Being on-the-go doesn't mean you can't find ways eat better and be healthier. And, let's be honest, you're probably just as sick of worrying about weight gain and being healthy as we are. Like it or not, weight gain is not healthy and we do all feel better when we are paying attention to what we put in our bodies. So, we’ve rounded-up our favourite six no-brainer gadgets and Apps that will help you eat better and hopefully keep those fat obsessed demons at bay.
1. Fooducate: This is a great App for the healthy food challenged. If your first thought when you look at the side of a box of food is “Whaaaa?” this is the App for you. Fooducate provides you with an instant education on what food products are healthy using an easy to use grading system so you can always quickly check to see if you are making a good choice before you hit the line in the grocery store. It also allows you to plan your shopping trip and track your progress even though we are pretending not to care about this aspect of healthier eating. There are helpful sections on everything from kids to diabetes and low carb eating. Foods are categorized in a logical order and there is even a rating that tells you how many others like the product. It will even alert you to dicey ingredients such as BHT which is used to stop nuts from going rancid. Seriously? Who would know that without Fooducate?
2. The Orange Chef Co. Prep Pad: This is a pricey little bugger, but if you are serious about healthy eating habits this will help. This is designed for use with your attached at the hip iPad® 3 and 4, iPad mini™, iPad Air™or iPhone® 4S and newer. It works with the App Countertop and allows you to fine tune portion size, adjust ingredients and weigh your food up to 15 pounds at a time.
3. Mini Steamer: Not all gadgets have to plug in. A handy steamer can be plopped into any pot with a little bit of water in the bottom. Pop on the lid and steam veggies to perfection. It then lifts out with handles so you don’t have to worry about straining. We love the cute OXO steamer in green silicone. It helps avoid burns and has a chic look to it. You will be surprised at how good plain old veggies can be. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and it really isn’t that bad.
4. Oil Mister: Even healthy oils like olive oil can be fattening. With an oil mister (not a manly mister, a mister that sprays) you can completely control the amount of oil you use and even add flavour to your oil with fresh herbs, garlic, dried hot peppers or citrus peel. You can also find flavoured oils in misters as well. Make sure you buy an actual oil mister as they come with an anti clogging sprayer. Other sprayers will get clogged and grungy.
5. Tap and Track: This App gives you access to the largest offline food database allowing you to track calories for over 500,000 foods. The good thing about this App is it works offline so you will never be “without service” no matter what. So if you are tempted to eat berries off a bush on that hike to get fit, you can look up how many calories they have even when you have no bars on your phone.
6. Spiralizer: Look for a veggie spiralizer so you can make a pasta substitution using veggies such as zucchini. You just need to flash heat your noodles in boiled water or steam them quickly in your handy new mini steamer for a nice replacement for those pesky (but oh so delicious) carbs.
We also decided we would stop being so hard on ourselves. We are going to focus on healthy eating most of the time, but give ourselves a break once in a while just to keep it real. The weight loss will surely follow.
Tip: Invest in some smaller plates so you aren’t tempted to pile on the food. You should never eat a meal on a plate that is any bigger than 8 to 9 inches. You can also invest in smaller baking tools such as mini muffin tins to help you keep control of eating. Just make sure you don’t eat four!