With the influx of food and recipe apps for mobile devices, finding and cooking memorable meals has never been easier.  Here are seven foodie-friendly apps to make your phone or tablet all the more appetizing.

 

1. Fooducate


Are you confused by ingredient lists, nutrition labels, health claims and marketing hype? Fooducate is made up of a team of parents, dietitians and techies. No one has time at the supermarket to analyize food labels and get the information that is important to you. Fooducate analyzes information found in each product's nutrition panel and ingredient list. Just pick up a product from the shelf, scan it, and let Fooducate do the rest.

Fooducate is NOT funded or influenced by food manufacturers, supplement companies, diets, or any sort of magic pill.


Key Features:

  • Use camera phone to effortlessly scan UPC barcode
  • Over 200,000 unique products
  • Simplified info helps you make better choices
  • Works on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android OS Version 2.2 and upLovavore

2. Locavore


Easiest way to find local, in-season food. Pinpoint nearby farmers’ markets and farms that sell the products you love. Discover seasonal recipes.  Shares to facebook.

Key Features:

  • Find out what food is in season, where to buy it, and how to cook it.
  • See what is in season where you are, and what is coming in season.
  • See who sells what you are looking for and where they are located.
  • Talk about your local food discoveries by posting to Facebook.
  • See farmers' markets and farms in your area, and when they are open.


3. Seafood Watch

Seafood Watch recommendations help you choose ocean-friendly seafood at your favorite restaurants and stores. The app brings you the most current recommendations for seafood and sushi along with complete information about how each item should be fished or farmed. The new Project FishMap feature lets you contribute to the app, adding the names of restaurants and stores in the U.S. where you’ve found sustainable seafood and locating what other users have found at businesses near you.


Key Features
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  • Provides free, up-to-date recommendations at your fingertips with detailed seafood information

  • Uses your phone’s GPS to load the right regional guide for your location

  • Enables you to search for seafood quickly and easily by common market name 

  • Allows you to sort seafood by "Best Choice," "Good Alternative" or "Avoid" rankings 

  • Sushi guide lists fish by Japanese name as well as common market name 
Provides alternatives to seafood on the “Avoid” list

  • New Project Fish Map feature lets you contribute to the app by adding the names of restaurants and stores where you've found ocean-friendly seafood and locate businesses where others have found sustainable seafood 

  • Highlights our list of “Super Green” seafood that’s good for you and the oceans


4. True Food

Did you know that up to 70% of packaged foods on our supermarket shelves contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients? Today, thousands of products on supermarket shelves are made with ingredients from genetically modified (also known as genetically engineered [GE]) crops. But GM foods are not labeled in the U.S., despite warnings from doctors and scientists that these foods may not be safe in the diet or the environment. So what’s an American consumer to do? Go behind the label and get the facts on genetically modified foods! The True Food Shoppers Guide gives you valuable information on common GM ingredients, brands to look for—and look out for—and common sense tips to keep you in the know and help you find and avoid GM ingredients wherever you shop.


The Center for Food Safety’s True Food Shoppers Guide was compiled because you have the right to know what’s in your food! 


Features:

  • 

Four Simple Tips - section gives you easy ways to avoid genetically modified ingredients in any product

  • What’s New - brings you an always-updated feed of the Center for Food Safety’s latest news and campaign developments on GMOs and other important food issues.
  • You can even share these articles and announcement with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Digg and more, right from the app!

  • Action - center brings you our latest action alerts on simple things you can do to demand True Food!

  • You can browse the Shoppers Guide by category (16 categories in all) in a simple “Green” and “Red” list format, or search for products by brand name or food type


 

5. Harvest

Having a hard time remembering all those clever fruit and vegetable selection tips when standing in the produce aisle? That's what Harvest, an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, is all about.
Whether it's knocking on watermelons, smelling pineapples, squeezing avocados, or examining the color of peaches, you'll know the best approach.

Harvest features an elegant collection of intelligent tips and techniques for over 120 produce items. Harvest was developed with a deep attention to detail and function. With smooth, snappy browsing and searching, it's designed for quick referencing right at the market.

Features:

  • Harvest shows produce currently available in your area so you can support regional farms and eat fresh.
  • Your location can be automatically detected for convienent reference. As always with Harvest, no Internet connection is required which is great for stores with poor connectivity.
  • You can also browse seasonal information for any month and location.


6. Good Food Near You
 

I’m not completely in love with this app, but it’s a start.  Their database includes mostly large chain restaurants (and lots of fast food) — making a few recommendations for healthier menu options. In a pinch, it could prove helpful.
 

7. Seasons


Seasons is Locavore on steroids. It’s all about foods that are in season, but with significantly more detail than Locavore. It covers fruits, vegetables, lettuces, herbs, mushrooms, and nuts. It lets you search by “local” and “imported” season. It also includes an international Farmers’ Market finder, which makes this app perfect for the traveling local foodie.

(The geek in me also likes the little graphs that show the availability throughout the year.)

 

For more articles like this and great recipes, check out WHRO's food blog, Let's Eat.