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17 Great Apps For Anyone Trying to Eat Healthier

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1. Blender Girl Smoothies (free, iOS) will match your mood to any smoothie.

Blender Girl Smoothies

You don't have to base every smoothie on bananas or kale, and Blender Girl will teach you all the alternatives. Just plug in your need, mood, and craving, and this app will look through Blender Girl's 100 best smoothie recipes to find the ideal blend for you.

2. Nom (free, iOS) lets you explore new cuisines through live videos.

Nom

Instead of looking through static food photos for dinner inspiration, scroll through daily live videos from food bloggers and award-winning chefs. And unlike your favorite food channel, you can even read tips from fellow eaters and chime in with your own.

3. Foodstand (free, iOS, Android) offers a vibrant community for all health-conscious eaters.

Foodstand

This community-based app helps health-conscious food lovers stay up to date on food trends, recalls, better dietary practices, and events in the area.

4. Harvest (free, iOS) lets you know what produce and fruit is in season.

Harvest

There's no bigger turn-off to healthy eating than bland and underripe produce and fruit (ever tasted a blueberry in October?). Harvest lets you know exactly what items will be at their flavorful peak at the grocery store, and teaches you how to select the ripest of the bunch.

5. Thrive Market (free, iOS, Android) lets you order healthy groceries at seriously discounted prices.

Thrive Market

Thrive Market is the Costco of healthy foods. The app lets you browse through healthy cooking ingredients, snacks, and beverages, with the option to search for exclusively gluten-free, vegan, Paleo, or organic options. Best of all, all items are offered at budget-friendly wholesale prices.

6. Fooducate (free, iOS, Android) makes you aware of the quality of your calories.

Fooducate

Calorie counts matter, but 300 calories of cake isn't the same as 300 calories of kale. Macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) are important, too. Fooducate’s food logger will keep track of your nutrient intake as well as your daily calorie count, and even give you healthier alternatives for the junkier foods you input.

7. HelloFresh (free, iOS, Android) is a healthy meal kit delivery service for the busy bee who loves to cook.

HelloFresh

HelloFresh delivers portioned ingredients straight to your door, with the classic plan starting at $9.90 per meal. What's better, every recipe comes with holistic nutritional information (which you can plug in to your calorie tracker!), like the amount of calories, fats, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and sodium in each dish, as well as potential allergens.

8. Is My Food Safe? (free, iOS, Android) answers all your food safety questions.

Is My Food Safe?

Admit it: When it comes to food and relationships, your "common sense" is garbage and your roommate's second opinion even worse. This app answers all your "I should probably know this by now" food questions regarding undercooked meat, leftovers, and oven safety. As for your commitment-phobic SO, you're on your own.

9. MyFitnessPal (free, iOS, Android) is the calorie-counting app literally everyone needs to try.

MyFitnessPal

Whether you're trying to lose weight, testing a more mindful lifestyle, or a living, breathing human being, you need to test this calorie-counting app for at least a week. The autofill fields make it easy to input your meals and snacks, and the ensuing calorie revelations will turn you into a more conscious eater.

10. Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide (free, iOS, Android) helps you create a GMO-free diet.

Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) aren't always easy to spot. If you're trying to avoid GMOs, this app makes it super easy to locate products and brands that are verified through the Non-GMO Project's Product Verification Program.

11. Pepperplate (free, iOS, Android) makes it easy to prepare healthy meals for groups.

Pepperplate

This time-saving app imports recipes from your favorite blogs, tweaks them to match your health needs, and best of all, scales your chosen recipe for however many people you're cooking for and generates shopping lists to fit the recipe.

12. NxtNutrio ($3.99, iOS; $2.99, Android) identifies all the chemicals, preservatives, and additives lurking in your foods.

NxtNutrio

Start by plugging in all your allergens (GMO, MSG, corn, etc). The next time you're at a grocery store, scan the barcode of whatever item you want to check and the app will let you know all the nutritional risks involved, specifically for you. The app's barcodes database isn't holistic, but it'll recognize most major brand names.

13. Rawvana ($2.99, iOS, Android) features over 100 raw recipes you'll actually want to try.

Rawvana

Raw diets SOUND like a good idea. Unprocessed and uncooked, raw foods have the potential to improve digestion, decrease inflammation, clear your skin, achieve world peace, etc, etc. But the image of a limp kale and broccoli salad for lunch can test even the most disciplined of eaters. Enter Rawvana, whose delicious Thai rice, vegan hamburger, and coconut cream cookie recipes will entice the pickiest of eaters into a more simplified and healthier diet.

14. EatingWell (free, iOS, Android) lets you look through 200+ healthy gourmet recipes.

Sprig

This app contains a database of exclusively healthy, professionally written and tested recipes illustrated with exquisite original photography that'll convince you to turn a blind eye to ramen burgers and cheese crusts once and for all.

15. ShopWell (free, iOS, Android) makes you a healthier and smarter grocery shopper.

ShopWell

Much like NxtNutrio, ShopWell lets you scan items and tells you how healthy each item is for you, helping you manage everything from weight and allergies, to health conditions like diabetes, gluten intolerance, and IBS.

16. Yummly (free, iOS, Android) finds recipes tailored to your health needs.

Yummly

If you're a picky eater and find healthy dishes to be bland, this smart recipe searcher will help you find the tastiest meals for your palate, and give you nutritional information on each one. And to leave you with absolutely zero excuses to make your peanut-free vegan dinner tonight, the app is even syncable with Instacart, which delivers ingredients directly to you.

17. Woozy (free, iOS, Android) delivers food recall alerts in real-time.

Woozy

This app lets you customize your "recall feed" to show you food recalls specific to certain products (like candy, flour, or potato chips) or "reasons" (like salmonella, undeclared peanut, or small metal shavings). You can also input your own sick report, or track what's been going around in your own city.