The highest 10 issues I wished in a meal planning app (and obtained!)
Once I imagined a wholesome meal planning app that will not solely make meal planning straightforward, but in addition assist me to have dinner on the desk each evening, even once I didn’t wish to.. I imagined Prepear. Severely! What started as a want listing for easy meal planning, actually turned a actuality. Earlier than we even started constructing the app, there have been sure options I knew I wished in my life. Let me share with you a peak inside my thoughts for the highest 10 issues the proper meal planning app wanted, and the way we constructed Prepear to be the reply.
We (Tremendous Wholesome Youngsters) began promoting meal plans in 2011. We wished to share wholesome recipes that our personal households have been consuming, however in a method that will enable you truly get the meals in your desk (by providing you with the grocery listing, and so on). However in fact, during the last decade, expertise saved advancing, regardless that our meal plans have been nonetheless caught with Natalie and I doing virtually all of it manually. That every one modified final yr once we employed one of the best staff of builders to construct our MEAL PLANNING DREAM APP! These have been the 10 issues we requested for, and it’s precisely what we obtained!
The very best meal planning app for wholesome consuming (for me):
1 ) Should have a straightforward approach to add my very own recipes
Although I observe the Tremendous Wholesome Youngsters meal plan (as a result of our dietitian Jackie writes them to assist us eat more healthy!), I nonetheless must swap in some household favorites every now and then! Prepear has a straightforward import characteristic the place I can both add recipes by typing them in or importing from the web. As soon as I import a recipe, it’s bookmarked into my cookbook! Prepared to make use of in my meal plan with vitamin information and a buying listing, identical to magic!
2) Should have a straightforward approach to set up my recipe field.
I’ve saved recipes from SO many locations on-line and in actual life. Notebooks, cookbooks, torn magazines, Pinterest, display screen photographs, and so on. Having them ALL in a single place and arranged for simple discovering was crucial to me. The very best a part of Prepear as a wholesome meal planning app is the flexibility to maintain them organized in “collections”. I’ve saved my recipes in collections like “workplace favorites” and “rotisserie rooster” for all of the issues I could make once I get a rotisserie from the shop. I’m additionally making an attempt to share our household favourite assortment with my teenage daughter so she will be able to have our household recipes when she strikes out.
three) Should have a straightforward approach to search and filter recipes.
Numerous meal planning apps I attempted didn’t have any recipes already loaded into the app. This was an enormous flip off for me, as a result of I wish to get began with the app to see if I preferred it, however I didn’t wish to spend the time importing my recipes if I wasn’t going to love it. However, whereas I wished an enormous library of recipes already within the app, it isn’t useful if you happen to couldn’t filter, search and kind. The search characteristic on the Prepear meal planning app is superior! However extra importantly, you don’t even want the filters if you happen to simply sort what you’re on the lookout for into the worldwide search bar on the prime. I all the time discover precisely what I would like!
four) Should have a cooking mode.
I wanted a characteristic that doesn’t flip off my display screen whereas I’m in the course of a recipe. We name this “Prepear mode”! And I adore it! Not solely do I not have to the touch my display screen with my palms lined in meals, it will possibly additionally present you just one instruction at a time so you possibly can simply see it from throughout the kitchen!
5) Should have a easy drag and drop to plan meals.
I wished the only method, with the least quantity of obstacles, to truly get your recipes ONTO your meal plan. You are able to do this in Prepear with two easy faucets! Tremendous straightforward!
6) Should have an automated grocery listing.
This may occasionally look like a no brainer, as a result of most meal planning apps have a inbuilt automated grocery listing. BUT they aren’t all the time useful! I could make a listing as simply as the following individual, however I wished extra out of my grocery listing. I wished to maintain issues off the listing that I gained’t be shopping for for the following yr, LIKE SALT! It doesn’t should be there each week cluttering up the listing. So as a substitute, we’ve got what we name “The Pantry”, that means that you can hold issues off of your grocery listing that you simply don’t want to purchase. Likewise, there are issues I NEED to purchase that aren’t a part of a recipe (like bathroom paper). So, my excellent listing for a meal planning app wanted a quick-add for these different gadgets. Our growth staff additionally went a step additional, to can help you click on on the ingredient and add notes like finest value, or no matter you want!
7) Should have a straightforward approach to observe & share different peoples meal plans and recipes.
The social options of Prepear are not like something I imagined. I simply wished to see what my neighbor was consuming for dinner, or see what the physique builder on the health club was consuming (lol), and our meal planning app let’s you try this! Comply with somebody and you’ll click on on their “meals deliberate” or share within the “meals feed” recipes you’ve tried. It’s SO FUN!!
eight) Should even have an choice to buy pre-loaded meal plans for particular diets.
Meal planning, (when another person tells you what to eat), is an fascinating service. All of us have completely different tastes and meals preferences, and our youngsters, much more so. Then, there are occasions once I simply need somebody to inform me what to make for dinner. There’s additionally these instances when a physician recommends eliminating a meals group, or your little one has an allergy you need to navigate, otherwise you simply wish to see in case your well being improves by going vegan, or gluten free, or no matter. I wanted a meal planning app that would match all these wants in a single place. Prepear basically has a market for a number of meal plans from completely different bloggers, to suit completely different consuming kinds.
9) Should present my weekly meals in a single view.
I’m such a visible individual! I like to see my week on one display screen. It could appear trivial, but it surely’s the best way I plan my life- one week at a time!
10) Enable me to work together with different people who have comparable meals tastes as me.
One factor that we wished to perform by way of Prepear is to attach individuals! Linked cooking (each socially and with kitchen expertise) is our principal aim. Even when I don’t know somebody in actual life, I like to attach with individuals by way of recipes, and with those that have comparable meals tastes and pursuits. Prepear could be that platform. Equivalent to, I do know this isn’t wholesome, and should not belong in an article right here, however I like COOKIES! I like them a lot that I’ve a secret Instagram account the place I solely share photos of cookies! However on Prepear, I even have a cookie assortment. I’d love to attach with you on Prepear, and I’ll add you to my assortment when you have some superior cookie recipes you wish to share with me! When you get the meal planning app, discover and observe me on Prepear at amy-roskelley! Then depart a remark right here for me so as to add you to my cookie assortment!
And naturally, I’ve just a few different issues which can be nonetheless on my want listing, that our staff is working tirelessly to convey to Prepear (like grocery supply) but it surely’s coming quickly! I’d love to listen to what you suppose would make the proper meal planning app, and perhaps we may get it right into a future replace!
If you’re nonetheless confused on how Tremendous Wholesome Youngsters integrates with our cellular app Prepear, a very powerful factor to know is that the Prepear meal planning app is FREE. The subscriptions to particular meal plans, written by us (and different bloggers) is the Gold Model of Prepear!
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