We all want to eat healthier, and save money, but often we don’t want to go to the trouble of grocery shopping, meal planning, and then taking the time to actually prepare the food. Without the right preparation or a meal planning app, it’s easy to feel confused. Today we’ll talk about some great meal planning tips and a few meal planning apps to help get you started.
5 iPad Apps to Make Meal Planning Easy and Effortless
The Plan to Eat app provides so many helpful features like a recipe organizer, a meal planner, and even a shopping list. If you are used to doing things digitally, this app will fit so seamlessly into your life. Essentially, you start by collecting all of your recipes whether they are on paper, in cookbooks, online, or on Pinterest. Then, you can decide what you want for each meal by moving your recipes to your calendar so that you know exactly what you want to eat each day. Finally, you’ll love that once you have your recipes on the calendar, the app will automatically add any ingredients that you need to your shopping list. Amazing, right?
Cost: Free 30 day trial. Then, $4.95/month or $39/year.
If you always feel like you’re short of time, Mealime is an ideal app for you as you’ll find lots of recipes that can be cooked in 30 minutes or less. Unlike many apps where you’ll be adding in the recipes yourself, Mealime does most of the heavy lifting for you. You just need to create a profile and list any food preferences that you have. After that, the app will come up with food options for you and you can choose which meals you’d prefer to make. Plus, the app will even give you a shopping list that you can import to either Instacart or Amazon Fresh. The free option of the apps is great, but if you want even more recipes and other filters like nutrition filters you can upgrade.
Cost: Free for the basic version. If you decide to upgrade to Pro it’s $5.99/month.
If you’re all about batch cooking for the week (or month) then Meal Prep Pro will stand out to you from the other apps. You’ll find that the recipes are fairly simple to make and are designed to be cooked in large batches so that you’re just cooking once, and then reheating leftovers throughout the week. This would be the perfect option if you work long hours or have a commute that makes it difficult to cook fresh meals during the week. With this app, you can cook on Saturday or Sunday and eat leftovers during the week. You’ll find new recipes weekly and you can even set your calories.
Cost: Free 7-day trial. Then, $5.99/month.
If you’re on a strict budget, MealBoard might become your go-to app for learning how to meal prep for the week. To start, rather than a monthly or yearly subscription, you just need to pay a one-time fee of $3.99 which makes it one of the most affordable options. With the app, you can upload recipes from all over the web. Then, like many other apps, you can move your uploaded recipes to specific days so that you always know what you’ll be eating. One of the features that users seem to love is that you can add prices so that you always know whether you’re sticking to your budget every week or month.
Cost: One-time fee of $3.99.
If you browse online, you’ll find that Paprika is often rated as one of the best all-around apps for figuring out how to meal plan. Users find that even with the free version there are still plenty of features available. With Paprika you can add your own recipes to the app and organize them based on categories. You’ll also be able to create your own grocery lists and make meal plans. Even if you’re not someone that loves cooking, you’ll have so much fun discovering all the helpful features!
Cost: Free for the basic version. You can also pay to upgrade. $4.99 for the iPhone or iPad app, $19.99 for the Mac version. Each version is sold separately.
A Few Final Words
Now that you have 5 great options for meal planning apps, re-read through each one, and see what you think would be the best fit for you. We all know that it’s healthier to cook at least some of our meals at home, but finding the time and knowing what to cook can be a challenge. Using an app will be your new best friend to help you organize your recipes and create a weekly meal plan that works for you!