More and more of us are becoming converts to the virtues of a meat-free lifestyle. For years, carnivorous cynics tried to put the willies up us by claiming that a vegetarian or vegan diet could not provide the necessary nutrients required for healthy living (the argument about where veggies and vegans can get a good source of vitamin B12rages on). But research from leading nutritionists has proved this not to be the case.
Whether you choose not to eat meat, dairy or any other animal bi-product really is just a lifestyle choice these days. And as long as you plan your meals carefully and ensure your diet is balanced in all the right places, you can be sure to live happily and healthily on a meat-free/animal-free diet. And a host of celebrities continue to endorse it as the way to go.
Planning your meals, getting all the nutritional info, checking out the hottest meat-free joints in town... in a smartphone generation, being a veggie has never been so easy! All the tips you've ever needed to live animal-free are all available, via a plethora of Android apps.
We've picked out the top 6 iPhone apps to help make living animal-free easy, nutritious and as tasty as a vegan shepherds pie. Enjoy!
Veg Travel Guide for Vegan & Vegetarians by HappyCow: 8.0/10
If you're serious about not eating animals or animal products, it can be tricky finding what to munch on while traveling. The Veg Travel Guide by HappyCow app approximates your current location and offers a list of restaurants and stores that can cater to your flesh-free needs.
The listings include vegetarian, vegan, veg-friendly restaurants, health food stores, and other types of vegetarian businesses, all nearby your current location (alternatively, you can enter a location manually). Check out the map feature for easy location-based browsing.
Details including reviews, price, and contact information are included for every establishment, so you can locate the tastiest tofu. An indispensable resource for vegetarians and vegans on the go.
YaYaApps' I'm Hungry: Vegetarian Recipes hand-picks and organizes some of the best vegetarian-friendly recipes from around the web. Normally, a simple index wouldn't receive such a hing ranking - but it's the combination of excellent organization plus very attractive photography that makes this app worth a shot.
Browse by cuisine (American, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Thai) or type of dish (Starter, Soup, Entree, Dessert, etc), then mark any that take your fancy as favorites for speedy access later.
I'm Hungry: Vegetarian Recipes is surprisingly pleasing to use, and should be useful for any budding veggie cooks.
Vegan Scanner is a supremely helpful application that will you identify if a product is actually vegan. Simply scan your product's barcode to get all ingredient information, so you can quickly identify any non-vegan components.
The scanner works effectively, although you might find that not all products are available for a scan. But the catalog continues to grow, so you should have no problems scanning ingredients in the future.
Living a truly vegan lifestyle isn't just limited to what you put in your mouth.
Cruelty-Free presents a huge database of US and Canada-based companies and products, helping you decide whether they will cramp your vegan lifestyle or not. Not limited to food items, you can search from a huge array of cosmetic, personal care, and household products to check if they are animal-friendly.
This handy app from the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program lists over 200 companies that do not test ingredients, formulations, or finished products on animals - keeping your mind at ease.
Cruelty-Free presents detailed information about each company listed, with direct links to their websites. You can also pledge to buy only cruelty-free products.
What better way of committing to a purer, meat-free lifestyle than growing your own veggies?
Don't be fooled by the visually not-very-attractive interface of this hugely useful, horticultural tool. If you've ever wanted to grow your own vegetables, Vegetable Gardening Guide is perfect for green-fingered experts and beginners and alike. The app is ultra, ultra simple to use and comes complete with step-by-step instructions, numerous illustrations, bulleted lists, additionally linked information, and a glossary of terms.
So, whether you have a backyard, access to a community garden, or only a small balcony to call your own, this is the only vegetable gardening guide you'll ever need.
The official Rawtarian's Raw Recipes app is a quick and easy way of getting recipe ideas, tips and nutritional info for practicing raw foodism (in this case, vegan). This slick, beautifully designed app presents over 100 deliciously easy raw recipes, as well as loads of additional tools to help shopping for and preparing meals a snap.
Each recipes is neatly laid out, with separate tabs for ingredients, steps, user comments and private notes. You can easily add items to your shopping list, which has a handy tick-list.
Most importantly, the recipes themselves are well-explained and easy to follow. And the fact that user comments are note only listed, but used to modify the recipes, means you know this is a raw cookbook you can trust.