The Fruit Street app includes a food journal feature in which you can take an Instagram-style photo of your food and provide a brief description in a text box next to the picture. Your coach provides feedback and comments on the photos between Fruit Street classes. The app also includes a fruit and vegetable counter which tracks how many servings of Fruits and vegetables you included with each meal and overall per day to help reach the recommended 5-9 daily servings of fruit & vegetables.
Please note that you must use the mobile application in order to enter your meals. To enter your meals:
- In the mobile app, press the orange camera icon button (at the upper right corner of the screen).
- Center your meal, then click the white button to take a picture of your food.
- Alternatively, you can click the white photo icon at the bottom right corner of your screen to upload a photo you have already taken.
- Once you've taken a photo, you will see a time stamp, a button to rotate the photo, a comment box, and a place to add the number of fruit and veggie servings in your meal.
- After adding in the details about your meal, scroll down and click the blue Upload button at the bottom of the screen.
- Your photo will upload within a few seconds for your coach to view.
What about tracking calories?
Fruit Street does not have a nutrient database integrated into its program at this time. This is because the DPP encourages focusing on the quality of food choices and practicing mindful eating which has been shown to lead to lead to weight loss and improved health. We understand that tracking calories and intake of other nutrients is a helpful tool for some people, so we are working on incorporating this feature in the future. In the meantime, if you would like to track the specific nutrient content of your foods, you can utilize the food logging function in your Fitbit app or online account. While we encourage participants to explore whatever options appeal to them, research shows that it is not necessary to track specific nutrients in order to experience the benefits associated with logging your intake.