In addition to being a Dietitian, I am also a major Foodie. I love going out to eat and trying new places. The problem is, I know how unhealthy restaurant food can be. It is full of hidden fats, salt, and sugar. That’s why it is important to me to make sure I’m still being at least balanced when I eat a restaurant meal. That is why I was so excited to hear about HowUDish, a new app for iPhone users. HowUDish helps users stick to their diet restrictions while going out to eat. This is good for people like me, who want to eat a balanced diet while still getting to try new restaurants, or for people who might be travelling and aren’t sure what their options are.
I put HowUDish to use the other day when my boyfriend and I didn’t feel like cooking, but wanted to eat somewhat healthy after a couple nights of Thanksgiving leftovers. I decided that with all of the heavy things I’d eaten over the last few days, I wanted something Vegetarian, so I put that into HowUDish as my diet restriction. It popped up with tons of different options; everything from Cheese Quesadillas, to Indian options, to smoothies. I also really liked that it gave different restaurant options. Some were independent restaurants, but it also popped up with options at places like Chili’s or Ruckus. I will say that some of the more popular small, independent restaurants are not featured on the app, but hopefully as it grows more restaurants will share their dishes with HowUDish. As I was searching for the perfect dish, I really appreciated the photos that accompanied each suggestion. It made it both easier and harder to choose what I wanted, since most things looked delicious.
In the end we decided to go to Kadhai the Indian Wok. Multiple vegetarian dishes popped up in my app, all of which looked amazing. Once I got there, I was excited to see that they had a buffet, which offered tons of vegetarian options. Immediately I was excited, and knew that I had made the right decision. This way, I got to try more than one tasty option that I had seen on HowUDish! Let me tell you, none of the dishes disappointed.
Overall I was very happy with my experience with the HowUDish App. It really helped me narrow down what I wanted to eat, while sticking to my diet choices. I also liked that it showed me different vegetarian options at restaurants I would not have originally thought of as being vegetarian friendly. One small thing that I noticed about the app is that some of the dishes it recommended may be side dishes, rather than entrees. This is not really a problem for me, as I love mixing and matching side dishes or appetizers as my meal, but it is something to look out for it you are searching for a hearty, filling meal while using the app. You can also visit HowUDish.com for more information about the app, as well as some fun articles about food and nutrition. No matter what your diet restriction, I would recommend downloading HowUDish to your phone to help you stay on track and easily find your perfect dish when going out to eat.
* This post was sponsored by HowUDish. However, I am not obligated to give the app a good review and all opinions are honest.