iPad App of the Week: Healthy Recipes by SparkRecipes

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Healthy Recipes by SparkRecipes for iPad

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Healthy Recipes by SparkRecipes for iPad, which I’m going to shorten to Healthy Recipes in the rest of this post to try to keep my wrists healthy. The app’s name lets you know what’s on offer – a great collection of healthy recipes – over 500,000 in fact – from SparkRecipes.com, which is touted as the world’s largest healthy recipes site.

I’m just about the perfect target audience for this app, because I’m continually trying to eat healthier but my cooking skills are pretty much non-existent. There are a huge number of cooking and cookbook apps for the iPad and I’ve looked at and installed quite a few of them. Healthy Recipes has been the one that gave me a good comfort level quickly and didn’t scare me off.

Browse Categories

I like the simple UI in the Healthy Recipes app – as it’s easy to get around quickly and find recipes that are of interest. You can browse by category, cuisine, course, occasion, or dietary needs – including gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, vegan, and more. Or you can just search for something specific.

One thing I’ve learned while trying to eat better is to be very label-conscious – watching out for supposedly healthy items that turn out to have crazy amounts of sugar, for example. So it’s nice to see that this app lists calories, carbs, total fat (and the fat types breakdown), sugars, protein, and more.

There are also videos – some are videos showing how to prepare a recipe, others are just on useful techniques – zesting citrus or how to handle fresh fish for example.

You can save favorites and share recipes with friends via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Video Tips
This is the first iPad recipes app that has made me feel as if I can really have a crack at cooking some healthy meals. I’m sure there are other excellent ones available, but this one seems like a nice first step for me.

Here’s an App Store link for Healthy Recipes by SparkRecipes for iPad; it’s a (genuinely) free app with no In-App purchases.

If you’re interested in more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section!

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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