Being a complete techno-geek millennial – I love a good app. If it’s also a food app then I’m quite simply drawn like a coeliac to a gluten free doughnut.
Woman and Home approached me telling me about their new Eating Smart app– which features gluten free, dairy free, and vegan recipes all conveniently at the touch of your finger tips when in the kitchen. I was a bit put off initially by the ‘Eating Smart’ title – as of course some of these lifestyles are due to either having a serious allergy or a disease ( i.e. eating gluten free isn’t necessarily better for you). However the nutritional details are clear and detailed for all to see and they’ve stated that the app is aimed at anyone who is ‘following a gluten free, dairy free or vegan diet, or know someone who is … whether you are a suffering from coeliac disease, intolerant to gluten or dairy, or following a free-from lifestyle.’
The app is simply to use and has a fresh, colourful design. I am a sucker for design and ease of use, which comes from my day job, so it was essential that it passes my three point test!
Clear recipes with no faff around them- the gluten free recipes clearly state alternatives where necessary which is good if you can’t find all the right ingredients when wandering about the supermarket. There is a good practical advice section detailing standard practices for the recipes across the board, for e.g: ‘For better results cooking cakes use a non fan setting.’
You get two free recipes, one sweet and one savoury, with the app and the rest are paid add-ons. Which is very good to give it a test run.
Ease of use
Very clear to read and quick- you don’t have to wait for anything to load- no one has time for that in the kitchen! This app is really great when cooking alongside it in the kitchen, with the ingredients and method easy to navigate between. I did find the app close sometimes mid use but this is something I’m sure that can be rectified quickly on its next update- not so good if you’re in the middle of a cook though!
Will I use it again?
If I’m last minute shopping in the supermarket and I’m not sure what to make i’ll be able to revert to the app from time to time for inspiration and meal planning- this is great as often i can get into a loop of cooking the same thing week to week. It’s also got push notifications- some love, some hate- it’s up to you. But being reminded sometimes on a Friday night that you could make a healthy alternative to a Chinese takeaway when you’ve just sent in for your regular order – is a bit annoying. You can eat healthy and treat yourself occasionally – it’s not a crime;) I decided to turn them off for now! Overall this app is a very good companion for some gluten free meal planning inspiration.