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These free apps for iPhone can help make being vegan or gluten-free easier and more fun. I read reviews and played with these iPhone apps myself, so I can personally vouch for these five picks.
(Be forewarned: The links below could open iTunes as well as navigating to the iTunes website!)
Need a recipe for tonight’s dinner? This is the app for you. It allows you to look up recipes by course and category and specify certain diet restrictions (i.e. vegan or gluten-free). The recipes comes with calorie counts and a shopping list. My favorite aspect of this app was the On-Hand feature, where you can input ingredients you already have in your your kitchen and it generates appropriate recipes. The one I wish this app included is customer reviews for the recipes!
This app is a companion to the website of the same name. It includes 67 recipes with step-by-step instructions. If technology isn’t your strong suit, don’t worry — VeganYumYum is simple to navigate. I recommend trying the Easy Weekend Pancakes and Tomato Basil Cream Pasta as your first dishes.
Want to go vegan but have absolutely no idea where to start? This app aims to ease you into becoming vegan by suggesting balanced day-by-day meals. Each recipe comes with nutrition facts to keep track of your diet. If you’re a seasoned vegan eater, I’m sure you can get inspiration from the many different recipes.
Locate all gluten-free-friendly restaurants in your area with this app. Did you know Five Guys’ sells gluten-free French fries? I learned that from this app! You can view menus, get directions and place calls to each restaurant. The cherry on top: it gives you a dining card to show your waiter/waitress that explains what celiac disease is and describes your food limitations. (Oh hey, there’s a version for Android, too!)
This app serves as a reference guide for what ingredients are safe to eat. If you’re nervous about that ingredient you can’t pronounce on the food label, look it up using this app. It will save you time and a stomachache.
Tell us: What foodie apps do you rely on?