Five Apps to Help With a Vegan Lifestyle
Whether you’re new to the veg lifestyle or a veteran, there has never been an easier time to be or go veg! From books to websites, the support is endless. Even your smartphone can be an invaluable tool with your veg journey and lifestyle.
There are several apps out there that can help a vegetarian, vegan, or aspiring veg with their lifestyle. Here are five apps I like to use:
HappyCow.net (free and paid versions: iPhone $2.99 & Android free or $2.99 paid version)
Happy Cow works like many other “find me a restaurant”-type apps, except it usefully limits your search to vegan/vegetarian friendly establishments. With Happy Cow it’s easier to find your next veg-friendly meal or store. The app offers descriptions, website information, reviews, pictures, contact info, and directions. Since I’m more of a visual person, I like the option to view the results on a map, rather than as a list.
Is It Vegan
Conner Burggraf (free and paid versions: iPhone $4.99 & free on Android)
This is a great app for finding out whether or not an item is vegan or vegetarian. I’m still enamored with phone barcode scanners and this app offers that nifty feature. Scan a food item’s barcode and the Is It Vegan app will determine if the item is vegan based on the ingredient list. Another very useful feature is the ability to manually enter any individual ingredients that you’re unsure of and it will let you know if it’s vegan. For example, I typed in “rennet” and it came up with a whole list of terms that can help determine if it is vegan or not vegan.
Symbiotic Software LLC (Free: iPhone & Android)
Animal-Free is a no-bells-and-whistles-type app. More an encyclopedia/dictionary of ingredients, it’s simply two sections: animal ingredients and vegan ingredients. It has a search feature, so you can find any particular ingredient that you want to learn more about. If you are a no-nonsense-get-to-the-point person, this app is probably for you.
by Aunt Jane (Free: Android)
Though Atta Girl is a simple and slightly simplistic app, it has a fun factor that I appreciate. The premise of Atta Girl, according to the brief introduction on the app, is to:
“Help you change your life by changing the way you eat, act, and think about change. Use Atta Girl to reward positive change every step of the way.”
When starting out on any new path, it’s easy to fall into a one-step-forward-two-steps-back pattern and most of us can sympathize with how frustrating that can be. This app helps you recognize the forward steps you’re taking. Did you eat fruit? Atta Girl! Did you eat plant-strong, whole foods? Atta Girl! Did you walk instead of snack? Atta girl!
This app is a great resource for new vegans. Though it’s more like a book with chapters than an interactive app, the information is relevant and free. It covers beginner topics such as: reasons to go vegan, overview of shopping as a vegan, facts on the effects of eating animals, etc. One fun feature I’ve not had the pleasure of using is the “Travel” section where it has several translated texts you can share with your servers during your travels. So if you’re in Germany you can use your app to share in German with your server, “I am vegan. I don’t eat animal based products…” The Vegan Life app also offers several links to other vegan blogs and websites. There’s a wealth of information packed into this free app (note: logging into the app the first time was a little bit clunky. I had to like their site and restart the app the first time I used it. I haven’t had an issue since then).