Anyone following a special diet or having food allergy/intolerance knows how tricky and challenging it can be to find food on the go, whether you're traveling to a new city or simply dining out with your family and friends. Fortunately, there are mobile apps out there to help you locate restaurants, bars, and grocery stores offering healthy foods.
Here, we listed some of the most popular apps that could help you eat healthier while dining out and looking for a food on the go.
HealthyOut app helps users find healthy meals at local restaurants in their area that match their diet and nutrition preferences.
The app allows using filters based on calories and points, such as Low Calorie, Low Carb, Low Fat, High Protein and Heart Healthy to help users narrow down their search results.
Also, users can filter out meals based on dietary restrictions such as Lactose and Gluten Sensitive, Vegetarian, and Vegan, or popular diets such as Paleo, Atkins, Zone, and more.
According to app creators, dishes featured in HealthyOut app have half the calories and half the fat compared to the average restaurant meal.
HealthyOut app is available for Android and iOS for free.
CarbsControl app works as a carb counter, carbs tracker, nutrition tracker for diabetes and low carb diets.
It provides carbohydrate and other nutrition details for over 100,000 foods, 500 specific food brands, and 300 popular fast food and casual dining restaurants, which makes it perfect companion when eating your meal out.
The app allows users to set their carb goals, adjust serving sizes, create preset entry categories, and log their meals in a daily journal.
The app is available for iOS and Android for $2.99.
Identifying gluten-free options when dining out was a daunting task. Thanks to an increasing awareness of celiac disease, it became much easier. Many popular restaurants have special gluten-free menus available on request for their guests.
There are many mobile apps nowadays that help people with celiac or those sensitive to gluten find restaurants where they can eat gluten-free.
Find Me Gluten Free is one of those apps that enables people to search their current location or a specific address and easily find restaurants, fast food, bars, cafes, and grocery stores that serve gluten-free food.
The app provides detailed menus, phone numbers, and directions how to get to the location.
Users are also allowed to view others' ratings and reviews and submit their own.
As its name suggests, Find Me Gluten Free app is available for free for Android and iOS.
When people are eating out, they don't do that in restaurants only. Many buy foods in grocery stores to eat it right away or prepare it later.
A lot of those foods are not healthy. Luckily, there are mobile apps that could tell customers what is in the food they're buying at the grocery store and offer suggestions of alternative healthier foods.
ShopWell is one of the most popular apps that allow users to simply scan a barcode on the item directly in the grocery store and get all of the information about that product, along with personalized food recommendations.
The app users are encouraged to create a profile with their food interests, allowing the app to suggest similar products that best match their interests.
ShopWell app offers alerts and support for many food allergies, including gluten sensitivity, and food goals for specific health conditions, including osteoporosis, anemia, high cholesterol, prediabetes, and
diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2).
The app is available for iOS and Android for free.
ipiit app offers similar barcode scanner feature that allows customers to scan barcodes on 300,000+ on US food products and view and compare ingredients, such as calories, fat, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugar, protein, and iron in each.
Users can create personalized preferences to avoid allergy triggers, such as gluten, lactose, eggs, non-GMO, aspartame, artificial colors and sweeteners, and more.
The app allows users to compare products, rate them, and get recommendations for alternative products.
The app is available for iOS and Android for free, however, users are required to register an account.
MyPlate Calorie Tracker App
Based on its description, MyPlate Calorie Tracker app from Livestrong could be considered a basic food (calorie) and exercise tracker. However, it offers more than that.
It lets users browse a comprehensive database with an impressive number of over 2 million foods or use a handy barcode scanner to find and track food easily right at the grocery store.
The app also provides 8-Week Meal Plan and allows users to create their calorie and nutrient goals that fits their needs and healthier lifestyle.
MyPlate Calorie Tracker app is available for free for Android and iOS.
Similar to MyPlate app, Fooducate app also goes way beyond a simple calorie counter. It is a diet coach aimed at people who want to lose weight and keep it off by eating healthy foods. People who don't have a weight problem, but want to eat more healthy could benefit from it as well.
The app creators describe Fooducate as a nutritionist in your pocket that grades over 250,000 unique products (A, B, C, or D) based on their nutrients and ingredients.
It also features a barcode scanner allowing consumers to quickly scan a product barcode to discover things manufacturers like to hide, such as sugars, trans fats, food colorings, additives, artificial sweeteners, and more.
Fooducate app is available for free with limited features, which can be unlocked by purchasing Pro version (prices may vary depending on the features chosen).