I'm a firm believer in keeping track of the foods you eat and the nutrition they provide. Many times people believe they're doing everything right but find that their weight, ketones, and blood glucose levels tell a different story. Online tracking apps like My Fitness Pal are helpful, but they weren't designed for people following a low-carbohydrate or ketogenic diet. However, there is an app created specifically for us: KetoDiet App. Some of you may be familiar with Martina's KetoDiet App website, including the blog, which contains fantastic recipes and useful information about healthy, low-carb living.
I love the look and functionality of this app. First of all, it's highly customizable based on your goals for carb intake and weight loss. There are currently over 100 recipes that are beautifully photographed through every step of preparation, and the instructions are very easy to follow. An RSS feed automatically adds new recipes that Martina posts to the website. The app allows you to easily enter your own foods, recipes, and restaurant items, in addition to the KetoDiet recipes. As you add items for the day, the energy (calories), protein, fat, fiber, and electrolytes are tabulated, along with net carbs, which are highlighted in green at the right edge. If you go over your personalized net carb goal (i.e., 30 grams), the color changes from green to red, instantly alerting you. Although the app is called KetoDiet App, you don't necessarily have to be on a ketogenic diet to use it, since you can program in whatever level of carb intake you like.
In my opinion, just about everyone on a low-carb diet would enjoy using this app because of its innovative design, ease of use, reliability, and comprehensive list of mouth-watering recipes. Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I like to be balanced and consider both the positive and negative aspect of everything, but in all honesty, I can't find anything negative to say about this app. I think it's fantastic and, along with the KetoDietApp for iPhone and KetoDietApp book, an excellent value. (Note: The iPhone app is a basic version which does not include the planner and tracker.)
If you haven't already, I highly recommend checking out the KetoDiet App blog and trying out some of the recipes, such as Paleo Greek Meatballs (Soutzoukakia), Cajun Chicken Tacos, and Low Carb Strawberry and Rhubarb Panna Cotta.
Disclosure: Martina provided me with a free copy of KetoDiet App for iPad, but I have received no monetary or other compensation for this review.
Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE