When you think of a store that is a “safe bet” for shopping vegan or plant-based, your local Whole Foods or Trader Joes is probably what comes to mind. What do you do when neither of those is an option? If you do happen to live near a local vegan-friendly grocer, you’re in luck, but for some shoppers, heading to the major supermarkets may be the only available option.
So what do we do when the major supermarket is the only option? Thankfully, technology is on our side on this one. Check out these smartphone apps that help aide with your vegan shopping:
Vegan Pocket – Is It Vegan?
Vegan Pocket allows for you to scan any product from food to cosmetics or clothes and reveal if app users believe it is vegan or not. While using the app, you can vote to help other users determine if a product they are unsure of falls into a safe category. While this app does not reveal ingredients, it does help you have a place to start! Vegan recipes are also available and you can meal prep using the app as an upgrade.
What Users Are Saying: “…it’s a great idea and the voting is great for products not yet logged into the app…”
The Overall Cost: Free Download, a $0.99 weekly plan, a $1.99 Monthy Subscription or a $4.49 12 months subscription to join the vegan community, scan any product, uncover meal plans and remove advertisements.
Ratings & Reviews: The app has a 4.2-star rating based on 3.81k ratings.
Available languages: English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
HappyCow Find Vegan Food
With this app, users can find vegan options worldwide. Over 100,000 restaurants, cafes and grocery stores in 195+countries have been located using the HappyCow app. Users can utilize the search feature to filter by vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, cuisine type and more. The “Community & Engage” function allows you to add your favorite finds to personal lists, submit reviews for places you love and more.
What Users Are Saying: “Best resource for finding veg-friendly restaurants…it is definitely worth the download!”
The Overall Cost: Download the app for $3.99
Ratings & Reviews: HappyCow has a 4.9 out of 5-star rating and a total of 13.2k ratings!
Available languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
HealthyOut – Healthy Restaurant Nutrition Guide
As seen on Good Morning America, The HealthyOut app helps you find healthy meals from local restaurants in your area. Not only can you find vegan food, but you can use filters to narrow down additional dietary restrictions such as gluten sensitivity, low fat and heart-healthy foods. For those who are sick of salad, the app allows you to find dishes using their most popular filter “Not a Salad”.
What Users Are Saying: “Great app, filters and runs well. Easy to find cuisine you want by type and foods…”
The Overall Cost: Download for Free.
Ratings & Reviews: 3.3-star rating out of 455 overall ratings.
Available Languages: English
Try these out via your app store!