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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Eating healthy sounds relatively simple, but with so many types of food readily available at the grocery store, it is easy to go overboard on calories or miss some important nutrients. I’ve done my share of research on nutrition and I’ve learned that one of the most important parts of healthy eating is a balanced diet. However, planning meals and counting macronutrients every day doesn’t sound fun. With so many apps available for practically any purpose, I decided to find the best apps for eating healthy. I didn’t know where to look at first, so a friend recommended I use a site called AppGrooves. After a quick search on their site, I found a top 10 list of the best healthy eating apps. You can see the full list here:

Best 10 Healthy Eating Apps by AppGrooves

I checked out some of the apps and reviewed my top 3 favorites.

MyFitnessPal – Rating: 4.6, Downloads: 50M+

An easy choice for my top picks is MyFitnessPal. This is your go-to meal tracker, with a variety of food logging options to make the process a breeze. I particularly like the fact that you can use a barcode scanner to quickly check nutritional content for countless food items and add them to your food log with a tap. The food database is huge with supposedly over 6 million foods from all over the world. I also like how MyFitnessPal syncs with other fitness apps and tracking devices to keep all your health information in one place.

When you are eating at a restaurant or cooking meals at home, finding nutritional information can be a little trickier. Thankfully, MyFitnessPal continually updates its database with menu items from a growing selection of restaurants. I also liked that I could easily enter my own recipes and the nutritional information was automatically calculated.

Pros: Barcode scanner, huge food database, syncs with other health apps and devices

Cons: No meal planning option, some recipes need manual input

Overall: Great for easily tracking your nutritional intake but not for planning your meals

Lifesum – Rating: 4.4, Downloads: 10M+

My second favorite is Lifesum. I found this to be an excellent choice for easily planning your meals. What I like about it is that you can easily customize food recommendations to fit your diet. Whether you are following a high protein diet, the ketogenic diet, a diabetic diet, or any other diet, you can easily set your preferences and get a variety of food options that fit your needs. Not only do you get personalized meal plans, but you can also keep track of your nutritional intake too.

Unlike my other two picks, Lifesum does not offer workout suggestions. However, the sole convenience of personalized meal plans is more than enough reason to include it on my list. Although I didn’t see many options for vegan food, I found the meal suggestions to be varied and interesting. Hopefully, they will add more vegan options soon!

Pros: Plans meals, customized diet plans, tracks macronutrients

Cons: Few vegan recipes, no workout plans

Overall: Perfect for finding a meal plan that fits your diet, but look elsewhere for workout plans

8fit Workouts & Meal Planner – Rating: 4.7, Downloads: 10M+

Finally, my third choice is no other than 8fit Workouts & Meal Planner. Overall, I like how you get a complete and personalized fitness plan that includes both meals and workout suggestions. Like Lifesum, you can set your diet preferences and the meal plan is adjusted automatically. I also found the workout routines to be very practical and effective, with just 5-20 minutes needed to complete a session. You don’t need specialized gym equipment, so you can complete them in the comfort of your own home.

Want to track a meal that was not part of the food suggestions? The food database is not as large as MyFitnessPal’s, but you can always enter recipes manually to keep track of your intake. I also found that some of the more advanced meal planning features and workout routines require a subscription. However, the base version is available for free and you can also enjoy a free trial of the full version first to see if it is right for you.

Pros: Plans workouts and meals to maximize benefits, adapts to your diet, quick and effective exercises

Cons: Limited food database, advanced features require a subscription

Overall: Great for planning workouts and meals in one place, but a subscription is required to unlock the full potential

These are my top 3 apps for healthy eating. Whether you are on a keto diet, paleo diet, military diet or any other diet, they are great for ensuring you stay on track. My personal favorite is MyFitnessPal. What about you? Let me know if I missed your favorite app, so I can include it on my next list!

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