5 Healthy Apps For A Better You

Stop using Instagram to look at people doing headstands at beach against the backdrop of a setting sun. How about instead we try using technology to our benefit instead of a tool for self-shaming. Check out some of my favorite healthy living apps.

1. MyFitnessPal

A fantastic way to keep track of what you eat during the day, plan your meals, and connect with other health focused people.

2. SeafoodWatch

By the Monterey Bay Aquarium and uses GPS to tell you exactly what seafood is best for your specific location based on season and sustainable factors. It also lets you know about the best options with lowest contamination—like mercury and PCBs.

3. Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide and 4. True Food

I know we can’t all buy Organic and local food all of the time—and even if we do, there are still some not so healthy friendly option even in the "Natural Foods" section of your local grocer. Both of these apps make it infinitely easier to make the best choice—even if it isn’t organic. Both will tell you exactly which brands and products are certified GMO free. True Food takes it to the next level and lets you get into action by sending your congressman letters, and gives you access to all of the most current research and knowledgeable to take with you everywhere you go.

5. Food Tripping

Helps you find healthy food stores, markets, cafes and more. This a "crowd-sharing" app which gives you real information from real people in real time. Food Tripping, the GPS-based app, is a collaboration of SHFT.com and Ford Motor Company in a partnership dedicated to helping conscious consumers find better options. Here's a rundown of it's offerings:

Discover healthy, sustainable food options near you or in the place you’re traveling to. 

• Search by location, name, popularity, and category. 

• Track the places you’ve been to and mark your favorite spots to come back later.

• View contact details for each location.

• Suggest new businesses offering healthy, local, sustainable fare.

•  Share the places you discover with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

• You can also connect with the developers at SHFT to learn more about living a conscious lifestyle.

I hope you like these apps—I know there are millions of options out there, but these are five I think have good information, are easy to use, and give you exactly what you need to fine tune your healthy living goals for 2016.

 

 


Stop Wasting Water: Easy Ways To Reduce

 In case you weren't aware, we use way too much water and it's a really big problem. Water is a precious resource. Don't wait for the crisis to hit you in your own hometown (like it has for Flint, Michigan and many parts of California). Learn how to practice good Water Citizenship. Here are 9 easy ways to make your impact less of a burden on our natural resource supplies. 

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via Southern California Edison


Make It: Kid Friendly Playdough

Last week my 2 year old came home from nursery school with one small can of neon pink Playdoh. My three children went bananas for the next day and a half--they divided the Playdoh three ways and went to town, making tiny ice cream cones, little bowls, plates, cakes--all with about a tablespoon size of Playdoh each. I was so impressed with their creativity that I decided to let them have what was once banished. But I know what happens to Playdoh--it gets mushed together into one unnatural color, then left out to dry and then becomes unusable. So, I thought I would make some that had the added bonus of being non-toxic. Now I'm the new local hero.Vinegar and baking soda are really enough to get most of your cleaning needs accomplished.
Something my husband and I have always agreed upon was having a Playdoh-free home.

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That stuff is like slow-moving lava--once you let it in, it never stops. Last week my 2 year old came home from nursery school with one small can of neon pink Playdoh. My three children went bananas for the next day and a half--they divided the Playdoh three ways and went to town, making tiny ice cream cones, little bowls, plates, cakes--all with about a tablespoon size of Playdoh each. I was so impressed with their creativity that I decided to let them have what was once banished. But I know what happens to Playdoh--it gets mushed together into one unnatural color, then left out to dry and then becomes unusable. So, I thought I would make some that had the added bonus of being non-toxic. Now I'm the new local hero.

Easy Peasy Homemade Playdough

4 cups flour
4 cups warm water
2 cups salt
1 cup olive oil
1 cup cream of tartar
1 box of food coloring

diy_playdough_via_goodwithstyleDirections:

- In a large pot, mix all ingredients together over low heat

- Stir mixture for several minutes

- Continue stirring until it's no longer sticky--this might take 5-10 minutes, but it will get there.

- Remove from heat, allow to cool.

- In separate bowls, scoop individual portions of dough, pour tablespoon of food colouring. Knead the dough until fully blended.

- Store each color in an airtight container.

- Now, go watch your kids smoosh that stuff into whatever their little magical minds can think of, and know that, ultimately, all the mess will be totally worth it.