The Restaurant Nutrition App: 4 Reasons Why Every Student Needs It

As self conscious beings who care about our bodies, eating clean and staying fit are two of our biggest priorities. But, lets admit it, both of these objectives are not always attainable. As a college student, class, studying, group project, office hours, and sleeping just don’t leave enough time in our schedule. Making our own healthy food and working out every day sometimes just doesn’t happen. When this occurs, we resort to eating out, which may mean falling off our own pedestal.

But falling off your pedestal doesn’t have to happen. Amidst those activities which take up your time, now it is easier than ever to not make excuses for yourself.  There is a tool to help any health nut make smart food choices when eating out. Here is what you need to know.

Restaurant Nutrition, a free app for your smart phone like iPhone or Android, is categorized under Health Care & Fitness. Behind the app lies the idea that being health conscious is feasible throughout the stress of the everyday.

Below are four reasons why this app will be ever so helpful.

1. Track Nutrition

One way to track your nutrition is to keep a food  journal. While this can seem laborious to do by hand it does not have to be, not with this app. Restaurant nutrition will do it all for you. And best of all is that you can avoid hand cramps and keep all of your notes safe in one place, your phone. Plus,  myfitnesspal.com writes that keeping a food journal will double your weight loss.

Not only can you keep track of your food intake, but Restaurant Nutrition will break down your intake into categories. These include tracking your calories, carbs, protein and fat. They even go so far as to profile restaurants to steer clear of if you have certain allergies such as peanuts, shellfish, or wheat.

2. Use Social Media

Similar to the common smartphone app, Instagram, Restaurant Nutrition allows you to post pictures of your food to Facebook. You can also look through other users pictures to see what restaurant you might want to try next. Just another added benefit to get excited about healthy and delicious food.

What would this app be if it did not also let you preview the restaurant menu before you arrived? Displaying full menus with nutrition facts on the side of each dish. This way if these are not prominent in the restaurant, you can easily check the app to see what is really in their food.

3. Personalize

Personalizing Restaurant Nutrition is quick and easy. Simply make your user profile and food based on your nutritional values will appear with restaurants where they can be found.

Once you decide on your desired restaurant, this app will find your current location and give you a map and directions to the closest location of that restaurant. Simple and easy, all you need to do is drive there.

4. Get Connected

As of now, this app has over 250 restaurants that its users can connect with and more to come when you write in your suggestions.

One of the coolest things about Restaurant Nutrition is the users ability to rate and review specific menu items from the listed restaurants. This facet is similar to yelp.com for those readers who are familiar with the website. You are able to give eateries a minimum of 1/5 stars of the highest of 5/5 stars. This is a good way to know which ones to stay away from or to indulge in. One of the last features that is beneficial is you are able to mark or highlight your favorite restaurants, this way you do not need to scroll through all of them to the one you frequent the most.

Not only will Restaurant Nutrition help to track diet plans, but it will keep eating healthy achievable. There will come a time when us health nuts eat out. Our eyes will only see the chocolate chunk brownie sundae on the dessert menu, rather than the obviously more healthy option of vanilla frozen yogurt topped with fresh seasonal fruit.

Better yet, you may even be able to use this on your campus with your meal plan. Simply ask your dining advisors to email app-support@unifiedlifestyle.com and submit their location and nutritional information. Then the rest of your campus can benefit s well.

Restaurant Nutrition will step in when our mind becomes cloudy and will save the day (or the calories)! Now its up to you. Take out your smart phone, download this app and fear eating out no more!

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Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg is a junior at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism. At school, Kait can be found interviewing people or hitting the gym. As the Colleges Against Cancer president, Kait helps to fight cancer and she educates her peers on the disease. Apart from school she works two jobs, enjoys traveling, and cooking for her roommates.