Finding healthy recipes can be a chore, especially if you’re on a diet and have to count every last calorie or carb. There are several great recipe apps for smartphones, but a few offer unique features that will help dieters shed those pesky pounds. These apps offer nutritional information for all their recipes, and some provide specific content for low-carb or low-fat diets.
The AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner app (Free; iOS and Android) is a fun way to discover new recipe ideas. Simply choose a course and main ingredient (and shake your iPhone if that’s your platform), and the app will display recipes that meet your criteria.
With thousands of user-submitted recipes to choose from, you’re bound to find something new. AllRecipes.com is one of the best apps for low-carb dieters, as it has a filter to identify recipes that meet low-carbohydrate standards.
The app includes nutritional information for all recipes, including total carbs and dietary fiber so you can calculate your net carb intake. AllRecipes.com also has filters for high-fiber, low-fat, gluten-free and low-sodium diets.
What We Like
Nutrition facts are immediately obvious on the recipe page.
Clean design, well-organized and ad-free.
The HealthyRecipes app (Free; iOS and Android) is from the same folks behind SparkPeople.com, a popular diet and calorie-tracking website. As a result, SparkRecipes is similarly focused on helping dieters shed pounds — after all, the app is sponsored by Lean Cuisine.
SparkRecipes includes nearly 200,000 user-submitted recipes, each one with detailed nutritional information. Unlike some diet apps, which give you only a brief overview, SparkRecipes is more detailed and includes info on polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat, potassium, fiber, and sugar. You can also search for specific low-fat or low-carb recipes.
Plan to Eat
What We Don’t Like
Paid app — you get a 30-day free trial, then its nearly $40/year.
No built-in recipe list: You add all of them yourself.
This app is a bit different: It’s not a recipe-discovery tool but rather a comprehensive meal-planning solution. Use it on Android, iOS, or the web to schedule complex meals days or weeks in advance, and to generate the shopping lists you need to prepare the meal effectively.
Although you can add a new recipe by hand, the app offers an import feature that works well. We tried it with AllRecpies.com and all the metadata, including the meal image and the nutrition data, imported cleanly. Just specify the URL in the app and it’ll fetch the recipe.
Plan to Eat requires an annual subscription, although you can trial it for free for 30 days.