NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With more than 350,000 apps and counting, Apple's (AAPL) - Get Report App Store is home to much more than addictive games like Angry Birds. This time around, TheStreet reviews iPhone apps that can help you get fit, eat right and track your overall well-being. Nike (NKE) - Get Report made a big leap into fitness tech several years ago, creating special software embedded within running shoes to track one's running pace on the iPod or iPhone. Last year, the athletic apparel and equipment company decided to scrap the shoe sensor with the launch of Nike + GPS. Not only does the app track your distance, pace, calories burned and route, it also acts as your personal trainer by offering canned motivation -- for example, after you've hit a personal milestone (your first six-mile run), you receive a positive message from a well-known athlete. We heard Lance Armstrong, who congratulated us for hitting our best time.
If you're especially proud of your time during a run, you can broadcast your results to Facebook or Twitter, and send the workout to Nikeplus.com, where you set goals for yourself, enter challenges with friends and connect with the Nike + community.
Whole Food Market Recipes
Whole Foods (WFMI) has taken its mantra of providing high-quality, natural foods to the apps realm. The Whole Foods Market Recipes app allows users to search for meals by ingredients and dietary preferences, like gluten-free, low fat and vegetarian or vegan. You can also browse by category, like budget, and cooking with kids.
We especially like the "On Hand" search function that lets you enter three items in your kitchen, then finds entrees that incorporate those products. Recipes also include detailed nutritional information and the ability to add items from whole meals onto a shopping list.
We found many innovative meals that broke us out of our usual rut -- roasted salmon and broccoli with wheat linguini, soy ginger chicken and winter greens -- but we wish the app included reviews from other users who had already tested the recipes.
MyFitnessPal allows dieters to keep track of their calorie intake.
Once you open the app, you'll need to enter some personal information like height, weight, goal weight, daily activity "level" and the amount of time you spend exercising. MyFitnessPal then displays the number of calories you should be consuming each day, and the amount of time it will take you reach your ideal weight.
The app also acts as a food diary, letting you input what you've eaten for each meal while showing detailed nutrition information.
We were impressed by the size of MyFitnessPal's food database (more than 750,000 items) and the ease of food entry. Once you've entered a food once, it will pop up under your "most used list" so that they can be added again quickly. You can also add custom foods if there's a particular meal that's not in the database, or input your favorite recipes if you cook often (the app will calculate the nutritional content).
Once you've started exercising, you can add both cardiovascular and strength training to the diary, too, to keep track of the number of calories you've burned.
Livestrong -- a foundation set up by cyclist Lance Armstrong to combat cancer -- created the MyQuit Coach, an app that helps smokers create a personalized plan to quit.
Once you open the app, it asks you for the quitting method you'd like to pursue (cut back? quit cold turkey?) and the number of cigarettes you smoke per day. You must also enter personal information, like how long you've been smoking, why and the cost you pay per pack.
You can select a motivational photo (of your family or friends, for example) and message ("smoking affects me and my loved ones" is the default) that is displayed whenever you open the app.
MyQuit Coach also charts your progress towards quitting smoking while rewarding you with graphical achievement "badges" that can be shared through Facebook and Twitter.
MyQuit Coach lets you tap into a community of other users who are trying to quit smoking, for moral support.
Road trip food -- junk food from gas stations, fast food -- can be monotonous and unhealthy. GoodFoodNearYou helps travelers on the road find healthy eating options.
Once the app has detected your location using GPS, it displays a list of restaurants close by and includes menus and nutrition information, like fat, calories, carbs and protein.
While we were impressed by the idea of finding healthy food via our iPhone, GoodFoodNearYou simply didn't have enough options. When we entered our zipcode, we were given a list of only three restaurants (Subway, Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks) with limited menu items (an egg cheese English muffin sandwich and a veggie delite salad were among the selections).
We also wish the app included independent eateries, rather than just chains.
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