Four top apps to make healthy eating easier for your staff
Discover how modern solutions can support your employees in leading a healthier lifestyle
It’s not always easy to eat healthily. An overflowing inbox, looming deadlines, looking after the kids, managing a social life… they can all get in the way of cooking and eating healthily.
Combine that with the increased stress levels of modern life and an intense longing for the next sugar high to get you through a Monday afternoon at your desk, it becomes all too easy to put that ready meal in the microwave or order a takeaway.
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Modern technology, however, is helping to make it easier than ever to manage calorie intake (as well as your protein, fat, fibre, vitamins and minerals) and to find some quick and easy ways to create healthier, tastier meals that won't break the bank. With 95% of working-age Generation Z (16-24) and younger millennials (25-34) owning a smartphone, these apps could be the ideal way to support the health of your younger employees. Of course, anyone with a smartphone could benefit from them.
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Here are 4 current apps on the market for doing just that for you to share with your team, recommended by Benenden Health:
Wellness apps for your employees
Here are 4 current apps on the market that you can share with your team to help support their health and wellbeing, recommended by Benenden Health:
Lifesum is one of the most popular wellbeing apps on the market. With over 35 million global users, it's likely some in your workplace are already using this app.
For newcomers, the app supports its users in healthy eating and exercise. While there are options that support weight loss, many users view it as more of a healthy lifestyle app. It enables you to track your daily food intake by simply scanning the barcode on food labels or looking up a food item in the online directory, which includes many high street food outlets (so no excuse for not recording that Friday team lunch).
You can also create custom recipes for meals you have regularly so you don’t have to enter all the ingredients every time. The app also provides healthier alternatives to some traditional favourites, such as turkey lasagne.
When you start up the app, there is a diet quiz that will look at your eating preferences and any allergies. It then tailors a diet plan to meet your goals, whether that be weight loss, weight gain or eating a balanced diet.
These diet plans then adapt throughout, making sure you are always eating the right amount of the right foods to meet your targets.
This app offers an holistic approach to healthy living, by also offering exercise monitoring and habit tracking.
2. Change4Life Sugar Smart
From tooth decay to diabetes, we all know the dangers of too much sugar, but often the sugar is hidden and you don’t even know you are eating (or drinking) it.
Free from the NHS, Change4Life Sugar Smart can scan the barcode on a packet of food and convert the sugar content into the equivalent number of sugar cubes. The NHS reports that this app has been used to scan over 50 million barcodes.
Although Change4Life is marketed to families with children, we think this app is a winner for any age group. This app takes some of the guess work out of the weekly shop.
The easy-to-use app can help your employees to make healthier choices and cut down on sugar.
3. Nutrifix: Find healthy food
With this handy app, you'll never have to google 'healthy restaurants near me' again. Dining out can be a part of business, but it doesn't have to be unhealthy. Enter Nutrifix.
This app identifies healthy restaurants near you, based on your dietary requirements. Not only that, it can also identify the healthiest options at popular restaurants, such as Pizza Express, Starbucks, Wagamama and more. The app clearly shows the calorie count of restaurant options, as well as the protein, carbs, fat and sugar. There are also handy recommendations for food swaps and hacks, that you might not have considered previously.
One downside is that the app works best in a city with plenty of restaurants, so anyone who lives and works elsewhere might not find it as useful.
4. MealPrepPro: Meal prep planner
Are shop-bought ham sandwiches and crisps a common sight in your office? Meal prepping could provide a solution to introducing more variety into your employees' diets.
Simply put, meal prepping is preparing a batch of meals ahead of time. Instead of making multiple meals over the week, meal preppers can save time by cooking a big batch and interspersing portions throughout the week.
Meal prepping has grown in popularity on social media, and it's not hard to see why. It's proponents cite the practice's time- and money-saving benefits. In addition, it can be used to create a week's worth of healthy meals, rather than having to rely on meal deals.
MealPrepPro could be the ideal solution for time-poor employees looking to eat healthy, home-cooked meals. It helps users buy only the ingredients they need, keeps track of calories and macros and provides step-by-step videos for their recipes. It also has tailored solutions for those with allergies to gluten, dairy, peanut and more. The app also has options for those eating high protein, keto, vegetarian and vegan diets.
This app offers variety too - if your staff are worried about eating the same thing over and over again. It provides recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner including 'Apple cinnamon overnight oats', 'Pesto chicken wings with veggies', 'Mediterranean vegan lunchbox' and many more.
More apps to promote employee wellbeing
A healthy diet is fantastic, but it's not the only way that you can use apps to promote wellbeing in your workplace...
Many of us are well aware of the dangers of too much sitting. However, the average worker sits for up to 10 hours a day. This app can help your employees to plan bursts of movement into their busy days.
Staring at a screen all day can put strain on our eyes. Remind your employees when to give their eyes a rest by recommending this app.
A hugely well-known app, Headspace is popular mindfulness and meditation app. Many of us struggle with mental health, and this could be a good way to get your team thinking in a more mindful way.