5 Free iPhone Apps To Help You Get Started With A Vegan Lifestyle

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I have been hearing more and more people talk about living the vegan lifestyle. As someone who closely follows the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, I was surprised how many fighters choose to live vegan. At first, I was unsure about what made the vegan lifestyle different from a vegetarian, but I looked into it, and it is quite a difference.

I have come to realize that being a true vegan consists of not using any animal products, and it is much more than not eating certain things. I can tell you right now that I am not a vegan, but I am always fascinated with learning more about other lifestyles and what they consist of.

If you are interested in finding out more about the vegan way of life, and are perhaps interested in adopting it yourself, than I have some iPhone apps that will help you out a great deal. These apps offer everything from basic information on what it is like to be a vegan, recipes and ways to get more active in the vegan community and make a difference.

Be Vegan

 

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This application is a good starting point for someone looking to get into the vegan lifestyle. It offers some basic recipes, though not as many as some of the other apps we will talk about later. Where this app shines is in their news and stories about things that are happening in the vegan world. They cover all the latest news and dig into the science behind being a vegan.

VegScan

 

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This app allows users to scan barcodes for items while shopping and find out if the item is vegan and vegetarian. It is a user maintained app, so some items will not be there. You can add them if you know whether the item is or is not vegan. You earn points for adding items, so it makes it something of a game. The scanning worked well when I tested it, and even if the item wasn’t listed, it always detected the bar code.

Whole Foods Recipes

 

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This is an application from the Whole Foods Stores. This application is not dedicated to Vegans, but it does have a tremendous database of Vegan recipes. By simply clicking on ‚ÄúSpecial Diets‚ÄĚ, you can show only vegan recipes. They also have special picks for all kinds of other lifestyles if vegan is not your thing. If you shop at Whole Foods this is a must have app because you can quickly add all the items in a recipe to your shopping list, and have it readily available the next time you go to the store.

VeganYumYum Mobile

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YumYum is one of the more popular online recipe boards, so it only makes sense that they would have a vegan version. This app is simple and straightforward. It is a list of all the vegan recipes on their website. There are well over 50 recipes on there. Each recipe has pictures, a list of ingredients and systematic instructions for preparation. They also have the ability to add a recipe to your favorites, so if you find something you love and want to make again, it will be just a couple of taps away.

PETA

 

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The official PETA app has everything you need to know about helping animals. If choosing not to eat any animal products is not enough, and you want to take it to the next level than the PETA app has just what you need. It offers all the latest issues that need to be addressed. You can take action on any of the alerts and earn points and rankings. If you are looking to step up your involvement, check out this application. Even if you are not a vegan and you just want to help animals this is a great app to help you get involved.

Conclusion

With these applications, you will be ready to make the lifestyle change, if you should choose to do so. Obviously, being a vegan is not for everyone, including myself. If you think it might be for you, check out these applications and see if they help move you in the right direction.

What do you think of these free iPhone apps and if you tried them, did they help you. Let us know in the comments!

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Laura Synthesis

I’d say VegOut is by far the most useful app for me. It finds your location and shows you all the local vegetarian-friendly restaurants and shops. It’s international and the info comes from the Happy Cow website.¬†

Dave LeClair

Very cool. Nice suggestion!

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Anonymous

I hadn’t heard of VegScan! We list the apps we use in our internet radio show about how the web has changed veganism, which you might find of interest.

I interviewed Eric Brent, founder of Happy Cow, who told me that the VegOut app was an old partnership and it wasn’t being updated; you might prefer Happy Cow’s own app.

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Kantesh Guttal

You may want to try the free Veggie Table iphone app which lists vegetarian and vegan restaurants around you and around the world!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/veggie-table/id491269862?mt=8

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Valen

I love VeganXpress (which might be a dollar or two, but it’s worth it) for figuring out what I can have at restaurants (+ it has a small database of foods you might find in stores and beers and wines) and Animal-Free for knowing where ingredients come from (it tells you what the ingredient is and where it can be/usually is sourced from), because even after two and a half years of being vegan, I still don’t always remember what some really weird ingredients are.

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