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.
Get ready to get fit!