5 Must-Have Mobile Apps for living a Gluten Free Life

Smartphones have revolutionized the way we live our lives. The apps on mobile devices allow for easier communication, more immediate information, and more knowledgeable decisions.

What have these improvements done for the gluten free world? To stay up-to-date with the constantly changing ingredients in processed foods, find out the closest gluten free restaurants, and just have access to gluten free recipes, here are some of the latest smart phone apps for your gluten free diet needs:

1. ScanAvert ($1.99 Monthly Subscription iTunes) – Must have for newbies and veterans alike.

When you first start a gluten free diet an every day activity like grocery shopping can become a challenge for you.  Once you create a ScanAvert account, you can set up a profile of your dietary needs.  There are 2o pre-registered diets to choose from including gluten free, wheat free, egg free, soy free, shellfish free, tree nut free, peanut free, milk free, Crohns/IBS, diabetes, and organic (plus some others).  Also, you can add prescriptions plus minimum and maximum amounts of different vitamins and minerals in your diet.  While shopping, simply point your iPhone camera at the bar code, and ScanAvert will tell you whether or not the product is compatible with your diet. Not only will I admit that I have way to much fun playing with this app in the stores, but it is more usefully than 99% of all other apps I have.  (Yes, maybe even Facebook and Twitter!)

2. Gluten Free Registry ($1.99 iTunes) – Great for traveling gluten freebies.

What’s worse than being in an unfamiliar place? Being there without any idea where to get gluten free food of course!  The Gluten Free Registry does a great job giving you more than just chain restaurants around you, so you can find some where delicious and safe to eat.  They’ve done a great job creating the “Google of Gluten Free Dining” online, and their mobile app has really helped me personally in my travels across the U.S.  I haven’t used the app outside of the U.S., but they say there are some locations listed worldwide.

3. Allergy Free Entertaining ($4.99 iTunes) – Great recommendation for your friends and family around the holidays.

Your friends and family may be brand new to the Gluten Free Diet (or maybe even you are, too).  A straightforward and easy-to-use recipe app for allergen friendly foods is a must have for those of us cooking with allergies.  Melinda offers us everything from delicious desserts and stand-alone meals to lunch box favorites.  If you’re stuck in a rut with your meals, this could be the perfect app to pull you back to creative cooking for gluten free, wheat free, egg free, dairy free, nut free, and several other diets.

4. Foodditive ($2.99 iTunes) -Perfect for those with many food sensitivities.

Food additives are not always easy to recognize, but gluten freebies need to be aware of certain additives especially if you’re on the diet as a treatment for ADD, Autism, or other food sensitivities.  This app lets you find out exactly what certain additives are used for and how they can harm your body.  Much like the ScanAvert app, you can add detailed information about your diet and personalize your use for the best results.

5. GlutenFreeMe ($9.99 iTunes) – Celiac Sprue Association authorized app.

Although the app comes with a hefty price tag for the iTunes Store, this app is fully authorized and supported by the CSA which definitely puts my mind at ease when shopping.  The golden feature of this app is that it puts over 20,000 products that are approved by the CSA all at your finger tips when you’re shopping.  If you’re new to the gluten free diet, I would definitely recommend this app; however, if you’re familiar with recognizing which products are gluten free you may want to pass on this one.