Ordering quick healthy food shouldn’t be a pain, yet it often feels that way given that most ordering apps and menus do not really give you full ingredient and nutritional information for the meals you may be choosing.

Finding a quick, healthy meal in your city, or a town you are visiting, can be hard… but it’s not impossible.

The truth is that fast food joints are everywhere and filled with greasy burgers, fried sides and sodas. Sit-down restaurants, on the other hand, often go heavy on the butter or other high-calorie ingredients.

So, how do you negotiate the modern-day restaurant terrain on the search of healthy restaurants? If you’re on a quest towards weight loss or general health, searching for a healthy restaurant is just as much about ignoring and discarding the bad as finding the good, even if the good is a needle in a haystack.

Luckily you do have a friend when it comes to finding new restaurant options and that friend is the internet and, more precisely, your smartphone.

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Thanks to smartphone technology you can search for what you need based on exact queries, enabling you to narrow down options towards your preferences. So how do we make sure that your phone is steering us in a healthy direction?

It’s Simple: Find The Right Apps

A number of mobile apps have emerged that steer consumers to those restaurants and help highlight the healthy items on their menus.

We have tried and tested several apps in order to locate a few that can be useful when trying to find your next healthy meal:

A number of mobile apps have emerged that steer consumers to those restaurants and help highlight the healthy items on their menus.

Food Tripping app – Find great alternatives to fast food wherever you are. Food Tripping locates the closest eateries, juice joints, farmers’ markets, microbreweries, and more

Healthy Out app – Find a healthy meal. Free online ordering from NYC’s best restaurants. Create an account so we can personalize your healthy menu

Gluten Free Restaurant Items app – Provides you with gluten free food items of over 150 most popular restaurant and fast-food chains

Find Me Gluten Free app – Helps you eat gluten free. They have free iPhone and Android apps that help you find gluten free businesses and products

DINE Gluten Free app – Lets you access our huge database of Gluten Free Dining & Travel REVIEWS from the U.S. — and around the world — when you’re on-the-go

Happy Cow – Happycow is perhaps the biggest lists of vegan and vegan-friendly places all over the world. You probably use their website, but the app is also handy! I like that it lets you save places you’re interested in to self-created “trip” folders, it makes organizing all my wandering food lust much easier!

HealthyDiningFinder.com – Find nutrition information for Healthy Dining-approved restaurant menus, Sodium Savvy and Kids LiveWell choices

SafeFare.org – If you are managing food allergies or are a restaurant professional, SafeFARE provides tools and resources to help you create a safer, more enjoyable dining experience

AllergyEats.com – Guide to allergy-friendly restaurants across the United States, rated by people with food allergies.

GlutenFreePassport.com – Safely eat and serve foods free from gluten, wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, egg, soy, and more

HealthyOut.com – The website HealthyOut provides consumers with an intuitive tool that allows them to match healthy restaurant dishes to their specified health preferences, from low-carb to gluten-free.

GoPure.com – On the other side of the country, San Francisco startup GoPure is a directory service that works like a green-conscious version of Yelp. Diners simply type in the kind of food they want and a location, and GoPure provides options listed by price, proximity, and purity. Searches can be filtered with eating preferences like no GMO ingredients or locavore.

Technology Is Your Best Friend

When it is all said and done, technology is your best friends when trying to locate a quick healthy food option in your home city, or any town you’re visiting!

Sure, there are generic apps like Yelp! And you can always Google for list-type articles to assist you in choosing, but actually knowing how to navigate the right apps for your dietary meal options and preferences is the best way to go.