As a modern and a very busy man who’s working extra hours in the night, a fix time for eating doesn’t really exist.  So instead of eating a healthy cooked plate, you eat from fast-foods or frozen ready-to-eat food dishes from supermarkets because it represents a simpler and faster way to gain energy.food-pyramid

A well-known phrase is saying “You are what you eat” and we think that it’s time you should start caring about the food you are eating. That’s why we want to come in help and we thought about presenting the best five applications  that can help users eat healthy. In addition, some of them even help users to keep a diet.

Best 5 Apps To Help To Eat Healthier

Food is one of the most important things in our life. Our food represents the source of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, fats and minerals that are necessary daily so our body works within normal parameters. Types of food vary from country to country and come in different tastes, but in essence the most important thing is what people actually eat, because big fast food chains and other restaurants usually don’t abide by the healthy principle.


Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

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Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal is one of the best applications that tracks daily food intake and helps users to make a better diet plan. It has a huge database with over 3 million food types and it offers the possibility to add to the daily journal even the cardio and strength exercises or the amount of water.

This application is very fast and easy to use, requiring only basic parameters such as age, activity level, gender, current weight and their weight goal. It even permits to add your own meals, to create your own food and exercises. One of the best things is that the app remembers favorite foods so that users don’t have to search for them again.

Furthermore, it tracks all the major nutrients, such as calories, fats, proteins and more. With this data it creates complex reports and charts to see the diet progress and the daily, weekly and monthly summary of the usage of these nutrients. That’s why this application represents a big step ahead in your quest to eat healthier food.

Developers implemented even a way to diet with friends, just add your friends by sending an invitation over Facebook or e-mail. Studies have shown that doing this with friends will triple the changes to lose weight much faster. So, start tracking your food and weight to start having a healthier life.

The application is available on Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone devices and even on the official site, MyFitnessPal. All information is synchronized immediately between all platforms.

BBC Good Food – Recipes

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BBC Good Food – Recipes is an application that offers 20 free recipes, 50 glossary items and cooking tips and tricks that can be accessed even offline. It covers dessert, breakfast, lunch and dinner time and offers all nutritional content of every recipe and ingredient. Basically, it shows all information in order to know what you are exactly eating.

Besides the free recipes, it also permits to buy a bunch of other cooking books within the app, for prices that vary from $0.99 to $1.99. Each book has over 160 recipes and they are split in categories like Healthy (including Salmon cakes and Thai beef stir-fry), Quick (Parmesan Spring Chicken, Quick Lamb Biryani, etc.), Food for Friends (Crispy Chicken with Pancetta and Butter Beans and so forth), Seasonal and more.

A nice feature is that it allows searching via categories or by the ingredients that users already have in their kitchen. After deciding which meal to prepare, it shows details, a guide about how to prepare it and information about the ingredients. Even more, some of the recipes have videos to help users cook.

The application also allows users setting their favorite recipes so that they’ll find them faster in the future. It’s available as a free download version for Android or iOS devices and it even has a Chrome application that can be downloaded from here.

Fooducate – Diet Tracker & Healthy Food Nutrition Scanner

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Fooducate – Diet Tracker & Healthy Food Nutrition Scanner is an award winning application that is considered the best of the iPhone Health & Fitness category. It helps users to lose weight, eat healthier food and track all of these in an easy-to-use and beautiful application. It has lots of features designed to find the healthiest foods for each user.

Besides tracking the food intake, the application also allows adding to your daily plan cardio exercises. For simplicity sake, all of the food is split into categories in order to find everything much faster. Furthermore, it permits to search by the product’s name or to scan an item’s barcode. After doing this it will provide general information about the product along with a nutrition grade (from A to D) which is based on an algorithm that was developed by nutritionists and dietitians.

The application even shows ingredients that manufacturers don’t want to be seen, such as additives, preservatives, food colorings, high fructose corn syrup and more. Having this at your fingers, you can learn more about your food and choose healthier alternatives. All in all, users have very good reviews about this app, because it helped a lot of them to lose weight and have a better life.

Its simplicity recommends it as one of the best choices for people who want to eat healthier. It’s available for download for free from Google Play Store and iTunes or as an ad free application for $3.99 (for Android and iOS devices).

BigOven

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BigOven is a complete tool in kitchen with over 250 thousand recipes that also lets users to add more and to access public recipes of their friends. It has a huge database and good reviews, being downloaded by over 10 million people who are searching for inspiration and a healthier food plan.

Users can search for recipes by keywords, course or ingredients. The last option is amazing because users can find a recipe based on the ingredients (up to 3) that they already have in their fridge. Furthermore, users can choose dishes from special menu collections, convert metric to imperial and the other way back, read reviews and share their recipes over e-mail or social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Also, for the paid subscription variant, the application permits searching through special dietary menus according to everybody’s preferences. It offers complex details about the nutritional information of every meal in order to choose the food according to their needs. Having BigOven’s giant database and complex data about what you’re eating (calories, fat, sodium for recipes and individual ingredients), you can start preparing healthier food because all that you need is at your fingers.

In addition, the paid subscription allows taking photos of handwritten recipes in order to add them to your personal account. The innovative and interesting feature is that the application will transform these recipes into a digital format so that they can be accessed in a simpler way. Also, it can automatically create a grocery list from every recipe.

The application comes as a free version for Android and iOS devices. Also, it’s available a paid subscription of $19.99 per year that unblocks a bunch of features besides the ones that were already presented.

HealthyOut – Nutrition Data

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Another interesting app that you may consider is HealthyOut which takes another approach in the healthier food field. This application is not a database with recipes or a food tracker, because it’s actually an application that finds dishes at restaurants near to your location.

All users have to do is to choose from a list their eating preferences and the app will do all the work. If they love Thai, Indian, vegetables or they just want a low fat meal, the application will plan out it for them. If you don’t like its result, it’s not a problem because it shows more alternatives to each plan. Furthermore, it sends a SMS or e-mail alert before they make the delivery which can be changed or canceled without supplementary fees.

HealthyOut also has amazing filtering options to choose from, such as vegan, vegetarian or intolerance towards lactose or gluten. If you are searching for a meal with a juicy meat instead of a salad, it’s not a problem because it even has a filter that is called “Not a salad”. It also shows detailed information about dishes, such as calories or proteins.

This service of planning meals from Monday to Friday costs users $28 per month including the delivery service. The food and tips are paid separately when the meal it’s delivered. If HealthyOut – Nutrition Data got you interested in it, just downloaded the free application for Android and iOS devices.


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Alex holds an engineering degree in Telecommunications and has been covering technology as a writer since 2009. Customization is his middle name and he doesn’t like to own stock model gadgets. When he’s away from the keyboard, simpler things like hiking, mountain climbing and having a cold drink make his day.