Get Healthy and Appy
November 24, 2010 12 Comments
Snack Girl got a cool present for her birthday - an iPod Touch (see below). She had been resisting the pull of the small handheld device.
Because it seems like wherever you go there are people looking down at their screens instead of looking at:
1. the people with whom they are hanging out
2. the flowers
3. the road
BUT, I finally decided that I really wanted one because I love music and particularly a website that streams music called Pandora. And guess what?
My iPod touch has an application that allows me to play Pandora around my house!
What I didn't realize is that the iPod touch also has other cool apps (applications) that can teach me something. I thought the touch was just a huge time suck.
Fooducate allows you to use your iPod touch or iPhone to SCAN a product barcode (photo above) and evaluate if the food you want to buy is healthy. It gives the food a grade (A to D+) and will offer you healthy alternatives.
Here is a screen shot:
For example, I scanned Bell and Evan's Chicken Breast Nuggets and it gave them a B and it suggested that I go buy other products that have less calories per serving.
Right now, this app is FREE - get it here: Fooducate App
(of course you might have to buy a $220 iPod touch to get it :)
Another great app for us healthy snackers is Shake A Snack. For $1, you can have a lot of fun coming up with new and healthy snack combinations.
All you do is shake your iPod and ingredients spin around like you are at a slot machine. Then, they stop and you get an instant snack recipe to keep you inspired and eating healthy.
You can choose savory or sweet, and if there are ingredients that you don't like then you can just eliminate them from the choices.
I think this would be a great and fun way to involve children in making their after school snack. "Spin the wheels, Bobby, and see what we have for you today!"
You can get it here: Shake A Snack
Shake A Snack is now FREE until December 12th, 2010!
Do you use an iPod touch or iPhone? Do you have any great healthy app suggestions? Please share.
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