Now that the holidays are over, you probably want to get your diet back on track and, while it can be a daunting task, it’s not impossible. Sometimes navigating the waters of healthy eating can leave consumers feeling more overwhelmed than they were before, but don’t despair! Here are four easy to use cool food tools that will help you eat better, feel better, and keep your waistline in check.
Fooducate™ Mobile App
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 80 percent of us read food labels. But most people end up confused by the ingredients, marketing ploys, or the labels themselves resulting in poor food choices. That’s why you need to arm yourself with Fooducate’s iPhone app when you venture out into your grocery store’s aisles. The concept is simple. You scan the barcode of a particular product to get the whole truth about its nutritional content as well as recommendations for healthier options.
Fooducate assigns each of the 200,000 products a letter grade (A, B, C,…) with a brief summary and/or warnings about the nutritional content enabling shoppers to see what might not always be crystal clear on the label. The app points out things like excessive sugar and sodium, trans fats, and controversial food colorings and helps steer you in a healthier direction. Nice!
No time to fill up on fruits and vegetables throughout the day? By investing in a quality juicer, you’ll be able to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables in a snap! If you are always on the go, quickly juice your choice of fruits and vegetables, pour your concoction into a cup and be on your way. For those who don’t like the taste of vegetables, try juicing them along with some of your favorite fruits. Your drink will be gone before you know it!
Aside from the convenience factor, juicing also has some health benefits. The body is able to absorb nutrients from juices more quickly than from solid foods because the digestion process is bypassed. Also, nutrients from raw foods help boost energy levels and improve immune system functions.
A food steamer
If you’re tired of eating processed foods covered in high calorie sauces, it’s time you opt for a healthier choice. A food steamer! Vegetables, chicken, tofu, and more can be prepared in your microwave in a matter of minutes allowing you to control what sauces (if any) get added to your meal. A food steamer eliminates the need for butter and oil that goes hand-in-hand with frying and sautéing resulting in a healthier option that will leave you feeling satisfied.
A food scale
Do you find yourself struggling when it comes to portion control? If so, a food scale is a great gadget that will keep your portions in check. Everything from fruits to fish can be weighed to make sure you don’t overindulge. In addition, many food scales are digital, spill-proof and come in a variety of colors to fit any kitchen personality.