I’ve just been sent this guest post by Matt Morgan, on the best Smartphone Apps to help you keep fit and eat well over the Christmas holidays. From roasting the perfect turkey to tracking the ultimate post-Christmas dinner weightloss workout, choose the App to make your holiday stress-free and healthy...
Enjoy Food, Enjoy Your Health
Every year, we look forward to the Christmas season as a time to reconnect with family and friends—and to eat some of the season’s tastiest dishes as well. While you may not be able to resist the urge to dig into the turkey, stuffing, and mince pies this year, you can have a healthier holiday courtesy of your Smartphone. Download these apps to help you with the cooking—and your holiday fitness plan—this season:
Whether you’ve been charged with making Christmas dinner for the family or just want to make a few great appetizers for guests, you need this free app from Epicurious. As well as having thousands of great recipes available at your fingertips, the app will generate your shopping list so that you buy the right ingredients at the supermarket.
This one is another essential if you’re preparing Christmas dinner this year. Time to Roast allows you to calculate the exact cooking time for everything from turkey and chicken to goose and lamb by simply typing in the type of meat and its weight. It provides useful cooking tips and allows you to set alarms as well.
Just how bad are those ingredients in that package of holiday biscuits or ready-made cranberry sauce? This useful app allows you to check the E numbers of food and drinks before you buy. Just punch in the E number and learn about its grading, origin, and side effects to help you make an informed decision.
This app is a must-have for supporters of the slow food movement. It serves as a quick reference for finding what foods are in season right now and where to get them. The app comes with a nice list of recipes and how-to video demonstrations as well.
You won’t have to put “weight loss” on the top of your New Year’s resolution list if you make the MyFitnessPal app your holiday companion this year. This app takes a holistic approach to health and well-being by allowing you to keep track of your diet and workout routine in one place. It features a food diary, daily exercise record, and progress chart to help you work toward your personal health and fitness goals.
For fitness fanatics, Endomondo is the ultimate app. It allows you to keep track of a range of workouts via its GPS system—from running and cycling to skating and cross country skiing—to help you calculate duration, distance, and calories burned. The app offers a wide variety of special features as well, including personalised hydration recommendations, audio feedback, pep talks, and a place to save music playlist logs.
Want to make sure you have these apps in time for the holidays? Participate in a mobile phone recycling plan to get cash for your old Smartphone, upgrade to the latest model, and download these must-have food and fitness apps today.