What are the best meal planning apps?

Living a busy and active lifestyle doesn't mean you have to stop thinking about what you eat. Stay healthy while enjoying your food! Explore this list as you get to plan and organize all of your favorite recipes while creating your diet staple with the best meal planning apps available.

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    #1AnyList

    AnyList

    AnyList is a free meal planning app that comes in handy for everyone who wants an easy way to stay healthy. It suggests recipes which you can ultimately turn into your next meal.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Martha Edwards
    Written on June 26, 2019
    "This is the one app that really fits my lifestyle. I've never had to depend on something like this for my grocery shopping and meal planning as much as this app does for me. Planning is everything and for that, I recommend this for people like me who wants to plan their diets ahead of time"
  2. 19

    #2Fooducate

    Fooducate

    Fooducate helps you with your diet as it grades foods based on their ingredients. With this meal planning app, you can get the best recipe recommendations on your iOS or Android devices.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ken Wu
    Written on June 26, 2019
    "Very cool app that I use for monitoring my food intake and of course, meal planning.. I've been enjoying my food while staying fit for like 3 months now and this app has been a great help. Plus its free!"
  3. 17

    #3Cookbook

    Cookbook

    CookBook is an app that works as the ultimate recipe manager. it helps users plan weekly meals or even organize grocery lists by importing and managing your recipes based on your diet.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Raymond Ferguson
    Written on January 18, 2018
    "This looks like a well made, nicely designed recipe app that has built in meal planning. It costs a bit more than I might want for an app, but it appears that it could be worth the price. User reviews are very positive."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the number of fast food restaurants in the U.S. has more than doubled since the 1970s? This number is not surprising at all since fast food dining has seemed to be a staple on the eating habits of a lot of people. Americans are known for being unhealthy eaters. Data has proven that in the U.S., sugar, starch, cheese and red meat are consumed too much. Fruits and vegetables are also not seen in the same light as those above-mentioned foods by most. It is not that majority of Americans choose to eat unhealthy, greasy and fat food all the time. Sometimes, it is just that these are the types of food most available to them. It's easy to stop by McDonald's and pick up a Big Mac for a few bucks on your way to work, for example. This fast-food culture has been part of society, and businesses thrived through it. Between 2013 and 2016 alone, about 37 percent of U.S. adults consumed fast food on any given day.

One more thing, about 23 million Americans live in areas that are more than a mile away from a supermarket. This often leaves them with few options for choosing healthy food and ingredients for their meals. However, there are many ways that one can improve their eating habits. Planning the right meals can do it for starters. There are many diet and nutrition sites one can visit for a better understanding of a healthy diet. There are also apps that track micronutrients that everyone can download to make sure one is still healthy as can be. It is true that culture and convenience can change the eating habits of people, but health should still be the primary concern for everyone. 

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    #4Copy Me That

    Copy Me That

    Copy Me That is one of the best apps for meal planning. It does everything for your food plans as it is a recipe manager, shopping list maker, and meal planner squeezed into one seamless app. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Reyansh Chattopadhyay
    Written on June 26, 2019
    "Perfect tool for you who crave those recipes from other sites which you wanna turn into something healthier LOL. I was able to plan my meals well since I've had this app"
  2. 14

    #5MyNetDiary

    MyNetDiary

    MyNetDiary is the perfect partner for people who needs a meal planning app. Its meal planning feature helps users track calorie intake while creating the right flood plan that fits your body.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Shirley Kelley
    Written on June 26, 2019
    "The meal planning feature has been so helpful. This is one of the best if not the best apps for meal planning that I've come across. I've into day 7 now of 21 days that this app has planned for me"
  3. 12

    #6MyNetDiary PRO

    MyNetDiary PRO

    The pro version of MyNetDiary is an effective application for those who struggle with weight problems. It is a complete app to lose weight in a healthy and organized way.



    Apps

    iOS

    $3.99- with in-app purchases

    Judith Mason
    Written on November 1, 2017
    "I found MyNetDiary PRO to be a very helpful source as I have been really watching what I eat. The planning features really helps me to stay focused."
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    #7Paprika

    Paprika
    Paprika is an inventory app where you can manage all your recipes easily. It requires iOS 9.0 or later and compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is also available for Windows and Android.
    Apps

    Mac, iOS, Windows, Android

    Free

    Tian Ye
    Written on June 26, 2019
    "Been solid with helping me with regard to meal planning. I'm so happy I got to download this app. This is a staple app on my iPhone for a long time now and I'm quite healthy because of this app"
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    #8Pepperplate

    Pepperplate
    Pepperplate allows you to manage your menus, recipes and shopping lists all in one place. You can even create your own recipes and then share them with your friends and family.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Rajesh Kapoor
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "I had a friend ask me for some advice on finding the best meal planning app. We searched for a while, trying different kinds and in the end decided to keep Pepperplate. It was a very interactive app and does a nice job of helping to keep your meals planned out in a structured manner."
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    #9Menu Planner

    Menu Planner
    Menu Planner is a paid app for iOS devices for tracking the nutritional info of the meals you afford on a daily basis. It has a large database of recipes from most of the popular cooking websites.
    Apps

    iOS

    $2.99

    Terry Montgomery
    Written on June 26, 2019
    "The fee is worth what this app does. I got to imitate savory dishes from the best sites that I never thought I would be able to make on my own. Great for dieting as it has its list of healthy recipes that really help you plan your next meal"
  7. 8

    #10Allrecipes Dinner Spinner

    Allrecipes Dinner Spinner
    AllRecipes Dinner Spinner gives you quick access to recipes uploaded by a community of over 30 million cooks. The advanced search engine allows you to search for recipes based on factors like prep time, ingredients and even allergies.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Dennis Bradley
    Written on November 1, 2017
    "This is an app designed for showing recipes and not necessarily planning. I would still suggest this app so that there are different ideas on what to cook so that things don't get stale in your cooking repertoire."
  8. 7

    #11RecipeCloud

    RecipeCloud

    Recipe Cloud is a free app for iOS devices specially designed for home cooks and professional chefs who need an app to save all their recipes in just one place. This app also lets you browse and find other user's recipes, follow them and share your picks.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Brandon Cruz
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "So I'm trying to get back into shape so I needed to find the best meal planning apps. I ended up downloading RecipeCloud and now I'm fatter than before, awful app."
  9. 3

    #12Weber Grills

    Weber Grills

    Weber Grills is a Food & Drink free app with set timer, more than 250 original recipes and how-to's and other features to become a great chef and make your next barbecue a success.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Diana Carlson
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Odd little app about food planning. We used to call these company recipes. "
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    #13Body24

    Body24

    Body24 is a free mobile application which provides a collection of healthy cooking inspiration and recipes for vegans and people with food allergies or intolerance. This will help you to create an individual meal plan based on your needs. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Jan Soukup
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "Thank you, every day i have meal plan created precisely to my body parameters."
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    #14GainGuy

    GainGuy

    GainGuy is a free app for mobile devices which will help you to gain weight in an easy and healthy way. It provides you with meal plans and includes a calorie counter, food database, recipes and tips to reach your goal.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Ridhi Sen
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Application: "Diet tracker, weight loss" We always need calories to survive, so we always need a proper diet (diet) with the body. If you are overweight, you need to have a diet to lose weight that corresponds to the height and the work being done (weight loss, weight loss, body). If you want to lose weight, you must set specific goals (weight loss goals), need a proper diet, moderate exercise, food and data monitoring Whether reporting in the chart, choosing the right food, food or food must be safe. The application will answer you questions: * Want to have a healthy body by having a sensible diet? (Diet) Want to lose weight by exercising and playing sports every day? (Weight loss) Want to keep track of your daily diet by controlling your calorie intake through diet? The application has helped millions of members achieve their goals and live healthier and happier, better. The fully integrated information app reports to you about the daily diet details, which are updated on the food catalog. APPLICATION "Diet tracker, weight loss": * We have designed an open database on food - Allows you to select the food, food that is already available in the database - Allows you to update the list of dishes, food that database system does not have. * Easily monitor exercise regimen and estimate the number of calories you consume during exercise. Then calorie your daily intake, to match the number of calories your body needs to eat at every meal, commensurate with the time spent exercising. * The purpose of the application is to create a strategy with specific target solutions for weight loss through proper diet and exercise. * The application also allows you to monitor the consumption of essential nutrients and minerals in the body such as calories, starches, proteins, fats, fiber, cholesterol * Allows you to track daily progress through updated data on: height, weight, BMI, weight chart, to track daily weight loss. * The application offers tips on metabolism in the body, or how to have a healthy body, and turn your phone into a daily nutritionist with you!"
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    #15Food Planner

    Food Planner

    Food planner is a food app that allows you to plan your daily meals by using a selection of the best recipes from your favorite cooking blogs and recipe sites. It will also help you when it comes to grocery shopping, allowing you to synchronize your own shopping lists with any other device.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Amanda Carter
    Written on January 16, 2018
    "I needed the best meal planning apps for iPhone that are out right now. I found Food Planner, and it has been great to plan daily meals and selecting the best recipes."
  13. 0

    #16BigOven

    BigOven

    With BigOven you can find over 350,000 recipes! This useful tool allows you to manage your market list and also to plan your menu. It is a free app for those who want to get organized in the kitchen.



    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    David Weber
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "I tend to have issues staying on track when planning meals but this app solved that problem. It's easy to use and really easy to find recipes. I do wish you could search recipes by ingredients a little easier, however. Other than that little issue this is a solid app."
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    #17Spoonacular

    Spoonacular
    Spoonacular is an app that will help you to find and manage recipes, plan your meals, calculate your daily nutritional information and make your shopping list in a quick and easy way.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Andrea Nguyen
    Written on January 18, 2018
    "This would be a great app for meal planning if it weren't constantly crashing. It has good ideas and gives you nutritional information, but unfortunately it constantly crashes so it makes it unbearable to use. I have quit using it and will probably uninstall it due to this issue because it has become worthless and very frustrating. It's really a shame because I liked it a lot at first."
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    #18Eat This Much

    Eat This Much

    Eat This Much allows you to create meal plans according to your nutrition targets. You can customize them for different targets or schedules. The app also automatically generates grocery lists.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Austin Cunningham
    Written on January 21, 2018
    "Eat This Much has really saved my diet. It can track the nutritional content of my meals with very little hassle, and it makes shopping lists so I don't have to worry about remembering the ingredients or what I need to buy."

Summary

Best What are the best meal planning apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AnyListApps 24 Free
2FooducateApps 19 Free
3CookbookApps 17 Free
4Copy Me ThatApps 14 Free
5MyNetDiaryApps 14 Free
6MyNetDiary PRO Apps 12 Paid
7PaprikaApps 11 Free
8PepperplateApps 10 Free
9Menu PlannerApps 8 Paid
10Allrecipes Dinner SpinnerApps 8 Free
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