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5 Fantastic Apps to Help Make Healthy Eating Easier

March 6, 2015
Authored by Registered Dietitians at Day Kimball Healthcare

It really is true that "you are what you eat." Good nutrition provides a strong foundation for overall health. But we know it's not always easy, especially in today's fast-paced world with so many options to choose from and things to consider. 

So to help you, we've sifted through apps reviewed by Food & Nutrition Magazine, the magazine of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and picked five of the top-rated nutrition apps that we think will be most helpful to you. 

Download, dig in and enjoy!



Free  |  Available for Apple or Android
Developer's Description:
BagIQ makes it simple to track and analyze your grocery shopping. Via our mobile app, every product you purchase can be saved to your BagIQ account by simply snapping a photo of your paper receipt or scanning a product barcode. You can then visit to view your personal dashboard to see a detailed analysis of how your purchases impact your health, happiness, and pocketbook!


Meal Makeovers

$1.99 | Available for Apple 
Developer's Description:
If you’re looking for a simple way to feed your family their favorite foods minus the excess fat, salt, and calories then Meal Makeovers is the app for you! Meal Makeovers features healthier, more nutrient-rich versions of the classic breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and dessert recipes families love …without sacrificing the familiar flavors families expect.



Pocket Dietitian

Free | Available for Android
Developer's Description:
The Pocket Dietitian by Dr. Eric Wechsler and Nilima Desai, registered dietitian, is the best,free way to stay on top of your diet. It offers a personalized, easy to use, dietary prescription based on the expertise of a registered dietitian and a board-certified nephrologist (kidney doctor). It is specifically designed to help people with health conditions such as Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), Hypertension (high blood pressure), High Cholesterol, and Obesity. 

With The Pocket Dietitian you can: know at a glance what your consumed daily nutrient levels are, right on Your Dashboard; plan a meal before you eat it, to make sure you are staying within your daily nutrient levels; be warned if a food in the meal you are planning to eat will take you over your nutrients’ limit (either for that meal or for the day) and get healthier recommendations right there, as you are planning what to eat; take a look at your weekly and/or monthly nutrient levels in the Overview, and email them to your Doctor right from the app; answer the difficult "what should I eat" question - by recommending foods that play nice with your diet.



Free to download, but subscription required for service | Available for Apple
Developer's Description: 
Rise pairs you with a top-notch nutrition expert that will coach you every day to reach your goals. We don’t believe in crash diets or calorie counting. At Rise, we focus on making small sustainable changes that fit your lifestyle. 

Your personal coach: Based on your goals and lifestyle we pair you with one of our rockstar nutrition coaches. All our coaches are registered dietitians, the gold standard in the industry. A plan built for you: Your coach customizes a plan for you and together you set weekly goals. 1:1 daily coaching & accountability: Take photos of your meals and your coach will give you personalized feedback every day. An expert at your side: Your coach is your teammate. Ask her about anything ranging from recipes to grocery lists. Celebrate your success: Your small sustainable changes will lead to big progress. You’ll reach your goals and learn healthy habits that will be with you for life.



Free | Available for Apple and Android 
Developer's Description:
ShopWell helps you eat healthier food and achieve your nutrition goals. Use ShopWell to help manage your weight and conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and Celiac disease. ShopWell can also help you maintain a vegan or vegetarian diet. 

Scan barcodes at home or in the grocery store to find out if they are a good match for your goals. The app will even suggest foods that are a better fit for your health. Earn rewards for providing feedback and completing “missions.” Missions are a new way for you to provide feedback to companies that want to know what you think about their products. In return you will earn rewards for Tango Cards that can be redeemed for gift cards from top-name brands. Consistently ranked as one of the top Health & Fitness apps, and featured by Apple, NBC, CNN, the Today Show, and more, ShopWell was created by Registered Dietitians, and is a community partner of the USDA.

Related Resources

Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) 
Diabetes Management
Wellness Programs 
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