Whether you’re new to veganism or you have been part of the movement for years, these free apps and sites make the diet part of your journey easier and more enjoyable.
Veganism is a growing choice these days. Some people find plant-based diets to be better for the environment, while others are vegan for health benefits. No matter the reason you chose the lifestyle, you don’t need to rely on willpower alone to change. Technology can help.
We’ve talked about a few healthy vegan and vegetarian apps before, and this list only adds to that. From diet plans and challenges to recipes and trackers, these apps promise a better vegan lifestyle.
1. Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen (Android, iOS): Nutrition You Need Every Day
Dr. Michael Greger, the founder of NutritionFacts.org and author of How Not To Die, is trying to bust the myth that you need to consume meat or dairy to get the nutrients the human body needs. He guarantees that with 12 steps a day, you will lead a healthy lifestyle.
The Daily Dozen is a diet plan in which every day, you have to eat or drink a certain amount of beans, berries, fruits, cruciferous vegetables, greens, vegetables, flaxseed, nuts, grains, herbs and spices, and beverages. Along with these eleven choices, daily exercise is the uncompromisable 12th step. The official website has a handy chart you can print out and stick to a wall or the fridge.
The Daily Dozen app is a simple checklist app. It aims to ensure that you’re following the diet plan to get the nutrients your body needs. You can set a reminder to fill the checklist and ensure you’re not cheating. It tracks your progress so you can see your daily, monthly, and yearly progression for the whole plan as well as individual elements of the daily dozen.
2. Vegaroo (Web): Recipe Index and Goal Tracker for Daily Dozen
Vegaroo is another app based on Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen system. But it pumps it up with recipes and a goal tracker for gaining or losing weight, targeting certain health benefits, and so on.
When you’re setting up the app, you will be asked a few questions about goals, such as losing weight or reducing your blood pressure. Based on these choices, Vegaroo will recommend different vegan recipes that follow the Daily Dozen diet.
In the dashboard mode, the recipes show their calorie count as well as time required to prepare. The full recipe page adds other information like macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as similar related items. You can also upvote and save them for later.
Vegaroo is a web app that works on mobile browsers too, so you can convert it into an app.
3. 21 Day Vegan Kickstart (Web, Android, iOS): Recipe Plan to Start Veganism
Developed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), 21 Day Vegan Kickstart is a research-based diet plan to lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. The app guides you through every day of the three-week program.
The app makes it as simple as possible for you to get what you need without doing any further research yourself. Every day, you will get a reminder with a new recipe plan and you are free to check out future plans as well. The recipes list has plenty of other options too, in case you’re feeling experimental.
Still, the best idea is to go with what the app recommends. At the start of the week, it will automatically create a grocery list for you too. The recipes follow items on that grocery list, so deviating from that might mean another trip to the store, and food wastage too.
The app also includes videos where physicians from the PCRM educate you about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, and how to best put it into practice for a healthier lifestyle.
4. Double Check Vegan (Web): Add Ingredients List to Check if Vegan
Being vegan as an ethical choice means that you need to carefully read the ingredients list of any product to ensure there is no animal cruelty in its making. But over the years, companies have figured out marketing terms to escape your eagle eyes. Double Check Vegan tries to protect you from making the wrong choice.
The website has a dialog box where you can type or copy-paste the entire ingredients list of any product. It then analyzes the list to tell you if anything is likely to have caused harm to animals or the environment.
Instead of Double Check Vegan, you can also rely on barcode-scanning apps to check if a product is vegan. Unfortunately, these differ from country to country, so you need to find something that has a database of bar codes from your nation.
Here are three great apps for USA, UK, and Australia. You’ll need to search the App Store or Play Store for others specific to your country.
5. Vedged Out (Web): Vegan Food Recipe Blog
Having a plant-based diet means missing out on things you loved to eat or drink before that. More often than not, you’ll need to cook alternatives for yourself, and so you’re going to need to follow a few recipe blogs.
Vedged Out is only one of the several vegan recipe blogs out there and focuses on baking. It is interesting because of the substitutes and replacements it offers, like making a Brie cheese substitute with macadamia nuts, or a chocolate chip skillet cookie.
But don’t stop at Vedged Out. Check out these other epic vegan blogs for plant-based recipes, and browse the internet for other websites too. There are hundreds of creative vegan chefs sharing their ideas.
How to Find Vegan Restaurants
Given the rapid growth in the vegan movement, you can now go out for a nice vegan meal too. It won’t be as easy as finding a regular dine-out place that your friends recommend, but it’s not impossible either. Here are a few of the best ways to find vegan restaurants nearby.