As someone who likes to travel and also follows a gluten-free (and sometimes low-carb) diet, it can be difficult to find a restaurant nearby where I can get compliant meals. I split my time between North Carolina and New York these days, so I’m always on the lookout for restaurants that can accommodate me when I’m on the go. When I first learned about the HowUdish iPhone app, I was a little skeptical. I mean, Yelp and I are well acquainted… do I really need to add another app to my extremely full iPhone? Well, I am so glad that I checked out HowUdish and can honestly say it’s been more helpful to me than other apps I’ve tried.
After downloading HowUdish, you enter in the types of diets you are following: you have the options of “Balanced”, High Protein, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, High Fiber, Low-Cal, Low-Carb, and Low-Fat. After you select up to three of these diets, HowUdish recognizes your location and begins to curate meals from surrounding restaurants that fit the diets you selected.
In Tinder-like fashion, you can begin swiping meals that appear on the screen that you like and may want to try. See a meal you like? Swipe to the right or select the little green check. You can swipe an unlimited amount of meals as you scroll through meals.
When visiting a new place, this swipe feature is excellent if you are trying to figure out where to go for dinner or a meal that day. Swiped meals only last 24 hours, so if you find a meal or restaurant that’s a winner, you have the option to “Save” the dish so that you can refer to it down the road.
If you see a meal you don’t like, simply swipe to the left or select the little red “X” and the dish won’t appear again.
As a bonus, the dishes on HowUdish also give restaurant information for each dish, including the name of the restaurant, location, hours, and phone number. This is extra helpful for me because I can call ahead to check with the restaurant to see if they’ll be able to accommodate me and my food sensitivities and allergies.
Keep in mind that this app is still in its early stages, so you may find a few recipes that either don’t fit your current way of eating, or you may not have a ton of dish options if you’re not in a city. As someone who is fairly sensitive to gluten and knows the food scene in my area, I know that a portion of the restaurants that come up with gluten-free dishes are Not gluten-free friendly, so it’s always good idea to check another source or simply call the restaurant to get more information. My hope is that these kinks would get ironed out as more people use the app.
All in all, I recommend you download HowUdish so you can start eating out without ruining progress on whatever diet or health journey you are on! You can download it from the App store here. Happy Eating!
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