There has never been a better time to adopt a vegan lifestyle. From losing weight and boosting your health, to following a vegan diet for religious or ethical beliefs, going vegan is becoming a popular choice for many people.
Yet it can be tricky navigating shopping aisles or picking from restaurant menus to ensure you stick to a vegan diet. Knowing what to eat, finding vegan alternatives to supermarket staples and discovering eateries that cater specifically for vegans can mean the difference between success and failure.
That’s where the best vegan apps for Android smartphones and Apple iPhones can help. With a vegan app to hand on your mobile, going vegan has never been easier.
We collected together 10 of the best vegan apps that make finding, choosing and living a vegan lifestyle easier.
1. Happy Cow
Apple iOS: £3.99
The ultimate vegan traveller’s guide, the handy Happy Cow vegan app aims to make finding vegan and vegetarian food simpler wherever you are in the world. The app covers 183 countries, helping you discover delicious vegan food across restaurants, bars and cafes as well as shops and delicatessens.
You can search for places to eat by location, type of food or type of eatery or view an interactive map. Alternatively, you can browse by popularity and save your favourite vegan hotspots. It’s stuffed with useful info, including directions, telephone numbers and websites of places and read reviews by other users. Need a vegan itinerary before heading off on holiday or business trip? No problem. Happy Cow lets you plan where to eat on upcoming trips plus share your own reviews and photos with other community members.
Apple iOS: Free
Bad news alert. Not all alcohol is vegan-friendly. If you’re not careful, you could be breaking your vegan lifestyle by knocking back drinks made with animal products. Many wines, beer and spirits use animal products in their production. Wines can go through a process called fining, which can involve gelatin, egg whites, or milk protein. Beer isn’t exempt either. Brewers often use a gelatin made from fish swim bladders, known as isinglass, when filtering cask beers.
Vegaholic can help you keep your drinks cabinet reassuringly free from animal products. Powered by the online Barnivore database, the Vegaholic mobile app makes it easy to search for and check your favourite beverage while out shopping. Sadly, it won’t stop you from getting a hangover.
3. Veggie Alternatives - Vegetarian & Vegan Foods
Looking to replace eggs, bacon, chocolate or cream in your favourite meals and recipes? With Veggie Alternatives, you can find over 300 animal-friendly substitutes for over 40 meat, dairy or other products. The easy-to-use app aims to help you cook your favourite dishes while sticking to your vegan principles.
Helpfully, it suggests top vegan brand alternatives and includes pricing information. It also provides recipes for some dairy products alternatives that can be created from scratch. It could even help convert your non-vegan friends as it’s packed with useful information on the benefits of going vegan.
4. Vegan Amino
Apple iOS: Free
For newcomers struggling to adapt to a vegan diet and lifestyle, the Vegan Amino app is a lifesaver. The app introduces you to a friendly, supportive community of fellow vegans, and provides tons on information and inspiration to help keep you on track.
You can chat with other vegans to get advice and inspiration, or simply browse its extensive library of illustrated recipes. It’s the useful day-to-day advice that can make a difference. Vegan Amino features clever tips and essential vegan lifestyle hacks. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest vegan news. Want to give back? You can also share your own content, recipes and tips for others to enjoy.
5. 21-Day Vegan Kickstart
Apple iOS: Free
For those looking to benefit from a healthy vegan diet, the easy-to-use, free 21-Day Vegan Kickstart app may be just the ticket. It provides three weeks of suggested meal plans of plant-based recipes developed by chefs and dietitians. Recipes come with step-by-step instructions and ingredient lists that can be tick off as you shop.
Stuck for motivation? Fire up 21-Day Vegan Kickstart each day to get inspirational messages, as well as access to advice from nutritionists. The app claims you can see results in 21 days, as well as lower your risk from type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
6. Forks Over Knives
Apple iOS: £4.99
Fork Over Knives is a feast of inspirational vegan recipes and meal ideas. This vegan app offers more than 400 delicious whole-food, plant-based recipes from over 50 top chefs, with new recipes added weekly.
Each recipe is accompanied by tempting photos of the finished meal and features step-by-step instructions as well as a shopping list function that makes it convenient for picking up the items you need. You can add your own notes to a recipe, and the app includes tips and advice on adopting a plant-based diet.
7. Is It Vegan?
Apple iOS: Free
Short on time? Worried about the amount of research required to follow a vegan diet? If so, the Is It Vegan? app is a major timesaver. It’s handy if you haven’t time to read through a list of ingredients in packaged foods, and it comes into its own if you’re unsure about spotting less obvious animal-derived ingredients.
The app is simple to use. Scan the barcode of any packaged food or drink to see whether the product is vegan, vegetarian, or neither.
You can dive into more detail, calling up lists of which ingredients are vegan or vegetarian. However, it’s worth knowing that information on UK products is somewhat limited and a distracting ad pops up every time you scan an item.
8. Vegan Additives
Need a helpful vegan assistant on hand while cruising the supermarket aisles? This super handy shopping companion app helps you pick vegan-friendly items when buying the week’s groceries, with a focus on food additives. An easy-to-use interface helps you check whether food and drink additives are vegan-friendly or not – which can be overlooked by newcomers to a vegan diet. You can search additives by E-number or name, helping demystify what’s in our food.
9. Food Monster
Apple iOS: free trial plus in-app subscription plans.
Android: free trial plus in-app subscription plans.
Food Monster claims to be the world’s largest vegan recipe app. There’s a money-saving free trial before you commit to a subscription, with the trial giving access to 500 vegan, meatless and dairy-free recipes. Upgrade to a monthly or yearly subscription opens access to up to 8,000 recipes with ten or more new recipes added daily.
Easy to use, Food Monster lets you search for recipes by diet, cuisine, meal type, occasion, ingredient, special themes, season, and cooking method. Or you can browse through loads of different categories such as raw soups, spiralized veggies, quick meals and budget-friendly recipes. You can save favourite recipes to your own profile and share recipes with friends via email and social media.
Apple iOS: Free
Designed by The Vegan Society’s dietitian Heather Russell, the free vegan app is a good starting point if you’re looking to switch to a vegan diet. Designed to foster healthy vegan habits, the food diary encourages you to record your daily diet, and provide insightful analysis to ensure you’re ticking all the nutrient boxes. Ideal for newcomers to a vegan lifestyle, and useful for longer-term vegans to ensure a balanced, healthy diet.
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