The Best Apps for Picky Eaters

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We all either know someone or have been the person that has to turn their nose up at any food that is offered to us. Whether you really just don’t like the taste of a wide variety of foods, you are gluten intolerant, diabetic, or on an extremely restrictive diet to shed some pounds over the holiday season, you need to know how to find food that you can actually eat.

Preparing food for these types of people is an even greater challenge, because you likely don’t already have a cookbook with their name on it. Lucky for us, there are some fantastic apps out there that will help you find recipes and ingredients for these people, no matter what they want (or need) to eat!

Ingredient1 - Available for iOS

As they say on their website, Inredient1 is diet agnostic. This means that they aren’t trying to promote any single diet over another in an effort to sell you ingredients. Instead, they are only concerned with providing you with recipes that will fit your unique dietary needs. And their app is chock full of information that will help you make informed decisions about the ingredients that you buy.

Not only do they give you the standard information that you would find on food labels, but they drill down into a lot of extremely specific information that goes well beyond what a food label would describe. This will help ensure that there are no hidden surprises or “gotchas” with the ingredients you buy.

Ipiit - Available for iOS and Android

Ipiit has an extremely unique interface that will help you find foods that fit a specific diet. For example, you can select options such as almond free, corn syrup free, gluten free, lactose free, and wheat free (among many others) to help you find the foods that you eat without worrying.

And they have a really cool feature in their app. If you want to know more about a product while you are at the supermarket or the grocery store, all you need to do is pull out your smartphone and scan the product’s bar code. Then the app will populate all the information it has for that product from a database. Packaging on food products is often intentionally misleading in an effort by the manufacturers to sell more food, so having an app to help you get to the bottom of all the info can be incredibly helpful.

Sidechef - Available for iOS and Android

Sidechef, which is available for both iOS and Android, will help you find new and exciting recipes that are perfect for your diet. Each day they populate a new homepage that will introduce you to a new recipe, and you can also search through their massive library of cooking recipes. You can search their foods by ingredients, dietary needs, and a seemingly endless variety of other factors. And they even have how-to videos that show you how to prepare food if you aren’t sure what to do next.
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