With smartphones as our constant companions, it’s no surprise that apps are revolutionizing the way we approach food and cooking. From reducing food waste to finding the best vegan eateries, there’s an app for nearly every dietary need. This article explores innovative apps that are changing our culinary landscape, making eating healthier, more sustainable, and a lot more interesting.

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Too Good To Go

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This app connects you with local restaurants and stores to purchase unsold food at a lower price, helping you save money while reducing food waste effectively.


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Olio encourages community sharing by allowing you to pick up leftover food from neighbors and local shops, dramatically cutting down on waste and connecting you with your community.


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Track your nutritional intake effortlessly with MyFitnessPal, a comprehensive diet management tool that helps tailor your diet plans and keep your calorie count in check.

Ate Food Journal

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Ate Food Journal promotes mindful eating through visual tracking and reflection on your eating habits, helping you make healthier choices naturally and sustainably.


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Scan your groceries to receive food grades based on their nutritional value with Fooducate, an app that educates you about the quality of your calories and suggests healthier alternatives.


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NoWaste helps you track your food inventory at home, log expiration dates, and sends timely notifications to use items before they spoil, promoting a zero-waste kitchen lifestyle.

Plant Jammer

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Plant Jammer provides recipes that help you use what you already have at home, focusing on vegetarian and vegan options to not only reduce waste but also encourage healthier eating habits.


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Discover vegan and vegetarian restaurants near you or anywhere in the world with HappyCow, which makes it easier to stick to your dietary preferences without compromise when you dine out.


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Yummly personalizes recipe recommendations based on your dietary preferences and allergies, and can sync directly with grocery delivery services, adding phenomenal convenience to your meal preparation.

Zero-Waste Chef

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Dive into sustainable cooking with Zero-Waste Chef, an app that offers ingenious recipes and tips for using every part of your groceries, from nose to tail of vegetables, and even making your own cleaning agents.


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Stay ahead of food trends with Tastewise, which uses AI to offer you recipes and eating tips that align with the latest dietary trends, ensuring you’re always in the culinary know.

Seasonal Food Guide

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Find out what produce is freshest and most sustainable to buy at any time of the year with the Seasonal Food Guide app, enhancing the quality and sustainability of your meals effortlessly.

Imperfect Foods

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Imperfect Foods delivers “ugly” fruits and veggies that might otherwise go to waste to your doorstep, offering you the chance to enjoy quality, nutritious produce while fighting food waste.

15 Foods You Should Be Buying At The Dollar Store To Save Money

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Dollar stores can be a treasure trove for savvy shoppers looking to cut down on grocery bills. From breakfast staples to snack-time favorites, they offer an array of eats that will save you some cash. While inflation’s impact means not many items are actually just one dollar anymore, you can still score some great foods for significantly less money than shopping at the normal grocery store. Here are the top picks that make the extra shopping trip worthwhile.

See Them Here: 15 Foods You Should Be Buying At The Dollar Store To Save Money

Why Buy When You Can Diy? 15 Foods You Should Be Making Yourself

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Have you noticed the prices at the grocery store lately? It feels like every trip ends with a little sticker shock. But here’s a silver lining: many of the items you’re used to tossing into your cart can actually be made at home, often for a fraction of the cost. This list of foods you’re better off making yourself is both a fun way to get creative in the kitchen and a smart strategy for keeping your budget in check.

See Them Here: Why Buy When You Can Diy? 15 Foods You Should Be Making Yourself

10 Foods That Deceive You Into Thinking They’re Healthy

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It’s easy to be fooled by foods that wear a healthy halo, especially when we’re trying to make better eating choices. Here’s the truth behind 10 foods that might seem like they’re on your side in the health department, but actually aren’t. Learn what makes them less than ideal and what to opt for in their place.

See Them Here: 10 Foods That Deceive You Into Thinking They’re Healthy

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Founder and Writer at Running to the Kitchen | About

Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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