Planning your meals is one of the best ways to save money and eat healthy at the same time. When you make a meal plan before you shop, you are not only making for a less stressful week, but you are giving yourself a chance to eat a healthier diet. Planned meals allow you to not mindlessly eat and stay in control of your caloric intake. Let’s take a look at 10 iPhone and Android meal planning apps that will place you on the road to healthier eating for this summer.
Pepperplate hopes to make meal planning easier through various ways. Firstly, attacking the indecision that comes with coming up with meal choices, Pepperplate allows individuals to organize the recipes they find on the application as well as those they add themselves to their personal Pepperplate account. It works as a grocery list companion as well. From there, Pepperplate walks you through recipe instructions to prepare meals in a snap. With planning meals ahead of time, days or even weeks in advance, you can ensure that recipes are made-to-order according to what ever occasion it is for.
Paprika works by making its way into every part of your digital life. From your computer as both an application and website, Paprika also finds itself on multiple mobile platforms as well. This allows you to grab recipes you find just about anywhere and have them added to your list. This is, of course, with all of the features that we come to expect from meal planning applications, including advanced grocery lists, the ability to plan meals well in advance, and adjusted recipes.
Food on the Table doesn’t force you to have to choose the recipes you want to cook. Instead, the application delivers recipes to your application every week for you to cook, all based on the preferences and dietary restrictions that you set. When accurately done, this makes meal planning even less stressful than the other applications we mentioned before. In addition to a grocery list and recipe instructions that come with the app, you are able to find deals based on location to save money on your meals.
Along with weekly meal plans, individuals are able to also get coupons to ensure that they are continuously saving money while also saving the stress of coming up with creative meals. From food sites, you constantly have a curation of unique as well as tasty meals to choose from. The web recipe clipper that can be found on the ZipList website allows you to constantly add new recipes to the application that you are making use of. Finally, ZipList, similar to the other websites and applications we featured, allows individuals to share recipes too. This is a great way to get input on the dinner selection for the night.
Using various categories, from cuisine to dietary restrictions and issues and even cooking time, you are able to make the weekly meal plan to alleviate the stress that comes with making a plan of what to eat. As a great way to remember your meal plans, the web component of Allrecipes’s meal planning tool allows you to also print the plan for the week. This is great to put on your refrigerator or elsewhere in the kitchen, to not forget the plans you came up with. Videos are even available to ensure that you aren’t lost in the recipe instructions.
When we grocery shop, we don’t use our whole supply of purchases on one meal. We usually have some left over that can be used to create new meals. MealBoard makes use of these leftover ingredients in the recommendation of new meals from the application. By looking at the old meals you have included in your meal plans, you are able to use to the leftover coriander or cauliflower from older recipes you had that week. Along with this, you have the other obvious features, like shopping lists and sharing. You can also make constant adjustments to your meal plans when cravings change.
(Apple) – $2.99
Similar to how the previous application, MealBoard, allows you to make use of leftover ingredients for meal planning, Love Food Hate Waste makes use of leftover meals to give you new suggestions. Along with being cost conscious and health conscious, this application is also environmentally conscious in reducing the amount of waste that comes with planning and cooking a new meal every single night.
This is a great option for business professionals who may not also have the to cook a new meal every night. All meals come with step-by-step instructions, and even portion control is a focus of this application as well, to ensure you’re on your way to a road of healthy eating.
Another application with many of the features we come to expect. There’s also the feature of ingredient shopping based on cost and the store in your town. The UI is very navigable and allows you to split your meals based on breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. You can create meals based on ingredients already in your pantry or make use of the convenient shopping list to go to the store to prepare new meals.
(Apple) – $2.99
Cook Smarts is the most advanced out of all the meal planning programs that we mentioned today. Instead of being simply an application, Cook Smarts is a regimen that not only offers general meal recommendations, but meal plan recommendations based on your preferences and dietary restrictions. All while emphasizing the use of natural ingredients, Cook Smarts presents videos and other resources to make healthy eating easier and more approachable. Not simply in how to prepare it, but also how to take care of and the upkeep of produce. Unlike the applications mentioned, Cook Smarts doesn’t just offer the meals to you or even just the step-by-step ingredients, the program gives you tools to carry these tips on for life.
(Website) – $21 for 3 months
Evernote, the largely popular note-taking application, would be a good application for those looking to plan meals. However, it’s easier to have an application geared toward such a feat, rather than working around one not specified for it. Because of this, Evernote created Evernote Food, which allows you to not only collect recipes, but also pictures of some of the food you encounter, to save and try to create in your own home. Unlike the other programs, Evernote food understands that you won’t find yourself cooking 365 days a year, and so the integration of restaurants is a great way of ensuring you can eat out with friends and family and still keep your healthy eating track.
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