If you are using a smart phone, you know how wonderful the world of apps can be. For any topic that you can imagine, “there’s an app for that.” If you’d like your phone to help you grocery shop, or analyze the quality of the ingredients in packaged foods, or entertain your kids while teaching them tips about nutrition, then consider downloading some of these free apps.
GroceryIQ is one that our family uses almost every day. It shares an interface with their website, allowing you add items to your grocery list by typing from your computer’s keyboard, or simply by jotting down the item to your list where ever you happen to be using your phone. It also allows more than one family member to share the same list, and for real-time updates, which is invaluable when you are making the age-old request, “honey, would you pick up a few things on the way home?” If you select name brand products, it will offer you coupons, but you can just as easily write down “broccoli” or “chicken” as generic entries.
Fooducate is designed to give food a rating, from A to F, by scanning the barcode on a product’s UPC label. It then explains the rating based on the quality of ingredients contained. You can even ask it to include whether the ingredients are likely to be GMO or not. If you do this while you’re in the grocery store, you can take advantage of its suggestions for improvement.
ShopWell allows you input your gender, age and health goals, and then scan products for how well they meet your stated preferences. You can even save your scanned or searched for items as a shopping list.
Awesome Eats is a game designed by Whole Foods for “kids of all ages.” The earliest rounds are quite easy, but they progress in difficulty, giving even the most seasoned gamer a challenge. Your job is to use conveyor belts to sort produce into the appropriate bins. Between each round, they flash ideas for tasty ways to improve your diet or trivia about whole foods (the produce, not the store).