The Best Apps to Help Your Healthy Eating Habits Succeed in NYC

December 18, 2023

Let me guess…Was one of your New Year’s resolutions “To eat more healthily”? Well, join the club. 

Achieving a healthier eating lifestyle is at the top of many New Yorkers’ lists of goals for 2023. But, let’s face it, New York City is one of the best and worst places to do it. Confusing, I know. 

NYC is now in a unique position where people can find a healthy food option at every street corner. From vegan restaurants to juice bars to gluten-free shops, this city is getting more and more health-centric by the minute. Sounds like you’ve got some competition, LA…

But next to every clean option is also a decadent serving of authentic (insert any cuisine) food. With so many delicious and tempting options to choose from, it can be hard to be a New Yorker on top of their healthy eating habits.

But you’re in luck. This 2023 is for you and your healthy lifestyle to succeed, once and for all. So, here are 5 great apps to help you keep track of your healthy habits in New York City: 

  1. Natoora

“Revolutionary Flavor, Delivered.”

App Price: Free

Available for iOS & Android

Developing healthy eating habits means nourishing your body with high-quality ingredients that can offer you the best nutrition and health benefits possible. Farmer’s markets and small shops with organic produce are great ways to find high-grade products in New York City. But sometimes we don’t have the time or energy to go and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. 

What if I told you you could bring the farmer’s market to your doorstep? Tempting, right? 

Meet Natoora: A chef-grade boutique produce shop that offers you a full range of seasonal fruit & vegetables, dairy products, charcuterie, bread, eggs, and dry goods with just one tap. The Natoora App works directly with over 400 independent growers and producers to bring you sustainably-sourced groceries full of flavor straight to your home. 

The Natoora is the perfect app to ensure you’re constantly feeding your body the nutrients it needs, while also supporting food and farming sustainability efforts. Now, you can make sure your fridge is full of healthy ingredients without having to clear your busy schedule. Natoora can help you facilitate your healthy eating habits, and you can help Natoora transform the food system one order at a time. 

Look at that… Buying healthy ingredients just became easy and impactful. 

  1. KitchenPal

“Your Platform to Shop, Save, Cook, Eat & Live Better!”

App Price: Free

Available for iOS & Android

Say you finally managed to fill your fridge with healthy produce thanks to the Natoora App. Congrats, that’s the first big step on your health journey. But now it’s time to figure out what to do with all these high-quality ingredients, no? 

Don’t worry. I know it can be overwhelming, and sometimes it can feel like you don’t even know where to start. A key part of sticking to healthy habits is ‘organization’, and that’s why the KitchenPal App will soon be your new trusty assistant during this healthy lifestyle transition.  

No matter how busy your week is, KitchenPal can help you keep a list of what’s in your kitchen so that you can keep on track and reach your health goals. Besides helping you find easy and nutritious recipes with the ingredients you have in your home, this app keeps an inventory of your kitchen by organizing what you have in your pantry, fridge, freezer, etc. Not to mention, it can also help you keep track of your food’s expiration dates, so you can ensure the freshness of the produce you’re consuming. 

KitchenPal is the perfect app for you to introduce variety and creativity into your diet while making you skip unnecessary trips to the supermarket. You can also get personalized nutritional recommendations according to your specific dietary preferences & allergies. Maintaining healthy habits can be tough, but this app will be sure to have your back throughout the process.

  1. Peel

“For the First Time Since the Apple Fell From the Tree, You Can Eat What You Know and Know What You Eat.”

App Price: Free

Available for iOS & Android

Another facet of healthy eating habits is knowing exactly what that list of ingredients on the box means. A bag of granola might seem like a healthy option, but you never truly know until you research the products used to make it. Although checking a product’s nutrition label is very important, there’s no denying that it can be very time-consuming. But not when you have the Peel App on your home screen. 

With this app, you can easily get to know if the products you use are healthy or not, and automatically make smarter eating choices. The Peel App directly scans the ingredients on a product and teaches you about your food’s nutritional value. It can help you develop a newly heightened awareness of the products you use daily, so you know what you should and shouldn’t keep in your pantry for your healthy decision-making. 

This app will save you hours of research and can serve as your daily masterclass on your nutrition. Get ready to know once and for all what all these harmful additives in your food’s nutrition label mean. 

  1. Gradito

“Opening the Door to Delicious & Exclusive Experiences”

App Price: Free

Only Available for iOS

One of the hardest parts of sticking to your healthy lifestyle in New York City is a large number of restaurants, cafes, and dessert shops that are waiting for you once you leave your doorstep.  And of course, in the city that never sleeps, an outing with friends and family to a nice restaurant is something we all crave too. So, as you can see, our healthy trains can go off the rails quickly here. 

However, have you ever stopped to think that maybe what we’re craving isn’t the juicy burger… What if we do want something nutritious, but just someone to cook it for us… AND clean up after (now that’s a game changer). 

Well, I’ve got news for you… You can have a health-conscious Michelin-starred restaurant in the comfort of your home in just a few clicks. How? Say hello to the Gradito private chef app. 

Now that you’re in your ‘health kick’ it’s time to treat yourself to a ‘night in’ with a healthy full-course meal with your very own Gradito private chef. With this personal chef app, you can choose your desired cuisine & specific dietary restrictions, and this private chef app will match you with an elite NYC personal chef who will create a personalized menu just for you and your healthy lifestyle. 

With Gradito’s in-home chef experience, you can satisfy your restaurant craving and still keep on track with your health goals this year. Sounds like a win-win situation to me. 

  1. In the Moment 

“Mindful Eating”

App Price: Free

Available for iOS & Android

Mindfulness is another key component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To continue to practice wholesome habits surrounding our diets, we must also keep our minds in good shape. That’s why the In the Moment App is a great way to practice mindfulness and improve our understanding of our body's needs.

It’s normal to sometimes automatically feel defeated when it comes to making healthy decisions, but it doesn’t have to feel that way. The Moment was created by nutritionist Kim Flannery to help individuals create better habits for themselves with positive encouragement. This app is your trusty guide to help you develop healthier responses to the more emotional side of food and life. It can help you identify the nature of your food needs and brings more awareness to the ‘whys’ of your eating choices.

To make a permanent change for our health during this new year, we need to maintain a positive attitude and allow ourselves to make more consistent choices toward a healthier version of ourselves. This app can help you find the extra help you need to stay on top of your health with just one click. 

Sticking to your ‘eat more healthily’ resolution has never been easier. Thanks to these 5 apps you can keep up a healthy lifestyle in New York City like never before. It’s time to take the lead and make 2023 the year where you finally stepped up for your health.

Camelia Iturregui Fuertes
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