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Reboot Your Life: 18 Free Apps That Make Life Easier

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Goal: Eat Healthier at Home

Time to put some distance between you and the pizza-delivery guy. These apps make it easy to turn out low-cal meals even when you're short on time.

Plan your meals with...PepperPlate (available for iPhone and Android phones, pepperplate.com)

Channel your inner foodie with this all-in-one kitchen tool kit: Import recipes from websites, food blogs, or Word documents, then put them in a weekly or monthly menu planner. Tap 'Add to shopping list' and the ingredients appear on your grocery menu. During meal prep, use the app's timers to keep tabs on what's cooking.

Find healthy recipes with...BigOven (available for iPhone and Android phones, bigoven.com)

Cobbling together dinner has never been easier. Plug in as many as three ingredients and this app will generate tasty suggestions from its database of more than 500,000 recipes. Or browse the offerings by category, such as Healthy Recipes, which includes recipes with Weight Watchers points noted and meals based on those from The Biggest Loser.

Shop smarter with...Fooducate (available for iPhone and Android phones, fooducate.com)

Reading food labels is important, but it's also time intensive. Fooducate helps speed things up. Use it to scan an item's bar code, and not only will it offer a quick nutritional rundown, but it will also give the food a grade and highlight important details, such as "Serving size is unusually small." You can tap it to get a better-for-you swap if your pick doesn't rate so well.

Improve your diet with...My Healthy Habits (available for iPhone and Android phones, iuhealth.org/healthyhabits)

Whether you're trying to eat more fruits and veggies or drink more water, this app can help you reach your goal. Choose a habit and the program monitors your progress in 21-day increments, sending out reminders, motivational messages, and tips to help you stay the course.

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