Last year I highlighted the Top Restaurant Apps for Dairy-Free, Vegan, and Food Allergies, and it was very well-received. So I thought I would revisit the technology arena and share some amazing social sites for those of us who follow a special diet … whether it be just dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, multiple food allergic, paleo or beyond. All of the following websites can be used on your Desktop, Tablet or Mobile Device. They’re priceless for your holiday planning, but also for making everyday eats and events a delicious and safe adventure.
THE social site for custom eaters
Whether you’re looking to share recipes, tips, news and inspiration, or hoping to find some, Freedible could be the new social network for you. Much like Facebook, conversation and sharing is encouraged, but unlike that behemoth, it is organized into sections of interest and it’s all about those of us who have special diet preferences or needs. This may be vegan, gluten-free, food allergic, paleo, or simply a picky eater!
Freedible is a small but growing site, with more passion behind it than I’ve ever seen. As you can see from the collage below, it’s a multi-faceted site with good people, great food, and a community that cares. They also hold all types of events – from cookie exchanges to giveaways and twitter parties! It’s a gathering of so many people who feel strongly about their health and diet, giving you the chance to meet others who eat just like you! And of course, there is a Dairy-Free Group to join, and yes, I’m in it!
Your network for sharing food preferences and dietary restrictions
This is such a novel concept! On My Friendly Reminders, you create a profile that lists all your food preferences and dietary restrictions and then share it with your friends who can also easily sign up and create their own profiles. It is really simple and straightforward, but covers all the bases making sure that you a) Avoid that awkward moment when you have to tell someone you can’t eat the food they have prepared, b) never again have to ask: “What foods don’t you eat?” c) can share your children’s dietary restrictions with caregivers, and d) can easily plan your own gatherings around dietary restrictions.
My Friendly Reminders allows you to create events, from birthday parties to soccer games, holiday gatherings to potlucks, and gives you reports with quick overviews of all the dietary restrictions and culinary preferences found among groups of your friends, family, and coworkers. Think about it, it can help in menu planning, make sure all guests are included AND help prevent people from getting sick due to allergies or intolerances. Want to invite me to a party? I’m on there!
The largest visual recipe box
Have you Yummed? Think Pinterest meets your more organized and detailed recipe files and you’ve got Yummly. It’s a fantastic way to log your favorite recipes, the ones you must make, and those that are simply for inspiration, and it’s SO fast to use the Yum button. Though Yummly isn’t exclusively for special diets, it’s still very helpful for free-from eaters. The recipes you like can all be sorted into personalized Collections (think just dairy-free, DF/GF, cookies, dinners, etc) for you to quickly access and figure out what to make for dinner!
You can also check your favorite allergy-friendly publishers and scan at a glance what they have to offer. Yummly shows you a picture of the recipe with the title in a simple layout, and gives you a snapshot of the ingredients, calories, servings and more. Interested? Just click through to the recipe for the directions! You can also socially share the recipes with others directly from Yummly. For a snapshot of publisher pages, see Go Dairy Free on Yummly.
The leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants
This awesome website is listed in our Top Restaurant Apps post, too, but it’s worth mentioning here since they have a full website that can be used on your desktop, tablet or mobile device AND it just received a full makeover. AllergyEats is a place where users with food allergies can post reviews of their experiences at restaurants across the country. Consequently, readers can enjoy personal restaurant reviews focused specifically on special diet needs.
The new and improved AllergyEats is easier to use and faster, with improved reliability. It’s also more customizable, allowing users to access results catered more closely to their individual dietary needs. And, it’s more social! AllergyEats now encourages greater engagement and connections with others in the food allergy community.