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.
You might not have realize that not all alcohol is vegan-friendly. There are obvious no-no’s such as milk stouts, or cocktails made with egg whites, but some wines, beer, and liquor aren’t vegan either. Wines can be filtered with egg, and beer can contain fish bladders. Ew. Vegaholic (powered by Barnivore) makes it super easy to look up whatever your favourite beverage is, so you can have a cruelty-free hangover in no time!
If you are a fan of chain restaurants, this app can be super helpful to easily find all the vegan items on those menus. Just look for the chain, and a pretty little guide will tell you every single thing you can order. So easy!
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.
If you are traveling to a country where you don’t speak the language, this app can be helpful when eating out. Don’t forget that HappyCow works all over the world, but if you’re in a pickle, this app translates some basic sentences that will help you order a vegan dish. You can either try to read out the translation, or just show it to your server. I also appreciate that they translate “thank you”. Very important in my book!
21-Day Vegan Kickstart
It takes 21 days to make a habit! If you are new to veganism this app can be helpful in planning your meals. While personally, I am not particularly drawn to a lot of these recipes (cous-cous 4 days in a row just doesn’t do it for me), it’s very helpful in providing some simple recipes as well as an overall understanding on how to make up a day of vegan meals. I also like the little tips and info that comes 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:
- Food Monster from One Green Planet that contains 5000+ recipes
- Oh She Glows from the popular blog
- Eat Vegan 250+ recipes
- Do Eat Raw for raw vegan recipes
- Forks Over Knives from the makers of the documentary, oil-free whole food recipes
- Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen a free checklist to get all you nutrition needs in a day from the makers of NutritionFacts.org