Weekly top iPhone apps: vegetarians and vegans
Thursday 03 June 2010
This selection of applications will help people on strict vegetarian or vegan diets find and make delicious food.
VeganYumYum Mobile is a recipe finder for vegans. Based on the popular food blog of the same name, VeganYumYum lets users search for tasty recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks. The recipes come complete with step-by-step picture guides and beautiful food photography. There is also a handy checklist that can be used like a shopping list for ingredients. Users can save their most used recipes into the favorites menu and access the application offline.
VegOut - Vegetarian Restaurant Guide
VegOut is a location-based vegetarian restaurant guide. The application makes it easier to find restaurants that serve vegan, vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly dishes. VegOut can be configured to search for restaurants located in your vicinity or can be used to find good places to eat in a defined area (helpful if you are planning a trip overseas or outside of your city). The listings are sourced from HappyCow.net and come with crowd sourced reviews.
VeganXpress - Menu & Shopping Assistance
VeganXpress is a very helpful application for vegans or vegetarians that find themselves in popular chain restaurants and fast food places with non-vegan/vegetarian menus. The application provides information about which items on the menu can be eaten by vegans. There are hundreds of menu items from over 110 popular restaurants that are actually suitable for the vegan diet and this application will help you find them quickly and easily. The app also includes a full list of common beers, wines, snacks and junk foods - many of which you might be surprised to find are compatible with the vegan or vegetarian diet.
BNB (Be Nice to Bunnies!) is an app that will help you find cruelty-free products from the supermarket to the beauty counter. The application provides a list of companies that do and don't test their products on animals as well as information about whether the product can be used by vegans. Users can search by product name, product category, or company name.
Vegetarian Scanner is a barcode scanner for people wanting to find out more about the additives found in common foods. Users take a photo of the ingredient list found on the food label to find out if the additives contain animal products or not. For iPod touch users without a camera, the food additive numbers can be manually entered into the app or found using the search feature. The application is only compatible with information derived from "E-numbers" - a food labeling system used within the European Union, Australia and New Zealand.
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