There’s never been a better time to embrace change than the present.
With the amount of technology we have at our fingertips, we can now access the information we could only dream of 30 years ago. Going vegan is no longer a challenge, for those asking millions of questions to their vegan friends.
You have apps that find you vegan restaurants, apps with vegan recipes, apps that can find you vegan friends… apps that educate you on the nutritional benefits of plant-based diets and how to actually employ a plant-based diet yourself.
There’s really nothing to be afraid of, especially today.
Speaking about apps, I’ve got some really interesting apps for you here… because I believe they can help both vegans, and non-vegans WANTING to become vegans.
These are my top 11 favorite apps of all time — until I find more!
#1 – The Happy Cow
Do you want to be able to find vegan restaurants wherever you go?
The Happy Cow app can help you search for a place to get your vegan food using a variety of filters to suit your needs, including an interactive map.
The app allows you to organize shops and restaurants based on your upcoming trips.
Plus… you can verify the reviews of each restaurant and store you plan to visit.
Happy Cow works like Yelp, but for the vegan population alone. You can other vegan’s opinions and avoid shooting yourself in the foot by picking an awful restaurant by mistake.
Here’s what you can do with the app:
- Filter your searches by location, food type, and store type;
- Interactive map;
- Pre-select and save your favorite vegan spots;
- Get directions, phone numbers, review and website information;
- Add reviews to inform other vegans of your experience.
I’m not sure how it works in Asia, but in Europe, the app works wonderfully.
#2 – Vegan Additives
Are you hesitant about the ingredients used in the product you want to buy?
No wonder. Companies with shady practices fall into the habit of cutting corners and putting all kinds of shenanigans inside their products. This includes additives that are not immediately identifiable by their source.
Therefore, even though a product might be advertised as being vegan, it can contain an additive that comes from an animal-source. Additives are all the weird, scientific names you find on a label that can be identified by an E followed by a number.
Vegan Additives allow you to check whether the additives in your supplements or food are either from an animal or a plant source. Some additives in a supplement (or food) may pop with an E followed by a number.
And with this app, you can simply type down the numbers you see on the label to immediately verify the origin of that additive.
It’s very simple to use, it’s light and from what I’ve tested it’s not riddled with ads which tend to ruin the whole experience.
#3 – Quit Meat
If you’re not vegan; or if you have a non-vegan friend who’s making an effort to change his habits… this app will help him out.
As vegans, we don’t have an exact measurement of the impact we’re having on the planet each day. You may have a tiny little idea, but it’s not always something you think about… even though you enjoy the fact you’re having a positive impact.
The Quit Meat app is was designed to help you transition from a non-vegan to vegan. It gives you vegan recipes, fun vegan facts… and more interestingly… it gives you data on how many animals you have saved compared to an average omnivore eater.
Not only that, but it also shows you how many showers you didn’t take and how many kilometers you didn’t drive by simply cutting back on the meat!
In other words, the Quit Meat app gives you a measurement of the impact you’re having, so you can feel and internalize that the impact you’re having is humongous.
It’s a fun concept, and it can help with your motivation!
#4 – Forks Over Knives
Have you seen forks over knives? It’s actually a great documentary — go see it after this post…
…Anyway, I’m not here to preach about the documentary.
I want to talk to you about the Forks Over Knives app. An app that can make your vegan life easier, by giving you access to over 500 whole-food plant-based recipes wherever you go.
That number is growing because each week recipes are added.
And more… the app has a conveniently built-in shopping list, where the ingredients are sorted automatically by aisle. (Talk about making your grocery trip easy)
The recipes are displayed in a step-by-step fashion and the way the menus are organized really eases up the user experience.
Now you can carry your recipes in your pocket, and leave the cookbook at home. 🙂
#5 – Vegaholic
Do you like to party and get drunk? Or maybe you’re just a casual drinker and wanna know what’s up with the liquor?
Vegaholic has your back. Although I tend to connect alcohol and veganism together (hey, barley), there are some drinks, including beers that contain animal-based properties.
Vegaholic is an app you can use to check if the drink you’re slurping is vegan or not. It’s very hand, it works offline, and it has data sets from over 24,054 beers; 13,303 wines and 2,648 spirits. It’s worth noting that this data comes directly from the website Barnivore.com.
This being said, you can only find it on the apple store, which is a shame.
All you have to do is type down the brand of the drink you’re interested in and see if it comes up in red or green. If it’s green, you’re good to go!
#6 – Meetup
Have you felt somewhat isolated by friends after going vegan?
I know this is a deep question, but I’ve felt a detachment with some folk after I’ve changed my principles and went vegan.
This is a tough thing to say… but now you know who truly cares for you.
When this stuff happens, it’s important that you find like-minded individuals like yourself and avoid falling into a darker and isolated place. There are so many vegans out there, and they are often closer to you than you think.
That’s what I was able to find out with Meetup. With Meetup, you can meet people with the same interests as you. Do you love soccer? Check. Do you love chess? Check.
Are you a vegan and want to fight for animal rights? Check.
You can meet people with the same views as you, and you can do it very quickly. Just grab your phone and download Meetup. Type down your hobby in the search bar and you’ll soon find that like-minded people are extremely easy to find.
#7 – Foursquare
Sometimes Happy Cow might malfunction (or give us a very limited list of restaurants) in the middle of nowhere, at a time where an immediate backup plan is needed.
Foursquare is that backup plan. You might be asking for Yelp… or Trip Advisor… but those have gone dirty over the years. They’re now apps with a bunch of dishonest and biased reviews, and the trend doesn’t seem to change
What used to be described as the world’s most “honest” and “trusted” review website — as since been marketed simply as the “World’s largest travel site”.
For that reason, we’ve moved on to Foursquare because it’s so far the only alternative that gives us some kind of reassurance. (for now)
#8 – 21-Day Vegan Kickstart
The premise of the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is to improve your health with a plant-based diet.
Whether you want to improve your health, lose weight, boost your athletic ability, or just eat delicious vegan foods at supermarkets and restaurants…
… the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart gives you access to: meal plans, recipes, grocery lists, daily videos, nutrition tips, cooking demonstrations, and more.
You can get a friend of yours initiated into veganism for free, by having him (or her) follow this evidence-based program.
The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart breaks old habits and creates new ones, by immersing you in a short immersive experience designed to transpire long-term change.
It’s probably the most educative plant-based diet guide on the internet.
#9 – Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen
Introducing… Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen. It’s not just because I’m a fan of Dr. Greger’s work, but because the app is actually really useful.
The app consists of the 12 categories of food you need to include on your day-to-day diet. If you follow this app religiously, this will ensure your health is always at an optimal level.
As you can see above, this app lets you track the ingredients for each set of ingredients. Every day, you click off what you’re eating, to ensure you keep due to track of the nutrients you need to be consuming.
You can always see how much you need to consume for each category by clicking the ‘info’ symbol on the app. The information will pop up according to the image on the right.
Obviously, you might miss one or two or three boxes every day, but this gives you a better idea of what your body needs and might be lacking in the following days.
This is a really helpful app, and the person behind is just amazing. The 4000+ positive reviews are proof that this app is working for a lot of people.
#10 – Bunny Free
Bunny Free is an app that gives you an insight into how ‘cruelty-free’ beauty brands are. It allows you to search for companies by name and find whether or not they test on animals.
This is very useful if you’re into make-up, anti-aging creams and more.
Above you can see how the information pops up. You can also use your smartphone to scan the products directly instead of searching for the company’s name.
#11 – Gonutss
Have you always wondered about alternatives to your favorite non-vegan food?
All you need to do is search for non-vegan food, recipes or ingredients using the search bar and gonutss gives you a series of delicious vegan answers!
I’ve typed in brownies and these were some of the results that popped up.
All vegan options. Three products and one recipe. This is really useful if you’re looking for plant-based alternatives but get stuck with options you’re familiar with.
But that’s not everything this app does.
The baking protein calculators allow you to replace animal-based ingredients with plant-based ingredients; while giving you an exact calculation of how much “x amount of plant-based ingredient” you need to replace “x eggs”. Here’s an example:
As you can see, there are a different number of ingredients you can choose for baking.
Another important feature of this app is the protein calculator.
The protein calculator lets you calculate how much protein from a plant-based ingredient you need to replace 6g of protein, which is more or less the amount of protein in a medium-sized egg. In this example, for one egg we need 80 grams of Tofu:
As you can see, this is a pretty handy app for both non-vegans making a transition and vegans.
#12 – Is It Vegan?
The “Is It Vegan” app was recommended to me by a friend.
I found it especially useful because it removes the need to read product labels.
Apparently, all you have to do is scan a product, and the app will return you with details about the product, including whether it’s vegan or not.
Why am I not SUPER EXCITED about this app even though it seems sooo amazing?
That’s because the app might not be functioning as well as it should. According to three of the 2000+ reviews (rated 3 out of 5), this app has a few problems.
I love the intent behind the app, but apparently it’s not working to its full potential. Hopefully, it might get better with a few updates.
This being said, I hope this blog post has proven to be helpful. My goal was to show you different, non-mainstream apps with the potential to make your life easier… because ultimately that’s what apps do… they solve problems!
Thanks for reading.
Stay vegan, stay true!