Version Reviewed: 1.0.8
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Venio is an app that appreciates that meal planning isn't always easy to do. Thanks to this, it's a handy starting point for the healthy eating conscious.
Offering up a range of meal plans for those looking to eat healthily, Venio is an easy app to get to grips with. Users have to sign up but it's a simple matter of entering an email address and password. The app then tracks the user's age, weight, height and exercise levels in order to come up with appropriate suggestions for their needs.
As any healthy eater knows, in a strange sort of way, more is better. The app offers up breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas, but it also includes two snack ideas to keep the user full and content. Each recipe is displayed with an attractive photo, along with an ingredients list, step by step instructions and a summary of how it benefits the user in terms of its fat, protein and carbohydrates content. It takes a lot of effort out of having to take the time to devise meal plans for one's self. Venio even includes a grocery list function, ensuring that users can immediately track what they need to pick up at the store to prepare their week's menu plan.
Picky eaters can browse through a few recipe selections to settle on one that they'd enjoy, while those with specific dietary needs can also adjust that accordingly. Currently, the app only allows for tick boxes to highlight that the user is vegetarian or vegan, while I'd have appreciated an adjustment for those with allergies or intolerances such as a gluten-free diet. This might be an issue for some, which is unfortunate given the otherwise flexible nature of Venio.
The app keeps track of what has been chosen in the past, trying to keep up with the user's tastes and preferences. It does a reasonable job of this and such a method proves particularly useful when dealing with extended meal plans over a number of weeks.
Venio isn't quite perfect, mostly due to being restricted to only those with certain needs, but it's a handy place to try out. Given it's free, there's hardly anything to lose by using it to come up with some more ideas. It might even prove essential in the future after extended use and the addition of new features.