5 Apps to Help You Eat Local

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Stop using Instagram to look at people doing headstands at the beach against the backdrop of a setting sun. Instead, let's try using technology to our benefit instead of for self-loathing. 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.

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