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Wondering what the best healthy mobile apps are for your New Year's Resolutions?

I've done some shopping and, I admit, a little bit of playing around to find the best mobile apps to help you stick to your nutritional commitments this year. Whether you're an iPhone user, Android fanatic or a BlackBerry champion, check out my list of top mobile apps that will get you closer to your health and wellness goals.


Livestrong Calorie Tracker: Will track your goals whether they be diet, weight loss or fitness. This app contains over 625,000 food and fitness items (including restaurants). It also keeps track of recently eaten food with a digital diary so you don’t have to hunt to find it again when adding it to your food journal. It's available for $2.99 on your BlackBerry here, iPhone here or Android here.




Sparkpeople: This app is as easy to use as it gets! Sparkpeople allows you to track your food and water intake, exercise and weight both online and through the app. It supplies you with a report of your nutrition and fitness for that day so you know how to improve. The website offers additional features such as blogs, message boards, inspirational and educational articles and community support. It’s the best “free” I ever spent, but it's only available for iPhone and iPod Touch.
  




 FoodScanner: A-MA-ZING!! This is my favorite app of the year. Get this: you scan the UPC on the food package with your iPhone, and it then pulls up the nutrition label and ingredients. It also allows you to track the foods you’ve eaten. There are over 200,000 items in the database. How did we live before this? Get it for $0.99 while you can!




iFood Assistant: Here's another double-goodie for iPhone and Blackberry users. This is your go-to app for that daily question, “What’s for dinner?” The app provides a recipe of the day, budget meals, store locators and entertaining suggestions. Once you find a recipe, add it to your shopping list and then mark them off as you purchase them (at Market Street, of course!). Snack on the Lite version for BlackBerry or iPhone for free, and if you like it upgrade to the full version for only $0.99.


Runmeter GPS Running Stopwatch / Sports Watch: Your time, location, distance, elevation and pace are all tracked with this busy little bee. iPhone owners can even view a Google map of their run once complete. At $4.99, this is such a valuable asset for those who pound the pavement. 





NikeWomen Training Club: Run with creativity when you create a Nike Mini (similar to a Wii Mii or an Avatar). Nike has created this app to focus on cardio, core, strength, balance and flexibility. Get a training schedule and training videos all for FREE. This app is currently only available for the iPhone.


 



Couch to 5K: If you are looking for some hand-holding to get you off the couch and on the road, then download this app ASAP. It is a 9 week plan that gets you to the finish line in 30 minutes a day. Voice prompts tell you when to walk and when to jog. Don’t worry, you don’t jog the first day. iPhone-friendly at only $2.99.






Calorie Counter by FatSecret: A must have app to find the information you need for your meals, exercise and weight. Includes access to all the FatSecret.com content and syncing your food journal to your online account all for free. BlackBerry App World has the skinny, and it's also available for Android.

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