Tasty App Provides Caregivers With Visual Recipes

If you have a Facebook account, it's likely that you have seen videos on your feed from an account called Tasty showing how to make many different types of recipes. For senior caregivers, cooking at home or for senior clients may seem complicated and time-consuming. The new Tasty app offers caregivers the ability to view recipe videos and easily view how to make each part of the recipe as they go along.

When users first open the app, it asks them if they'd like to log in using their Facebook account. Then, once caregivers connect the app, it asks them if they'd like to see only vegetarian recipes or if they'd like to see all of the recipes. Users also need to select if they'd like the app to send them notifications or not.

Once users are logged in, they're taken to the home screen which shows different kinds of recipes broken into different categories. The recipe categories include summer produce, dips, Japanese-inspired and comfort food.

Once users decide on a recipe they like and click on it, the app takes them to the detailed recipe page. This includes the full Tasty video of how to make the recipe, as well as a written list of ingredients and a step-by-step version of the video.

In step-by-step mode, the app shows the instructions one at a time and the accompanying portion of the video. This will be especially useful for caregivers who don't have a lot of cooking experience, as each step is described both written and in video form. Once caregivers complete a step, they can swipe left to continue on to the next instruction. 

Caregivers can like recipes to store them in the My Recipes area of the app. This section will also display all of your recently viewed recipes, in case you need to go back to something you forgot to "like." Users can also export the ingredient list for their next trip to the grocery store. The one downside to the recipes is that they don't list nutrition information, so caregivers will need to make their own judgements on if a recipe is healthy or fits into a senior client's diet.

If caregivers have a particular dish in mind that they'd like to make, they can also search within the app itself. Users can enter a keyword or pick from the suggested ones. Some are based on Difficulty such as "5 Ingredients or Less," or "Under 30 Minutes" while others focus on occasion, such as "Casual Party," "BBQ" or "Weeknight."

The Tasty app is available for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

- Paige Krzysko

App Allows Caregivers to Track Calories By Taking Pictures of Food

When it comes to tracking calories and watching what you eat, it seems fairly reasonable when you're eating products with a nutrition label. But what about when you go out to dinner, or over to a friend's house and you eat something that they cooked? It can be tricky to know how many calories are really in your lunch. Luckily, the Calorie Mama AI app makes tracking estimated calories as easy as snapping a photo on your phone and letting the app analyze it. 

When caregivers first download the app, they need to create a profile using either their Facebook profile or their e-mail address. Then, caregivers need to enter their weight information and indicate if they have a weight loss goal. The app seems like it would be useful for those not looking to lose weight, but simply seeking to better understand the caloric makeup of their meals, too. The app provides a recommended calorie intake based on the information provided and then takes caregivers to the home screen to start entering foods. 

For caregivers to enter foods, they can take a photo of an item or they can scan a barcode of a packaged product. For example, if you're out to dinner at a restaurant, you can take a picture of your plate and the app will use its Artifical Intelligence to recognize that you're eating a burger and french fries and log generic nutrition information for such an item accordingly. For a packaged item, the app can analyze the front of the package and figure out what it is, or it can scan the barcode on the item for accurate information. Upon testing the app by taking a photo of the front of an energy bar, it correctly identified on the first try. 

Once a food item has been logged, the app adds it to the user's nutrition log for the day. It provides a recommended intake of calories for each meal, and upon logging foods, it shows you whether you're above or below your calories for that meal. An overall ticker at the top of the page shows how many calories you have remaining for the whole day. 

Caregivers can also log any exercise they do in a day to earn additional calories, and they can record how many glasses of water they drink. As time goes by, caregivers also can log their body weight to track weight loss, if that's one of their goals in using the app. One of the icons at the bottom even brings up a page showing a graph to track body weight over time. 

The Calorie Mama AI app is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Health App Tracks Activity for Caregiver Stress Relief

The job of a caregiver can be unpredictable and stressful. One of the most important considerations for maintaining a healthy lifestyle comes with managing that stress. Caregivers have several options when it comes to stress relief: meditation, exercise and sleep all contribute to wellness. For caregivers with Apple phones, the built-in Health app automatically tracks steps so caregivers can gauge their daily activity. 

You probably don't realize the number of steps that you take each day. For caregivers especially, who might be crossing a room several times a day to get things for their senior clients, 15 steps here and 20 steps there add up fairly quickly. The Health app uses GPS data to track how far your phone moves, and with it, how many steps and miles you walk in a day. Caregivers with Apple phones don't even need to download anything to use this function; it comes pre-installed on the phone and tracks movement automatically. 

When caregivers open the app, they are greeted with a dashboard that shows the number of flights of stairs climbed, number of steps and walking + running distance average for the week. If caregivers also have a device such as a Fitbit that tracks calories and other fitness data, they can connect that with the Health app to produce more data, such as exercise minutes or workouts. 

For each category presented, caregivers can click to see more historical data and compare charts over time. For example, clicking on walking + running distance will show all of the daily data for the week, month or year and display bar graphs across the top to illustrate the data. It will also show your average distance overall. The comparison charts help caregivers realize when they might have a week or month that's particularly low so that they can adjust their routine to add in more exercise.

Consider setting a daily step or distance goal for yourself, or maybe even for you and your senior client if they feel like going for a walk. For senior clients, regular movement helps keep their joints active, even if it's just a leisurely stroll around the block. For senior caregivers, walking or running even an extra mile every day can help relieve stress. 

The Health app comes pre-installed on all Apple products. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Comprehensive Health App Allows Caregivers to Track Overall Activity

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, so many factors are at play together. From eating a balanced diet to getting exercise and relieving stress, it can all be difficult to track. Luckily, the My Health Diary app allows senior caregivers to quickly and easily store health information about all the different activities in one place so that they can see an overall picture of their efforts. 

Users must first create an account with the app upon downloading it, which includes identifying information and linking existing Health apps on their phone to the app. For iPhone users, the My Health Diary app can pull in information from the build in Apple Health app. This includes an Activity section with a counter for how many steps are walked in a day, in addition to other optional features that iPhone users can choose to track, such as Nutrition, Sleep and Mindfulness. 

Once users create their account, then they can set up their dashboard within the app with the widgets they'd like to use. The app features over 20 different widgets to track different aspects of health, ranging from sleep and steps to medications taken and blood pressure. Widgets can be added or removed from the dashboard at any time by going to the Settings area of the app. 

Caregivers can customize this section to fit the needs of their senior clients. For example, if a senior client needs to track their blood pressure on a daily basis in addition to taking a medication for it, then caregivers can record the results in the blood pressure widget to keep a record over time. This can be useful for personal information, as well as to share at upcoming doctor's appointments to make sure clients are on track.

For caregivers who want to track their own health, the exercise widget in the app will provide an idea of where they're at now and how much more activity they should do to meet their fitness goals. Another area of the app allows caregivers to set Care Items for a particular day of the week. For example, for stress relief caregivers could set a goal to take a walk for 30 minutes three times a week. This could also be used to remind caregivers of specific times that senior clients needs to take medication. 

The Files area of the app gives caregivers a space to take photos of prescription instructions or store important medical documents for their senior clients in case they need them for quick reference. To store a document, users can either upload one or take a new photo. 

The My Health Diary App is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 

Quick and Healthy Recipes Featured in App

Healthy eating sounds like an easy task at first, but sometimes can seem more time consuming and expensive than we expected. But healthy cooking doesn't have to complicated or break the bank. Using basic ingredients from your local store and the Healthy in a Hurry recipe app, caregivers and their senior clients can enjoy healthy meals on a regular basis. 

The Healthy in a Hurry app exists as a part of EatingWell.com. When users first open the app, they are greeted with a Recipe of the Day on the homepage. If that dish sounds good, users can click to view the recipe, or they can browse through the other recipes on the app by category. The Recipe of the Day today is Maple-Walnut Tapioca Pudding, a dessert. Their recipe uses low-fat milk, pure maple syrup, one egg, tapioca, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. All ingredients that caregivers likely either already have in their pantry or could easily locate in the store. Right at the top of each recipe, the app notes how much active time a recipe requires for the caregiver to spend preparing it as well as the total time spent preparing and cooking. This recipe takes 20 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes total to prepare and cook.  

The bottom of each recipe also displays the number of servings and the nutritional information for each serving. The Tapioca Pudding makes two servings and has 301 calories per serving and 9 grams of fat, as well as 9 grams of protein. Other recipe categories in the app include breakfast/brunch, dinner, snack/drinks, appetizer, etc. Users can browse through recipes ahead of time and save favorites as they come across them. Icons designate recipes that are High Fiber, Heart Healthy, or Healthy Weight for seniors and caregivers who might be on a specific diet. The app homepage also offers users the chance to browse new collections, implying that new recipes are being added on a regular basis. The only feature missing from the app is the ability to save ingredients to a shopping list. Users might like to download a companion app to keep track of what they need to buy. 

The Healthy in a Hurry app is available for Apple and Android platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Chicken Tortilla Soup: Caregiverlist Recipe of the Week

A chilly fall afternoon calls for a nice warm cup of soup. Some store bought canned soup can be surprisingly high in both sodium and fat content, but homemade soup allows senior caregivers the ability to control all of the ingredients. Our Chicken Tortilla Soup comes together in a medley of several types of vegetables, low sodium chicken broth and black beans for a delicious but surprisingly nutritious dinner. 

1 fresh tomato
1 fresh green pepper
1 fresh red pepper
1 small white onion
1 tablespoons olive oil
10 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 limes
1 single use packet taco seasoning
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
1 avocado
Low fat shredded Mexican cheese mix
Low fat sour cream
Tortilla chips or strips, optional

Chop the tomato, red pepper, green pepper and onion into small pieces. Spread one tablespoon of olive oil over the bottom of your pot and add the vegetable medley. Sauté until the vegetables are cooked. Add chicken broth and taco seasoning mix to the pot and stir. Bring the broth to a boil then drop uncooked chicken breasts into the pot, cover and simmer. Allow the chicken breasts half an hour to cook then pull them carefully out of the soup. Place the cooked chicken breasts on a plate and shred using two forks pulling in opposite directions. Add shredded chicken breast back to the pot then squeeze the lime juice into the soup. Stir then serve. Garnish with low fat sour cream, low fat Mexican cheese mix and chopped avocado to taste. Eat with tortilla chips or add tortilla strips to the soup if desired.  

Caregivers and their senior clients can customize the recipe based on their personal tastes. Almost any favorite taco topping can be incorporated. Add brown rice if you'd like more fiber full carbohydrates, substitute kidney beans instead of black beans or add garlic and jalapenos for a stronger flavor. The result is a dish with a much lower sodium count than canned soup with fresher ingredients and low fat dairy products keeping the overall unsaturated fat content low. 

Heart Healthy Tacos: Caregiverlist Recipe of the Week

Tacos make a fairly easy go-to dinner for any group because they're totally customizable. Try our version of the classic taco with some substitutions for heart health. Share them with a senior client, a friend or just enjoy them yourself.  

Using lean ground turkey instead of ground beef, greek yogurt instead of sour cream and low fat cheese significantly decreases the amount of saturated fat in the dish. Adding avocado brings in some monounsaturated fat, which helps lower cholesterol. Avocados also have a high nutrient count and contain fiber to keep you feeling full for longer. 

For caregivers or senior clients who may be allergic to gluten, corn tortillas make a great substitute to still be able to enjoy this dish. Likewise, for those who are simply trying to eat healthier, using a whole wheat tortilla will get more fiber which can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol for heart health. 

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 packet taco seasoning
1 head romaine lettuce
1 tomato
1 avocado
1 8oz container plain greek yogurt
1 package low fat shredded mexican cheese mix
1 package tortillas of choice (flour, wheat, corn)

Brown ground turkey in pan until completely cooked. Drain excess fat then return to pan and season with taco seasoning packet. Chop the lettuce, tomato and avocado as desired. Assemble ingredients on tortilla and enjoy. 

Other ingredients to try in your tacos include green or red bell peppers, brown rice or black beans for extra protein. If you'd like to serve with a side, try a small salad with low fat dressing or a side of beans and brown rice. 

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