We all know we should make healthy food choices, but it can often be challenging to manage all the details involved in maintaining a balanced, nutritious diet every week. Meal planning apps can be the missing link, providing a cost-effective and efficient way to customize an appealing weekly menu.
“Meal planning apps help [people] save time and money and provide variety in the diet,” explains Jaime Coffey Martinez, a registered dietitian and owner and founder of Nutrition CPR, a health and wellness center. Martinez has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of medical nutrition therapy, weight loss, functional medicine, sports nutrition, corporate wellness and fitness, private nutrition coaching and pharmaceuticals. Martinez says meal planning apps “can help [people] track their progress and promote healthier eating habits, with an ability to customize and tailor needs to reach specific goals.”
To help you choose the best meal planning app for you, we tested five apps: Eat This Much Premium, BigOven Pro, Mealime Pro, Meal Prep Pro by Nibble Apps and Paprika Recipe Manager 3 by Hindsight Labs. We also consulted with the aforementioned registered dietitian who gave us guidance on using meal planning apps.
After several weeks of testing, we concluded that choosing the best app is a matter of matching your particular dietary needs with an app’s strengths. So, with that in mind, we name Eat This Much Premium our overall pick for best meal planning app.
Best meal planning app overall
During testing, we found Eat This Much Premium easy to set up. Its meal customization options and editable grocery lists are a delight to use and we appreciated its comprehensive recipe library. It also had the best online help and customer support of the meal planning apps we tested.
Eat This Much Premium is a