Using technology in the kitchen to stay healthy
You don’t often make connections between cooking and technology, but there have been several developments in the tech world that can help you eat better and stay healthy.
As the trend of connectivity grows at a rapid pace, you can now even get “smart appliances” for the kitchen. These high-tech fridges and stoves can actually be controlled via mobile device.
While these devices don’t directly help you cook better or make healthier food choices, they can make it easier to make home-cooked meals in today’s busy world. If you are one of those people who always seems to end up with a greasy bag of fast food at dinner, having tools you can activate while out of the house can be a huge help.
Granted, a top-of-the-line smart appliance may not be in everyone’s budget. Thankfully, this isn’t the biggest area where technology meets healthy eating. It’s all about the apps.
Food Delivery Apps
Trying to make healthy choices but your local grocery store just doesn’t have the products you want? Now you can shop for any variety of organic, gluten-free, vegan or raw foods with just a few taps on your phone. You can even find services that will deliver fully-cooked and ready-to-eat meals. As you browse around online, you can discover so many new foods to add to your cart that you’ve never even heard of.
Take the mystery out of your meals with a good nutrition app. There are a large number of them, all offering varying levels of information. Apps can help you manage portion sizes, calorie counts, grams of fat or just about any other nutritional metric you want to keep an eye on.
Besides helping you analyze the meal in front of you, you can use these types of apps to keep an ongoing log so you can manage your eating and help monitor your choices over the long term.
Being healthy in the kitchen isn’t just about food, it’s also about making sure you are drinking enough water (2 quarts is a good target). Believe it or not, you can actually use an app for this simple task. Water trackers will keep a log of how much you’re drinking, as well as remind you when it’s time to have another drink.
The Latest Gadgets
You may not consider kitchen tools to be “technology” but there are lots of great new gadgets out there that are pretty innovative. A spiralizer can make noodles out of vegetables, a water infuser can provide healthier drinks, and a good-quality blender means lots of delicious smoothies. Sometimes all it takes is the right tool to open up a whole new type of cooking.
Eating healthy can be a tricky game, and it can often conflict with convenience. These apps can make a difference in your planning and scheduling to keep you heading towards your goals. Don’t let technology become a crutch. No app or appliance can make food choices for you. That part is still up to you.