No matter which gym you join, trainers and senior bodybuilders will tell you to start eating meat in order to gain muscle, and gain it fast. If not non-veg, you have to at least eat eggs to do so. I don’t have anything against eating eggs and love them, but have decided to go vegan recently. I have been working out for sometime now and been reading about diet for months now. A bunch of documentaries and research has me convinced that human body is not designed, biologically, to eat meat. Hence, I went looking for vegan apps to help me begin my journey.
Which documentaries? In case you are interested, I would suggest you to watch What the Health, Knives over Forks, and Game Changers by none other than bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger. It will change the way you look at that pork! Enough with the backstory, here are some apps that I found to be useful. If you are a longtime vegan and have something to offer, do let me know in the comments.
1. Forks over Knives
Starting with the makers of the popular documentary, Forks over Knives comes with a number of vegan recipes that you can try. These recipes will help you understand the vegan ingredients and what goes into your stomach. More recipes are begin added as we write. It comes with instructions that you can follow to keep the preparation process simple and easy.
Want to go grocery shopping? It comes with a simple shopping list that you can use to create a list of items you will need. Because the app and the documentary are so popular, a number of celebrity chefs have become part of the initiative. However, it lacks several features like ability to print the recipe, no way to search and filter by ingredients, and some users have complained that it crashes. The last one didn’t happen with me.
Forks over Knives will cost you $4.99 and there is no free version.
2. 21-Day Vegan Kickstart
If you are just starting out with your vegan journey, the 21-Day vegan app should be a good place to start. While the app has not been updated since May 2019, at the time of writing this post, it is still a solid place to begin. Some users have also found success with Whole Foods Diet but I will stick to vegan, thanks.
The focus is on helping you adopt a vegan diet, slowly but surely. That means simple and easy to prepare and eat recipes, rather than complex recipes that you don’t know how to cook. Add to the fact that not all of us can cook, and you have a serious flaw in your vegan diet plan. You must learn to cook if you want to create and adopt a diet plan, any diet plan, for the rest of your life.
The app is completely free and there are no ads. Maybe that’s why the developer seemed to have abandoned it! On the other hand, the developer is none other than PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine).
3. Happy Cow
Living alone? Don’t know how to cook? Wanna eat outside but still remain vegan? Get Happy Cow. With a database of over 100,000 eateries, restaurants, and hotels, you can easily find a vegan joint near you. Happy Cow is one of the best vegan apps with an interactive map with vegan restaurants covered in 180 countries.
What’s more? It also covers farmer markets, food and grocery stores, and other vegetarian markets. That makes it super easy to shop for your next vegan meal. You can search by location, pretty useful when you are traveling to a different country and don’t want to break the chain. Finally, there are the reviews of restaurants, so you know what to expect in terms of food, service, and facility. Overall, a must have Vegan app for both Android and iOS users.
What’s life without fun? Nothing. What’s messaging without emojis? Nothing. vegEmoji is a fun iOS app that will install a bunch of vegan style emojis on your smartphone. You can then use them wherever you want to show off your vegan side. This is also a great way to spread the message and encourage others, friends and family members alike, to adopt a plant-based lifestyle. Sharing is caring.
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Eating your veggies is not enough. You also need to know what’s inside them and a way to track results. Cronometer is a nutrition tracker that you can use to track your micro and macro nutrients effectively. You can log food items that you eat, nutrients that you received from it, workout sessions, and weight and other BMI and BMR data.
Cronometer will take all this and create useful graphs so you can track trends over a period of time. An easy way to understand what food is working for you, and what isn’t. This crucial data will help you plan your diet accordingly. It comes with a scanner for barcodes which will make life easier.
The pro version will cost you $5.99 per month. At this point, I would like to mention another popular app called MyFitnessPal. You can do everything and more with this app, plus it has one of the largest food database and community in the world.
There are a lot of vegan apps out there that you can try and see for yourself. For now, these will help you get started. We have covered vegan apps that cover recipes, track nutrition, workout, restaurants, and more in the single, handy list. This can be your starting point, especially if you are a newbie like me. I am using these myself to great success and seeing actual, measurable results. Go vegan and you will also do your bit on saving the planet.