If your resolution this year is to learn to cook, eat more healthful foods, or lose weight by changing your diet, these apps will help. Finding good recipes that are tasty as well as healthy is challenging. Take some of the guesswork out of the process with these apps that use videos to teach you new cooking techniques, create shopping lists so you don’t forget an ingredient and count calories or portions for you.
MakeMyPlate: This app focuses on visual eating plans to teach portion control and help you lose weight. Pre-made healthy eating plans created by nutritionists and celebrity health experts are friendly to a variety of diets from gluten-free to paleo to vegan. Stay motivated with community support which will make your life easier, and keep you motivated. Cost: Plans are $4.99 on iOS and Android. Find it: makemyplate.co
Healthy Recipes by SparkRecipes: Quantity meets quality in this app with more than 500,000 recipes that have been tested and rated by other home cooks. Recipes are friendly to almost any kind of diet- vegan, low-carb or low-fat- and some even feature video demos by professional chefs. You can search the database of recipes by meal, ethnic cuisine, occasion, course or prep time. Cost: Free of iOS and Android. Find it:sparkpeople.com/mobile-apps.asp
Cooking Light’s Quick and Healthy Menu Maker: Create your own menu or select an entree and let the app suggest healthy sides to go with it. Photos of all 300 dishes are on this app as well as cooking, shopping and nutrition tips.
Cost: $3.99 on iOS. Find it: cookinglight.com/marketplace/quick-healthy-menu-maker-app
Fit Men Cook - Healthy Recipes: Featuring 192 budget-friendly recipes that are easy to prepare and searchable by food type, course or ingredient. Videos show you how to prepare food ahead of time so you aren’t cooking while hungry. Recipes are also scalable so you can cook a single meal for yourself or a large meal for your family. Cost: $2.99 on iOS. Find it: fitmencook.com/app
Glam: Get beauty advice on demand and have the salon brought to you. The app allows stylists in major cities to freelance and set their own hours, and schedules and go to clients’ houses to perform services from a blow out to make up applications or a nail polish change.
Cost: Free on iOS. Find it: theglamapp.com