5 Free Apps for a Healthy Lifestyle

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Looking for easy ways to stay healthy and meet your nutrition goals in the New Year? These 5 free apps are a great way to manage weight loss, plan menus, track activity and fitness and navigate dining out.

  1. Lose It!

A weight management app that allows users to track food intake, exercise, and water consumed, Lose It makes it easy to input goals, manage progress, and see real results. This app even has a barcode scanner to quickly add foods, graphs to show visual progress day over day, and even import data from other health and fitness apps.

PROS: Able to save meals and scan barcodes to quickly track foods; connect with friends for accountability

CONS: May feel a little time consuming to start; limited restaurant database

SIMILAR: MyFitnessPal

 

  1. Foodily

Foodily is an online catalog of recipes, indexed by hundreds of search criteria, allowing users to find just the right recipe in an instant. Get new ideas to update the standard chicken or crock pot dinner, find an innovative way to use up leftover vegetables, or just get inspiration for your next meal. Foodily incorporates user ratings, allergy information, and a social aspect to let you connect and share your recipe finds with friends. A forum of community recipes, Foodily provides realistic recipes by other home cooks, making it easy to find and create new meal ideas at home.

PROS: Ease of use, photographs of recipes, save and share recipes with friends and social media

CONS: Recipe index and limited depending on user uploads

SIMILAR: Yummly

 

  1. Strava

Log and track your fitness goals with this easy to use new fitness app. Strava uses a GPS tracker to map routes and log miles and paces for runners, walkers, and bikers. The app helps keep users motivated by connecting you with friends and incorporating monthly challenges to compete against yourself or others.

PROS: Easy navigation; able to share activities to other social media platforms; connect with friends for motivation.

CONS: Only tracks miles for running, walking, and cycling; GPS can drain phone battery.

SIMILAR: MapMyFitness

 

  1. Healthy Out

Not sure how to eat out and still stick to your healthy goals? Have specific diet restrictions or allergies? Healthy Out allows you to enjoy eating out without the stress or hassle of not knowing what options are available at many favorite restaurants.

PROS: Easy access to filter menu items and restaurant listings based on wide variety of dietary needs; ability to save and share results with friends.

CONS: limited city and restaurant availability but continuing to grow; must connect via Facebook

SIMILAR: Food Tripping

 

Thank you to SD, dietetic intern, 2015 for input on this blog.

 

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