Five Meal Prep Apps to Use on the Road


Planning healthy meals is hard enough when you’re at home, let alone when you’re away. One of the best solutions? Downloading a meal plan app! These free resources help you prepare ahead of time so you can stay focused on more important things in your new city.

Meal plans help you stay organized and provide customized recipes to your taste and nutritional needs- all while staying on a budget. We’ll walk you through the best meal prep apps you can download that focus on your personal preferences while maintaining healthy lifestyle goals.

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1. Mealime

Do you find that you’re always running out of time for planning your meals? Relax! The Mealime meal prep app is here for you. It generates shopping lists, step-by-step recipes and estimated cooking times. These features make it the best overall meal prep app while away from home.

The Mealime app has a meal prep suggestion option on its free version. However, you can upgrade to the Pro version where you can access nutrition information, more meal prep plans, calorie count and customized recipe generation with ingredients you have in your pantry.

2. PlateJoy

If you’re looking for a customized, clean-eating plan, PlateJoy is a great option. This nutrition-focused meal prep app is easy to use and allows you to choose meals while focusing on fitness, allergies and calorie count for all, especially for people with diabetes and those on a Low-FODMAP diet.

PlateJoy’s customizable meal plans include breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner designed by nutritionists available online for a consultation. While it auto-generates shopping lists, it also allows you to use platforms like Instacart or Amazon Prime, where you can purchase groceries and have them delivered directly to your door.

3. MealPrepPro

Are you tired of counting calories for every spoon you put in your mouth? MealPrepPro is here for you. Just share your preferred food and the app creates a customized, nutritionist-approved meal prep plan that matches your fitness goals and diet needs.

The MealPrepPro app has a free trial but will later charge you a subscription fee of $7 per month or an affordable annual plan which you can cancel anytime. It also has integration capabilities with Apple devices through Apple Health. All recipes come with a video tutorial to help you become a professional chef.

4. BigOven

If leftover food stresses you out, we’ve got the solution for you! The BigOven app offers a lasting solution for your food, whether you’re traveling for work or leisure. With over one million cooking recipes, BigOven allows you to add more personalized recipes using the recipe clipper tool to use the food you already have in your refrigerator.

This unique meal prep app includes a search button, ‘Use Up Leftovers’! All you need to do is key in three ingredients in the leftover food area, and the search tool will automatically generate the recipe that works for you. It’s that simple!

The app also takes a photo of your handwritten recipe and translates it into an online format within five days. The first scan is free, however, you need to subscribe to a plan bundle to access more recipe scans.

5. Spoonacular

Spoonacular helps you to remain flexible in your eating habits and offers massive storage space to save your favorite recipes. This app allows you to access over 330,000 recipes, and even upload your own personalized meal prep plans which you can save and reference later on.

No matter your diet or lifestyle, Spoonacular has plenty of recipes accompanied with nutritional information, price estimates and daily ideas to awaken your inner chef. The auto-generating grocery list is a great featured tool to use when you have limited time.

Final thoughts on meal planning

Planning a meal can be a chore when you don’t know what ingredients to use, how to stay within a budget and the time involved to get the food on the table.

Meal prep apps are huge timesavers while away from home, whether you are traveling for business or leisure. Each of these five apps has various customizable features to allow you to choose the best option for your needs, so get started today! Looking for a short-term rental for your upcoming trip? Furnished Quarters apartments are fully-equipped, move-in ready and awaiting your booking. Allow us to show you what it means to #StayDifferent!