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App Wrap: "Lunchbox," "CalCutter"

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.


If, as a parent, you often hear after school, "You never pack me anything good for lunch," you can now show your child an app and say, "Fine, pack your own lunch."

Called "Lunchbox," you set up a virtual lunchbox for a child by simply putting their name in, then letting them choose a monster avatar and color. Then, in the lunchbox, the child clicks on either fruits, vegetables, proteins or snacks, and up pops a row of pictures showing them their options. They then drag whichever items they'd like for lunch into the monster's mouth. Up to six foods can be added to any meal. Then, when done, a grocery list is added to the app so that mom or dad can go get anything that's not at home. An entire calendar can be filled out in advance doing all this.

One issue is, even though you have those four nice categories, the app doesn't limit the amount of any one. So a child could, say, load it all up with cookies on the off chance they might actually sneak that by mom or dad. Mom or dad, however, can retaliate by going into the available foods and delete certain ones, like the cookies, meaning they will no longer pop up as an option.

"Lunchbox" is an iOS app for 99 cents.


The New York City Department of Health is helping to make everyone healthier, even if they aren't New Yorkers, by offering up healthier options for all your favorite options.

With "CalCutter," you type in a recipe for, say, Mom's Special Chicken, throw all the ingredients in there with all the measurements and serving sizes, and then, thanks to help from celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, your recipe is analyzed and up pops some tips on how to make it healthier. Down at the bottom, your recipe is health-ified, as certain ingredients are swapped out for healthier options. You see yours versus the new one, the difference in calories. You can then save the new one to your virtual recipe book.

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