Version Reviewed: 1.4
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Healthy Out is a nutrition and restaurant guide that anybody trying to be healthy or lose weight should add to his or her repertoire. It combines many features into one app and tries to cater to different niches of eaters.
Healthy Out has many different functions and uses that all try to make it easy to discover healthy food options that fit with a user’s personal likes, diets, and likes. The app can take into account food allergies and dietary restrictions, as well as food preferences. Users can search for food nearby that fits their already specified criterion or other criterion. The search options range from type of diet to main ingredients.
The dishes that are found have relevant information listed with them, like nutrition information, Weight Watcher points, and suggestions for ways to make the dish healthier, like asking for no tortilla at a burrito restaurant. The app also has store hours and restaurant contact information. The user’s location is used so only restaurants and dishes that are close by appear in searches.
A feature that has been omitted from Healthy Out is the ability for users to post reviews of dishes and restaurants. Also, like so many apps that try to organize and make real world things searchable, the information in Healthy Out is not complete and comprehensive. Considering it is a relatively new app, I wouldn’t expect it to be, and I think it is a very good first step. It currently covers restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area and national restaurant chains. Some of the dishes have photos, but many do not and many only have stock photos. Users can submit a dish, so over time the information should only grow and increase in value.
The biggest strength of Healthy Out is all of the niche nutrition categories it caters to. Finding tofu dishes that are vegan, low-carb, and Thai is not usually an easy task, but it is possible with Healthy Out.