Mobile Phone Applications…that support busy professionals eating healthy while on the go

The two mobile applications that I chose to test out were easy to use as well as supported healthy eating on the go.

Fooducate is a great mobile application that really takes the mystery out of mystery meat. It provides a letter grade once a product’s bar code is scanned, indicating the health quality of the food product. Additionally, it is very easy to use. One just needs to hold their phone up to the bar code on the package. In minutes, you receive feedback about calories, grade, fats, vitamin contents, and eight things to know about it. The application empowers users by explaining complex food additives such as maltodextrin. The application permits users to browse through different products to find top quality low processed healthy foods. Included in the application is a health tracker feature to assist those looking to lose weight. It is pretty robust application that can track calories eaten as well as calories burned. One can really customize the application to meet their needs. Lastly, the best and most important part about this application is that it was free. In closing, I give the application a solid A- for ease of use, helpful daily blog tips, personalization features, and being free. My only concern was the application can be a bit awkward to navigate, which held it back from getting an A+
http://www.fooducate.com/

VegFast was another free mobile application that I explored to report on. The focus is making good vegetarian friendly food decisions when one is out seeking food at restaurants. Most of the restaurants listed appeared to more of the fast food variety. Once one selected a particular restaurant, it would display a breakdown of vegetarian and vegan options for the user. This mobile application was free and very basic in terms of features. The application seem to give a very basic analysis of the food items, which I think most individuals could also do with a basic understanding of health/nutrition from a middle school health education class. If I had paid for this application, then I would have felt cheated. The lists of restaurants that are covered in the application are not extensive. It pains me but I have to give this application a D-. The only reason that I didn’t completely fail the application was because it could be a great intro vegetarian eating for some individuals. However, if you are slightly savvy or novice like myself, and then stay away from it completely. Lastly, it is a free application so one could download if they want to just for fun.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vegfast/id412680207?mt=8

 

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I want to eat healthier but I am busy??? Got any advice for me??

Tips for eating on the go as busy urban professional….
1. Try to keep hydrated plenty water, green tea, and other teas
2. Keep a piece of fruit such as an orange or apple in your bag
3. Keep a zip lock baggy of nuts, trail mix, or seeds on your person
4. Be prepared to have multiple small meals throughout the day
5. Try to keep a packet of plant based vegetarian friendly shake mix in your bag
6. Also the nearest drug store such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, or CVS carries healthy snacks such as those listed Some Walgreens carry fruit in the stores as well as Wawa if you are on the east coast.
7. Last tip buy frozen vegetables. You can eat them in minutes by popping them in the microwave; however I recommend stove top cooking to minimize amount of radiated food eaten.

Beans…Beans…What to do with them? How to cook them?

Beans are great source of protein and a great alternative to meat. There are many different types of beans that one can choose from to use for cooking. Preparation before hand is a critical key to success when cooking with beans. The actual cooking of beans is relatively easy. One just needs to simmer them at a relative medium heat for half hour or more depending on quantity, so that they absorb water and become soft. It is helpful to add certain spices to them when cooking them.
Quick Lesson:
Beans are protein rich superfood, good source of fiber along with antioxidants, which most people’s diets are lacking. The variety among them is vast such as black bean, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini beans aka chick peas, and the list goes on. Below there is a link for more details on the beans listed as well as others.

Cooking beans:
My personal tip for cooking beans is related to preparing them. Dried beans versus canned beans require a slightly different technique. Dried beans, first one sorts through them to make sure bean quality is good, then rinse them with cold water. Canned beans, one should drain off the can fluid that the beans are packed in. Next, one should rinse off the canned beans several times with cold water. Once the beans either canned or dried have been rinsed thoroughly with cold water several times. Ideally, the beans should be soaked for at least 8 hours with just enough cold water to cover the beans. After which, the beans should be rinsed again with new cold water, then boiled on medium heat with several bay leaves, garlic, and other spices of one’s choosing. In my experience, the garlic and bay leaves help with digestion lessen the gas created by the beans. Additionally, adding onions additionally help because they are considered a prebiotic. Prebiotic assist with preparing one’s digestive system for digestion.
Real life tip:
Many times, one doesn’t have the time or energy to soak beans overnight, so I included tips for quick cook approach for beans. Please use this option as an alternative. See the following link.
Beans are wonderful nutritious food both convenient and versatile. Some links were added below with recipe options such as soups, salads, casserole, and list goes on. Once the beans are cooked then they can be added to almost anything.
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/food-guides/beans
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/beans-protein-rich-superfoods