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Fooducate

Remember my 14 Healthy Foods that are Actually Bad For You? Fooducate helps you spot those tricky non-health foods quickly by cutting your research time in half. Simply scan the barcode and Fooducate will give you a rating for the food scanned based on calorie counts per serving, processing techniques and amount of excess sugar. If you want to save time and choose health, go grocery shopping with Fooducate. Free: Apple, Androi

Locavore

To get the maximum amount of nutrients from food I always recommend eating fresh foods over packaged or processed. Timing is important as well; one study even showed that spinach harvested in-season had three times the Vitamin C as when it was harvested out of season! The basic rule is the farther it is from the vine, the less nutrients it has. Locavore tells you what’s in season and how many days you have left to enjoy it at its full flavor. It can also use your phone’s GPS to find the closest places to buy locally grown, in-season produce. This is a huge help for people who have claimed to hate vegetables, only to discover they never had a fresh one in their life. Buy in season, fresh and local whenever you can. Free: Apple, Android

CSPI Chemical CuisineNike Training Club

>Nike lives up to their “Just Do It” mantra- this app is a free personal trainer in your pocket. It has 30-45 minute timed workouts for cardio, toning and strength, videos for each move and a voiceover talking you though the workout, AND it pulls music from your own playlists to keep you motivated. Just choose a workout based on the time you have and the results you want, and press play. You can also turn on autoshare, holding yourself accountable to all of your Facebook friends. One of the most unique parts of this app is the reward features, which make working out into a game where you can unlock new workouts curated by celebrities, trainers and athletes. The step-by-step videos and integration with your own music library make this a fantastic workout app. Free: Apple