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Top Food, Nutrition and Wine Apps in 2013

How To Cook Everything app

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)
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    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
  • Cost: $0.99
  • 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).
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    Best Grocery Store/Food Shopping App: Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide

  • Why?  It helps you identify which supermarket products don’t contain GMO ingredients
  • Cost: Free!
  • Alternative: (there really isn’t any good alternative..)
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    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
  • Cost: $4.99
  • 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.
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    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)
  • Cost: $9.99
  • 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.
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    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!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Use with…..
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    Best Local Food App: Locavore

  • Why? It features a seasonal food list, search for nearby markets and browse recipes.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Alternative: Harvest (see above)
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    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.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Alternative: Hello Vino – a simplified version
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    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.

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