I’ve been on a 28 day fast from gluten, grains and all sugars as a part of my quest to learn to love eating more whole foods. I don’t necessarily suggest this for everyone, but I needed to do something drastic to shock myself out of my holiday eating habits (which were extremely gratuitous) and I really wanted to kick my healthy eating off strong. It’s honestly going really well, and I’ve realized that removing temptation is seriously the key to a successful fast (or cleanse or diet or whatever you’re choosing to do).
While removing all the chocolate in my house is helpful, I’ve come to realize that, much like everything else in life, healthy and whole eating takes preparation and creativity. Joe and I always joke that 90% of marriage is asking each other what’s for dinner, and because there’s only so much grilled chicken and eggs that you can eat before you absolutely lose your mind and order Thai 3 nights in a row, I decided that I needed to find a solution to never get stuck without something great to make. I’m honestly awful at food planning, I could never plan 7 nights of meals out because I love deciding what sounds good the day of, but what I can do is peruse food apps and get inspired. I’m on my phone all day anyway, I might as well make it time well spent! I downloaded almost all the food and recipe apps and found 3 that are really helping me be creative in my healthy endeavors. I really think you’ll enjoy them too! Even if you aren’t on a strict diet, they’re just great recipe apps.
Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)
Pro: App is easy to navigate, filtering is incredibly detailed, can search by type of cuisine and by time required to prepare, great dietary filters as well
Con: Have to pay to unlock all “packs”, pictures of food are not stellar, list of directions for each recipe is not clearly laid out.
I found SuChef while perusing the app store looking for great recipe apps and so far I’ve been really pleased with the results! It has over 200,000 recipes from different cuisines all over the world and you can filter them by literally any pre-req your meal may have. Want a curry dish that is gluten free from Europe? No problem. How about a dessert from the Caribbean that is vegetarian? Done. Those are awesome features. I don’t love that they make you pay to unlock all of the food allergies packs, but I’ve spent $4.99 on much more useless things so that’s not really a huge factor. The cons for me are that the images of the recipes often look like stock images of just okay food (totally not inspiring) and the list of directions for each recipe are lumped together in paragraph form and not broken down step by step, making it way harder to find your place after you complete each step.
Should you download? If you have dietary concerns or love to make ethnic food OR are looking for something specific– absolutely! It’s a really fun app.
Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)
Pro: Video tutorials are exceptionally well done, recipes are healthy and not too complicated, app is easy to navigate, shopping list is incredibly well organized and easy to add on to.
Con: Subscription to monthly recipes.
I downloaded this app because I love what Jamie Oliver stands for with his Food Revolution campaign. I knew he’d have tons of helpful tricks and recipes and I was delighted to open the app and find really helpful, really well produced videos. I even learned how to properly chop things three different ways! Major disappointment came when I realized that you have to pay a monthly subscription of $2.99 to access the full app with all of the recipes. While I don’t doubt that it’s totally worth it, it seems a little unnecessary. Beyond that, the recipes that I have seen are great and the functionality and ease of the app is truly impressive. It gets an A+ for overall app, but I just hate in-app purchases.
Should you download? If you don’t mind the $2.99/month subscription fee and you love to learn from videos (like I do!), then yes, this is a super incredible app.
Pro: Free, great dietary filters, can search by ingredient, create meal plans, integrated shopping list.
This app has become one of my all times favorites for a few reasons. The first being that it’s completely free. Unlike the other two on this list, you don’t have to pay to unlock features or recipes, it’s all just there for the taking. Second, I love this app because I can find recipes, save them and use them when I’m shopping (at whole foods, naturally). Last, it’s super easy to navigate, the images are beautiful and the recipes are amazing.
Should you download? 100000% yes. Best food and recipe app on my phone!
Do you have any apps that you use for recipes or food inspiration? Share them with me, will you? I’m always on the hunt for anything that helps me live life a little more simply!