With an ever-growing chasm of apps to choose from, it’s becoming easier and easier to forget about the essentials. Understandably so, because nobody really wants to think about utility bills when social media, breaking news, or perchance some dank memes are just a touch away; however, in regards to the territory war over your smart device’s memory, I would strongly urge you to peruse these six applications, which streamline eating—the afterthought of a privileged life. While they each serve a slightly unique function, each of these apps significantly increases organization, preparation, and efficiency for all of your hunger needs. Your tummy will thank you later!
- OurGroceries—As intuitive as it is free, OurGroceries reduces the hassle of list-making to but a few tip-taps of the ole smartphone. This app has it all: concurrent lists, sharing capabilities for families (or grocery buddies), it even remembers items previously entered. Android users are in luck, since the app’s premium version (only $5) allows users to scan barcodes to automatically add items to lists. Given the free price and sharing features, OurGroceries already merits an installation, but its organizational features really elevate this app. The interface makes a lot of sense for both iOS and Android users—be sure to check it out.
- OpenTable— If you’re planning for a big event—like a friend’s birthday or maybe an anniversary—OpenTable is a staple of modern convenience in dining. Offering customers the opportunity to reserve spots at over thousands of restaurants, the app allows for convenience to customers and servers alike. Amongst a sea of online reservation services, OpenTable has really cornered the market with an extensive breadth of restaurants, as well as informative reviews that rival Yelp.
- Shopkick—So far, we’ve looked at grocery itemization and fine dining assistants. Now, it’s time for an app which prides itself on finding the deals. This app arranges search results according to best comparative value, while simultaneously prioritizing ways for the customer to earn cash back. It’s the wing-man of shopping apps. Moreover, Shopkick lets services all types of retailers, not just grocery stores. It’s worth a glance for those hoping to save and diversify purchases.
- Food.com—Need to impress with a flawless recipe? Look no further than food(.com). Upon finding a recipe that tickles your t-buds, a single tap will sort all the ingredients into an enumerated shopping list. The instant gratification of consolidating all that grub is pretty sweet on its own, but it gets even better. Food.com’s app also allows you to search for individual ingredients and reverse engineer recipe’s from there, meaning, someone could pull up a couple hundred concoctions for incorporating turmeric, if they’re jonezin’ for some yellow spice. Truly living our best lives here.
- BagIQ—This app will shepherd you through the most trying of restrictions. BagIQ helps to keep you locked in on whatever dietary constraints you impose on yourself, or whichever financial restraints impose themselves upon you. It will rate your cumulative purchases, both in economic value and nutritional benefits following your grocery runs. After reviewing each purchase, the app then calculates alternative products, offering healthier and cheaper options.
- Specialty Produce—Last but not least, an app which acts as a veritable dictionary for the most vexing of vegetable inquiries. That’s right, Specialty Produce has cataloged all things produce, down to the subtlety of a pomelo’s taste profile. Unsure what that is? You wouldn’t be if you had downloaded Specialty Produce. Like many of the other apps listed here, Speciality Produce allows the user to store recipes, but unlike the other apps, SP boasts interesting trivia. So, not only are you refining your discerning palate, but honing those horticultural skills to impress your pals at trivia night. Here’s to smart brains and healthy appetites.