Technology can help us Make Healthier Food Choices

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In many parts of the country we’ve already begun to see the first signs of spring. And with the warmer weather, comes the urge to get outside and be a little healthier. That includes what we eat as well.

March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign about making informed food choices launched by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. So there’s no better time than now to make some healthy food choices. And, of course, technology plays a role.

Ever wonder for instance just how healthy that granola bar is? With the free Fooducate app, you can easily find out. Each food you search is given a grade from A – F, or from healthiest food choice to the worst. If your first choice doesn’t make the grade, you’ll get healthy or in some cases healthier suggestions.

Another option is to pull out your smartphone or Google Home and ask Google. Simply say, “OK Google, how many calories are in an apple” for instance, and it’ll tell you. Or ask Google for a healthy baked chicken recipe and you’ll get that as well.

Finally, remember that making better choices is a marathon and not a sprint. So watch your progress happen over time by using a free app like MyFitnessPal. Log your total caloric intake and keep track of how active you are all in an easy-to-use app.

Or if losing weight is your goal, you can try out a Wi-Fi connected scale like the Fitbit Aria. Step on it the same time every day and watch as your healthy choices lead to real results.

So let’s go ahead and set some goals together. Make just one small step a day or week and it’ll add up to some big changes!

 

Steve Van Dinter is Verizon's PR Manager for the Great Lakes area. As a tech enthusiast and former tech reporter, he loves showing people how their lives can be made easier thanks to use of new technologies.

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