Being conscious of what we eat becomes even more important with children running around the house. Their growing bodies need a vital mix of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates to grow big & strong while us parents need good, nutritious food to keep us energized and healthy. However, eating well isn’t always easy. Cupcakes are delicious and take out is a quick fix for dinner when the entire family seems to be running in different directions. To combat the world’s edible temptations, Apple app developers have joined the fight to help us all keep better track of what we put in our mouths through the creation of a variety of informational, motivational healthy eating apps.
Don’t Eat That
Do you ever read the nutrition label on something only to end up wondering exactly what half of the ingredients are? Don’t Eat That provides a rather comprehensive listing of not-so-great food ingredients so that when confusion sets in on the frozen foods isle, you can do some quick research to determine whether or not you want to feed those corn dogs to your family. I appreciate the honest, straightforward descriptions of the food items and easy-to-use search functions.
EatRight encourages users to ensure that they’re eating according to the USDA’s food pyramid recommendations by keeping track of what types of food they consume throughout the day. By simply touching an icon for each food category: protein, grains, etc. your consumption of that category is tracked. I think this would be a great app to use as a family and evaluate the content of your meals, or for teaching kids the importance of balanced eating.
Dotti’s Food Score
For those of you on diets like the Weight Watchers program, or those simply interested in being aware of the content of your meals out, Dotti’s Food Score is a quick, easy reference. By searching or scrolling through a comprehensive list of restaurants, Dotti’s food score allows you to review the nutritional content of the eatery’s most popular menu items. From the drive thru’s to sit down dinner restaurants; this app has got you covered. I always like to be able to check that my salad choice actually does have less calories than the cheeseburger I really want!
Do you have a picky eater in the house? I understand. To this very day I refuse to eat a beet and I’ve never even bothered to try one. Perhaps I should give Munchy Monkey a try myself. Developed with choosy little mouths in mind, Munchy Monkey allows parents to take a photo of dinner and Munchy Monkey will eat it up until his plate is clean. The goal is for the encouragement of Munchy Monkey to spur your little tyke on to scarf up his dinner, too. I think Munchy Monkey is a cute addition to a difficult dinner table when all else fails.
For a free app, Calorie Counter by Net Diary is nothing short of extensive. This diet tracking app allows users to track what they have eaten, exercise, water intake, measurements, weight and more with simple controls. An extensive listing of foods is easy to use, creating a user friendly environment for tracking food consumption. I also like that the app will assist you in figuring out the recommended daily calorie consumption for meeting realistic weight loss goals.