Download these meal planning apps for the nutrition tips and cooking tricks right at your fingertips.

By Megan Falk
November 13, 2019
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On the surface, meal planning looks like a smart, painless way to stay ahead of the game and stick to your healthy eating goals throughout the hectic work week. But figuring out what to eat for the next seven days isn't always an easy task. Thankfully, there are plenty of free meal planning apps and premium options to help you navigate the kitchen and grocery store. (Related: Learn How to Meal Prep with This 30-Day Challenge)

Here, we round up the top meal planning apps on the market to help you stay committed to your nutrition, no matter your eating style or dietary preferences.

  • Best Overall: Mealime

  • Best for Nutrition Tracking and Calorie Counting: Eat This Much

  • Best for Plant-Based Eaters: Forks Over Knives

  • Best for Recipes: Paprika

  • Best for Meal Prep: MealPrepPro
  • Best for New Cooks: Yummly

  • Best for Take-Out Lovers: Suggestic

Best Overall Meal Planning App: Mealime

Mealime

Available for: Android & iOS

Price: Free, with in-app purchases available

Try it: Mealime

Thanks to Mealime and its 30-minute recipes, you won't dread having to whip up a homemade meal after a long commute home. This all-star meal planning app, which has nearly positive 29,000 reviews in the App Store, allows you to create personalized eating plans with three to six recipes based on your dietary preferences, allergies, and disliked ingredients. (Looking at you, Brussels sprouts!)

Once you've picked your expert-tested recipes to cook throughout the week, the meal planning app will send a grocery list to your phone, complete with pictures of the supplies and ingredient substitutes, so you can spend less time shopping and more time noshing. The cherry on top? The nutrition information for each recipe is sent to your phone's Health app, making digitally tracking your health a seamless process. (And yes, you don't need to spend a chunk of change to track your activity level.)

For an extra $6 a month or $50 a year, you'll have access to in-depth nutrition information and exclusive recipes released each week. As an added bonus, you'll be able to prep two meal plans at once and add your own recipes to your planner.

Best for Meal Planning App for Nutrition Tracking and Calorie Counting: Eat This Much

Available for: Android & iOS

Price: Free, with in-app purchases available

Try it: Eat This Much

Eat This Much

Whether you're a bodybuilder or vegetarian, Eat This Much will help you get the macronutrients you need to stay fit. The free meal planning app takes your dietary preferences and budget into consideration to craft daily meal plans and grocery lists, all done with calories, carbs, fat, and protein content in mind. Eat This Much takes it a step further than other apps, though, by allowing you to customize popular eating styles—like veganism or the paleo diet—to match your tastes and nutritional needs. (Related: The Beginner's Guide to Bodybuilding Meal Prep and Nutrition)

By signing up for a $5-per-month subscription, you'll be able to plan a week's worth of meals at a time, as well as log onto the app's website and export your grocery list to AmazonFresh or Instacart for delivery. Sorry, but now there's no excuse to have an empty fridge.

Best for Meal Planning App for Plant-Based Eaters: Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives

Available for: Android & iOS

Price: $5

While plant-based dishes seem like an afterthought on other healthy meal planning apps, Forks Over Knives makes them the star of the show. The app features more than 400 veggie-centric recipes (and counting), many of which were contributed by 50 prominent chefs, so don't expect to eat run-of-the-mill pasta every single night. (Related: What's the Difference Between a Plant-Based Diet and a Vegan Diet?)

To help you navigate even the most complex maze of a supermarket, the app will automatically sort the ingredients on your shopping list by aisle. (Snag these plant-based cookbooks for even more healthy eating inspo.)

Best for Meal Planning App for Recipes: Paprika

Paprika

Available for: Android & iOS

Price: $5

Try it: Paprika

When you're stocked up on groceries but have no clue what to make for dinner, turn to Paprika. Through the recipe management and meal planning app, you can import your own recipes and ones from your go-to websites, building a virtual cookbook that can be accessed across devices with its Cloud Sync feature. You won't miss writing on print recipes, either, thanks to its interactive features that allow you to cross off ingredients and highlight directions. Before you devour your wholesome dish, don't forget to snap a drool-worthy pic to add to the recipe page.

Best for Meal Planning App for Meal Prep: MealPrepPro

MealPrepPro

Available for: iOS

Price: $6/month, or $48/year

Try it: MealPrepPro

If you'd rather spend your entire Sunday in your kitchen, baking a week's worth of chicken while surrounded by Pyrex containers, MealPrepPro is for you. The meal prepping app not only builds you (and your partner) a customizable weekly meal plan based on your diet and macro goals, but it also helps you cook in bulk; with the clear-cut calendar, you'll know ahead of time which days you'll be prepping and eating a fresh meal and which days you'll be reheating your leftovers. The app even estimates your hands-on cooking time for the week so you can schedule your after-dinner plans accordingly. (Related: Healthy Meal Prep Hacks When You're Cooking for One)

Best Meal Planning App for New Cooks: Yummly

Yummly

Available for: Android & iOS

Price: Free, with in-app purchases available

Try it: Yummly

With more than 2 million recipes, kitchen tips, and articles on trending foods, Yummly will help cooking newbies get a lay of the land...or kitchen. The healthy meal planning app's sorting feature will narrow down dishes based on cooking time, cuisine, and occasion, as well as filter out recipes that don't match your eating style. And if you're a procrastinator, Yummly will send you a notification when it's time to get cooking based on your chosen recipe.

In need of a little more guidance? For $5 a month, you'll get access to step-by-step demonstration videos from leading culinary professionals. (Grab these must-have kitchen tools to make healthy eating so much simpler.)

Best Meal Planning App for Take-Out Lovers: Suggestic

Available for: iOS

Price: Free, with in-app purchases available

Try it: Suggestic

Even kitchen masters crave take-out every once in a while. But to make sure you stay on top of your healthy eating goals, download Suggestic—the free meal planning app can recommend dishes that stick to your eating style (keto, vegan, etc.) at more than 500,000 restaurants in the country. (Left your phone at home? Consult some experts tips on how to eat healthy while dining out.) Suggestic nails the at-home planning department, too, offering simple recipes to build a meal plan for your entire week. To keep your spirits high over those seven days, the app will send you motivational emails and notifications.

For additional recipes, educational videos, and eating programs, pick up a premium membership for $13 a month.

Comments (1)

Anonymous
November 14, 2019
I use Strongr Fastr. It's the best meal planning app for if you have actual macro/calorie goals you want to hit. Plus it has a whole workout section.