We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who want to up their vegan prowess. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at email@example.com.
Following a vegan diet means not eating animal products. This includes meats, eggs, honey, and dairy-based foods like milk and cheese. Veganism can extend beyond diet to not wearing or using animal byproducts like leather or fur.
Anyone can decide to become vegan. People choose to follow a nonanimal-based lifestyle for many reasons. Some common motivations are taste preferences, religious beliefs, opposition to animal slaughter, or health aspirations.
There are many potential benefits of vegan diets, including weight loss and ethical satisfaction. But vegans must take extra care to ensure they don’t lack vital nutrients. This is especially important for children and breastfeeding mothers.
If you’re considering a vegan lifestyle, speak with a doctor or registered dietitian. They can help you figure out the right balance of foods and supplements. Together, these can help you guarantee you’re getting critical nutrients like protein, iron, vitamin B-12, and calcium.
Your new plan may seem overwhelming, limiting, and laborious at first. Many common products contain staple animal ingredients, like eggs, dairy, and other lesser known animal-based ingredients. Luckily, with the help of a trusty app, you can find the best vegan-friendly restaurants, products, recipes, and substitutions with your phone.
Here’s this year’s list of our top picks of the best vegan eating apps out there.
For travel-savvy vegans and vegetarians, HappyCow is a must-have. With guidance for more than 180 countries, you can find vegan eats almost anywhere you go. Search restaurants by keyword or filters. Browse interactive maps and restaurant info. Searching by currently open restaurants can save you time, especially on the go.
Read reviews to see if a place suits your taste. Then save your favorites so you know where to visit (or not visit) again. If you’ll be without mobile Wi-Fi or wireless service, plan ahead and save restaurant details offline. The app also covers points of interest like stores, food trucks, and farmers markets. There’s a free Android version with limited capabilities.
Vegan Amino taps into the social side of being vegan. The app connects you to a community of other vegans. You can create a profile and chat with others who share your diet. Find influential vegans via the reputation score and follow your favorites. Or build a following yourself by sharing your own tips, tricks, recipes, and more.
Struggling to get a dish from their library of recipes just right? Post a question about it and let other vegan cooks share their tips and techniques. The app even offers a vegan “encyclopedia” linking to recipes, vegan blogs, nutritional info, and restaurants. Check it out for the latest news and smart lifestyle hacks.
Eggs, meat, bacon? Vegan Alternatives has a substitute for those. The app boasts over 200 animal-friendly alternatives, including 36 new products in the latest version. They describe suggested alternatives from top vegan brands and even provide pricing information.
The app also contains some vegan education, including the benefits of going vegan. Vegan Alternatives’ streamlined interface makes it simple to replace ingredients you want or need.
Veganagogo Vegan Travel
Another traveler must-have is Veganagogo. This app can translate pre-crafted questions into 50 languages, helping you communicate your dietary needs. You can trust you’re asking the right questions as each is translated by a native speaker.
Veganagogo also uses graphics to help convey preferences, like no pork, fish, or dairy. With day and night modes, it’s easy to use the app anytime you want to eat.
This app helps you find vegan recipes and substitutes for non-vegan foods and ingredients. It also highlights vegan products and raw materials. Tailor your search with filters like non-GMO, peanut-free, raw, fair trade, or sugar-free. The best features may be the app’s calculators. The egg-free baking calculator helps you adjust non-vegan recipes. The protein calculator helps optimize your protein intake for your dietary needs.
VegMenu specializes in Italian vegan and vegetarian recipes. The best feature may be the robust search. Find recipes for various traits, from gluten-free foods to prep time to recipe color and cost. The app comes with helpful tools like a built-in timer, shopping cart, and measurement converter. VegMenu can even help you cut down on food waste. Learn how to make a meal from ingredients left in your fridge with the EmptyFrigo feature.
Vegan Wines aims to help you make ethical choices about wine, beer, and spirits. The app uses open-source data to tell you which beverages are made completely animal-free. This includes production methods without animal derivatives like gelatin or seashells.
The latest version lets you filter by type of alcohol and country of origin. The app provides an offline database, too. Or you can find live updates for items by visiting the open-source data site barnivore.com.
Oh She Glows
Oh She Glows is a plant-based recipes app that draws you in. Elegant photography, crisp design, and a healthy amount of whitespace allows vibrant food colors to pop. Search by season, dish type, and more to find and try a range of delicious recipes.
Take recipes offline for convenience when you’re shopping or cooking. Customize your recipes and add your own cooking notes. The antilock capability means you won’t have to continuously unlock your phone with wet or food-filled hands.
Vegans in or traveling to Europe can find a wide array of restaurant options using Vanilla Bean. The app boasts the widest selection of vegan restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It also highlights options in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. Filters, detailed descriptions, and a map feature help you find the best local options to try. Share your favorites on Facebook. Photos of restaurant interiors help you find the right ambiance to suit your mood.
Created for vegans by a vegan, this app helps you identify additives as vegan-friendly or not. Items are searchable by name or E number. E numbers are given by the European Union to additives that have passed safety inspections. For each item, the app also provides helpful info, like a description, origin, and common uses.
Vegan Burger Recipes
Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up burgers. This app has tons of recipes for creative burger options, like eggplant and pesto burgers. Each recipe tells you about the burger, the ingredients you’ll need, and how to make it. Search the catalog to find your favorites and bookmark them. You can also browse offline to shop for ingredients with or without mobile internet.
What are some of your favorite vegan-friendly apps? Tell us in the comments below or send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org! For more inspiration, check out our list of the best vegan blogs of the year.
Catherine is a journalist who's passionate about health, public policy and women's rights. She writes on a range of nonfiction topics, from entrepreneurship to women's issues as well as fiction. Her work has appeared in Inc., Forbes, The Huffington Post, and other publications. She’s a mom, wife, writer, artist, travel enthusiast, and lifelong student.