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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.

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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 March 13, 2019

                                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                      3. Upgrade yourself

                                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                      4. Talk to a friend.

                                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                      8. Have a quick nap.

                                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                      10. Find some competition.

                                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                      11. Go exercise.

                                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                      12. Take a good break.

                                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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