Be Food Smart with Change4Life

Change4life Be Food Smart AppAs the years go by I have started to take a lot more interest in the products I am using and what is actually inside them, this goes for the cosmetics I use day in day out and foods I eat and feed my daughters.

I am a busy working mum and a lot of the things I grab are often for convenience; I love to home cook and bake but as we all know sometimes time just doesn’t allow for this. I find myself reaching for quick easy things, which is fine but I found myself not checking those labels to see what is inside those foods and when I did look, I didn’t really understand what it all meant.

Now we have all heard of Change4Life and how the government backed scheme strives to help and educate families on food and keeping a healthy balanced lifestyle. I was recently introduced to the new Be Food Smart App from Change4Life and I can’t express how useful I’ve been finding it. It’s been a great way for me to learn more about certain food groups and ensure I am giving my daughters the best diet possible. It’s not about telling you to eat kale and criminalising certain brands; it’s there to use quickly on the weekly food shop when we are unsure. It explains food and ingredients in a way I finally understand and gives me alternative options with some great tips.

The app focuses on three main things – the sugar, saturated fat and salt content which we find in our foods. You simply scan the barcodes and up the info pops with a simple traffic light system.

Change4life Be Food Smart App

Fact Time –

•Kids are having nearly three times more sugar than the recommended daily amount every day.

•A quarter of children’s saturated fat comes from unhealthy snacks.

•Most of the salt we’re eating each day is already in the food we buy.

I don’t know about you but those facts are what made me determined to look more closely at what I’m buying each week.

Removing or changing the food items the kids are used to seeing in the cupboards can sometimes be tricky. My children are quite stuck in their ways and reluctant to try new things, but the Be Food Smart App encourages the kids to get involved with mini missions and stickers to collect. I really wanted to find a lower sugar content cereal for breakfasts. Off we went to the supermarket with the app in hand, the girls were so excited to find a cereal with three green lights. They couldn’t wait to try their healthy breakfast the next day.

Change4Life Be Food Smart App

The Be Food Smart App has now just become a helpful little pocket guide for me to use when I’m out shopping, it’s really opened my eyes to what goes into the foods we are eating. While we still enjoy all our favourite foods, Change4Life have just helped me to give my family more balance and the tools to make those small yet positive changes to our diets.

Check out this video for more information on the App and how to use it.

You can join the millions of families using Change4Life and download the app for free today on the App Store and Google Play.

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Change4Life. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

16 Comments

  1. April 21, 2017 / 8:05 am

    This app is a great idea. I worry a lot about the sugar content and ‘naughties’ in the food we have as a family. Anything that encourages us to make better decisions is great!
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  2. April 21, 2017 / 10:26 am

    What a good idea. I really try to cook from scratch as much as I can, but like you say life doesn’t always allow and sometimes it’s just easier to chuck a pizza in the oven when you’re busy. With a little on on the way, this sounds like a fab app to have on hand for when weaning begins.

  3. April 21, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    This sounds like a great idea. We eat quite healthily on the whole but I know my kids still probably have too much sugar.

  4. April 21, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    The app looks fab! We try and do everything from scratch but it’s so hard when time runs away. Luckily, I’ve been prepping extra and freezing the leftovers for days like that. I’m off to get the app and I’ll use it when I next go shopping just to see! x
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  5. April 21, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    What a clever app. We try and cook from scratch as often as possible but sometimes we need a bit of help from convenience foods – this is useful to see how good (or bad!) they are!

  6. April 21, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    I keep meaning to download this and keep forgetting. Consider it done after reading your post!

  7. April 21, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    this sounds like a fab idea. I think sometimes food labelling and the traffic light labels are about as clear as mud sometimes! Scanning it makes it much easier x
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  8. April 21, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    We’ve used their resources before and found them really good

  9. April 23, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    This looks like a fab, handy app! Great that it encourages children to make healthier choices.
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  10. April 23, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    It is hard to keep on top of what’s in the kids’ food isn’t it. Some have a scary amount of sugar in them. Will have to check out this app!

  11. April 24, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    We’ve been using this app too and love it. I have really had my eyes opened with some things we used to eat! x

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