Tech-Savvy Grocery List Tools
When you think of making a grocery list you may still picture a pen and paper, but technological advances have made making grocery lists even simpler. Sure you may now use your cell phone's notes app to remind you what to pick up, but there are tools that go so much further, you may never hand write one again.
Ziplist is an online resource that allows you to save recipes from around the web and make them into shopping lists and menu plans. Membership is free and there is also a mobile app. The site is connected to many popular recipe sites and allow for searching by the number of people served, number of ingredients, prep time, and user ratings. While the site doesn't allow you to search by a serving's calorie count, you can plug in your favorite recipes into the Recipe Analyzer to be sure you know how they stack up nutritionally. The perk of this is that it allows you to build grocery lists from recipes you choose in real time. If you see something on sale in the store, you can easily search for recommendations and recipes and get the ingredients added to your existing list. Other free apps that convert recipes into grocery shopping lists include AllRecipes.com's Dinner Spinner and ShopShop. If you already have a pantry full of ingredients and need recipe ideas based on what you have, check out Real Recipes from About.com.
Other People's Grocery Lists
It's easy to create a list of healthy foods of your own, but what's more fun is seeing other people's grocery lists. Calorie Camp allows you to view other people's detailed daily meals. Just click on "See Report" next to a person's daily comments, then "Food Log" and you can see a day's worth of choices. Find those with A nutrition grades and create a week's worth of nutritious meals without the calorie count guess work. Another way of seeing what others are eating is Grocerylists.org. Not only is the site great for searchable advice about grocery lists, it also provides an editable and printable grocery list in PDF format called The Ultimatest Grocery List. Replace listed unhealthy items like pizza or potato chips with healthier alternatives.
Before and After
Going grocery shopping wouldn't be so hard if you knew what you already had before you go. After your trip, knowing what you paid for certain items is also important to help you save money the next go round. Grocery Tracker and Out of Milk Shopping List are two free apps that will help you keep an inventory on the food you have and keep up with food prices for items you regularly buy. Another app to use to help you before you go to the grocery store is Eat Local. This app will help you figure out what produce is in season by month and state as well as where farmers' markets are in your area.
Maximize Your Calorie Count Membership
Mark familiar foods as favorites and create meals to make daily logging easier. You might also use favorites to inform your grocery list. List prices of your favorites and highlight any high-calorie options to help you limit certain food purchases. You can also list the serving size or number of portions per package on favorite items as well. This will remind you to make certain items last after the first serving. For added support use Facebook Connect to share grocery lists and comment about certain recipes with friends who are fellow members.
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