Healthy Louisiana: There’s an app for that

Crop back view of senior man and female doctor watching contemporary health tracking application on smartphone

One of the good things about smartphone technology is it can put a wealth of information at your fingertips. Here are some of the best apps available for health and nutrition info. Most of them are free, too, so there’s no excuse not to take advantage!

Eat 2 Win

This app, the brainchild of local sports dietitian Tavis Piattoly, is free to download and offers a comprehensive meal plan based on users’ body weight goals. There is a calorie counter and over 12,000 healthy restaurant recommendations and advice for vegan/vegetarian users, too. If users want to pay a 99-cents-a-month subscription fee, they can compete in monthly challenges with other users to win prizes.

Ochsner Eat Fit

This app is free and a part of Ochsner’s Eat Fit Program. Users can find Eat Fit-approved restaurant dishes and recipes, as well as download shopping guides and locate community wellness events. The app also allows people to connect with healthcare professionals.

My Fitness Pal

This free app lets users scan barcodes to get nutrition facts about grocery store items. It lets people keep track of what they are eating and offers nutrition breakdowns so they can see what specifically they are missing from their diet.

Healthy Recipes by Spark Recipes

This free app puts users just one click away from over 500,000 healthy recipes. The recipes have all been tried and tested by home cooks. While the number of recipes might seem daunting, the app has an easily searchable database which includes gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Download at iTunes App Store.

Fast Food Nutrition

Maybe you’re not the most ambitious fitness buff. You like your favorite fast food options a bit too much to let them go. For a $2.99 purchase, the Fast Food Nutrition app lets users keep track of nutritional info and Weight Watchers points for 60,000 menu items at 350 popular fast food restaurant chains. Download at Google Play.

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