Best Food and Nutrition Apps

The average person checks their phone over 100 times every day. It’s obvious that we love our mobile devices, so why not use them to help us get healthy! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite free food and nutrition apps to help you do everything from reading food labels and making healthier choices at the supermarket to identifying the highest quality ingredients and collecting recipes to inspire your culinary adventures!

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dirtydozenDirty DozenThe Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides helps you reduce your exposure to pesticides in produce. The guide helps you identify the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues (known as the Dirty Dozen) that are most important to purchase organic. The app also lists produce items where pesticide residue is more rare, allowing consumers to purchase these “Clean Fifteen” fruits and vegetables conventionally (or non-organic) guilt free.



FooducateNavigate the grocery store with ease using Fooducate. This app helps consumers make better food choices by grading foods based on “healthiness”. Users can browse through lists of food or scan items right in the grocery store aisle to highlight the product’s positive and negative attributes. Fooducate helps you better understand what’s really in your food and identifies healthier alternatives to choose from.



FoodGawkerOne of the best online social recipe networks comes to your mobile phone! Food Gawker lets you visually search and discover new recipes, techniques and ingredients to inspire your culinary adventures. Browse and filter beautifully photographed recipes of food bloggers from around the world, save the ones your love and share them with friends and family via social media!



LocavoreLearn what produce is in-season in your area and identify nearby markets and local farms to find them!  The app offers up-to-date lists of seasonal fruits and vegetables, a map of local markets, information and recipes for storing and preparing your produce, and ways to connect with food producers and interact with other consumers.



MyFitnessPalWith a database of more than two million food items, MyFitnessPal is one of the biggest health and fitness tracking apps out there. Log your food, track you calories, review your protein, fat and carbohydrate intake, input and save your favorite recipes, and share your food diary with your friends to help keep you accountable!



Seafood WatchThe Monterey Bay Aquarium brings you up-to-date recommendations for ocean-friendly seafood and sushi. The Seafood Guide and Sushi Guide allow you to browse from the lists ranked “Best Choice”, “Good Alternatives”, and “Avoid” to help you choose the most sustainable seafood at the supermarket and restaurants. The new Project FishMap even lets you share the locations and restaurants where you’ve found sustainable seafood on the menu.



Shop WellShopWell helps you improve your buying habits and build a healthier grocery list based on your dietary needs. Select from a variety of nutrition goals including heart healthy, gluten intolerance, digestive health, athletic training and more to begin building your list. The app ranks grocery items on your list with a number between 1 and 100 based on how nutrient dense the items is and how well it fits with your needs. Use the barcode scanner to scan foods and find out if they are a good match for your specific diet.



ThryveThe link between food and mood has never been so easy to identify as it is with Thryve. This is the perfect food tracker for visual people who hate numbers and calorie counting. Take photos of your food, use the pie chart to identify what fraction of your meal was grains, veggies, protein, etc., and select the corresponding face that represents how you feel when eating a particular food or meal.



ZipongoYou’ll never complain that healthy food is too expensive again with Zipongo. Not only does this app offer budget-friendly recipes and a meal planning program based on your specific diet (Mediterranean, Paleo, Vegan, and more), but it identifies up-to-date discounts at your local grocery stores including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Marianos – just to name a few!


What are your favorite food and nutrition apps?

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