So, I am technically on day 3 of my vegan journey and it’s getting to the challenging part. I know, I know, you are probably thinking, “It’s only been 3 days and you’re already feeling like it’s challenging?” One thing is for sure, I know it’s normal. After watching all the documentaries I’ve watched and just from my personal knowledge, I know that when you’re used to doing something for so long, in this case, eating unhealthy and processed foods, meats, dairy, etc., and you switch to something else, you’re body starts letting you know it’s noticing the change. Whether it be headaches, upset stomach, feeling tired, feeling upset, etc. It’s normal. Your body is almost going into shock like it’s saying, “Whoa, whoa, what is this?! What’s happening?!”
One of the hardest things I’m finding is grocery shopping. I will do another post on my first and second grocery trip of vegan shopping, but more about that later.
Getting back on track, we live in a technological age. Sadly, we rely on our phones to do so much. I will admit, I’m a big app hog. I love downloading new apps and trying them out-everything from games to health apps, to new weather apps and photo apps.
While researching the vegan lifestyle, I was able to find 10 apps that I’ll call Starter Apps for Vegans. These apps were recommended by some of the vegan websites that I visited and I decided to try them out.
Starter Apps for Vegans
1. Well Vegan– This one isn’t really an app. It’s a website and I saved it to my home screen. The website is run by two friend, Katie and Kate they offer a lot of information for beginner vegans to people who have been vegan their whole lives. It’s has recipes, meal plans, you can visit their shop for products they recommend, etc. It’s a great resource. You do have to pay for their meal plans but they have tons recipes that are free and you can make your own meal plan based off them. Visit their website by clicking here.2. Veg Kickstart– This is a free app. I have not used it and I’m not sure if I will but it’s basically a 21 day plan that guides you into eating vegan. You start with day 1 and they list your breakfast, lunch, and dinner for that day. For example, my day 1 states: Breakfast- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal; Lunch- Couscous Confetti Salad and Carrot & Red Pepper Soup; Snack- Toast, and Dinner- Hoppin’ John Salad and Kwick Kale. Then neat thing is, you can click on each, get the shopping list, and the recipe for everything. Again, I haven’t used this app and I probably won’t use it the way it’s intended, but it’s a great resource to jumpstart becoming vegan and a great place for recipes and ideas.
3. Bunny Free– This app is free. Another app that I haven’t religiously used. Bunny Free is mainly for finding out what companies test their products on animals. I haven’t gotten to the cleaning supplies and makeup aspect of being vegan yet, but I know it’s a big issue that cosmetic companies test their makeup on animals which is cruel. This app lets you know down to your toothpaste, cleaning products, house-hold items, makeup, etc and it will either let you know they ‘DO TEST’ or ‘DOES NOT TEST’.
4. Is it Vegan?– This app is free. I have a love/hate relationship with this wannabe amazing app. If it wasn’t flooded with ads, I’d 90% love it. If the scanner function worked, I’d 100% love it. I’m not sure if it’s a new app or not but basically, this app allows you to scan a food item and it will tell you if it’s vegan. The first bad thing is, you literally get about 2 ad pop-ups after scanning an item which is frustrating when your shopping in a hurry. The second bad thing is, unless it’s a food item that’s highly popular, the system doesn’t recognize the barcodes scanned so you have to manually enter the barcode number and search that way. The good thing is, it’s been able to recognize about 98% of what I’ve scanned/entered. There is a paid version for $4.99, but I’m not paying $5.00 for an app that hasn’t been updated since Feb 1, 2014. If I see they update the paid version, I may buy it, but not time soon. Also, you do need to be careful. I’ve read where people have scanned stuff and it comes back as vegan but when they read the ingredients, it lists milk in the ingredients which isn’t vegan so you still need to read your ingredients but this is a good, basic, starter app (not worth paying $5 though).
5.Cruelty Cutter– This app is free. This app is almost like Bunny Free in that you scan everyday products like your cleaning products, laundry products, makeup, face products, etc., and it tells you if it’s “Cruelty Free”. If it’s not, you have the option of “Boycotting” it, which I’ve hit the “BOYCOTT” button and it’s done nothing, “BITE BACK” where you can share the product with your Twitter, Pinterest, and WordPress followers, kind of like a, “Hey, don’t use this product! They test on animals.” You can also message your friends and let them know as well if you want to be super serious (ex. Below is an example if I were to send this product as a text message). It’s really neat again for people who are also not using products tested on animals, and one day I hope to be doing the same. Right now I’m just focusing on the food aspect but it’s shocking how many products, just on my makeup counter are tested on animals.
6. Eat Vegan. This app is free. This is another basic recipes app. I’m not sure if I will keep it because I rely heavily on Pinterest for my recipes, but it’s a good app to have on hand if you are looking for something new or don’t use Pinterest. A lot of the recipes, however, are locked so you can pay $2.99 for the full version and get unlimited access to all the recipes, remove the adds, and have unlimited slots in your “Favorites” folder. I’m not really sure I will keep this one. 7. Daily Dozen. This app is free. This is a pretty simple app. This app is basically a tracker. It tracks your daily intake of of the following: beans, berries, other fruit, cruciferous vegetables, greens, other vegetable, flaxseeds, nuts, spices, whole grains, beverages, and exercise. Each one has a different daily recommendation according to Dr. Greger. For instance, beans, other fruit, and whole grains, it’s recommended you get three servings. Berries, cruciferous vegetables, flaxseeds, and nuts, it’s required to have one serving, and so on. I’m not sure if I’ll keep this app either. I’m not good with tracker apps like this.
8. Yummly- This app is free. Even if you’re not vegan, this app is amazing. It’s almost like a Pinterest just for food. You basically can save recipes that are found on websites, magazines, pinterest, etc. and have them in this app. Also, you can add stuff from the recipe to your shopping list so you have a list of just the items you need. I love it also because it’s also got an Apple Watch app so when I’m in the store, I can check stuff off my list from my watch. You can also set your dietary preferences so if you’re vegan, it only shows vegan recipes. If you can’t have gluten, you can set it for gluten free recipes. If you have diabetes, they show you just foods recommended for that. There’s also other “plans” you can select for you dietary preferences and it’s free.
9. Oh She Glows– This is app costs $1.99. This app is the only one I decided to pay for mainly because of the reviews and the content. Angela Liddon is an amazing vegan who has her own website and two amazing cookbooks- both of which I plan on buying. The first is called The Oh She Glows Cookbook and her second one just came out and is called Oh She Glows Every Day. The app offers 3 bundles you can also purchase on top of the already many recipes you receive. Two of the bundles are free and one is $0.99. I downloaded the free ones because they’re freee but the $0.99 didn’t seem like anything I would use. You get 5 recipes for Monster bars, a citrus tonic, miso veggie detox soup, the balance wrap, and warm miso garlic-quino and kale salad. I mean, not bad for $1.00 but I don’t think I’d make these and if I did, I could probably find the exact recipes on Pinterest for free. Again, an amazing app and worth the $2.00.
10. Zipongo– This app is free. Again, another recipe app. This app offers recipes for other’s besides vegans but the vegan options are honestly one’s you can find on Pinterest or on the Yummly app. To keep this one short, it’s just another recipe app.
Out of the 10, I HIGHLY recommend, Is it Vegan?, Yummly, and Oh She Glows because they’re actual apps and one’s I use daily. The one’s that I mentioned I may delete, I have striked out because after publishing this, I deleted them. However, make sure to still read them because you may find them helpful for you!
There are some other amazing apps out there that I will do a post on later but they’re all paid apps and I have to really have a reason to spend $2.99-$7.99 for an app. I’ll do an app “wish list” post and maybe if you see an app on it that you use, you can let me know if you like it.
I hope this post helped at least one person out there looking for some beginner apps when it comes to apps for vegans. There are hundreds of them, these are just the first few I decided to download.