I’ve pretty much managed to get the meal-planning and cooking thing down most days. Don’t get me wrong–while I enjoy cooking, I still get stressed out trying to fit everything in and get a healthy dinner on the table on those really crazy days, and sometimes I have dinner disasters. (I managed to burn grilled cheese last week.)
As you know, one of the most important steps in feeding our families wholesome, earth-friendly meals is going to the grocery store (and/or farmer’s market). Succumbing to the ever-increasing pull of technology, I have found a few apps that have made my shopping experience easier and more informed. I’d like to share a couple of my favorites with you:
Fooducate: Your kids are going to love helping you with this one! Do you get confused by food labels and ingredient lists on some of the products you buy? The Fooducate app, which was created by concerned parents and dietitians, is a Godsend for those who want to understanding what they are buying and making healthier choices. You can use the app to:
• Scan product barcodes using your smartphone’s camera
• See product highlights for over 200,000 items (both good & bad)
• Compare products – it even gives foods a letter grade!
• Select better alternatives, if necessary
Seafood Watch: When buying fish or shellfish, this app is a really valuable resource. Seafood Watch recommendations help you choose ocean-friendly seafood at your favorite stores. Additionally, it has a list of “Super Green” seafood that’s good for you and our oceans, and gives common alternatives for seafood that is overfished or farmed in ways that harm other marine life.
If you use other apps to make your grocery shopping or cooking a little easier, healthier or more earth-friendly, I’d love to hear about them.