There really seems to be an app for just about everything these days – even all things food, from recipes to health scores to where to eat!  I’ve tried tons of them over the years (and deleted many of them too).  This is my list of some of my favorite free food apps that you may find useful to helping you eat well even when you’re short on time or away from the kitchen.

  • Fooducate  This app is useful in so many ways.  There is a health tracker for those of you who like to record your food consumption, a community to connect with others, a database of deliciously healthy recipes, and even a daily tip.  One of the features I have found most useful is the food finder section.   This area allows you to scan the barcode of certain foods or browse from a list of foods.  It then gives you a health rating and explains why.  This makes it super simple to give you the information to make a decision whether to eat that food or not.
  • Yummly  Yummly is one of my favorite websites and apps.  They have made it so simple to browse recipes and add them to your personal recipe box.  Users are also able to get nutrition information including calories, number of ingredients and time required to prepare.  Many bloggers (like me) include an icon on recipes to make it easy for you to add recipes to your recipe box or Yummly has an extension so you can easily add any recipe to your box.
  • Food.com This app is a great way for busy families to find recipes, plan meals, make shopping lists and find where ingrdients are on sale from your chosen stores.  You can browse recipes easily and even assign a specific date.  I especially love that this app helps you find the best prices on those ingredients, eliminating the need to scan other apps or printed apps.
  • CSPI Chemical Cuisine  My general rule about reading an ingredient list is to not buy anything that I don’t know what it is.  In most cases, that works out really well.  But sometimes an ingredient that may seem scary may not actually be.  This app can help with clarify what the ingredient actually is and gives a recommendation that is easy to understand.  I always appreciate the information that helps me make a decision.  You can either browse the alphabetical list or search for a specific ingredient.
  • Food Tripping  Since most of us are not able to eat every meal at home, finding healthy options on the road becomes a necessity.  And if you’ve ever taken a road trip and observed the signs along the highway, you’ll know that you will mostly be presented with fast food options.  The Food Tripping app can help with finding healthy options.  You can enter the specific category of food you would like, enter your zip code or look on the map, and you’ll be given a list of area restaurants and shown the healthy items they offer.
  • Seasonal and Simple This app ranks highly on my list of favorites.  Not only does buying food that is in season allow you to get the absolute freshest food, it’s a great way to save money and well and buy locally.  With this app, you’ll discover which foods are currently in season along with recipes that are super simple to make using that ingredient.  You can even click on specific fruits or vegetables and learn what makes it so healthy as well as tips to select perfectly ripe produce.
  • Wholesome – Healthy eating recipes Wholesome is another great app with healthy recipes.  The app allows you to browse recipes and select from the beautiful food photos and provides information about the overall healthiness of the dish.  If you are trying to make sure you get specific nutrients in your diet, this is a great way to evaluate foods.
  • Shopwell  Shopwell is another app that makes it easy to evaluate nutrition information while shopping.  Users can scan items to get information about that item or look up individual items.  Similar to Fooducate, you’ll get a score along with how that score was given.
  • HealthyOut  This is another app to help you make good decisions when dining out.  I love that it lets you drill down to specific dishes and gives detailed nutritional information.  I find it extremely helpful to have the menu scaled down to only include healthy dishes.
  • Dirty Dozen  There’s a lot of discussion in the nutrition world about eating organic.  For many people, cost is a major concern since so many organic foods are much more expensive than non-organic.  This app helps determine the best foods to purchase organic and also includes a section for FAQ’s that is very informative.

Do you use any foodie apps?  What are your favorites?

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