Real Plans (iOS version 7.6)

Synopsis of the App: Real Plans is customizable meal planning that provides healthy and seasonal recipes.

Price and Platform: Free. Apple and Android.

RDN Score: 5/5

Pros

  • Includes more than 2,000 seasonal recipes with options for traditional meals and those following vegetarian, pescatarian, paleo, autoimmune and other diets.
  • Include or exclude specific food groups or ingredients and set your hemisphere to determine ingredient seasonality in search function.
  • Includes a meal planner with shopping list that updates as you make selections.
  • Select which meal(s) you want to plan each day to customize your schedule, including allowances for eating out and planning for leftovers.
  • Includes a weekly timeline that tells you what to do when, such as defrost the chicken the night before based on what’s on the menu.
  • Completely customizable list, timeline and plan.
  • Easily adjust serving sizes or measures to metric units.
  • Use the recipe importer to add your own recipes or print the meal plans for hardcopies.
  • Each recipe includes the cooking and prep time and nutrition information, and recipes include ratings from the Real Plans community.
  • Select a recipe to easily add to the timeline for a week or month at a time.
  • Include personal options like recipe measures, time zone and email frequency and even the stores you typically shop for food.
  • Access your account via mobile or desktop for easy set up and reference anytime.
  • 24/7 chat support with a real person.

Cons

  • Food photography styles vary with each recipe.
  • Cannot preview the app without a recurring subscription, unlike many meal-planning apps that allow at least a 7-day trial. (Real Meals includes a 30-day money back guarantee.)
  • Cost may be a deterrent for some with plans at $69.99 per year or $13.99 per month.
  • Includes recipes from popular food bloggers, so some may be easily available online without the subscription.

Bottom Line: Real Plans may be most useful for those people starting a new diet regimen seeking new recipe ideas and structure.

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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.