Updated CarrotLines App Helps You Shop Healthy (Bonus: It's Free)
(HealthCastle.com) I'm a fan of apps that help you eat better, especially when they're free. One of my favourites is CarrotLines, a healthy-eating app for Canadians developed right here in Vancouver. The makers of CarrotLines have recently partnered with Tommy Europe, host of The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides, to incorporate a fitness element into the app as part of a new release that includes some helpful new features.
The app is designed to help you understand what nutrition labels really mean – so you can make healthy choices about the foods you eat. I'm passionate about making sure my readers understand what they put into their bodies, which is why CarrotLines is on my recommended list.
How You Can Use the Free CarrotLines App to Choose Healthier Food
Design a Nutrition Profile
The app lets you design a nutrition profile based on up to 40 dietary preferences, and then makes appropriate recommendations based on more than 40,000 food products. You can choose for the app to screen for foods that are low-fat, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, made in Canada, or that contain certain allergens (like peanuts, soy, and shellfish), among many other options. You can use the app to scan items in the grocery store or in your pantry or fridge to get a quick snapshot of how they stack up against your profile criteria.
Browse for New Products
With so many new products and brands being added to the grocery store all the time, the odds are there are some that meet your needs but that you haven't discovered yet. The new "Healthy Picks" feature of the CarrotLines app allows you to find those new products by browsing based on the attributes important to you. So, if you've been trying, for example, to avoid artificial flavours and colours (something I definitely recommend), you can browse for products that meet those criteria. Then, you can create a shopping list based on the products you find so you know what you're looking for before you head to the grocery store.
How to Get the Free CarrotLines App
The app is available in the iTunes App Store now and will be available for Android devices later in 2013.
Tell us: Have you used CarrotLines? Do you have any other free app favourites we should know about? Let us know in the comments.