I first reviewed FoodNoms late last year when it was launched and was impressed. The app is a privacy-focused food tracking that helps you keep up with your nutritional goals. FoodNoms stands out from the competition by proving that logging and tracking can come in a user-focused, elegantly designed package. The result is an app that makes making good eating habits an easier and better experience than most food tracking apps I’ve tried.
In the months since its launch, FoodNoms has received a long list of useful updates. For example, there are more ways to store and access the food you track than ever before. The items can be marked as favorites and stored together with other foods such as reusable recipes or meals. The app̵
One of the shortcomings of FoodNoms that I pointed out in my first review was that it only contained short-term graphs, which made it difficult to track trends. It has been improved with the inclusion of weekly and monthly charts. The food database has also been improved, and a community-run food database was introduced to allow users to contribute food. FoodNoms’ shortcut actions have been expanded, and alternative icons have also been added.
Most recently, FoodNoms added widget support so that users can get an overview of the progress towards their goals throughout the day and quickly access the app’s functionality. FoodNoms includes four types of widgets: goals, goal summaries, logs, and quick actions.
The Goal widget, which only comes in small sizes, is a simple widget that can track a single goal you have set yourself. Perhaps my favorite option is that and the goal summary widget share is the ability to choose what happens when you tap on the widget. For the target widget, the options open the app, go to the day view, search, scan barcodes and food labels, log a drink and display target details. The Target Summary widget has the same options, except for displaying target details. Goal summaries also make it possible to track two separate business goals instead of just one.
Log Food, as you expect, allows you to select food to log. The widget can be set up to offer smart suggestions based on recently logged foods or display foods of your choice instead. The medium version can fit two foods, while the large version supports four. Tapping on one of the foods takes you directly to it in FoodNom’s database, where you can adjust quantities and other settings before logging it. Of course, if you want more foods on the home screen, you can use multiple instances of the Log Food widget and stack them.
The final widget is a medium-sized one that contains six quick actions that remind me a bit of Anybuffer or Drafts’ fast-acting software. FoodNoms includes actions to start a search, view your library or favorites, access the app’s quick access feature, scan a barcode or nutrition label, and log a drink. The widget is a great way to jump to exactly where you want within FoodNoms with minimal effort.
Between multiple options for tracking your goals and the thoughtful use of actions related to widgets, FoodNom’s offers users plenty of flexibility on home screens. FoodNoms is also a fantastic example of a subscription model that supports ongoing development. The subscription allows developer Ryan Ashcraft to update and improve the app throughout the year with new functionality. In return, users get excellent food tracking they want to use multiple times each day that is ad-free and does not sell their data, which is worth the app’s $ 4.99 / month or $ 29.99 / year subscription.