Even as adults, sometimes it’s still a struggle to eat your vegetables. Sure, you may want to eat healthily, but let’s face it, life’s hectic and you’re busy. Sometimes it’s difficult to even remember to eat at all.
The good news is that if this is you, you’re not alone. Plenty of people want to make their diets better and want to get back to eating at regular times. By improving your diet, you can have more energy and prevent the types of problems that tend to develop when you’ve made it to 5 PM on only two cups of coffee and a candy bar.
While improving how you eat may seem like a solitary task, it doesn’t need to be. Actually, it tends to work better when it’s not. Having a good support system and friends that are willing to take the journey with you can make all the difference between doing well and stopping after a few days. It’s important for people to support each other and offer advice and encouragement when they can.
This is where Joel’s Kitchen comes in. Joel’s Kitchen is an app that understands your desire to improve yourself and also the importance of having a strong support system. The app was developed in 2014, and its goal is, “Connecting vegans around the world.”
Yes, this app is geared towards a vegan demographic. Yes, vegan is not the only way to eat healthily, and no you do not need to be a vegan to use this app.
This app is geared towards a whole-foods, plant-based diet, which can be very healthy and lead to positive health effects. It does not try to convince you to be vegan- just to eat healthier. Even if you’re a happy omnivore, some features of this app can still be of benefit to you.
Joel’s Kitchen is intended to connect like-minded people and so it makes it easy for its users to share pictures and recipe ideas with friends. With the app, you can become part of a group of people that want to change their diets and become healthier. If you’re low on healthy food ideas, you can find recipes that are quick and easy to make.
Reminders to Eat
Something that sets Joel’s Kitchen apart from similar apps is its meal clock. This feature lets users note when they last ate and users can also set reminders for when they want to eat again. If you have a hectic schedule or just tend to get absorbed in whatever you’re doing to the point that not even hunger can affect your concentration, this can be a very simple but very effective feature to have.
Joel’s Kitchen also lets its users keep track of what exactly they are eating. After eating, users can update the easy-to-navigate “Today’s Servings” section of the app and select what their food contained. Categories include Veggies, Beans, Grains, Fruits, Seeds, and Spices. Simply select however many servings of each of these was in your food and by the end of the day, you’ll have an idea of how many servings you have had of each category.
This section is important because it can tell you where you do well and where you need improvement. Eating a ton of fruit, but only one serving of vegetables? Now you know that tomorrow you should focus on sneaking some more vegetables into your diet. Of course, not every category requires the same amount of servings and this can seem overly simplistic, but the point is to provide a general overview of what you eat. It’s not as specific or time-consuming as other nutrition-tracking apps can be.
This app isn’t jam-packed with features, but the features it does have can be rewarding for people new to veganism or who just want to improve their diet, in general. If you want to check it out, the app is free to download and only requires that you make an account before you can begin checking out all it has to offer.
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