If you were to look at my phone right now, you would see that one third of it is taken up by pictures of food, another third is social media, and the final third is made up of vegan apps. Yes, there are many, many vegan apps out there that come in super handy. Woot woot!
So today for a food break (do we need food breaks?) I decided to share my top 8 must have vegan apps that will make your life easier. Whether you are a brand new vegan, have been vegan for 20 years, or maybe just flirting with the idea (veganism flirts back), these apps will be super helpful.
Now let's jump in! Click on the name of the app or the pictures to take you directly to download.
Hands down, this is the app that I use the most. No matter where you are in the world HappyCow will help you find the perfect place to eat. HappyCow will show you everything near by with reviews and photos from other users. This makes finding great food anywhere super easy. A must have for sure.
If you are planning on going to a restaurant that isn't specifically veg-friendly check out my guide on How To Eat Vegan at Any Restaurant (and not order salad).
We all know that apples and almond milk are vegan, but when it comes to packaged food it can be trickier. This is where Is It Vegan comes in handy. You can either scan the barcode of an item, or manually search for it. The app will tell you if it's vegan and if not, what the non-vegan ingredients are. It's great way to find accidentally vegan junk food.
I found this app doesn't know every packaged food I scanned, so if you can't tell if it's vegan by using this app or by reading the ingredients, it probably isn't very healthy for you anyways, so I suggest skipping the creepy chemicals.
Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen app details the healthiest foods, as outlined in his book How Not to Diet, and helps you track the servings of each food each day. The app is free and helps you eat the recommended foods until it becomes a healthy part of your routine.
This is an online directory to help you find vegan businesses and professionals in your area, including shops, hair stylists, doctors, realtors, and more. It's simple and free and constantly updated with photos and special offers. The content is primarily US based, but there is great room for this app to expand!
This is an app designed to help track your progress towards a vegan lifestyle. You can follow your day by day progress and see how your consumption patterns change and help you reach your goals. The app shows you fun calculations to show you the direct impact of your efforts, and provides interesting facts and articles you may enjoy.
Similar to Is It Vegan this cruelty free app lets you scan barcodes of products, making it super easy to find household cleaners and beauty products. If an item shows up not cruelty-free the app will help you find products that are safe. I like how you can also save your favourites, and see your history of items you previously scanned. Red letters means it's a no-no!
This app is similar to Cruelty-Cutter, but the reason I have both is because I love how I can quickly and easily search for a brand name. Personally, I'm not a fan of lavender, oolong, or patchouli, and so I'm not very drawn to the beauty section at my local health food store. This app made it SO much easier to find products that I actually liked the scents of and many of them I could find at my local drugstore.
Just quickly search the company name and it will tell you if it's cruelty-free or not. Beware that neither of these apps mention if specific items are totally vegan, so do a quick check for milk, honey, beeswax, or eggs which are sometimes found in products, but often clearly labeled.
It takes 21 days to make a habit! If you are new to veganism this app can be helpful in planning your meals. It's very helpful in providing some simple recipes, as recommended by dietitians, as well as an overall understanding on how to make up a day of vegan meals. I also like the little tips and inspirational messages that come a long with each day.
If you are looking for vegan recipe apps, there are a TON of those. I can't honestly recommend any because I write my own recipes and don't have much time for testing out other peoples, but if you are interested in some, here are the ones I have heard good things about: