Apps for Smart Shopping

by Matthew Kadey, MS, RD on Dec 16, 2013

Use these apps to make smarter shopping decisions.


Cost: Free, iTunes
Gives you a quick calculation of the price per unit size, calories per serving size and other useful data so you get the best value for your buck.


Cost: Free, iTunes and Google Play
Scan the barcode of an item, and the app gives it a nutritional grade—with notes on contributing factors such as sugar or fat levels. Healthier alternatives are also suggested.

Grocery Gadget

Cost: $3.99, iTunes
This is a surefire way to organize a grocery list, minus the crumpled paper. The app can also sync your list with the lists of other family members.

Out of Milk

Cost: Free, Google Play
Can’t remember if you already have a can of black beans in your pantry? Out of Milk holds your grocery list and keeps track of what’s already in your pantry and fridge.

Seafood Watch

Cost: Free, iTunes
Reel in the most sustainable seafood from the fish counter with a guide to green- and red-light fish from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.

True Food

Cost: Free, iTunes
Created by the Center for Food Safety, this app gives you the scoop on whether the food you are considering purchasing contains genetically modified ingredients.

If you found this information useful, you may be interested in reading the full article from the November 2013 issue of IDEA Food and Nutrition Tips found here.

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About the Author

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD IDEA Author/Presenter

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award-winning journalist, Canada-based dietitian, freelance nutrition writer and recipe developer. He has written for dozens of magazines including Runner’s W...


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