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17 Apps Designed to Simplify Grocery Shopping, Recipes, And More

17 Apps Designed to Simplify Grocery Shopping, Recipes, And More

Don’t you love apps for your smartphone? Especially those designed to make our lives easier. There are many apps that make your life easier related to groceries, grocery shopping, mixing drinks and recipes.

Checkout51

Like saving money? This app provides coupons for those who enjoy coupon-clipping or have always wanted to give it a whirl.

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    Pinterest

    This popular social media site is FILLED with fantastic recipes. Trying to cut down on carbs? Search low-carb dinners on Pinterest. Want to find something very specific that you thought was delicious at a past event? Look it up on Pinterest.

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      Fooducate

      Trying to eat healthier? Trying to see if a certain food is good for you? It gives you grades for each thing you enter in the app and it explains why it has a certain grade.  It has a barcode scanning feature, so you can scan the barcode on your food products and it’ll tell you just how good or bad it is for you. Fooducate will suggest healthier alternatives to whatever you’re scanning on there, too.

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        TrueFood

        This app informs you what exactly is in your food. Trying to avoid Genetically Modified Ingredients? No problem.

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          GroceryIQ

          This app organizes your grocery list for you. It also has a feature that suggests food items as you type, which is good for those forgetful people who always forget that one item every time they go shopping. It will automatically use coupons for specific products you add to the list, which saves you money.

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            How to Cook Everything

            I’ve mastered the art of cooking for most meals, but I have friends who have cooking skills that will make you cringe and want to run away every time they start cooking a meal. For people who wish they knew how to cook something better, this is the app for you.

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              Grocery Pal

              This app searches local supermarkets and stores for the weekly specials and lets you compare prices between competitors. Great resource if you’re looking to save money. It also lets you make grocery list and ORGANIZE your shopping trip by aisle, so you aren’t walking back and forth because you forgot to get something from the first aisle you walked through.

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                FarmStand

                Locates nearby farmers’ markets, which you can save to a list. Who doesn’t love fresh fruits and vegetables?

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                  Substitutions

                  Need to replace an ingredient with something else? This app comes up with other suggestions to use if you’re missing an ingredient or can’t use one due to dietary reasons.

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                    Yummly

                    Need recipes? Yummly has plenty of them. You can also scan a product and the app will come up with recommendations of how to cook that certain product.

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                      Pizza Compass

                      Where are the local pizza places near you? Pizza Compass will locate them for you.

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                        Craft Beer New York

                        Who doesn’t love craft beer? This app tells you where the best breweries, bars, and shops are in New York City.

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                            Mixologist Drink Recipes

                            Trying to decide what to drink tonight? This app will tell you what you need to make each drink. Trying to remember a specific name for a drink? This app will help you out.

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                              Paprika

                              This app is really cool- it clips recipes you’ve posted online, like those recipes on Pinterest and it’ll even create shopping lists based on those recipes.

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                                myfitnesspal

                                Myfitnesspal lets you track calories that you’ve consumed throughout the day.

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                                  Fast Paleo

                                  I have friends whose families follow the Paleo diet, so this is a great recipe app for people who follow the Paleo lifestyle.

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                                    Postmates

                                    This app will find places that will deliver ANYTHING to you, not just food. (This app is widely used in NYC). Of course, you have to pay fees for delivery, but convenience > price, right?  Fascinating concept- I’ve never personally tried this app, but some of my friends have told me about this.

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                                      Last Updated on January 11, 2021

                                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                                      2. Stress Relief

                                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                                      3. Improved Sleep

                                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                                      4. Appetite Control

                                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                                      8. Pain Relief

                                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                                      11. Money Saving

                                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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