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100 Excellent Web Tools for Healthy Eating

August 27th, 2008


When you’ve got a busy school or work schedule, healthy eating can seem more like a luxury than a necessity, like it is. To help you stay on track at work, during travel and even on the weekends, we’ve researched and discovered these 100 web tools. You’ll be able to bookmark calorie calculators, instantly check portion sizes and nutrition information, connect with dieters and healthy eaters through social media sites, research recipes, and plenty more.

Calculators

Here you can figure out how many calories you need to eat each day, evaluate how many calories are hiding in your favorite restaurant meals and more.

  1. Food Calories and Nutrition Calculator: Select grocery items, ethnic specialties and restaurant items to figure out your calorie intake.
  2. MetaboCalc v1.0: Figure out how many calories you burn each day using this calculator.
  3. Calorie Calculator: This calculator shows you how many calories you burn during daily activities and during workouts.
  4. Calories Burned Calculator: Here you can calculate the number of calories burned during exercises like walking, running and biking. You’ll also find out your BMR and BMI.
  5. Weight Loss Calculator: Learn about calorie intake and calorie burn with this tool, which also helps you set up weight loss goals.
  6. Diet: Use this tool to calculate BMI, your healthy weight, daily caloric requirement, daily protein, carbohydrate, fat and iron requirements, target heart rate and more.
  7. UMMS Health Calculators: The University of Maryland Medical Center’s calculators measure waist-hip ratio, calories burned, diabetes, BMI, fat intake, fiber and more.
  8. Calorie Calculator: Figure out how many calories you burn during activities like gardening and raking, shoveling snow and playing cards.
  9. Quiz: Are You Getting Enough Protein?: Let this quiz help you determine whether or not you need to add more protein to your diet.
  10. Calorie Needs: Quickly calculate how many calories your body needs on a daily basis.

Goal-Setting Tools

Use these online tools to help you stay on track with your medical goals.

  1. Ideal Body Weight: If your new diet is supposed to get you down to a certain weight, first figure out what your ideal weight is by using this tool.
  2. Free Diet and Weight Loss Journal: This free food and fitness tracker can help you organize your healthy eating goals.
  3. Online Diet and Exercise Journal: This website features community forums and free space for you to record your diet goals.
  4. The Fat Test: This quiz will help you learn more about good fats vs. bad fats, which foods to cut out of your diet and which to introduce, and be more proactive about goal setting.
  5. Standard Weight Charts: Understand your frame size, muscle weight and healthy weight here.
  6. National Body Challenge: Discovery Health’s National Body Challenge encourages individuals to exercise and start eating more healthy foods. Register to access menu planners and other resources.
  7. Diet Tools: This collection of tools can help you stay on track until you meet your goals.
  8. iFitOne: This software program " helps make tracking your diet, fitness and weight loss simple and fun."
  9. TeenBodyBuilding: While this program is marketed towards body builders, it offers great goal-tracking tools, workout tips and more.
  10. Joe’s Goals: This easy-to-use goal tracker helps you organize work outs, home prepared meals and restaurant trips.

Calendars and Organization

The following list includes diet diaries and other tools that will keep you, your menu ideas and your calorie counts organized.

  1. Diet Planning: Access a diet diary and other helpful planners here.
  2. StartYourDiet.com: Register to access weight tracking tools, a meal planning tool, diet diary and more.
  3. Menu Planner: Organize your daily meals by calories, food items, portion, and total fat and carbohydrates.
  4. Daily Food and Activity Diary: Stay organized with this tool, which helps you record your hunger levels, motivation, serving sizes and more.
  5. NutritionData: "Know what you eat" by researching food and nutrition data on this site, which also lets you analyze recipes and calculate your BMI.
  6. NutriDiary: Organize your foods, meals and more on this site.
  7. My Food Diary: Access an exercise log, food and ingredient tracker and more.
  8. My Net Diary: This attractive, streamlined food log helps you achieve "safe, steady, long-term weight loss."
  9. Weight by Date: This tool can help Windows users track weight loss, keep a food journal and more.
  10. My Pyramid Tracker: Evaluate your food intake and exercise with this tool.

Networks and Social Media

Join other healthy eaters and dieters through these sites, which also offer recipe tips and diet advice.

  1. Food Count: Members in this network have access to 30,000 foods and nutrition information, diet analysis tools and more.
  2. DietGuild: DietGuild is designed to organize and motivate individuals who want to lose weight and eat more healthy foods. You’ll access nutrition tables, public diaries, and resources like the food pyramid and an articles database.
  3. The Daily Plate: Those who want to be super organized about their eating habits can turn to this site, which features a forum, groups, personal profile and more.
  4. NutriCoach: Create your own personal page on this site, connect with other users, watch videos and access great diet tools and nutrition information.
  5. Peer Trainer: Join this network to find buddies who will hold you accountable and keep you on track with your fitness and eating plan.
  6. SparkPeople: Here you can take advantage of community features, motivation tools and health tips. You can even join and create SparkTeams to stay on track.
  7. My Fitness Pal: Get tips from other community members, read articles and learn about healthy foods and snacks on this network.
  8. Gyminee: Gyminee is a workout and food tracker that’s also a social media network.
  9. fitsugar: Part of the popular "sugar" network, fitsugar is a network that features a blog with celebrity diet news, a celebrity fitness corner, community for sharing tips and food information, and more.
  10. 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community: Visit these forums to learn about goal setting, diet plans and more.

Articles and Guides

Check out these articles and resources that can help you understand different diets, types of foods, and eating attitudes.

  1. How to Read Food Labels and Nutrition Facts: Learn what you should be looking for on food labels.
  2. Are You a Healthy Cook?: Give your cooking style a realistic evaluation with this quiz.
  3. Eating Disorders and Emotional Eating Test: Make sure you’re not overcompensating with food for some emotional or mental problem.
  4. How do I shop for healthy foods for my diet?: This article can help you stay focused and motivated at the grocery store.
  5. Easing Into a Healthy Diet: If you love junk food, try the suggestions offered in this guide to help you get used to healthier eating.
  6. 16 Ways to Eat Healthy While Keeping it Cheap: Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Learn how to keep costs down here.
  7. Eat a Nutritious Diet: HealthierUS.gov provides this resource full of healthy foods, a list of foods to limit and other articles.
  8. 12 Tips for Eating More Veggies: Veggie Chic’s tips include creating a salad habit, veg up your sandwich and top pasta with tomato-based sauces.
  9. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month: Bookmark this guide so you’ll always know which fruits and veggies are in season, saving you money and inspiring you to eat healthier.
  10. Top Ten Wellness Tips for Eating More Vegetables and Fruit: Here you’ll learn new ways to add vegetables and fruit to your diet.

Recipes and Online Cookbooks

Head to these resources for lots of recipes and meal or snack ideas that are good for you.

  1. Diabetes Meal Plan Recipes: From spring rolls and shrimp to Southwestern potato skins to avocado dip, find out how healthy eating is also delicious.
  2. Healthy Recipes: Discovery Health provides lots of healthy recipes for kids, breakfast lovers, the holidays and more.
  3. FoodFit: Visit this site often to get all kinds of recipes, organized by most popular, low-fat, low in sugar, vegetarian, quick meals and more.
  4. Healthy Cooking: From Grandma’s Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili to Morning Glory Muffins, this section of AllRecipes.com is devoted to delicious healthy recipes.
  5. Healthy Recipes: These recipes come from the MayoClinic, so you know they’re good for you.
  6. Better Recipes: Healthy Recipes: Find healthy snacks, desserts, poultry dishes, vegetarian recipes, side dishes, breads, meat and fish ideas.
  7. EatingWell.com: Here you can get diet and nutrition tips, as well as healthy recipes that are easy to whip up.
  8. Delicious Decisions: The American Heart Association’s cookbook allows you to do a recipe quick find and find heart-healthy ingredient substitutions.
  9. WeightWatchers Food and Recipes: Find recipes that adhere to WeightWatchers here.
  10. Over 100 Quick and Easy Healthy Foods: Try out recipes for foods like Santa Fe eggs, ginger yogurt with fruit, festive fruit salad, zucchini bisque and more.

Inspiration and Support

When you need a little extra motivation, use these sites and tools to keep you going.

  1. Healthy Weight Forum: Access inspirational quotes, read diet reviews and more on this forum.
  2. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Chocolate is Not the Enemy: Beliefnet’s Health page features this story to help dieters keep their perspective.
  3. diettalk.com: This network of dieters and healthy eaters supports each other, because "desire, dedication, determination and discipline = success."
  4. Weekend Diet Traps: If you’re known to binge every weekend, use this guide to help you curb your cravings.
  5. Low Carb Friends: Turn to this forum for support groups and recipe ideas.
  6. Low Carb Eating: This site "provides support for healthy, sustainable low-carb living — via community, education, and resources."
  7. What Did You Eat Today?: Refer to this thread on myjellybean.com for yummy but healthy food ideas and snacks.
  8. The Seven Habits of Successful Healthy Eating: Dietician Lara Rondinelli urges you to "make healthy eating a priority" and forget about making up excuses.
  9. Small Step: This government program inspires adults, seniors and teenagers to eat more healthy foods and have a healthier body image, one step at a time.
  10. BuddySlim: Connect with other weight loss buddies over this network, where over 429,000 lbs. have been dropped by members.

Trying New Diets

Here you can research different types of diets that inspire healthy eating, including the raw food diet, veganism, and low-carb diets.

  1. South Beach Diet: Get your diet profile for free on this site.
  2. Healthy Foods Instead of a Diet: Consider introducing new foods into your menus instead of jumping on the bandwagon of a fad diet that could actually be unhealthy.
  3. Veganism in a Nutshell: Learn all about veganism and diet ideas here.
  4. High Protein Diets: The American Heart Association goes over high protein diets here.
  5. Weight Loss: Reducing Dietary Fat: Learn about calories and sources of dietary fat here.
  6. Raw Food Chat: This network will connect you to those who adhere to the raw food diet. Registering will also give you access to articles and recipes.
  7. Every Diet: Get the lowdown on diets like Atkins, genotype diet, high protein dies and more on this site.
  8. Popular Diets Versus Dietary Guidelines: This article explores what kind of diets and eating regimes are best.
  9. Tips for Sugar-Free Cooking and Eating: Find out what foods are good to eat and which ones are off limits in a sugar-free diet.
  10. Low Carb Diet: Get recipes, facts about the low-carb diet and more on this list.

Understanding Food and Nutrition

From the food pyramid to fiber charts, these tools will teach you about food and nutrition.

  1. Fiber Chart: Here you’ll figure out what kinds of foods–and how much–equals the right kind of fiber.
  2. The Food Pyramid: Refresh your understanding of the food pyramid and how many servings of each food group you need.
  3. Low Carb Diet Tools: Discover how many carbs are in dairy products, vegetables, beef and more.
  4. Exploring the USDA Food Pyramid: This intensive look at the food pyramid will help you understand your own nutritional goals better.
  5. Fast Food Explorer: Find out just how many calories and fat are in popular meals at KFC, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and other fast food spots.
  6. Calcium Assessment: Learn how much calcium you need in this quiz, which evaluates your intake and knowledge about calcium.
  7. Online Science Degrees Blog: Understand the science behind what you eat with this interesting blog.
  8. Calorie King: Find out the calorie count in foods at restaurants like Chili’s and at retailers like Costco. You can also get healthy recipes and read articles about better eating.
  9. Nutri-Facts.com: Instantly get nutrition information for nearly 6,000 different foods, including sausage, baby food items and even different cooking spices.
  10. Antioxidants food chart: This chart shows you which foods are richest in antioxidants, which are important for healthy living, good skin, fighting cancer and more.

Portion Control

Understanding portion control is a huge part of healthy eating. Let these tools guide you when you start spooning out dessert.

  1. Look at Three Hundred Calories: Understand portion size better when you can visualize what 300 calories is.
  2. Portion Control: Here you’ll find tips for measuring out portions, as well as figuring out drink serving sizes and snacks.
  3. Meals Matter: This fantastic tool helps you plan out meals for every day of the week, and you can also read nutrition articles, take quizzes and find yummy recipes.
  4. Food Portion Sizes: This illustrated guide can help you determine the real portion sizes for meat, apples, ice cream and more.
  5. Quick Guide to Food Portions: Here’s another guide that will help you better understand what food portions really mean.
  6. French lessons: Eat petite, be petite: MSNBC’s article explores how simply downsizing at the dinner table can help you lose weight.
  7. Understanding Portion Control: This guide explores the trouble Americans have with portion control and offers tips for eating light, even in restaurants.
  8. How to Avoid Portion Size Pitfalls to Help Manage Your Weight: Here you’ll get advice for managing serving sizes when you eat at home, when you eat in front of the TV, and when you eat out of the package.
  9. Portion Distortion: 5 Easy Ways to Downsize Your Servings: Tips here include trimming your trigger foods and to "create your own after-meal ritual."
  10. Nutri Diet Tracker: This system frees you from the stress and frustration of counting calories by organizing your diet with special cards.