If you're trying to lose weight, stay healthy, save money, save time, or any combination of the above, meal planning is the best way to go about it. When you write up a meal plan before you go shopping, you're less likely to impulse buy unhealthy foods and more likely to have a less stressful week because you won't have to worry about what to make or eat for each meal. Here's our list of the best meal planning apps for iPad.
The best iPad apps for planning meals
27 Jan 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Mealime is a healthy eating weekly meal planner that you can customize to make sure the plan works perfectly with your lifestyle and tastes. Over 60,000 people have used the app's eating plans and enjoyed a variety of benefits. Some of the features and benefits of the app include meals to cook in 30 minutes or less, personalized meal plans with simple recipes, personalization options, optimized grocery lists, minimal food waste, and more. You can choose a meal plan including the number of meals you want to cook that week, whether you want leftovers, how many servings you want, and you get choices for dietary restrictions. You can easily replace recipes or ingredients. This is great for busy people.
- Free healthy eating weekly meal planner
- Simple recipes
- Lose weight
- Save money
AnyList helps you to create grocery shopping lists, organize and collect recipes, and does so with a bunch of helpful features. It's easy to add or cross off items, you can add items by voice with Siri, and you can add notes to individual items to indicate brand, coupons, quantity. Grocery items are automatically separated into categories to make it easier, and you can create your own categories. You can enter your own recipes or copy and paste from another source, organize into collections, print, email, and search by ingredient or name. You can sync across all devices and all lists and recipes are backed up in the cloud.
- Create organized shopping lists
- Reorder categories to match the aisles and layout of your local store
- Send lists to a family member
- Save and organize recipes
- Free with in-app purchases
The Food.com app offers recipes and grocery deals, a meal-planning tool, and an organized recipe box. If you already have a Food.com account you can just log in using that and you can share your meal plans and recipes across devices. There are more than half a million recipes and you can save them to your recipe box, build a men that automatically fills in your shopping list with the ingredients you'll need, and you can use the calendar to organize your meal plan by day. You can make multiple shopping lists organized by department, see what deals your local grocery stores are offering, and choose recipes that meet your dietary requirements and food preferences.
- Recipes to browse and save to your recipe box
- See recipes and lists across devices
- Organize your meal plan by day
- Automatically populate your shopping list when you choose a recipe
- Free iPad app for meal planning
This app is considered one of the best food and recipes apps for the iOS. Instantly save recipes from your favorite Food Network shows, search for recipes in a database of over 50,000 recipes, browse by categories like healthy or desserts, watch how-to cook videos to improve your skills, add notes to each recipe, save and share recipes, view ratings and recipes and more. With this app, you are certainly going to improve your cooking skills, add some wonderful dishes to your weekly menu and enjoy some delicious food.
- A wonderful food and recipes app by the Food Network
- Save, search and browse over 50,000 recipes
- Watch how-to cook videos
- Add notes to recipes, Share recipes
- View ratings and reviews
Do you eat meals at King Hall? Want a jump on the rest of the crowd for their tasty items? The Next Meal app will definitely become your stomach’s best friend if you frequent this establishment. With a friendly interface, easy navigation and a simple layout, the Next Meal app makes it incredibly easy for users to view what’s on the menu for the next three meals and throughout the week. It really makes planning your meals easy and convenient. Either you like what’s on the menu or you don’t. But, the good thing is you will know in advance and be able to make the necessary plans.
- A menu app for King Hall
- View what’s on the menu for the next 3 meals
- See what’s on the menu for the week
- Decide whether or not you want to eat here in advance
- Simple interface and navigation
Yummly gives you the ability to search out recipes from all of the best recipe sites and blogs. You can collect, save, and organize your favorites in your digital recipe box, set up preferences and receive recipe recommendations, get optimized shopping lists, and even have your groceries delivered to your door, all from within the app. The search filters let you sort by cuisine, holiday, nutrition, allergy, cook time, ingredients, and more. The app retrieves recipes from all the top blogs and sites like Chow, Steamy Kitchen, Food52, Epicurious, AllRecipes, Serious Eats, and more.
- All the recipes online are now yours to search and save
- Recipe recommendations
- Grocery delivery
- Smart shopping list
- Works with Apple Watch
Eat Vegan offers over 250 vegan recipes for you to browse and try. The app helps you create a shopping list and shows you amazing photos to make your mouth water in anticipation. You can bookmark your favorite recipes, share recipes through Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter, and the interface is easy to use. You will be able to find vegan meals to enjoy at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and at snack time. Browse the categories and plan out your next meal from the salad to the dessert! The free portion of the app does not show all of the recipes so you will have to upgrade to unlock them all.
- Over 250 vegan recipes
- Delicious-looking photos
- Share through social media
- Browse and plan your meals
- Free with in-app purchase to upgrade
Fooducate is a weight loss coaching app you can use to help you eat a real food, healthy diet. You can track your activity, food, mood, and sleep. The app is integrated with the Health app and inputs all the information gathered. You can scan over 250,000 product barcodes to see a personalized nutrition grade, get suggestions for healthier foods based on the items you scan, and add your own foods and recipes to track. You can share your tips to help other users, and ask community members questions. When you scan labels you can see if they contain MSG, hidden sugars, GMOs, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, and more.
- Track your food, exercise, mood, and sleep
- Track the quality of the food you eat, not just the calories
- Over 250,000 items in the barcode database
- Ask questions and share tips
- Free with in-app purchases
YouFood helps you eat better, enjoy your food, and have fun at the same time! You will get healthy eating ideas when you look at homemade meal photos submitted by users, and recipes are included with most. If there is a photo you like that doesn't show a recipe, just ask! The food diary doesn't require you to track calories: just take a photo of what you eat. The community members help you stay on track and offer advice and more. When you see a healthy meal idea or delicious-looking recipe just save it to a board. When you make something great, take a photo and always remember it.
- Browse photos of homemade meals
- See attached recipes
- No more counting calories
- Eight million food photos uploaded so far
- Free meal planning app
Make My Plate is a visual meal planner that helps you lose weight while eating delicious, healthy food. You get access to a personalized grocery list, pre-made healthy eating plans, and community support. All of the meals are calculated for their calories, protein, fat, and carbs and contain essential nutrients. You get restaurant menu suggestions so you can make healthy choices even when you dine out. The live support group will keep you motivated and answer questions you might have, and the healthy tips and meal reminders will keep you on track and help you control cravings.
- Diet plans with healthy meal ideas
- Food variety so your personal taste will be satisfied
- Visual meal planner
- Healthy grocery list
- Free with in-app purchases