What you feed has an impact on more than merely your health. It affects the environment where its ingredients are made, the animals raised to attain them, and the people that do the work to bring the final product to your plate.
Seafood Watch: Created by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, this tool helps users construct sustainable seafood selections. Seafood, especially fish, is often seemed to as a healthy source of protein, says Elizabeth Lee, an Orange County, Calif.-based dietitian who recommends the app. But with the increased intake of seafood comes sustainability issues. Pull it up when picking out fish at the supermarket, or when selecting your entree at a restaurant. I use it to make sure Im still eating sustainably when I go out, says Michael Joseph, chief executive officer of Green Chef, an organic snack kits company.
Food Labels Exposed: Understanding the multitude of labels on animal products shouldnt require an explanatory app but having one sure attains it easier. Pasture-raised vs. grass-fed vs. no antibiotics vs. free-range keeping up is hard to do. Never fear: Animal Welfare Approved, a nonprofit, and its app are here to help. This app is the bottom-line resource to clear up any embarrassment, says nutritionist Sacks.
Locavore: For those looking to support local farmers by buying regionally grown-up peaches, kale, and broccoli, this tool will help find them. Utilizing your phones GPS, it situates nearby farms, farmers markets, and community-supported agriculture programs that let growers sell immediately to consumers. It will tell you whats in season, for how much longer, and where to find it. It helps you get in the habit of feeing fresh food at the peak of ripeness and flavor, says food blogger Tess Masters, also known as the Blender Girl and writer of the forthcoming cookbook, The Perfect Blend.( If you happen to live in Missouri, try the similar Seasonal and Simple, recommended by Megan Gilmore of Detoxinista.com and author of the forthcoming No Excuses Detox .) Apps To Help You Cook More
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Eating out is almost always going to mean feeing more, which is why so many health professionals advise clients to spend more day cooking. A number of apps can help the tired, the overworked, the just-want-to-get-home-and-order-Seamless mobbed overcome the obstacles to making a homemade and nutritious meal.
Instagram: Follow some healthy foodie accounts to add some quick inspiration to your feed. Im constantly detecting cool food facts, healthy meals, and interesting food combinations, says Sam Slover, co-founder and CEO of the Sage Project, a data platform focused on providing smart, simple, and personalized nutrition information. His favorite accounts include The Kitchn and BuzzFeedHealth.
NYT Cooking: A collecting of more than 17,000 New York Times recipes from greats like Craig Claiborne, Melissa Clark, and Sam Sifton, the app sorts recipes into helpful categories like “One Pot, ” “Vegetarian, ” “Times Classics, ” and “Weekday, ” with beautiful photographs and cooking periods prominently displayed. This app helps users become better and more informed cooks, says Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. Its on trend with flavors and cooking styles while still focused on creating quality content people can trust.
Oh She Glows: Angela Liddons vegan recipe blog has been a favorite of home cooks for nearly a decade, propelling a 2014 cookbook and now an app with her most popular offerings. Convenient features include ingredient searches, the capability to allow recipe modifications, and filters including season and allergens. Whenever I feel like Im in a rut and want easy, plant-based dishes to build, this is my go-to app, says chef Bryant Terry, a James Beard Leadership Award winner, activist, and writer of the cookbook Afro-Vegan.
Yummly: This one allows users to search offerings from top recipe sites and food blogs such as Food5 2, Epicurious, and Chow, helps with shopping lists, and links to Instacart for easy ordering. Its the best search engine for recipes, bar none, says Mike Lee, founder of The Future Market, a futurist food lab are stationed in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ratio: Dont like recipes? Then this is the right app for you. Generated by Michael Ruhlman, writer of Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, the focus is on understanding the right proportions in cooking and using them to create endless combinations. I use this as a basis for improvising and tailoring foods to my wants or wants, Lee says.
Instacart: Yes, use Instacart, the grocery delivery services that are brings your order to your doorway in as little as an hour, is going to be more expensive than grocery shopping yourself. But sometimes the convenience is worth it. Restaurant takeout or delivery can be tempting when day is tight on a busy weeknight, Moyer says. She recommends Instacart for those working nights the supermarket is too much of a hassle. It induces it easier to cook a simple, healthy meal at home.
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