I don't know about you, but I always find myself looking for ways to eat a bit more... er... modestly after Thanksgiving. Maybe it's because I ingest more sugar at that one meal than I probably do most weeks out of the year, or maybe it's because I sometimes find myself with a surprise "food baby" after the holidays and don't really want it to grow. In any case, I have something to show you that I think you'll be interested in if you're in the same boat: Meet foodtweeks™, a free mobile app that helps you make sensible eating choices AND give back to people in need.
foodtweeks™ isn't your usual weight loss app—rather than tracking the minutiae of everything you eat, it simply recommends small ways to cut extra calories from meals you were thinking of eating anyway. Even better, the calories that you've "saved" go towards donations made to a participating food bank. Pretty cool, right?
The foodtweeks™ interface is very simple: You input the name of the food or meal you want to consume, select the most appropriate choice from the search results, and then foodtweeks™ will recommend one or more easy "tweeks" to help reduce the calories in your meal.
For every 600 calories you accrue from logging tweeks, foodtweeks™ will donate one meal to a participating food bank. Here are a couple of sample tweeks from a Chicken Parmesan, a common (but often high-calorie) meal:
Most of us probably know that reducing the amount of cheese in a dish will lower the overall calorie count, but I think it's helpful to have something right in front of my face saying "It's okay if you use a bit less." foodtweeks™ also shows you which options will save you more calories (notice that 1/2 the amount of cheese is represented by one fork, while no cheese is represented by two.)
But what if you're not preparing the food yourself? foodtweeks™ also has a fairly sizable database of pre-made and restaurant foods. As a specific example, here are some of the results that came up when I searched for Subway:
Some of the "tweeks" suggested for these Subway meals involve changing the dressing or specific types of bread out for a lower-calorie option. I certainly don't know which dressings and breads have the lowest calorie content offhand, and scanning the in-store menu can be a bit confusing if it's crowded and you're in a rush, so having the app just tell you which options are lower in calories is very helpful indeed.
To log your tweeks, click on the one(s) you plan on doing and hit submit. That's it! You should then be greeted with this cheerful little window:
By changing up the bread and some of the condiments in my meal, I was able to "save" a couple hundred calories from my overall intake and earn 200 points towards a meal donation. Even better, if you share your tweeks to Facebook or Twitter you can earn double points towards the donation!
Any tweeks you make are tracked cumulatively, so even if you only make minor changes to your diet they'll eventually add up to a full "meal".
And that's all there is to it! It takes practically no time at all to look up meals in the foodtweeks™ database, so why not give it a try? It will help you make sensible eating choices and support a good cause.
foodtweeks™ is available for free on Android and iOS. For more information, visit the foodtweeks™ website or look up the app on Google Play or in the App Store.
What do you think of foodtweeks™? Would you use an app like this?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by foodtweeks™, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy. Brandbacker