Mealplan: Meal Plans & Recipes (iOS Version 2.4)

Synopsis of the App: Mealplan provides calorie-controlled meal plans based on height, weight, age and dietary preferences.

Price and Platform: Free + in-app purchases. Apple only.

RDN Score: 3/5

Pros

  • Provides diet-specific meal plans and grocery lists.
  • Showcases well-produced videos and attractive food photography to engage the user.
  • Find simple meal plans tailored for height, weight, age and diet preferences including vegan and vegetarian “optimal health” and more trendy ones such as the keto diet.
  • Use the blank template to create a custom meal plan based on your personal nutrition and calorie goals and lifestyle.
  • Each four-week Mealplan includes a brief explainer and tips to stick to the plan.
  • Recipes are adjustable and include a one-click grocery list feature to add groceries for a day or the entire week at once.
  • Easily edit menus by copying, deleting or switching days for recipes.
  • Integrated with the Apple Health app for easy food logging.
  • Includes a free seven-day trial with paid plans starting at $49.99 per year.

Cons

  • Personalized plan includes a calculated BMR and total daily energy expenditure based on estimated activity levels but doesn’t account for muscle mass and genetics. (Note: Informed users can enter a custom calorie level.)
  • Must log in with Facebook, an email address or Fitplan account making it difficult to use the app without personal identifiers.
  • Unclear whether the nutrition experts behind the app have any formal training or education in nutrition science.
  • Must subscribe to a plan before using the free seven-day trial.
  • Only available on iOS devices at the time of this review.

Bottom Line: Ideal for calorie counters, Mealplan offers meal-prep friendly recipes that anyone can use.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at marisamoore.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.