By Sophia Wu
As young professionals, we tend to live busy, fast-paced lives in which it’s hard for us to maintain healthy, affordable eating. We all have our days of lazily ordering GrubHub on a late Wednesday night, but it’s important for us to be more mindful of what we consume despite packed schedules. That’s where food apps come in. Since we’re already on our phones all the time anyway, why don’t we make the most of it?
1. Make My Plate
Make My Plate is an all-in-one app that combines the best of home cooking, grocery shopping, and dining out through customized lists and menus. You are able to personalize a day-to-day meal plan, which includes all 3 meals plus snacks in between, in which the calories, carbs, fat, and protein are all counted. What stands out the most about Make My Plate is the “What you should eat” and “What you should avoid” sections, which is categorized by food type, and educates the user on healthy eating. The “Community” section is a group chat that allows you to ask questions, comment, or make suggestions to a representative from Make My Plate, as well as communicate with other users. The social media aspect really brings together people who share similar goals in wanting to optimize the healthiest meal.
Want to get more into diets? Mealime offers different types of meal plans based on which direction you want to go with your diet. One of the first questions that popped up when opening the app was asking about food dislikes, so it feels more personalized. You are able to select up to 9 meals, in which you can swipe left or right on a certain meal if that is not your preferred choice. Once you select a meal, Mealime provides cookware, ingredients, and instructions information, as well as a grocery list. Most meals can be made in 30 minutes or less, which is efficient for those who are often on the go.
3. Eat This Much
Eat This Much creates meal plans with you in mind, as you are required to input body and other physical information, meal goals and preferences, and diet type. This app is much more mindful of your budget, since you are also required to set daily price limits. If you are unhappy with the set meals, you are able to regenerate the plan and find new meals. Nutrition targets and diet stats also help reinforce the focus on healthy eating. You are also able to design your own dish to add to the queue, if you feel like getting more creative with your meal plan. When you customize your own dish, there are follow-up questions such as “Does this make good leftovers?” which is helpful because that allows young professionals to save time and money.
Often, we don’t have time to grocery shop and make food at home. HealthyOut emphasizes the healthiest meals at a selected restaurant when you choose to dine out. Similar to a food delivery service, HealthyOut requires you to put in your address to find nearby restaurants. The priciness of each restaurant is measured from $-$$$$, which helps narrow down the affordability. Although the full menu is provided as well, the “Just Healthy” section is the key part of HealthyOut, which explains nutrition information such as diet type (South Beach, Atkins, Zone), allergy (Gluten Sensitive), and cuisine (Mediterranean, Vegetarian).