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Last Updated on January 10, 2018

10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

Planning your meals is one of the best ways to save money and eat healthy at the same time. When you make a meal plan before you shop, you are not only making for a less stressful week, but you are giving yourself a chance to eat a healthier diet. Planned meals allow you to not mindlessly eat and stay in control of your caloric intake. Let’s take a look at 10 iPhone and Android meal planning apps that will place you on the road to healthier eating for this summer.

Pepperplate

Cooking Planner

    Pepperplate hopes to make meal planning easier through various ways. Firstly, attacking the indecision that comes with coming up with meal choices, Pepperplate allows individuals to organize the recipes they find on the application as well as those they add themselves to their personal Pepperplate account. It works as a grocery list companion as well. From there, Pepperplate walks you through recipe instructions to prepare meals in a snap. With planning meals ahead of time, days or even weeks in advance, you can ensure that recipes are made-to-order according to what ever occasion it is for.

    (AppleAndroid) – Free

    Paprika

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      Paprika works by making its way into every part of your digital life. From your computer as both an application and website, Paprika also finds itself on multiple mobile platforms as well. This allows you to grab recipes you find just about anywhere and have them added to your list. This is, of course, with all of the features that we come to expect from meal planning applications, including advanced grocery lists, the ability to plan meals well in advance, and adjusted recipes.

      (AppleAndroid) – $4.99

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      Food on the Table

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        Food on the Table doesn’t force you to have to choose the recipes you want to cook. Instead, the application delivers recipes to your application every week for you to cook, all based on the preferences and dietary restrictions that you set. When accurately done, this makes meal planning even less stressful than the other applications we mentioned before. In addition to a grocery list and recipe instructions that come with the app, you are able to find deals based on location to save money on your meals.

        (AppleAndroid) – Free

        Ziplist

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          Along with weekly meal plans, individuals are able to also get coupons to ensure that they are continuously saving money while also saving the stress of coming up with creative meals. From food sites, you constantly have a curation of unique as well as tasty meals to choose from. The web recipe clipper that can be found on the ZipList website allows you to constantly add new recipes to the application that you are making use of. Finally, ZipList, similar to the other websites and applications we featured, allows individuals to share recipes too. This is a great way to get input on the dinner selection for the night.

          (Apple, Android) – Free

          AllRecipes Dinner Spinner

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          allrecipes

            Using various categories, from cuisine to dietary restrictions and issues and even cooking time, you are able to make the weekly meal plan to alleviate the stress that comes with making a plan of what to eat. As a great way to remember your meal plans, the web component of Allrecipes’s meal planning tool allows you to also print the plan for the week. This is great to put on your refrigerator or elsewhere in the kitchen, to not forget the plans you came up with. Videos are even available to ensure that you aren’t lost in the recipe instructions.

            (Apple, Android) – Free

            MealBoard

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              When we grocery shop, we don’t use our whole supply of purchases on one meal. We usually have some left over that can be used to create new meals. MealBoard makes use of these leftover ingredients in the recommendation of new meals from the application. By looking at the old meals you have included in your meal plans, you are able to use to the leftover coriander or cauliflower from older recipes you had that week. Along with this, you have the other obvious features, like shopping lists and sharing. You can also make constant adjustments to your meal plans when cravings change.

              (Apple) – $2.99

              Love Food Hate Waste

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                Similar to how the previous application, MealBoard, allows you to make use of leftover ingredients for meal planning, Love Food Hate Waste makes use of leftover meals to give you new suggestions. Along with being cost conscious and health conscious, this application is also environmentally conscious in reducing the amount of waste that comes with planning and cooking a new meal every single night.

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                This is a great option for business professionals who may not also have the to cook a new meal every night. All meals come with step-by-step instructions, and even portion control is a focus of this application as well, to ensure you’re on your way to a road of healthy eating.

                (Apple, Android) – Free

                Menu Planner

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                  Another application with many of the features we come to expect. There’s also the feature of ingredient shopping based on cost and the store in your town. The UI is very navigable and allows you to split your meals based on breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. You can create meals based on ingredients already in your pantry or make use of the convenient shopping list to go to the store to prepare new meals.

                  (Apple) – $2.99

                  Cook Smarts

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                    Cook Smarts is the most advanced out of all the meal planning programs that we mentioned today. Instead of being simply an application, Cook Smarts is a regimen that not only offers general meal recommendations, but meal plan recommendations based on your preferences and dietary restrictions. All while emphasizing the use of natural ingredients, Cook Smarts presents videos and other resources to make healthy eating easier and more approachable. Not simply in how to prepare it, but also how to take care of and the upkeep of produce. Unlike the applications mentioned, Cook Smarts doesn’t just offer the meals to you or even just the step-by-step ingredients, the program gives you tools to carry these tips on for life.

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                    (Website) – $21 for 3 months

                    Evernote Food

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                      Evernote, the largely popular note-taking application, would be a good application for those looking to plan meals. However, it’s easier to have an application geared toward such a feat, rather than working around one not specified for it. Because of this, Evernote created Evernote Food, which allows you to not only collect recipes, but also pictures of some of the food you encounter, to save and try to create in your own home. Unlike the other programs, Evernote food understands that you won’t find yourself cooking 365 days a year, and so the integration of restaurants is a great way of ensuring you can eat out with friends and family and still keep your healthy eating track.

                      (Apple, Android) – Free

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                      25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                      Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                      Or even better:

                      What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                      You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                      Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                      How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                      The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                      In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                      • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                      • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                      • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                      As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                      Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                      Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                      But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                      his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                      5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                      Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                      But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                      1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                      2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                      3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                      4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                      5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                      Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                      There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                      • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                      • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                      • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                      • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                      Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                      With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                      25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                      Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                      1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                      If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                      2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                      If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                      If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                      3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                      Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                      =sum(

                      …and then press F3.

                      When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                      4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                      Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                      =match(

                      …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                      When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                      But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                      5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                      If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                      • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                      • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                      • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                      • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                      • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                      6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                      By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                      The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                      For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                      A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                      7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                      When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                      8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                      When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                      9. Use filtering

                      Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                      It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                      To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                      10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                      Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                      Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                      To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                      11. See formula results with F9

                      If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                      Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                      12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                      If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                      13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                      Here’s how to use EDATE:

                      =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                      =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                      14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                      Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                      =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                      =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                      15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                      TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                      16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                      In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                      17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                      When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                      And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                      18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                      If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                      19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                      Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                      You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                      20. Use data validation

                      This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                      • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                      • Create drop-down lists;
                      • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                      21. Use conditional formatting

                      It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                      22. Use formula auditing

                      This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                      The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                      23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                      Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                      It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                      24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                      INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                      25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                      OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                      The bottom line

                      As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                      That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                      If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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