10 Best Nutrition Apps Reviewed
Spring is around the corner, and so are the shorts, tanks and swimwear that goes with it. After several months of winter holiday festivities and the accompanying desserts, high calorie drinks and heavier main courses, it’s time to lighten up.
- Health + Food Facts
- Healthy Menus Daily
- Nom Nom Paleo
- Paleo-Specific Nutrition
No worries! With so many great nutrition apps on the market, getting in shape – and feeling healthy doing it – is simple!
With the Fooducate app customers will feel more knowledgeable about the foods they eat, and the health impacts that foods have. The app helps to count calories and even offers an exercise tracking option. Quick access to ingredients allows users to make healthier choices about the products they purchase and eat.
Fooducate also provides a “community” component, which lets users interact, share information and progress regarding health and nutrition goals.
Taste and Recipe Ease
The app also helps users to select alternatives to potentially unhealthy food choices. Knowing that what you’re eating isn’t good is one thing, having a quick solution at your fingertips is very much another. Additional features offered in a premium version provide even more nutrition, recipe and community support.
Overall, the Fooducate App is ideal – between health and nutrition articles, product barcode/scanning accessibility, exercise tracking, community support, great recipes and alternatives, users are definitely on the road to better health, fitness and great food!
The app is free to get, but users will have to upgrade to access more premium provisions. Available in IOS and Android.
- Calorie and Exercise tracker
- Community support element
- Barcode scanning option
- Some valued options only available in a premium version
We love that Fatsecret has so many options. The recipes are endless, and new recipes are posted each day. Enjoy a flaxseed smoothie or berry nut salad – calories and nutrition included. The app helps users to make wise nutrition decisions based on up-to-date information about food, healthy products, and individualized concerns. Heart-healthy diets, nutrition for weight loss or maintenance, and food choices for other needs are all at your fingertips. Plug in exercise levels, type of exercise, and let Fatsecret determine how many calories you’ll burn per workout, and the best diet to accommodate your goals.
Recipes and Ease
Fabulous recipes and various cooking styles are accessible. From gourmet to the simple, you’ll find the right recipe, style and nutrition. Fatsecret breaks down food types, categories and diets to help users select the right choices for personal wants. Going shopping and selecting a week-long menu just got easier. User profiles lets Fatsecret determine best foods, and recipes for individual body type and taste.
Free to get. Apple Watch app is also accessible. Available in IOS and Android.
- Information and education for every body type, fitness need and diet goal
- Daily recipe posts
- Calorie and exercise tracker
- Detailed – may be a bit intimidating with so many features.
3. Nom Nom Paleo
Nom Nom Paleo offers a wide variety of meals complete with calorie counters to keep your paleo goals on target and healthy. Paleo diets can be confusing and even misunderstood, but with this app, users will feel educated about their nutrition decisions and more in tune with the history, meaning and positive health impact of Paleo. Podcasts, testimonials and community each provide insights into the relationship between the Paleo diet and exercise routines. CrossFit and other fitness programs are interrelated to dietary need and options.
Recipe and Ease
Nom Nom Paleo breaks down food groups for user ease. Segments on building blocks, poultry, eggs, seafood, plants and even treats help users understand how to combine foods for fitness and flavor. We love the 30 day plan, which offers meals and snacks to assist users with healthy eating without sacrificing taste. The meals are hearty and light and sweet and salty and generally speaking, fabulous! Don’t be intimidated by fancy dishes like “Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken” – recipes literally provide step-by-step instructions so even the most basic cook will become more seasoned.
A wealth of information at a bargain price. Available in IOS and Android.
- Incredible recipes with calorie information and step-by-step, easy to understand instructions
- Podcast keeps users interactive, educated and up to date
- A holistic approach to health, combining diet and fitness
- Less emphasis on weight loss for those desiring a more focused approach in this area
- No free option
4. Lose It!
We love how Lose It not only makes food recommendations regarding healthy foods for user’s specific diet and weight loss goals, but how it takes individuals to restaurants, name brand grocery stores and directly into product information for more accessible eating plans. This helps users feel they have broad dietary choices without sacrificing weight loss.
Lose It also puts individuals at the helm of their own ship, providing meal by meal calorie intake, and measuring it against daily goals. Has the user eaten more than allotted for that day? Is there room for an unexpected dessert?
The app is an essential part of a healthy weight loss program, providing excellent information about healthy foods, unhealthy foods and good or bad eating habits. We love that phones can be synced to the Lose It website for additional information and support, including a great, easy to access forum.
Recipe and Ease
Food and meal planning not only assists with weight loss, but offers excellent information and plans for other health issues like chronic inflammation, high blood pressure and glucose problems. Updated, weekly meal plans provide a fresh approach to a can-be boring part of a weight loss program. Lose It publishes interesting and unique meal ideas to keep its users feeling more motivated. To feel more supported, the community accessibility provides a forum for sharing how different recipes impact diet, and which meal plans feel simple and doable vs. more challenging recipes.
Free for general components, compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Awesome technology – sync to the Lose It website or even your doctor’s office with your updated blood pressure results!
- Forum provides shared motivation, meal planning and insights
- Daily calorie tracker provides an excellent way for users to stay on top of their overall weight loss goals
- The focus on exercise is fair. The Lose It app may not provide as much in depth information on the relationship between exercise and nutrition.
- For premium application there is an annual fee.
5. MyPlate by LiveStrong
Not only will the app tell users what’s in food fave’s at restaurants and stores, it provides best alternatives when dining (why the mushroom burger is a better choice than the BBQ burger at Red Robin, for example. When users input a family recipe or basic leftover, the app can provide nutritional ingredients.
The “loops” fitness feature maps your biking, running and other activities. Create and journal a circuit routine and track the combined calories burned from exercise with those lost from nutritional planning.
Plan a goal from quitting smoking, yoga or running a marathon. MyPlate will help you achieve it!
Recipe and Ease
Browse meals and recipes by category (weight loss, vegan, gluten-free and more]. Search through meal plans and learn fat, protein and other important facts about your food. A community feature also provides an opportunity to share foods, shopping lists and successful meal plans.
Free membership option, but features are limited without a subscription. Available in Google Play/Android and IOS.
- Individualized exercise development component (build your own circuit course) and mapping features.
- Excellent journals for calorie and exercise tracking
- Nice community forum
- Meal planning and recipes are a bit topical and we’d like to see a little more in-depth nutritional information for each item
6. My Fitness Pal
With over 3 million foods in its database, users have access to a lot of nutritional information! Sync phone to website and enjoy perusing meals, creating shopping lists and sharing recipes. We like that as users become accustomed to new recipes and progress in their healthier lifestyle, new goals with exercise, weight loss and general health can be easily updated.
Recipe and Ease
With the community feature, there’s a lot of food sharing and support going on! We like that users are particularly well-connected to others for interaction regarding challenges, exercise and meal planning. That entire meals’ nutritional content can be displayed is an excellent feature. Whether it’s a home-grown recipe [grandma’s famous soup] or a chain supermarket, your health is better ensured through the detailed tracker. This makes choosing alternatives a snap, too!
Free application provides a lot of features and is available for Blackberry, Android, Windows and iPhone
- Personal profiles can be easily updated as needs change
- Viewing a daily calorie count is an effective way to achieve weight loss goals
- Fantastic food database
- Barcode scanning is slightly unpredictable, in spite of the millions of foods in its database.
- Without wireless signal users can’t log in or record activity.
7. FitWell Personal Fitness Coach
With 300+ workouts and aligned dietary options, FitWell is an excellent app for all fitness levels and both men and women. Inputting information results in a personalized fitness program with adjacent foods to compliment your workouts and weight management. The creators refer to their program as “smart” exercise and diet, with specific tailoring so that users are more successful. There are many types of workouts to choose from as well as a calorie counter, activity monitor and personal trainers and nutritionists.
Recipe and Ease
Once users have set up a personal profile, the nutrition feature provides person-specific meals, planning and ingredient information. You’re a diabetic wanting to lose ten pounds with walking as your exercise? FitWell will design your perfect meals, map your fitness and remind you when to exercise and even to drink water! Low carb, veggie and Paleo diets are each provided, simply. Let FitWell see to a daily recommended allowance of carbs, proteins and fats without jeopardizing your goals. And love the delicious foods, too!
Free with some cost for upgrade. Use with Siri and compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
- 24/7 fitness and nutrition coaching
- Excellent workouts
- Need-specific diets and meals
- Slight cost for upgrades
8. Live Up! +
While plant-based diets continue to rise in popularity, it can be a bit daunting to hop on bored the vegan train. For many, a meat dish has served as a main course in most meal. Replacing that chicken, lamb or steak with something vegetarian and yummy can seem perplexing. With the Live Up!+ app, nutritional meals are provided in a user friendly format.
Customize plant-based dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or choose desserts, appetizers, sides or salads. It’s all here, and attainable for even the most basic chef! Information includes sugar content, healthy sweetener substitutes, detailed list of ingredients and health related content, educational information regarding plant-based diets and dishes and their positive impact on health.
Recipe and Ease
It truly couldn’t be easier to use the Live Up!+ app for meal planning. Select raw foodie selections, basic vegetarian or diet specific filters like no sugar or gluten-free filters and enjoy the bevy of options for each and all. We love the category on healthy detox, and the special section for kids’ meals. From creating a shopping list, emailing it to yourself, social media or friends, to the step by step cooking guides, you’re never alone in the process toward your better health.
There is a small subscription fee which includes 8-10 new recipes per month. The nutrition you’ll gain from the host of recipes and guided preparation assistance is well worth it!
- Updated recipes monthly
- Unlimited, creative selection of all types of plant-based meals and desserts
- Love the kid friendly section
- Detox plan is phenomenal
- Subscription fee, which automatically renews without reminders
- Unlike many nutrition apps, Live Up!+ does not contain exercise or calorie tracking components
9. HealthyOut – Healthy Restaurant
Eating out or traveling doesn’t have to mean discarding your weight or fitness goals. People used to resign themselves to vacation weight - the calorie and weight increase that was an inevitable component of a holiday excursion. It wasn’t unusual to return from a trip feeling a bit hungover from changes in diet. Along the same lines, an evening out might have the same impact.
With the HealthyOut app, users are able to input personalized dietary information to include gluten allergies, meatless diets, sodium restrictions and calorie concerns. A list of chain restaurants nationwide [and non-chain restaurants in the San Francisco, California area] will pop up allowing users to make valuable decisions about restaurants, take out and even dessert or night club options.
Recipe and Ease
A favorite element of this app is that it allows users to truly customize their ideal dining wants. Not only are the health and nutrition elements detailed, but the app also has filter to select food types, from ethnic or vegetarian cuisine or more focused interests, such as actual ingredients. Users can also select nutritional and meal choices ranging in high or low end expense.
Between the great health value of this app, and the ability to hone in on restaurants and food types that provide personal wants, it’s sure to make users feel healthier and happier!
Free for iPhone, and iPod touch [3rd and 4th generation], and iPad with IOS 5.0 or later
- Filters accommodate nutrition and taste
- Quickly accesses chain restaurant menus with nutrition information, nationwide
- Accommodates ongoing diet to include Atkins, South Beach and The Zone
- Currently only available for chain restaurants outside the San Francisco area
10. 8fit Fitness at Home
We love that this app is well designed for at-home use. A first step is entering personal fitness goals [muscle strength, weight loss, etc.]. The app loads an individualized plan based on the information provided which includes daily exercise routines, meal plans and diet assistance. With educational guides, reasonable work out programs lasting 15-20 minutes per day, easy recipes and support, users can feel confident they will see results!
Recipe and Ease
A favorite feature of this app is the custom nutrition plan that boasts fat loss meals, carb control and other unique meal designs based on specific health concerns. A built in weight tracker with visual graphs and personalized stats allows users to monitor the impact dietary changes [and fitness] are having on overall weight loss and other goals.
Users will have to subscribe, which is a small price to pay for this universal health and nutrition app. Available on IOS and Google Play.
- Educational resources including video coaching
- Excellent, simple meals designed for specific goals
- Fitness programs with a wide range of routines
- Subscription necessary for meals, coaching and many workout routines
Whether you’re looking for specific weight loss help, vegetarian meal plans, Paleo food and fitness or something in between, we’ve narrowed down the top ten best nutrition apps that promise a better diet and great taste, too.
Criteria for picking out the best nutritional apps.
People are running to shed those pounds, stay in shape, and hopefully live a slightly longer, happier life. Running is fine and dandy, but it’s also boring and difficult to do correctly. Whether you’re trying to look great for the beach, get those six-pack abs you’ve always wanted or you just want to be healthier, having a nutritional app in your device is very important. Nutritional apps are available Play-store and Apple-store but then not all of them will suit you or are best for you. Of course there is something for everyone in the above list of the best nutritional apps. You’ll find apps that provide step-by-step instructions — just like an expert in nutrition, with detailed meal plans and even calculators to help you determine your nutrition level, for little or no cost. From simple breakfast and lunch to post and pre workout diets for trainers and more, you’ll find a great nutrition partner.
Eating is one of the few good ways to burn those extra calories, lighten up your mood and strengthen your core muscles. It’s an important aspect of every human being and having the luxury of following your diet from your phone gives a great comfort with regards to eating healthy. Not so long ago, you had to hook up special eating charts and constant visits to the nutritionist to track your eating habits, nutrition level and deficiency, but you can now measure all of these and do a lot more at your fingertips, right from your Android smart phone. From tracking your every meal to turning your eating habits into a fun-filled adventure, these nutritional apps have been designed to turn you into a healthy machine, while taking the stress out of your routine eating. There are hundreds of nutrition apps available on the Play Store, but we have compiled, reviewed and ranked the best running apps for your Android Smartphone, so that you can kick-off on the right foot and enjoy the best eating healthy experience.
It can be difficult to judge an app before you download it, though, so you should check Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store for screenshots and reviews.
Below are the factors that were considered when picking out the best nutrition apps.
Great UI (User Interface)
First impressions are everything. People judge books by their covers and apps within the first few seconds of usage. That is just human nature. So how can a nutrition mobile app make a great (and lasting) impression? The key is great user interface (UI). The way the app looks and operates is crucial to its efficiency. This is especially true with free apps, because there is a high churn rate. If the app does not look and perform as well as a rival app, the user will not bother to learn more about what it can do. These 10 best nutrition apps keep in mind that the user is operating from a mobile device with a small touchscreen. As a result, the UI is unobtrusive, mitigating design elements that do not add a use or function to the app. If it does not add value, it’s eliminated. The apps focus on the primary task of the app, and that is making sure you have a healthy and consistent diet plan, elevate the most relevant content, and give users a logical path to follow for easy navigation. Some applications by their very nature have numerous features that even the best designer will find hard to adequately incorporate without confusing some its users. Path tags people, places and things in each photo, incorporates moods, adds filters and allows other users to comment and like a user’s photos – it needs to highlight these features without taking too much away from the photo-capturing process.
Food Logging Feature.
Food logging also is a popular feature. Some apps let you change or manually log the details of your meals after you are finished. The apps shows your synced data. This is especially important if you do a variety of exercises and want to differentiate cycling from running from yoga, which can make your calorie-burn data more accurate. The apps allow you to input all of the food and drinks you consume and will estimate their calorie counts to help you keep track of your diet.
An app’s design is also important. Bold colors, clean typography, an intuitive layout and charts can make it as easy to understand your data. The design will determine how user friendly the app is. Nobody wants to spend a whole day figuring out a simple instruction on the app, also the display of the app is also important. It can be difficult to judge an app before you download it, though, so you should check Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store for screenshots and reviews.
Compatibility /OS/ Android
Does the app have compatibility issues with some devices? You should first check if the nutrition app you want to purchase is compatible with your smart device. This will determine how efficient the app will function. Though in Play Store or Apple Store they have an automatic check, that is used to determine if an app is compatible with your device. This helps you from both wasting your time and money, downloading an app that is not compatible with your device.
3rd Party Connectivity.
Some diet tracker apps let you connect to these third-party apps, allowing you to sync your data from one app to another. This is important in making sure you are able to achieve your fitness goals, and also determine how your eating habits are affecting your other sporting activities. Also be sure to consult our list of best workout apps, some of which will sync with fitness trackers.
Before you go ahead and download a nutrition app, think about all the activities you expect to do, and lay out your nutrition goals, within reason. It can be to lose weight, gain mass, or just to maintain that lean figure. You might set a goal for 10,000 steps a day, or to burn a certain number of calories per day, for instance. Diet trackers have proven to be very motivational to people for getting more exercise and hence living a healthier lifestyle.
If there is a particular diet goal you want to achieve, like losing weight, gaining mass, make sure the nutrition tracker and the software are designed for it. People who have a favorite sporting activity that is less common, such as jumping rope, may want to check that the activity is recognized by the software. Those who are new to the whole experience of following a diet, or are just trying to get moving more, may get everything they need from a basic diet tracker, many of which will give you an estimate of how many calories you’ve burned as well. Also they will give a simple guide on what to eat. Those who are regularly on nutrition diet may want a diet app with advanced features, to help better gauge your diet intensity, overall health and the progress you are making toward your goals.
Make sure the diet app is efficient, this means 100% efficiency and accuracy. This is something users expect out of every available mobile application. When I say efficiency, I mean data efficiency too. Smartphone apps which excessively use 3G or 4G data are most likely to be downloaded and forgotten, that’s why it’s good to pick a diet app that not only works well with regards to data keeping but also keeps accurate data. As this will help you in achieving your fitness and diet goals easier.
Other Important Things to Consider While Shopping Around
Other important factors that we considered when picking out the best nutrition apps were:
Most diet trackers are free for download on Play store or Apple store , though it’s important to note that some might have in purchases after downloading the app. If you are looking for a diet app to simply track your diets and calories, a simple free to download diet app can get the job done. If you want an app to improve your already existing diet trends, a higher-end diet tracker will provide more information that you will want to help you reach your goals.
The Apps Stability and Speed
Think about the main apps that you use every single day. They do not crash, are not slow, and do what you expect them to do. These apps offer experiences like those of default apps put out by Apple and Google — they just work.
That is why it is important for your diet app to be stable and fast at all times. These great diet apps are also snappy and offer fast response times. As a user, you can get in and out of the app and do what they mean to do in just a couple of taps or seconds. They totally put in place the Marisa Mayer’s rule of thumb, making sure that the users can get to anything they want to do in the app with only two taps. Speed is a feature. Keep your scope tight to ensure your app is both stable and fast
Get ready to get fit!
Frequently Asked Questions.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions when looking out for best mobile apps that will help with your nutrition.
Q. What’s a mobile app?
A. A mobile app is a software program you can download and access directly using your phone or another mobile device, like a tablet or music player. Nutritional apps are examples of mobile apps and they help in making sure you have a healthy consistent eating plan.
Q. What do I need to download and use an app?
A. You need a smart phone or another mobile device with internet access. Not all apps work on all mobile devices. Once you buy a device, you are committed to using the operating system and the type of apps that go with it. The Android, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and BlackBerry mobile operating systems have app stores online where you can look for, download, and install apps. You should first check if the nutrition app you want to purchase is compatible with your smart device. This will determine how efficient the app will function. Though in Play Store or Apple Store they have an automatic check, which is used to determine if an app is compatible with your device. This helps you from both wasting your time and money, downloading an app that is not compatible with your device. Some online retailers also offer app stores. You’ll have to use an app store that works with your device’s operating system. To set up an account, you may have to provide a credit card number, especially if you are going to download an app that is not free.
Q. Why are some apps free?
A. Some apps are distributed for free through app stores; the developers make money in a few ways:
- Some sell advertising space within the app. The app developers can earn money from the ads, so they distribute the app for free to reach as many users as possible.
- Some apps offer their basic versions for free. Their developers hope you’ll like the app enough to upgrade to a paid version with more features.
- Some apps allow you to buy more features within the app itself. Usually, you are billed for these in-app purchases through the app store. Many devices have settings that allow you to block in-app purchases.
- Some apps are offered free to interest you in a company’s other products. These apps are a form of advertising.
Q. What types of data can apps access?
A. When you sign up with an app store or download individual apps, you may be asked for permission to let them access information on your device. Some apps may be able to access:
- your phone and email contacts
- call logs
- internet data
- calendar data
- data about the device’s location
- the device’s unique IDs
- information about how you use the app itself
Q. How can I tell what information an app will access or share?
A. It is not always easy to know what data a specific app will access, or how it will be used. Before you download an app, consider what you know about who created it and what it does. The app stores may include information about the company that developed the app, if the developer provides it. If the developer does not provide contact information – like a website or an email address – the app may be less than trustworthy. If you are using an Android operating system, you will have an opportunity to read the “permissions” just before you install an app. Read them. It’s useful information that tells you what information the app will access on your device. Ask yourself whether the permissions make sense given the purpose of the app; for example, there is no reason for an e-book or “wallpaper” app to read your text messages.
Q. Should I update my apps?
A. Your phone may indicate when updates are available for your apps. It’s a good idea to update the apps you’ve installed on your device and the device’s operating system when new versions are available. Updates often have security patches that protect your information and your device from the latest malware. Always make sure you check whether your diet app has any new updates, since the updates may be useful in helping you achieve your diet goals. Though it is important to note, that only install the updates after checking your device’s compatibility and also whether you will be able to fully understand how to utilize the updates.
Q. Could an app infect my phone with malware?
A. Some hackers have created apps that can infect phones and mobile devices with malware. If your phone sends email or text messages that you did not write, or installs apps that you did not download, you could be looking at signs of malware. If you think you have malware on your device, you have options: you can contact customer support for the company that made your device or you can contact your mobile phone carrier for help.
The app marketplace is cluttered with competition and wide variety of nutritional apps—but that does not mean that all the mobile app that is being used by another person will equally work best for you. This is because everyone has different fitness goals especially when it comes to diet. Mobile usage is exploding, and the opportunities for mobile apps are growing with it. Nevertheless, if you want a diet mobile app that will be useful to you then you will have to figure out how to break through the noise and find something that suits you.
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Below are the sources that we used in gathering all the important information that helped us in conducting our research of the best nutritional apps.
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