The holidays are a time for people to come together and celebrate. Unfortunately, amidst the festivities the average person will consume a whopping 6,000 calories on Christmas day. That’s about triple Canada’s recommended daily limit. Even with the best of intentions, many health enthusiasts fall victim to holiday delights like turkey, desserts, and rich beverages. Healthy diets and exercise are neglected, and the effects of these indulgences are felt well into the New Year.
As a soon-to-be wellness professional who can advise people on their nutrition habits, you can help your clients stay on track! Recommend these three nutrition mobile apps during the holiday season.
1. MyFitnessPal: Perfect for Future Clients After Receiving Your Diploma in Nutrition
MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker app is a free app available for iPhone and Android. After your nutrition and health programs are completed, recommend this app to help your clients track their exercise and diet. With a database that lists over five million foods, it’s sure to include many holiday treats. If an item cannot be found, your client can add in their own recipes or food items.
Nutritional information is built right into the app, making it easy for your clients to see how their meals add up. On top of the dietary tracking feature, MyFitnessPal has a built-in step counter and syncs with other popular fitness apps your client may already be using. No calories will go unnoticed when your clients put MyFitnessPal to good use.
2. Nutrients: Recommend this App to Clients After Getting Your Diploma in Nutrition
The Nutrients app is perfect for clients who are specifically interested in making sure they are getting a balanced intake of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and proteins. As you will learn during your diploma in nutrition studies, getting all essential nutrients is the key to ensuring overall health.
The Nutrients app is the answer to your clients’ holiday woes! With a comprehensive database that lists plenty of foods and ingredients, your clients can see exactly which nutrients they are getting. In addition, the Nutrients app comes with a tracking feature so your clients can keep track of their consumption and report their progress back to you.
3. Shopwell: Help Your Clients Make Smart Grocery Decisions During the Holidays
Shopwell is the perfect app for clients who love to host during the holiday season. Since they will likely be doing the grocery shopping, Shopwell can help them make informed choices at the store.
Your client can enter the dietary goals you advised them on into the app. When they go to the grocery store they can then scan the barcodes of foods they want to buy. Shopwell will tell your client whether the food item aligns with their goals or not, making it easy to decide which ingredients are the healthiest decision. In addition, Shopwell offers nutritional recipes and hints in case your client needs some healthy inspiration. This handy app is available for free for iPhone and Android users!
Are you interested in learning more ways you can help with nutrition goals?
Contact AAPS to learn more about our nutritionist training in Ontario!