5 Dietitian-Approved Health and Wellness Apps
What's worth the real estate on your phone and backed by healthcare professionals.
Health and wellness apps can be immensely helpful in supporting productive habits, or keeping you motivated towards achieving your health goals. Deciding what’s worth downloading though, is another story - not all apps are created equal, and many differ in terms of features and utility.
So, what’s actually worth the real estate on your phone? From meditation to mindful eating, below are five useful apps that will serve you well in different aspects of your health. The best part? They’re backed by healthcare professionals, so you can rest assured that they serve a worthwhile purpose.
For mindful eating
Try: Ate Food Journal
iPhone rating: 4.8 stars
Android rating: 4.2 stars
Price: 7-day free trial, followed by $9.99 per month or $49.99 per year
Practicing mindfulness, especially when it comes to eating, promotes a healthier relationship with food. Ate Food Journal is a food journaling app designed to help you establish and maintain healthy eating habits. By capturing your meals and reflecting on and recording the reason for eating, the app helps increase self-awareness of eating habits, behaviors, and feelings.
For navigating food allergies
iPhone rating: 4.7 stars
Spokin is an app that was created to make managing food allergies and Celiac disease easier. It provides resources customized to you and your family’s food allergies, location, and experience. After selecting specific foods or ingredients to avoid, Spokin provides information on whether certain products are safe for you to eat. The app also shows reviews from people with your same allergies for resources such as restaurants, hotels, and allergists.
Try: Insight Timer
iPhone rating: 4.9
Android rating: 4.8
Learning how to meditate, and meditate well, is easier said than done. Insight Timer helps you learn how to meditate to help calm your mind, reduce anxiety, manage stress, sleep deeply, and improve happiness. There are thousands of guided meditations, as well shorter meditations for when you’re on the go or have a busy schedule.
For personalized workouts
iPhone rating: 4.7
Price: free; $10/month for premium subscription
Sworkit is an app that provides workouts, customizable plans, and resources that allow people to adopt and maintain healthy habits. The app offers a combination of strength, cardio, yoga, and stretching workouts. Sworkit is especially helpful for beginners or those looking to get back into a regular exercise routine as it provides an easy way to find workouts, learn new exercises, and set fitness goals.
For tracking pregnancy
iPhone rating: 4.8
Android rating: 4.7
With all the changes your body experiences, pregnancy is both an exciting and daunting time. You can stay in-the-know with Pregnancy+, a tracker that provides tools to track your baby’s development and plan appointments, along with information and articles covering topics such as breastfeeding, exercise, and food and nutrition. The app can also be personalized so that you can keep friends & family up to date. Best of all, their content is written with the help of medical experts, lactation consultants, midwives, and other parents.