is highly recommended). Dr Greger examines the 15 top causes of death in America, and looks at our relationship with food and lifestyle as a means to prevent and even revere the damage of these chronic conditions with diet.
The app itself is very simple – there are 12 food groups that should be consumed daily for a well-rounded plant-based diet. The app lists the 12 groups, and how many servings of each you should be eating daily. Once you consume a portion, you mark it off. No calorie counting, zero macro tracking, just pure, simple healthy food tracking.
The PornHub of the food world. If you love food, but sometimes lack inspiration for something delicious and healthy that hits the spot, look no further! Yummly is a foodie’s playground, browse through over 2 million mouth-watering recipes by category, diet, course, technique, what’s in season and even by ingredient. Then scroll through recipes, which are rated by other users, and click “yum” to save to your meal collections of “add to meal planner”. You can see the nutritional value of the meal, as well as add ingredients to your shopping list, making your weekly grocery shop an absolute doddle.
Bar far the outstanding feature is the “Pantry”. Just add the ingredients that you already have at home for a list of recipe suggestions that minimise food wastage!
The downside? You may lose hours browsing through recipes, but you will never be lost for what to eat again.
Instead of counting calories, Ate chooses to focus on how food makes you feel instead, fostering a better, healthier relationship with food and eating. For most of us, eating is less for pleasure and more for necessity – especially when we are super busy and hardly have time to swallow down a sandwich between meetings.
Through food journaling, YouAte gives you a platform to log and assess your eating behaviours, emotions and habits in a positive and non-judgmental way. It will help you to become more aware of repeat habits and suggest new behaviours to replace the ones that aren’t working for you.
Take part in suggested “experiments” that challenge the way you eat for a more engaging and mindful eating experience.
If you are looking for a wholesome eating experience, geared towards promoting a sustainable relationship with food and a healthy lifestyle, then try YouAte.
This is an all-rounder in the nutrition tracking field; Lifesum provides everything you’d expect from a food app – simple tracking of meals (with barcode scanning), exercises, habits, weight and body measurements.
Daily logging of your meals is simple, with pre-loaded food items already calorie-counted. It then breaks down your calories into carbs, protein and fat, to give you an overview of where you can make a difference to improve your nutrition over the course of the day.
What makes this app stand out is the variety of diet plans available. Choose your favourite, or take the test to find which diet plans best suits you. Then start enjoying delicious suggested meals and recipes in keeping with the season!
Happy munching! WB x