Prepping a healthy meal can time consuming, and often the last thing we want to do at the end of a long day.
The process can be stressful, which can make sticking to your healthy habit difficult.
Plan to Eat is a meal planner designed to take the guesswork out of your meal time and improve your eating habits.
But is the Plan to Eat the right investment for you?
Plan to Eat is best for users 18+ years over age who want to take the fuss out of meal prep. Plan to Eat allows users to add recipes, build their own database and shop with ease. Making for one satisfying meal prepping experience.
Today, we will share with your our thoughts on Plan to Eat, giving you the pros and cons so you can make a decision if this is the right app for you.
| What is Plan to Eat?
Founded in 2009, Plan to Eat is an app designed to help reduce the stress around mealtime and improve your healthy eating habits.
The Plan to Eat team recognises that there is both a physical and emotional link to the way we eat.
With this in mind, they have put together sources of planned meals, and shopping lists to help you create healthy eating goals and stick to them.
Recipes are containing ingredients, and step to create delicious healthy meals, which will be listed on your grocery list to streamline the planning and prep experience.
| Our Experience With Plan to Eat
Plan to Eat is free to download from the App Store (iOS) and Play Store (Android).
The sign-up process does not contain a questionnaire for personalisation. This feels like a missed opportunity for the platform to tailor its meals to your specific goals and needs.
Once you have signed up, you will be taken to the ‘Cook’ tab to get started, where you will be presented with a number of options, including:
- Welcome Video
Here you will be given 3 options to input recipes into the database, including:
- Add a Recipe by Hand
- Clip recipes from the Web
- Import Recipes from a URL
Here you can create or import recipes from the internet, by simply sharing the page to the app or copying the URL and inputting it into the search bar.
From here the app will log it into your database, breaking it down into easy-to-follow fields, including:
- Star Rating
- Website Link
- Prep time
- Cook Time
- Total Time
- Nutrition Facts
While this is a great feature that allows you to select recipes from all over the internet, it is odd that there are no recipes within the app.
The ‘Plan’ tab allows you to plan your meals in advance. Here you will be presented with a calendar, with functions, including:
- Plan Recipe
- Plan Ingredients
- Plan Note
- Plan Menu
From here you can perform additional functions for your meals, including:
- View Recipe
- Edit Planned Servings
- Cooking View
- Plan as Leftover
- Prep for Freezer
The planning tab makes adding and planning your meals simple, and the addition of viewing makes navigation simple.
The ‘Shop’ tab is where you will find your grocery list based on the ingredients in your recipes. Here you will be able to perform a number of functions. including:
- View list
- Add Item
- Grocery Delivery
- Print Shopping List
This function allows you to select the groceries you need, which you will then be able to order from a local store.
Once you have selected the store, you will be presented with a full cart of the required items, ready to check out.
This is an amazing function that not only gives you access to shops within your area, but also does the shopping for you, and all you need to do is checkout.
| Is Plan to Eat any good?
Plan to Eat is a great meal prepping application. Plan to Eat allows users to add new recipes, and organise their shopping list in the click of a button. Furthermore each recipe is accompanied by a breakdown down of ingredients, instructions, and nutritional value, making for a very satisfying experience.
| How much does Plan to Eat cost?
A 1-month subscription costs $4.95 (USD), which works out to be $1.24 per week. A 12-month subscription costs $39.00, which works out to be $3.25 per month.
Plan to Eat is free to download from the App Store (iOS) and Play Store (Android). Plan to Eat offers a 30-day free trial.
| What We Like About Plan to Eat
The ‘Grocery delivery’ function in Plan to Eat steals the show, as it takes all the ingredients you need for your meals, and adds them to your cart.
While this is still in beta, it functions exceptionally well. The entire process feels clear and effortless.
This function is exactly what is needed in meal planning prep apps as it takes out the annoying task of having to either do your grocery shop in person or online. Taking these tasks out greatly reduces the time and stress associated with meal planning.
Recipe Cut and Paste
The ability to cut and paste URLs and share recipes to the app is an amazing function, as it lets you build your own database from recipes from all over the internet.
Often when we are given nutrition and meal planning apps we are stuck with the recipes provided, and if we don’t subscribe, there are even fewer to choose from.
Cutting and pasting your favorite from online resources, allows you to choose the meals you like, which will likely improve your chances of adhering to your healthy eating habits.
| Plan to Eat Negatives
No Recipe Database
Plan to Eat presents itself more as a personal database for your recipes rather than a platform that gives you healthy options.
The platform does not offer any of its own recipes or suggestions, which may be confusing to many when they first open the app.
This lack of recipes may deter users as many won’t want to go through the hassle of building theirs on the library of recipes and food options.
No Personalisation and Goal Setting
Plan to Eat offers no personalisation or goal-setting functions. This tying in with the theme of a personal database rather than a guided planner.
While this fits in with the Plan to Eat’s overall function, the lack of customisation may see users looking to other apps on the market that offer a more personalised and tailored service.
Not all of Plan to Eat’s functions are easy to see at a glance. Many of the menu items are tucked away in sit bars and more tabs through the interface.
A good example of this s the ‘Grocery delivery’ function which is tucked away in the top right corner of the ‘Shop’ tab.
This function alone makes this app worth the investment, and while it is still in its beta phase, it should be brought front and center to showcase the best of what Plan to Eat has to offer.
| Who is Plan to Eat best for?
Plan to Eat is best for users 18+ years over age who want to improve their eating habits and decrease their time spent on meal planning.
Plan to Eat offers a great platform for users to build their own recipe database while cutting and pasting URLs from their favourite recipes on the web.
Recipes are stored and broken down into fields for an easy-to-follow guide, complete with an ingredients checklist to make sure you have what you need to prep your favorite meals.
The star of the show is the ‘Grocery delivery’, which takes all your ingredients and puts them into a cart from the online store of your choosing and cuts your meal planning and prep time in half.
Although the lack of ready-made recipes may be a deterrent to some, Plan to Eat is a great app, that is easy to navigate, which makes it great for users of all levels.
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