Overall a good reference for eating out 4/5
After trying HowUDish app I was pleasantly surprised to find an application that actually helped maintain different diets and lifestyle habits. Overall I enjoy the concept of finding restaurant dishes that allign with my lifestyle eating habits/diet; however, coming from a nutrition background it is difficult for me to fully trust the nutritional value of the dish. There are many elements of recipes and portions that can change the nutrition value which is why I would not use HowUDish for strict calorie counting or nutritional value. It is, however, a good reference to compare entres without having to do all the research. There were a couple things I enjoyed about the app as well as components that I would improve…
-easy to swipe yes or no
-address of restaurant and distance from current location when you see the dish
-breakdown of protein, carbs, fat without having to click on the picture of the dish
-star rating...but question--where does this rating come from? Yelp?
-picture of the dish
-the nutritional breakdown after clicking on the picture
-saving the dish
-weight goals--but not sure how helpful this is for users? The idea is great! Realistically however, im not sure if this would result in weight loss/weight gain.
-Premium accounts-good business strategy to keep users coming back for me but I think you need to offer more benefits and or improvements on the app for consumers to actually commit to pay for it.
-”the photo of this dish is not from the restaurant”--Not sure whether this will change as more users start using the app. Without having a real picture of the dish, I would be weary to trying it...Suggestion: users can upload pictures of the meal after eating them (similar to the way yelp allows users to upload pictures)
-Since this app caters to those on diets or have strict eating regimes, there can definitely be improvement on offering more options. In comparison to those who are likely to use the app, I felt my diet was not that restrictive (balanced and low-carb) and I did not find much variety. In fact, I kept getting the same results even after swiping left on that dish. Suggestion: reward users for providing feedback/pictures/additions to the meal selection in that area to increase the number of options.
-Personally, the “tips” and “recipes” sections were left black and I don’t believe they would have added value to my user experience. I am using the app to find food that fits into my diet rather than using the app to make the recipe. I also believe that most people won’t actually use the recipe and it may just create more hassle for you/your team/company. Instead, I would list ingredients. Consumers and foodies are much more interested in where ingredients are sourced and if the ingredients are “clean” (based on today’s trends).
Ultimately, I am pleased with the concept of finding dishes based on diets/restrictions/weight goals; however, my biggest suggestions is to increase the variety of dishes, include ingredients, and provide accurate pictures of the dishes from current users (maybe provide an incentive for uploading pictures until the app gets more popular).
Handheld dieting 4/5
Let me first start off by saying that this app was executed very well. It holds your hand and guides you through most of the options and menus on the app. The numerous food options and filters to find the best fit really personalizes a diet for each user and there isn’t anything I would change or takeaway from this app as it is well developed.
With that being said, there are some minor functional flaws i found in the app that are me nitpicking at minor features. For instance a 6 character minimum username seems a bit steep, but thats a personal preference. When entering my birthday/age it took me 3 minutes to realize i needed to change the year first before changing the month and day. Many of the well known restaurants around me are not found in the app. And lastly maybe its in the premium version but if there is no option to select a specific food you want or don’t want. However the food options are vast enough where you can easily avoid foods.
This app is still great and I highly recommend this app.
Great concept! 3/5
•Branding is great. The logo, colors and
•Easy U/X. I could easily pickup on the flow of the app and how to use it when seeking specific dishes.
•Useful “My Dishes” page for easy reference. Not sure that I’d use the recipes portion. I don’t view this as an app for recipe discovery.
•“Swipe” function is relevant with swiping trends ie: bumble, tinder, etc…
•I like that the restaurant profile provides useful information and allows me to make a call from the app.
•I don’t think I’d seek a restaurant for a specific dish. For me it’s more about the experience, location and overall food rating. A lot of restaurants are willing to make modifications for diet restrictions or already offer low carb, low cal and gluten free entrees.
•Incomplete information. For example, I’ve clicked on Perry’s steakhouse in Dallas and the only menu item is Asparagus.
•“The photo of this dish is not from this restaurant” – misleading and is not helpful if its just a stock image.
•Nutrition info is “based on similar asparagus recipes”. If people are using the app to find specific dishes based on their diets, nutrition info should be as factual as possible.
•I would like to be able to search a restaurant by diet.
•I would like to be able to search by GPS location.
Food Transparency 5/5
This app lets you peek behind the kitchen curtain and view detailed nutritional information about various dishes that align with your eating style. I chose low calorie when setting up my account, and only saw dishes that were under 500 calories show up in the carousel, so it eliminates the temptation factor of having to see high calorie decadence when I'm trying to be good post holiday season! The UX mirrors some pretty popular dating apps, so if you're a millennial, using the app will probably come pretty intuitively. I could see myself using this regularly when trying to find new places to eat around me.
Unique & fun 4/5
I love this concept! So much easier and more detailed than looking at calories on restaurant menus after you’re already there, only to find out they don’t have any options that fit your dietary needs. The app is extremely user friendly - took me less than 5 minutes to set up my account then I was ready to start swiping. That’s a major plus for me!
I do wish the photos were from the actual restaurant menus but overall the variety was good. May also be great if it suggested daily macros based on your weight/height/goals. I get a little confused with which direction to swipe, so the option to click the X or check mark instead really came in handy. I’ll definitely continue using HowUDish and would recommend it to anyone who’s on the go and still wants to be conscious of what they’re eating!
A must have app for Vegans on the go 5/5
Such a helpful app! Maintaining a vegan diet on the go isn’t that easy when you’re on the go. I like how the distance and ratings are shown as well. Signing up is quick and easy! Filters makes it easy to choose those that are right around you. The only thing I wish it had was the actual photos of the dishes at those restaurants but then again restaurants menu sites usually don’t have the actual photos sometimes so I still give it 5 stars!
Makes Dining Out Worry Free! 3/5
For so many, a diet can get in the way of our social lives. HowUdish is a great resource to stop this from happening. With this app, you can now search a restaurant and find a meal to fit your dietary needs before you go. No more saying no to plans in order to save your diet! You can search for meals by the type of restaurant you want to go to. The style of restaurant can be anything from a cafe to a gastro pub. You can also put in your diet goals, like if you're trying to slim down or bulk up. Then you put in the type of diet you wish to follow whether it's vegan, gluten free, low carb, or many more options. You even have the ability to search by specific restaurants. I even found some new spots in my area that I've never heard of!
Where I think the app could use improvement would be with some of the meal options they are showing. Some of the options didn't seem to be healthy and this could be misguiding for someone that is just getting into healthy eating. Some of the choices I was getting of my low carb diet included things like chicken fingers and sandwiches. I also felt that the app should have asked more about my physical health than just my weight. Knowing your other factors like height, activity level, and age can help determine what diet is good for you. For example, if I choose a low carb diet and a meal option shows me something with 20 carbs, how do I really know if this is a low carb meal if I don't know how many carbs I should eat in a day?
Overall, I think the app has great potential. Americans love to eat out and socialize in a food setting and this app can help them do it in a healthier way.
Healthy Choices Are Easy To Find 5/5
This app fills a definite need. Usually, it takes a long time to decide on a restaurant for date night or workplace lunch breaks. Here, options are suggested for restaurants that can accommodate your personal dieting needs. My girlfriend and I are trying to stick to a paleo diet and it’s hard to know where we can find a quality meal. By the time you sit down in a restaurant and look through the menu to find that your nutritional needs are not accommodated, it’s a little too late to leave without some embarrassment. This app helps to avoid such situations. Looking forward to seeing how the app grows with user input!
A diet app that works in your favor when dining out 4/5
This app is really a great concept. I’ve been on a low calorie diet for the past year and I’ve used a lot of different apps and methods to make the best food choices as I can. HowUdish tackles what I consider the hardest part of sticking to any diet: Dining out. Sure, major chain restaurants post their nutritional info but their menu is strictly controlled and consistent. Other restaurants have their own menu with their own recipes and tweaks and the measurements can vary from chef to chef. The best thing I can do for myself in this situation is make the most informed, educated decision possible. I found HowUdish to be a great tool for that. Once more users pick it up and use it, the app will become much more helpful and robust. Crowd sourced photos, reviews and tips will make this app incredibly useful.
-9 popular diets to choose from
-Update your weight, your goal or your diet plan at any time. Updating your weight shows progress towards your goal.
-Save dishes you like using a “swipe left/right” approach that’s both very familiar and useful to most app users
-Menu integration with matching diet types for each menu item
-Some menu options are misleading. I’ve seen hamburgers on the Low-Cal diet. There’s at least 500 cals in the meat and bun alone not including other toppings. User discretion is advised. Use this app as one of your tools, not as an excuse to eat what you want.
-Unable to edit/delete/undo a restaurant review, tip or check in
-Ability to modify the diet plan thresholds (ie, change number of calories per dish, grams of net carbs, percentage of fat per dish, etc)
-Add a minimum distance to the Search screen. For example, if I don’t want to see options for places that are within 5 miles of my current location then I could set the distance to a range: 5Mi to 15Mi
-Add a Select All button for the type of restaurant section of the Search screen to easily select all restaurant types
-Optimize the Search screen. Add more filter and sort options such as filter by reviews, check ins, etc. Sort by distance, high reviews, etc
Great for specific diets, surprising finds 5/5
I’ve enjoyed using HowUdish over the past few weeks and found it helpful in finding fun options for the gluten free, low carb, and vegetarian diets that I try to follow. It surprised me how many restaurants had dishes I can eat that I wouldn’t necessarily have thought to check! I’ve ended up using it as a source of inspiration for home cooking too, since the premium version includes recipes for the dishes. This has actually been one of my favorite uses, because it can be tricky to find new and interesting things to cook all the time for gluten free diets. Overall, I would definitely say this app is worth installing if you love eating out but have specific dietary needs that make planning ahead important.
Like a healthy Yelp 5/5
When your diet can be restricting you from dining out, or when you are traveling but need to find something that fits your needs this app can really help point you in the right direction.
You can customize what dietary needs you have, and a radius of an area where you need to buy food. As a chef who works with dietitians and has a lot of health conscious clients I found this app easy to use and fairly accurate. The photos are stock and should not be relied upon for your actual meal, they give an idea and add to the general nice visual of the app.
I like to eat a lot of vegetarian items and this app helped locate something at restaurants near me I had never considered.
Also used this app while dining out with some needy family members and adjusted the diet needs and let them choose where they would like to go for vegan, or low carb, or gluten intolerance. We were also in suburb of Sacramento and the app still had decent options. The options for larger cities are obviously better as there are more restaurants to choose from.
If you’re getting too many salads and find it boring, try to not over-select too many dietary restrictions as this can lessen your choices.
I look forward to having this app at the ready for dining out regularly.
Dietitian’s Input 3/5
By A Couple Dietitians
The app is a good concept and very user-friendly. It is easy to swipe left or right and navigate when searching for specific cuisine. It gives very general ideas of the calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates in common foods. There are three weight goals (slim down, maintain, and bulk up) that differ little in the calorie contents of the foods that appear when searching restaurants around. The calorie parameters seem to have little to do with the weight goal selected and to truly get an estimate the app should require more information (height, time frame, age, etc.) to truly be applicable.
There is also a “cheat mode” that, theoretically, shows “worst options” however a number of the same foods appear in both cheat mode and regular mode. The definition of a “worst option” should be clarified. In addition to the three weight goals, there are nine diet options that may be chosen from. The app will leave much to be desired for anyone looking for permanent weight changes however is a good option if you are in search of vegetarian or vegan dishes around you. Be wary of the gluten free options that appear as these again are general food items.
Great app, easy to use! 4/5
I recently downloaded HowUDish and found it to be very useful. As a vegan, it can be difficult to dine out. I purchased the premium on the app and was presented with many dishes around me that are offered in different restaurants that cater to my dietary preferences. You can choose whether you’d like low fat, low carb, high protein, vegetarian, gluten free etc. It goes into detail and even gives you the nutritional information and distance from you! I was even able to save some recipes and restaurants to come back and look at later. I like the set up of the app, it is very easy to use and figure out. I would highly recommend.
Going Out Without the Guilt! 5/5
The HowUDish app lets you go out to eat without having to feel guilty about it! I no longer have to extensively analyze the menu and find healthier choices. This app lets me select my preferences, (high protein and low carbs), and then it compiles a list of my personal food options from local restaurants. It’s like a Tinder for your food preferences, swipe right for dishes you want and left for ones you dislike. The best feature about this app is that is actually has local restaurants. It’s not all chain restaurants. You can also get recipes and explore different food items in different cities if you’re headed out of town. I’ve already saved numerous dishes and am looking forward to HowUDish to expand to even more restaurants! This is a great app for someone who socially eats, but wants to watch what they eat!
Great App idea 4/5
I think this app is really helpful especially for people with a certain dietary need like allergic to gluten or vegans. I liked that it showed me new restaurants I didn’t know of around me and that you could pick restaurants that were open. Some of the recipes showed up multiple times which was a little annoying but overall it’s a really neat app and easy to maneuver.
No need for notes ! 5/5
I’m struggling to maintain my current weight, with this app I’m able to easily keep up with my intake and know exactly the balance of the food from the local restaurants is from these local restaurants. It’s definitely a time saver.
Just like tinder.. but better. 4/5
HowUDish is user friendly and extremely useful. As a vegetarian, it’s really tough to find places to go to eat. HowUDish displays menu items based on locations near you, and creates a list based on your ‘likes.‘ This makes it easy to not only know where to eat, but also know exactly what I want to order when I get there. Since it is a “diet” based app I would really appreciate nutritional facts to go a long with the meals shown in a future update, as well as pictures from the restaurant themselves instead of generic photos! I looked for an option to upload a picture to contribute, but couldn’t find one. Overall, this app is useful and a great concept.
Find low-carb, high-protein dishes at restaurants near you. 4/5
By MC Soy Latte
How often do you want to get something for lunch and all the options around you seem to be high carb fast food? HowUdish seeks to solve that problem but showing you the dishes available at restaurants within a 10-mile radius that fit your diet. Going way beyond the selection criteria found on a “lite” or “weight-watchers” menu, HowUdish let you set specific diets such as low carb, high protein, high fiber, and vegan. In the easy app setup, you pick your diets, and the app detects your location. Immediately you see dishes from local restaurants that match your criteria. If you select the low carb, high protein, and high fiber diets, you get the small set of dishes that match all three criteria. As you can imagine, that’s not a big set. Chef’s salad is one dish that seems to be on the menu of many restaurants around me. Once you’ve swiped some dishes, make a pass through this list, click on a dish for more info, and read the typical recipe. You can then save the dish to your list permanently. The free version of the app gives you some helpful ideas of dishes that are available around you, but the 10-mile search radius is too broad to be immediately actionable. When you subscribe to the paid version, you can change the radius to a small as 1 mile. A couple of challenges: Right now, the database is somewhat limited in a couple of ways. The nutrition information is not exactly that of the dishes offered by the local restaurant, it’s taken from similar recipes. So, you should take the macronutrient breakdowns with a grain of salt. But you should do that anyway, nutrition information is notoriously suspect even on MyFitnessPal. Second, the pictures of the food are also not necessarily those of the dish as presented by the restaurant. I’m not going to complain right now about the small set of results that the app comes back with that fit a diet. The truth is that local restaurants don’t offer that many dishes which have a healthy nutritional profile. If the app only shows the few diamonds in the mud, so be it. This is a well-executed concept that can only become more useful as it’s updated. I’m keeping this app on my iPhone next to Yelp, Grubhub and TripAdvisor (for Europe) as a go-to app for deciding where to eat.
Yelp for those on diets 5/5
This a very handy app, especially for someone (like me) who is very particular with their diet. I eat a paleo diet, and while it’s usually easy to find at least something at any restaurant...it’s not always the best, most yummy thing. But this app takes the guessing out! There are many features that are fantastic. You can search restaurants AND specific dishes. You can add in personal health goals. And if you get the Premium version then there’s access to a “cheat” mode for when you’re feeling like breaking your diet for a little special treat, and also access to recipes.
Eating made easy 4/5
Being vegetarians, my daughter and I always had hard time finding a restaurant with good vegetarian choices when we are out. Going out with co-workers would most of the time meant I ended up eating a salad since I could not check out the menus ahead of the time. After downloading ‘howudish’, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many local restaurants in our area actually offering many vegetarian and vegan choices that I was totally unaware of. Being a nutritionist and having all my friends in the same field, we all try to incorporate healthy choices in most of our meals and using ‘howudish’ is definitely going to help in maintaining our diet goals while eating out no matter what kind of diet plan we choose.
Although, I noticed that the nutrient values don’t seem to be precise, they definitely provide a good idea on what to expect from each dish. It was very easy to set up the profile and maneuver the app, it was extremely user friendly. I can definitely recommend it to my older family members who are not very computer savvy but would be interested in setting up profile on ‘howudish’.
One thing I wound like to see is the app showing the location of the restaurants in the order from closest to farthest.
Find new healthy restaurants 5/5
I love to go out to eat at new places and sometimes run out of ideas where to go. I prefer vegetarian and gluten free dishes and cant always guess what restaurants cater to my tastes.
The main reason I will keep using the HowuDish app is that I can search for healthy restaurants--and look at some of the dishes they offer--the app gives me ideas of where to go. It led me to a new delicious indian food restaurant within 10 miles of my house tonight that I hadnt tried before! It has good suggestions for unique restaurants.
App Review 4/5
This app takes a great idea and can be helpful to those looking to make smarter food choices at restaurants. I like the breakdown of the various options (such as high protein, gluten free, etc.) depending on your specific dietary needs. I believe this app is still developing and will be even better in the future. Our city has a lot of restaurants, but the app doesn’t show a lot of local restaurants for options. I think this could be improved by adding more restaurant menus to the app. Overall, love the idea of this app. It has potential to be very helpful to people who really need guidance on better food choices.
Dietitian's Thoughts 3/5
When first opening the app I was happy to see how easy it was to navigate. From creating an account to entering preferences it was straight forward and not time consuming. One thing that I find difficult with ‘health conscience’ apps is that they try to make everyone fit into one label, which isn’t always realistic. The first preference question was do you want to slim down, maintain, or bulk up. From experience with clients this can feel limiting because sometimes you need something more specific.
I’m never a huge fan of apps that ask for your location because I a bit paranoid but with that being said I completely understand the necessity behind it for this app’s use!!
I really liked the section where you selected diets you’re following. I appreciated the fact that you could select three and weren’t caught in only picking one. After the app loaded I was prompted to the screen to match me with a restaurant. I was happy that it was presented in a manner that was quick to review and showed some of the macronutrient components. Something I would have liked to see is some highlights of the restaurants such as quality, where they source ingredients from. Quality is something that matters to me and what I educate my clients on over relying on numbers. One thing I disliked was the photo representing the first restaurant that popped up. Not only is it a photo that isn’t of a meal from the restaurant (a bit misleading - for instance I was recommended an ahi salad and was shown a salad that appeared to have chicken on it) but also the photo looked gross and really unappetizing. This seemed to be a pattern for all restaurants. Perhaps having photos of the entrance of the restaurant would be a better option. One last concern I had with the app was that my location was being used but yet I was only being shown restaurants outside my city. It wasn’t until the 15th restaurant that it was shown. Overall it could be helpful for some users, but I believe it could use improvement.
Personal Trainer, Weight Management and Sports Nutritionist Specialist Approved 5/5
As a Personal Trainer, a Weight Management Specialist and a Sports Nutritionist Specialist, I would certainly recommend HowUDish to all of my clients. Plain and simple: eating healthy is hard to do! HowUDish will help you work towards YOUR goal(s) whether that be Low-Fat, Low-Calories, High Protein, etc. There are nine diet choices that you can pick from, using up to three choices at the same time.
It’s challenging enough to eat healthy at home, but eating healthy while out seems impossible sometimes. This app allows you to chose parameters specifically for YOU and YOUR goals! The ability to adapt and change between the nine “diets” allows you to determine what’s best for you and your current goals, which change all the time! Whether you are looking to cut weight, bulk up, cut out carbs, etc. the option to determine your lifestyle is available via this app!
Many of my clients struggle to eat properly with a real purpose to reach their goals. This app takes all the research off of you. In a time where everyone wants everything answered for them at the drop of a hat, this app does all the work for you! While there is no way for the app to accurately describe factional nutritional numbers because the creators aren’t in the restaurants making the foods, it is certainly a much better way to narrow down what works for you then just randomly picking from a menu and hoping you are right. These numbers will put you in the ballpark you are looking for.
I am a big fan of this app. Not only for my clients, but for myself as well. There are a lot more pros then cons with this app.
The app is extremely easy to use! Once you enter your information into the app (nothing intrusive at all), the app is super user friendly. It is very easy to navigate through and play with depending on what your goals are. It is a real time saver. Rather than trying to figure out what to eat and then determining whether it works for you and helping you reach your goals, HowUDish helps you eliminate the steps. After you select what you want from the app, everything you need from the restaurant is right at your finger tips (the restaurant’s name, the restaurant’s address, the restaurant’s hours, the restaurant’s phone number, the distance the restaurant is from you and the users’ customer ratings). Everything you need is provided for you.
The only cons I saw with the app are nitpicks at best. The stock photos are continually reused. While that is something that stood out, it doesn’t bother me. However, that is something that I could see turning some people off. The only other thing that I noticed was that you can’t dictate what timeframe you are eating. You cannot select between breakfast, lunch and dinner. While the app allows you to chose between 9 “diet” choices and the search parameter from where you are, you cannot select the meal you are looking for. It is all mixed in together.
Again, nitpicking. As long as you are aware that the nutritional numbers are a ballpark figure rather than actual 100% concrete numbers, HowUDish is a great app to help you focus on your goals!
Has good potential 3/5
This app helps address a need when dining out and wanting to stick to a certain diet or lifestyle. The sign up is quick and I found the app easy to use, read over the FAQ for any explanations. I liked the variety of dishes given for certain diets, so I wouldn’t feel like I had to order the same thing every time I went out.
At this time I found restaurant selection and dishes very little limited in more rural areas, but better in suburban areas. However, there were still major restaurants, including chains, absent. It is easy to contact HowUdish about this from the app. I’m anticipating the selection and options will get better over time.
Another big limitation with this app is accurate calorie information. Portion size isn’t taken into account, which has a significant influence when trying to lose or gain weight. For example, a grilled cheese sandwich offered at five different restaurants has the same nutrition information and calorie count although true sandwich size and add-ons vary from restaurant to restaurant. There is a disclaimer stating that nutrition info is based on similar recipes. But it is important to know this information isn’t accurate or specific to that restaurant as of now.
Overall, I think at this point in time the app is a good way to get an idea of different meals that may fit your diet when eating out. However, pay attention to the individual restaurant’s portion sizes and add-ons to a dish. With growth and updates this app will better serve a need for many people.
User Review 4/5
This app is great if you're looking for specific options to suit your food preferences. The setup is easy and the interface is user-friendly. I'd like to see more dishes from the more popular restaurants. While I enjoy trying new things, most of the dishes that populate are from unfamiliar places. Additionally, I look forward to seeing more options overall as the app develops, but I'm excited to use this app for my dining-out needs.
Keeps Me On Track For Success 5/5
I always order the wrong thing when dining out. Fattening and way too many calories. It's just so tempting, right? Now with this app, I have NO excuses! Love the calories and nutrition info and recommendations. I can only see this becoming one of my favorites.
A Vegan / Plant Based Review... 2/5
This app could become a dieter’s dream app. It’s super quick to sign up & input your goals. But after that, things go downhill. From a vegan or plant based eater’s perspective right now, this app is highly flawed.
Honestly, I don’t really know what dish/entree/meal the nutritional breakdown was showing me.
The app would name a restaurant nearby. Ok so far so good... but 8 out of 10 times, the picture displayed was broccoli (not from the restaurant). And it was the same stock picture reused. Actually, most pictures (even if it wasn’t broccoli) were stock photos. They’re not actual pics from the restaurant.
You can save dishes/restaurants that you like, but that’s IF you find something that appeals to you (in my case, I found only 1 after many frustrating swipes).
While the app gave me a general idea of which restaurants were around, it would have been easier to use Yelp.
Also, the “weight goal” section of the app feels really disconnected from the whole experience. First of all, you can’t track calories or macros and such. The only thing you can control is your current weight, goal weight, and then record your new weight when you want. Maybe it may motivate some people to stay on track of his or her diet goals, but it didn’t help or enhance my experience.
All in all, this app has potential. And I am more than willing to give it another shot once improved.
Solid, Useful App 4/5
Easy to use and user friendly. HowUDish would be a great supplement to calorie tracking apps.
I believe this app will continue to get better with more users. This app can certainly bring value to the dietary conscious user.
Best App for Dieters 4/5
If you are someone who has been trying to get back to shape and weekend plans have beeb spoiling it all for you, this app is for you. I am a vegetarian who is also trying to lose weight, this makes me restrictive to where and what I can eat at the restaurants. I am mostly left with French fried and salads while my friends relish on best kinda food. With this app, I am learning about a hundred new salads and dishes for vegetarians trying to lose weight and this makes me so happy. All the restaurants and cafes have been within 10 miles from my place and I never had any idea. I am extremely happy :)
Pleasantly Surprised 4/5
When I go out, I’m the girl who takes forever to choose what to eat. While everyone is having nachos and cheese, I’m the kill joy that ends up choosing a salad so not to keep people waiting. Now with this app, I don’t have to be the salad lady anymore! First thing I liked is that I didn’t have to answer a million questions to set up my profile. Once I allowed access to my location, menu items from local restaurants that fit my diet profile, popped up on my screen. The menu items along with the restaurant name, address, and hours. When I went back to look at my swiped dishes it had the nutrition facts! So I’m able to quickly look for calorie info and add it to my diet journal. Sweet! I would have given this app a five stars if it had drink recommendations. Sometimes I will eat in advance and just go out with my girlfriends for drinks, that would be an added plus if I could get the details on drinks.
Healthier options 5/5
By sicilian love <3
There are times when many of us just don’t want to cook at home and/or are in a rush so we just want the easier option to eat by going to a restaurant.
The app is very simple to use! It goes by quickly step by step, just asking for your age & weight, and what diet you are choosing for yourself. It asks for your location so that you can see what restaurants you have to choose from. It also doesn’t freeze up!
I personally love this app! Not all of us know how many types of food options we have in our area and with this app, you can put the diet you are looking to stick with and it will search all the restaurants around you with your meal preference. This is perfect so that when you do stop somewhere to eat, you will know what to expect instead of having to order something that you really don’t want (fried foods, and anything will too high of a salt content, carbs, etc).
I fell in love with this app when it gave me all the vegan restaurant options in my area! I honesty didn’t even know I had so many places to choose from. Now I don’t feel so limited and can stick to improving my health and reaching my goal.
The Tinder Of Food Apps 4/5
I really love the layout of this app and how easy it is to use. Plug in your stats and goals, then swipe left or right for restaurant food that fits your diet. It's introduced me to places and meals I wouldn't have tried before. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars is it's much easier to swipe right than left. As in it takes considerably more force and motion with your thumb to go left and only a slight flick to go right. Other than that it's made fitting meals into my macros easy and kinda fun.
Good concept 3/5
I really like information this app is providing. It's great for trying to match your dining-out choices with your diet. It gives you the basics as far as calories from carbs, fat, and protein. This app has a good foundation for selecting your diet goals and restrictions to help meet your nutritional goals.
However there are several short comings that I see. 1. many of the restaurants that are near me aren't listed, and either are several of my favorites that are a bit further away. 2. A map feature so you can see where a location is would be nice. 3. Pescetarian option for diet is absent.
Overall, this app has great potential and I can see the usefulness this app provides.
Great app! 4/5
This app is really helpful for finding healthy options at the restaurant you’re at or to do a little research before going. As a vegetarian, it is nice to be able to search for places near me and compare options before going (and to see the calories and carbs that come with!). The only reason why it is not 5 stars is because in my specific area there weren’t a few restaurants that I was hoping to find on there, though it could be there weren’t any diet options at that restaurant.
Average Girl's experience trying to stay healthy 3/5
By Tai Reviews
PROs: This app certainly addresses a need. I don't always plan dinner ahead and get stuck needing to eat out, but I want to still eat healthy. Or my friends want to go out and I want to be social, but I'm trying to still be mindful of what I consume. It's a wonderful idea to be able to search local dishes based on my dietary needs. The hours of the restaurants come in handy, you can navigate to the restaurant through the app as well. All very convenient. You can save dishes and modify your diet.
CONs: At the moment this app is limited in its scope. I swiped through all the dishes available to my diet in about 10 min. So many local restaurants I know fit the criteria are absent, and there isn't a way to crowdsource information or connect with others using the app. I couldn't add info or see suggestions from others. I also am not sure how accurate the nutritional info is, and the filtering options are very limited. I feel like once the app is able to grow it will serve a valuable purpose.
My New Go To App For Dining Out 5/5
By Nichole W
This app is great! There is no lag time while its finding your location; which is great because who wants to argue with it to work. The app gives locations, best matched, & distance from your location. I used the app for lunch and dinner today; i will be using for more dinners out.
Helpful for travelers and adventures 4/5
HowUdish has been ridiculously helpful for my current lifestyle. I’m currently traveling cross country and trying to find places to eat that fit my diet has been quite the challenge. This app pretty much works like tinder for food. It not only finds what is local but fits it to your specific diet. Whether that’s high protein or low carb it’ll send you suggestions based on your needs and it’s just a swipe right away from your tummy.
Only critique is that it took a bit to figure out how to use the app. The instructions aren’t too clear, but once I knew what I was doing it’s become an integral part of my day.
Great App for On-the-go Healthy Eating 4/5
By mindful eating
This is a great app for people with dietary restrictions looking for healthy restaurant options. The user interface is sleek and attractive, and the signup for an account is easy. While the app gives you menu options in restaurants around you, it also gives you the option to search for a particular dish or restaurant, too. However, the number of options seems somewhat limited and may be more useful for some dietary restrictions over others. From the 9 choices, I selected 3: low-carb, balanced, vegetarian, and the menu options were sometimes repetitive and not necessarily appropriate for the time of day (I’m not one to choose baba ganoush for breakfast). Overall, this is a great supplement for Yelp and your other diet tracking apps, and it may get even better with more user data, but it shouldn’t be considered your one-stop dieting app.
A Dietitian’s Comments 2/5
By Stone Barns Lover
Overall, HowUDish holds promise because healthy eating when dining out is a major challenge for many people. The sign up is straight forward and it’s fairly easy to use. The are 9 diet type choices to customize app and you can enter personal info and goals for weight, etc. Currently the main limitations for the app are related to its databases. Search results restaurants are often few or are mismatched with what a user would expect (eggplant caviar offered up for breakfast type searches). And many popular restaurant establishments do not appear. The app worked a little better in major urban areas vs suburbs. Over time, crowed-sourced data may help correct these things. From a dietitian’s point of view, however, the main concern is that the app implies a level of accuracy for the nutrition information (eg calories and other nutrients) that isn’t real, although a disclaimer is provided. All in all, if the databases become more robust, the app might sometimes help direct users to a better choice when eating out. It will never be able to let users know precise, accurate nutrition information for the dish. Users should know that the nutrition may be way off from what is actually being eaten and it should not be relied on for accurate info on gluten-containing dishes.
Easy to use but limited selection of restaurants in my area 4/5
I downloaded the HowUDish app and I found it easy to use but there was a limited selection of restaurants in my area that had nutrition information. Even still, I like this app and will use it but I wish it also had full nutrition information for fast food chains also.
Highly personalized 5/5
Allows you to find the perfect meal to suit your needs and sensibilities. Takes out all the time and research it would require to acquire the information. Highly recommend this app to anyone that loves food!
Dietitian Approved 4/5
Looking for a restaurant near you that serves keto/paleo/vegan/gluten-free/you-name-it friendly meals? HowUdish can help.
As a Registered Dietitian, my clients oftentimes struggle with finding healthy options that fit their dietary needs when they’re traveling or short on time. HowUdish hits the mark. It does the research for you in a matter of seconds and takes the guesswork out of the nutritional breakdown, and presents it to you in a very simple way. All you have to do is swipe ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
The simplicity is also a real selling point. The app is intuitive and setting up an account with your goals is as easy as a few swipes. The only downside is that there seems to be a more limited selection of vegan and vegetarian options - which is understandable. Also, I’d love the option to be able to type in a location (e.g. traveling to LA from NY and want to check out spots before I get there).
Better for urban areas 3/5
This app has great potential but, unfortunately I don’t live in an urban area with lots of dining options. My only complain is that most of the ‘meals’ were really just appetizers or snacks, like smoothies. On the plus side it was definitely helpful as a vegetarian so I could see options ahead of time. Overall, good app for traveling when in bigger cities with lots of foo options.
Finally an app for eating while I travel 5/5
I've struggled with eating well for years traveling on the road for work every week. I'm thrilled to see such a user friendly app that can tell me what to eat and where.
A must download for vegetarian and vegans! 4/5
One of the hardest parts about having dietary needs is dining out. This app makes it easy to see what's available for any diet specific to the diner's needs. No more looking at the menu of every restaurant ahead of time. I especially love the nutrition breakdown that comes with each dish. Very simple to use as well.
Great concept, some refining required 4/5
This app is such a great concept - whatever dietary restrictions you have allow you to find dishes near by that fit into your restricted diet. The basics of the app work - put in the diet you’re following and it will pull up dishes with their nutritional info. The nutritional info is estimated based on common recipes, so unless the recipe is completely different from the way it’s usually made, you should be good. As an example, I compared the nutritional info for grilled chicken salad on HowUdish to the chili’s website and they were similar, albeit not exactly the same.
There are some things they need to work on.
The gluten free diet several times came up with options that are not gluten free, like a hamburger. I even went to the restaurants website and saw no mention of gluten free buns - so if you’re strict gluten free, don’t rely on this app.
Also the low carb items often include sandwiches which are not that low in carbs. One was meatballs too which often have breadcrumbs and a high carb sauce. Not sure what their criteria are for low in carbs but most people I know on a low carb diet avoid these items.
Also you’re not able to pull up restaurants that are not within 5 miles of your current location which is difficult if you are trying to plan ahead. In the FAQ, it states this will be coming in he premium version though, so that might be worth looking into.
Note: I was compensated for my time in reviewing this app, however the opinion is my own.
Time saver for finding restaurants that fit my diet 5/5
This app is a huge timesaver when trying to find the best restaurant to follow my gluten-free diet. Even when I’m traveling it will find restaurants that I may not know exist and will give me the directions to it and how far away I am from the restaurant. So many dishes to choose from takes the hassle out of researching the restaurants website or calling different restaurants asking for menu options. How we recommend this app for anyone who needs to follow a certain diet or who just wants to eat better. Give this app a try you’ll be glad you did!
Perfect for planning ahead 4/5
This is a very straightforward app. It asks you to input your personal information and pick from a list of different diets to follow. Then it matches you to dishes based on your location. It also asks about your weight goals to determine your calorie needs. Then it presents you with a list of meal options and you can either save them or swipe away.
This would be a great app to use while traveling with food allergies. You can click on any dish to see the nutritional information. I noticed that some of the recommendations were not something I would eat based on a low-carb diet, including biscuits and gravy, chicken nuggets, and a turkey Reuben sandwich.
One thing I thought was very helpful was that the app listed other food items on the restaurant’s menu based on your preferences. So if I liked a dish, I could click on the restaurant and find out what other dishes on the menu were also low-carb.
This app helps take the worry out of dining out. It gives you so many food options from restaurants that range from pizza joints to fine dining. The recipes are endless and you can swipe until you find what you want. You’ll even be turned on to restaurants you forgot about or didn’t know were there. Hope this helps!
A Nutrition App that Works for You 4/5
HowUdish does what you need it to do and it certainly is a tool that will be useful to you. Rather than frantically searching for local restaurants that provide nutrition facts for their food, this app will give meals that fit your diet based upon your settings and goals that you input in the app.
HowUdish is easy to use and it accommodates different diets. Anyone who follows nutrition knows that there are many different opinions and methods to accomplish different goals. This is where HowUdish shines. It doesn’t tell you how to eat. You will see everything from the latest low fat, vegan dish to a big fat steak offered. The app gives you suggestions and you decide. The only downside is that occasionally you will see foods that aren’t generally thought of as meals, such as broccoli and nachos.
I have two main critiques of this app: it seems to favor higher end restaurants and there may be issues for users outside of major metropolitan areas.
First most of the meals recommended are from more boutique restaurants and not cheaper places. It would be helpful if there was a setting for price range or if the meals recommended had an estimated cost.
Second is that users outside of metropolitan areas will likely have issues using the app. The app doesn’t seem to recommend meals from chain restaurants, which is often the only choices in some areas. Also many times you need to travel outside the search area for a meal. It would be better if the search area could be expanded or changed.
Overall most people will find the app to be a big time saver and will relieve the stress of having to find somewhere to eat that will fit your diet.