We’re continuing our aid in helping you reach your New Year’s health goals with this in-depth post of some of the best apps for healthy eating. While our last post provided some of the best iPhone apps to help get you in shape so you reach all your fitness goals, this one will help you eat better and be more conscious of what you put in your food.
You don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian to use VegOut, which will help you find a veggie-friendly restaurant near you. It’s also powered by HappyCow.net, so restaurants already have consumer-reviewed star ratings, so you can tell whether the place’s food was a hit with fellow diners. Get it for $2.99.
With Locavore, you can easily see what produce is in season so you can check if that recipe you want to try will work or not, and it’s free. The app also maps out the nearest farmers’ markets according to your location.
18. My Fitness Pal
Lose weight with My Fitness Pal, a calorie counter and food journal. The free app features the largest food database of any iPhone calorie counter and it also as more than 350 exercises, including cardio, strength training and more.
17. MyNet Diary
Here’s another calorie counter that will help you eat healthy and lose weight. MyNet Diary is also free and is powered by a great 475,000+ foods database, with magically fast food entry, searching as you type. Includes free website access and works great offline without internet connection.
16. Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit
This app does it all. It’s a journey from fat to fit and features meal plans, workouts, grocery lists and blog updates so you can live healthy and get into shape. It’s only $0.99, too!
15. Tap & Track
With Tap & Track you can come up with a daily calorie goal and it features a large food and exercise database. For $3.99, you get more than 500,000 food items and brands, more than 180 different exercises, a BMI calculator and more.
14. LiveStrong.com Calorie Tracker
This app is pretty handy and is from Lance Armstrong’s health and fitness website. Users can look up and track daily caloric, fat, carbohydrate, and protein intake for only $2.99.
The 40•30•30 app lets you quickly calculate the percentage of calories in food from the three macronutrient groups: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Just scroll through the weight (in grams) options for each nutritional element to view your ratio. It’s also free.
Fooducate gives every food item a letter grade for health, from A to D, based on an algorithm developed by nutritionists and dietitians, which takes into account the nutritional density of each food. You can also compare products side-by-side to healthier options with the free app.
11. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
Those trying to eat healthy can try “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian,” which is the ultimate vegetarian cookbook from New York Times columnist and bestselling author Mark Bittman. It has more than 2,000 recipes and scores of how-to illustrations. Get it for $4.99.
10. Food Additives 2
Avoid unhealthy additives that are potentially dangerous or unsafe to your health & see which ones are considered safe. This application is perfect for those at risk, the health conscious, parents, vegetarians, vegans and/or people on religious based diets. The app costs $3.99.
9. Lose It!
This app provides a seamless, supportive weight loss program. Download Lose It! today for a personalized and connected experience. It’s free and offers a comprehensive database of foods and activities, allows you to track nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates and more, as well as works offline when needed.
8. Nutrition Menu
For $0.99, this app allows you to advance your diet by having nutritional information for over 93,000 food items right at your fingertips! Whether you go out to eat or cook at home, Nutrition Menu takes the guesswork out of choosing healthy meals and even includes a calculator to compute your Food Score.
7. Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner
Scan products at the market to get their full nutritional value with this free app by Weight Watchers.
6. CalorieKing Food Search
The free app is an easy way to check calories, carbs, and fat and contains over 70,000 foods and includes 260 fast food chains and restaurants.
5. 400 Calories or Less Cookbooks
The free app allows you to cook delicious meals that are low in calories with easy to follow recipes. It also has in-app purchases starting at $2.99 for seasonal recipes.
4. Wellness Cookbook+
The app is free to browse all the health recipes, but you’ll have to fork over $5.99 to get access to all the delicious and healthy recipes that help create a sensible lifestyle and offers free tips and trends. You can browse through the recipes one by one or use one of the filters to quickly select recipes that are fast, vegetarian or less spicy. Use the cooking mode which presents all the information you need at a glance, so touching the iPad while cooking is reduced to a minimum.
3. Pic Healthy
Pic Healthy Photo Food Diary makes healthy eating fun and easy with the help of your friends! Take pictures of your food, rate how healthy or unhealthy it is and let your friends be the judge! The free app allows you to earn points for eating healthy foods, and earn points just for participating (because being aware of what you eat is the first step towards making smarter food choices).
2. Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List
Search the more than 30,000 recipes on Epicurious for healthy and tasty recipes. Not sure what to do with butternut squash? You can search by ingredient for recipe ideas. The app will save your favorite recipes and create shopping lists too.
The GoodGuide app instantly will tell you whether products are safe, healthy, green and socially responsible while you shop. The app’s barcode scanning feature lets you quickly access GoodGuide’s science-based health, environment and social ratings for over 170,000 products. The free app has a cool personalization feature that enables you to choose the issues you care about most – like nutritional value, safe and healthy ingredients and more.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.