healthy stuff // apps

Green Kitchen Stories | Stockholm-based David and Luisa are the couple behind this fantastic blog and app (apps plural, actually). Beautifully shot with a simple interface, I always end up on this on the bus home working out what to make for dinner, or in the greengrocer. I regularly make their Kimchi and Spouted Buckwheat Granola. 

Happy Cow | In a new city? This app is the mobile version of the popular Happy Cow website. You can find vegan, vegetarian and organic restaurants and cafes based on your location. It's helped me out so many times when traveling somewhere unfamiliar, as well as finding new places to eat in my own suburb. It's basically FourSquare for hippies. I love it.

Glow | This is a comprehensive health app, which you can sync with your Fitbit or Nike Fuelband. You enter in your most recent period dates, and it will tell you when you're at highest risk of getting pregnant (or likelihood if you are trying for a baby), messages you a few days before your period starts to remind you to buy tampons and to take your vitamins. You can log your mood, amount of exercise, physical symptoms, stress levels, alcohol intake each day and it will spit out ideas for improving health, tells you when you drink too much for your weight per week and so on. It's probably the most helpful for those looking to fall pregnant but it's still really interesting and insightful for those trying to avoid it.

Pocket Yoga | I have been traveling a lot for work and this has been making it a lot easier. I use it on my iPad. It's best used with your own music programmed in or there will be a lot of panpipes. You can set your fitness level, time of class and style (relaxing, stretching etc). Click go and it's your own personal audio yoga class with demonstrated moves! The interface is a bit early 1990s computer game, but for 2 pounds it is incredible. Basically, if you can do yoga in your underwear, in your bedroom a minute after getting out of bed there aren't many excuses left. Namaste.

Think Dirty | Incredible. You can scan the barcodes of up to 500,000 cosmetic and skincare products and get an instant rating of how allergenic, how carcinogenic and how much impact the product it has on your reproductive health. My Chanel foundation, Aesop face cleanser and shampoo are all CODE RED. It's worth checking through everything as there are some surprises (Aesop especially) and I think my new goal is to slowly segue over to entirely "clean" products. I have been so careful with my deodorant and body oils, but I now need to do that to my make up bag too. 

I have included my Nike Running app and Simply Being in this screengrab but I have never used either of them. I also really like HeadSpace, another meditation app that seems to have disappeared off my iPhone.

I never cease to be amazed that we can have so much information at our fingertips for no or very little cost and in such an easy to use format. Thanks app makers!

Which health apps do you use?


  1. Whole Pantry is a beautiful app, for sure, but it has been revealed that Beth Gibson is a fraud who never had cancer. Google it, it's pretty messed up.

    1. Yes, I saw that - I wrote this about two years ago, but thanks.