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
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.
2. Cowculator - Friends, Not Food
Whatever your reason for choosing a vegan diet it's nice to know that your decision is having a positive effect. This great little calculator lets you work out how much of a positive impact your choice has had on the enviroment. This includes the amount of water you've saved, how much forested land has not been used and how many animal's lives you've not had to sacrifice in search of food.
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 Scan
One of the biggest challenges vegans have faced is knowing whether or not a product on the shelves of supermarkets is vegan. Sure, there are an increasing number of products showing the Vegan Society trademark or other similar badges, but many still do not reference their vegan credentials - which can mean shoppers looking for plant-based products either spend a lot longer doing their weekly shop or they miss out on some great 'accidentally-vegan' products.
This great app aims to save shoppers time by allowing you to scan product barcodes with your smart phone and then telling you whether or not it's suitable for vegans.
5. 21-Day Vegan Kickstart
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.
If you're looking to combine your vegan lifestyle with a fitness-twist you should download our free 30 Day Vegan Challenge guide which contains 30 days' worth of inspiration and exercise tips to help you achieve two goals at once.
6. Forks Over Knives
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. Vegan Pocket - Is It Vegan?
Apple iOS: Free
Short on time? Worried about the amount of research required to follow a vegan diet? If so, the Vegan Pocket - 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. It even includes some vegan beauty products.
The app is simple to use. Scan the barcode (using the in-app barcode scanner) 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.
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 over 15,000 recipes with 8 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.
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. So, if your goal is losing weight, it is a great all-round weight loss app, too.
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