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Several of our clients at Greenlite Medicine have asked what smart phone apps do we recommend that relate to health, food and nutrition. Here is a review of five apps often used by our health educators, staff and clients.

Lose It!: This app was recommended to us from several clients who use it regularly and find it useful in their weight loss journey. You can easily track food and exercise, as well as share your results with your friends and supporters. Motivation emails can also be sent to you either daily or weekly.

Price: Free

My Food-Nutrition Facts: This app provides nutrition data for many foods and serving sizes. It will give you a nutrient breakdown that includes calories, fat, sodium, carbohydrate, protein, vitamin and mineral content estimates. We find it handy for basic nutrient reference, but find it lacking in food choices. The software developer, Pomegranate Software, does add more food choices with each update.

Price: Free (additional features can be purchased).

Seafood Watch: This is a great app provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Many of us here at GreenLite use this app all the time when deciding what fish to buy and eat. Seafood Watch lists ocean-friendly seafood options found in restaurants and stores. The information is regularly updated. You can also print out a pocket guide that is easy to refer to if you do not have a smart phone.

Price: Free

Dirty Dozen: This app is provided by the Environmental Working Group. It is an excellent app if you are concerned about what foods you should definitely eat organic and pesticide free. There are certain conventional fruits and vegetables that are prone to absorb more pesticides. The Dirty Dozen app will list the cleanest and dirtiest. Their goal is to help reduce our exposure to pesticides in food.

Price: Free

Farmers Market Finder: This app is made by Apptika, Inc. It is completely free for finding farmers markets in Santa Clara County, CA. It is nice because it provides the market address, type of farms/produce there, months and hours of operation and special information such as parking and CSA pick-up locations.

Price: Free for Santa Clara counties, to unlock more countries in California and other states, you must purchase the app for $4.99.

These are just some handy apps for the iPhone, but we know there are a lot more to discover! What are your favorite smart phone apps that help you track what you eat or help you shop for recipe ingredients? We are interested to find out what else is out there and what people are using. There is, as they say, an app for almost everything!

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