For over a year now, I have been following a strict regime with respect to eating. As a member of Weight Watchers, I am required to journal my food intake as the core of the program. It is not enough to know the types of foods you are eating, you also have to account for how much you are ingesting. If you are serious about tracking your food intake, then a food scale is a must. Eyeballing your food intake almost always results in an underestimation of how much food you are eating. Sometimes when you actually measure out, say, 3/4 cup of breakfast cereal (which is a typical serving size) it makes you go,WHAT, that’s it???
I was really excited to learn that I would be reviewing the NutriCrystal Wireless Scale. This is truly a unique product in that it is more than just a food scale. Using Bluetooth technology, the scale syncs wirelessly to your mobile phone or tablet and records food information. You can use this information to determine the caloric value of a recipe you are making, and the nutrient value. What a phenomenal idea! I decided to test drive the scale by making a low calorie apple crisp recipe. Here’s a photograph of an ingredient I was weighing:
Pretty cool, isn’t it! When the weight pops up on the phone screen, you hit the “record” button, and it allows you to select the food you are weighing. There was a pretty long list of food ingredients in the database. One thing that was missing was low fat margarine, which I didn’t know how to add easily. There was a barcode scanner function embedded into the software, but for some reason, it didn’t work for me. The list of ingredients you can measure includes basic baking ingredients, spices, dairy products, cereals (the breakfast kind), snack foods and many other things. Even if you wanted to do something as basic as have a bowl of pretzels for a snack, you would just throw it on the scale, record it on your phone as “pretzels” and you have an instant record of how many calories you are consuming. It makes for much more precise food tracking.
I really liked this scale, and it will definitely replace my older scale in the kitchen. My only complaint was with the software program on my mobile phone; it crashed a couple times while making this recipe, and I lost all my data that I had recorded before I added my last ingredient. I am hoping that it is a minor software glitch that will be corrected in a future update.
The NutriPlus Lite app is available for both Android and Apple devices. The app is free to download. It is compatible with Android phones or tablets, Apple iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, iPad 3, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch. It comes in many smart colors to match your kitchen decor including red, black, orange, pink and stainless steel. You can purchase the NutriCrystal Wireless Smart Food Scale for $69.95 at their online store. It’s a great gift idea for the foodie, or tech-gadget lover on your holiday shopping list.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.