By Jayna Taylor-Smith
At the beginning of 2018, Pew Research Center conducted a survey showing that 94 percent of individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 are smartphone users. From data collected in a 2016 survey by the Center, that same age group is the most “smartphone dependent” when compared to those older than 29 years old.
At 21 years old, it’s safe to say that I definitely fit into this data set, but tracking my fitness and meal prepping remained offline until now. I usually try to remain independent from my iPhone, but I passed the power to two new apps to help me work out and cook new meals. After using these two apps for about a week, I realized that I’ve been missing out on innovative material that actually makes my life easier.
Going to the gym is intimidating, but this app made me feel like I had power over my workout plan. Not to mention this app was intuitive and easy to learn how to use.
- Extremely customizable and personable. The profile questionnaire asked for things like my main goal (i.e. weight loss, build muscle mass) and even had me estimate my body fat.
- I could set reminders for daily workouts. This is super handy when I know I have a free day but am usually too lazy to get off the couch.
- Can link app with Apple Health and Google Fit.
- Meal plan recipes are only available by purchasing the in-app upgrade.
Cooking is the bane of my existence. I can never remember what groceries I need, and somehow even when I write a list, I still miss something. With Allrecipes, my favorite part was that the ingredient list for each recipe automatically curate into a grocery list.
- Pleasant and quick to understand user interface.
- “Dinner Spinner” feature allows you to choose a dish type (i.e. soup, breakfast, main dish), an ingredient and time for cooking to result in recipe matches. Don’t know what you’re in the mood for? Shaking your phone will randomly select three options for you and give you the results!
- Shows which grocery stores near you have ingredients on sale.
- Ads are placed throughout the app
- Not all recipes have an accompanying photo