The start of a new year is a great time to introduce some healthy habits to your routine. In fact, 45% of Americans make new year’s resolutions, and two out of the top five resolutions for 2015 were fitness-related. But even if you’re committed to making your nutrition a priority, it’s possible to feel overwhelmed and lose momentum after the first few weeks. It can be hard to be confident that you’re making the right choices to achieve your goals if you’re not sure what’s right for you.
That’s why we’ve rounded up a smorgasbord of food, grocery and cooking apps designed to help you create positive change by outlining a strategy, staying on track, and even cutting down the amount of time you spend shopping, cooking, and worrying about food so you can spend more time enjoying delicious meals and feeling great. Enjoy the sweet taste of success!
When you’re hangry (so hungry that you get angry), it can be difficult to stick to your goals — given the choice between 30 minutes of meal prep or a quick fix like a handful of chips, many people choose the latter. Don’t let this happen to you! Deciding what you’ll eat a few days or even a week in advance will help you make your grocery list and save you both time and money — fewer pricey lunch salads or last-minute takeout stops when you realize your fridge is empty.
There are a lot of moving parts that go into meal planning — grocery shopping, awareness of what’s in your pantry, choosing recipes, food preferences — so it’s nice to have an app that will help you keep track of every last detail. Mealboard lets you browse popular recipe sites and import recipes, and will generate shopping lists based on your selections. You can sort by aisle and view your list by store if you’re making more than one stop. It’s customizable to your specific tastes, so if you hate cauliflower you can breeze past it in the produce aisle — or find the recipe that might finally change your mind.