12 Apps for Foodies that I just love!

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I have been posting on this blog for more than a year. During this time I have found a few apps on my phone to help me with my ideas relating to food and nutrition. I have these in a food group on my phone which I will share as a 1st blog birthday gift. They are listed in no particular order and I use all of them on a regular basis.

1. Pinterest
For me the presentation of food has a huge impact to whether I want to try it or not. Pinterest has so many beautiful images of food that I can spend hours looking through food related
pages for inspiration. I have even started pinning a few images myself.

2. Bloglovin
This app is such a great little tool for keeping up with blogs on your phone. I have many food and nutrition blogs I now like to keep up with. It’s very easy to search and add sites on various topics at Bloglovin.com then keep up-to-date on your phone.

3. Foodnavigator
I like to follow the news and this little app lets me keep up with all the food related news from the site foodnavigator.com

4. How to Cook Everything!
Sometimes you just have an ingredient you would like to cook with. This week I have too much broccoli for example. Using this app I can search for broccoli and find any number of recipes to try.

5. Dirty Dozen
This is the shoppers guide to pesticides in food. It’s a great little app to help you choose your food wisely.

6. Enumbers
This informative app gives details about every Enumber you can find in food. It offers a good way to become educated in Enumbers.

7. Evernote Food
This app allows you to browse recipes, bookmark them and record your own. There are lots of lovely recipes for food inspiration.

8. Green kitchen
You can view a wide range of healthy vegetarian recipes using this award winning app.

9. Good Food Healthy Recipes
This one gives you access to a selection of healthy recipes from BBC Good Food. It allows you to view and search a selection of healthy recipes.

10. Edamam
An app that gives you a daily morsel of food recipes and a search function for many more from over 500 sites also found at Edamam.com. Beautiful images and recipes!

11. Gojee
This app covers not only food but also fashion. There are some amazing food images of recipes to try from blogs at Gojee.com. Only the best at Gojee.com

12. Foodily
Similar to Gojee and Edamam. There is a selection of amazing food blog entries to get inspiration from at Foodily.com.

The importance of water

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After a walk to Flitwick Moor I began thinking about tonic water and drinking water for good health. I can’t imagine I would ever dare drink the water from the River Flit as I am sure it is full of various pollutions and I have not seen any springs to drink from during my walks.

Since studying at CNM I have gained a better understanding of why water is so essential to life and good health. After eliminating fizzy drinks from this house I found I was drinking more water but still not enough. So I have set myself a new goal to make drinking more water a habit in our household.

To do this I have to first gather my ammunition as Jim likes facts and I will need his support. Here are a few things I feel that are important to know which I have learnt through my studies and further research.

Firstly some stats……

75% of the body consists of water
95% of the brain consists of water
83% of blood is water

Then some reasons why our body needs water……

  • To transport nutrients and oxygen
  • To maintain body temperature
  • To aid digestion
  • To lubricate organs and joints
  • To eliminate toxins
  • To metabolise body fat
  • It is essential for our immune system
  • It is required by each cell in our body to function properly
  • It aids in the recovery of illness

How much water should you drink?

The common response to this is 8 glasses a day. A common formula used to calculate it is to divide your body weight in lbs. by 2. In fact it can vary with how heavy you are, how hot it is and how much you exercise. However if you feel thirsty and tired and/or your urine is dark it is a good indicator that you may not be drinking enough.

Actually a large number of us are dehydrated and this is known to reduce our physical and mental functions.

I used a simple water tracking app called waterlogged over this last week to track my own water intake. The results were not good and my consumption was far less than I expected.

So what can we do in order to increase are water intake as a family?

  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge and on the table at meal times
  • Eat foods such as melon, grapes and tomatoes which have a higher water content
  • Track what we drink
  • Add fruit to water such as lemons, limes and strawberries in order to make naturally flavoured waters
  • Drink herbal teas
  • Drink in the morning and before bed
  • Keep drinking water easily at hand
  • Associate water with good memories and good health
  • Make interesting water based drinks and interesting ice cubes
  • Make drinking water a habit

Megan and I made grape cubes today. They took less than 15mins to make and approximately two hours to freeze. The inspiration for these came from a book by Brian Preston-Campbell called Cool Waters.

We used grapes but blueberries, raspberries or strawberries would be great alternatives.

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To make these you will need a hand blender, 3 ice cube trays, a fine sieve, a measuring jug, 3 mugs of water and 250g of seedless red grapes.

For each ice cube you will need half a grape. Cut grapes and place in trays. Blend the remaining grapes with one mug of water. Then sieve the blended mix into measuring jug and add remaining 2 mugs of water and stir. Pour the grape water into the ice cube trays and freeze.

Lovefre.sh love Flitton Hill Farm Shop

We are really lucky to have an Organic Farm Shop very close to us. So expect to hear a lot about my visits to Flitton Hill Farm Shop.

Today during my visit to the shop I trialled the iPhone app Lovefre.sh . This is a social app with the goal to discovering local fresh food. The principle behind the app I love but none of my favourite local places had been marked on their map :-(. Which gave me a chance to use the app :-) .

I logged in and joined the service but you can check in at places anonymously basically you earn points when you check in. I am still not sure of the benefits of earning the points other than self gratification that you are sharing the discovery of fresh local food with others. The check in process is simple you just fill in a few fields describing the location and add a picture and a voice memo if you like. There are options for Facebook and twitter also. Other users can then love places which have been added to Lovefre.sh.

I will continue to add some of my favourite locations into Lovefre.sh. I am pleased to see Flitton Hill Farm shop marked now on their map even if I had to do it myself.

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