Top Food, Nutrition and Wine Apps in 2013
How To Cook Everything app
I’m an iphone user and I have very few apps on my phone, mostly because I’m so overwhelmed with the choices that I can’t decide. I need someone to tell me which I should use. While I may not know the best games or media apps, I can form my own opinions about the food apps! Here are my picks for the best Apps, depending on your interests:
Best Weight Loss App: Lose It!
Why? It helps set goals for weight loss and track your calories.
Cost: Free! But if you purchase the premium version, it’ll also track your exercise and sleep (among other things)
Alternative: MyFitnessPal – which tracks nutritional intake down to the micronutrient (and is my personal fave)
Best Pre and Post Workout Nutrition App: Smoothie Selector
Why? It has smoothie recipes, allows you to create your own recipe, and offers tips about optimizing nutrients
Alternative: Fooducate – you can scan any food’s barcode and view the graded nutritional score (which takes into account controversial additives, trans fats, sugars, etc).
Best Grocery Store/Food Shopping App: Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide
Why? It helps you identify which supermarket products don’t contain GMO ingredients
Alternative: (there really isn’t any good alternative..)
Most Informative Food App: How to Cook Everything
Why? It helps you decide on meals, creates grocery lists, and has built in cooking timers. Plus, this app is health-oriented, as it is based on Mark Bittman’s cookbook
Alternative: Ask The Cheesemonger (Ask the Butcher exists too). These provide great details on cheese and cuts of meat (respectively), proper storing, cooking, and serving information.
Best Local/Organic Guide: Harvest
Why? It provides information on what’s in season in your area, how to know if a fruit/veggie is ripe, and when to buy organic (i.e. provides info on pesticide levels)
Use with: Wild Edibles ($7.99) – perfect for identifying indigenous plants for the urban forager or while in the wilderness (it works when you have no reception).
Alternative: Locavore (see below) – Harvest provides pesticide info that locavore doesn’t.
Best Seafood Sustainability App: Seafood Watch
Why? It provides a lot of information on regionally available seafood, has a great search option, and ranks the most sustainable (using “best choice”, “good alternative” and “avoid”). Also has a great sushi guide!
Best Local Food App: Locavore
Why? It features a seasonal food list, search for nearby markets and browse recipes.
Alternative: Harvest (see above)
Best Wine App: Drync Wine
Why? It’s easy to use and helps pair wines with foods (or pairs food with wine if you already have a bottle), provides tasting notes and you can rate wines and add your own tasting notes.
Alternative: Hello Vino – a simplified version
Up and Coming App: Speakeasy Cocktails – right now only available for the ipad, but prohibition style drinks, made to your tastes are gaining mainstream popularity. Soon, this app will teach you everything you need to know.