Blog Fact: My first post was a smoothie. My lemon meringue pie smoothie is still one of my favorites.
Remember when you made a resolution to be healthy? Well, hopefully you are still sticking with it on January 2nd.
I know many of you may hate the idea of healthy food. Veggies are boring, salads are meh, brown rice is bland.
The good news: if you make a habit of eating clean, after awhile, you start to crave all the foods that currently bore you.
Happy almost New Year!
We have made it to the end of the year, and I must say, as weird of a year 2016 was, it sure did bring some delicious food! I founded the blog in 2016, and while I did not blog for the entire year, I do have some pretty cool recipes to share.
For my Top 16, I am going with popularity. I want to share the posts that you-my readers enjoyed the most!
Some of my favorite recipes made the cut, as well as some surprises. Seeing what you all enjoy gives me a great idea of what you might like to see in the future.
Without further ado, here are your 16 favorite recipes of 2016:
No contest. This buffalo cauliflower wing burger was by far the favorite of the year! I am so happy about how enthusiastic people were over my favorite summer burger! Who doesn’t love a good veggie burger? Add cauliflower wings and…..I’m not surprised this was a favorite.
I was surprised by how well received this recipe was. I thought it was a bit risky since it’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it type of ideas. Still, I would say that overall, you all liked this recipe and it makes an awesome lunch-especially in the spring or summer.
I was very surprised by how popular this recipe quickly became. I am not surprised that people like it because it is probably the most delicious recipe I have ever created. Still, I wasn’t sure if this peanut butter and banana pizza was anything new or exciting, but fortunately, people love it! I hear it’s been making its way around Tumblr, so thank you all for sharing and for your enthusiasm!
My first recipe on the blog, and probably one of my best. I was so excited to create this recipe and bring it to life. I am still so proud of this amazing smoothie. If you have not tried it, I highly recommend it. It seriously tastes like the real thing!
This is the recipe that all fellow health nuts loved! There is nothing more useful than a reset button, and this smoothie can do just that! Filled with dozens of the healthiest ingredients, while I cannot confirm that this is actually the healthiest smoothie on earth, it could totally be a top contender.
I am only semi-ashamed to admit that this is the only salad recipe on the blog to date. I will definitely change that in 2017, but until then, we can go crazy over this delicious BBQ chickpea salad with homemade vegan ranch. I can’t say that this is my favorite recipe I have shared all year, but I can say with confidence that of all my photo shoots, this one is by far my favorite and what I consider as some of my best work (coming from a novice).
This has to be one of my favorites, and mainly because I’ve been working on it for almost a year now. Every vegan needs a good mac n cheese recipe, and this is one of the best (I promise I am only a little bit biased)!
I made this pudding on a whim after getting some fresh raspberries at a farmer’s market, and I was so pleased with the results! I’d say this is one of the best (and EASIEST!) desserts I created in 2016. Here’s to toping I can top it!
I know many people enjoy the guacamole bacon burger at Red Robin, and I wanted to create a healthy, vegan version. I think that this turned out even better than the original! Made with my addicting garlic guacamole, I practically swallowed this burger whole when I first tried it.
My burger recipes were a hit in 2016, and I have no complaints about that! My sriracha peanut burger was something I had in my head awhile back, and I love how they turned out! Without a doubt, the patty is the most unique out of all my burgers in 2016, and it’s inspired me to continue testing new veggie burger recipes.
Everyone loves peanut butter cups, and everyone loves chocolate pretzels. Keeping this in mind, I put the two together as my Halloween candy recipe. These were fun to test, but I can’t say they lasted in my apartment for very long (can you blame us?).
One of my early posts, and one of my favorites. I make this smoothie on a weekly basis, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it for a delicious and healthy breakfast.
I loved my 13 Blogs of Halloween series, and it brought many new recipes, including this pumpkin pie smoothie bowl. This could not have been a more simple recipe, and I like showing that popular Summer meals (smoothies and smoothie bowls, for example) can be adapted and enjoyed in the fall.
I was almost hesitant to post this recipe because it is almost too simple. I made date caramel and spread it over apples and here you go: healthy, vegan caramel apples. I am surprised that so many enjoyed them. It is a good reminder that sometimes simple can be better!
This recipe brought a sentimental story that ended up being very impactful in my life. I wanted to create nice cream and make it even healthier. Using spirulina, cacao powder, and real mint leaves, I consider this nice cream recipe to be easy, perfect for the warmer months, and super healthy (see what I did there?).
I love this recipe because it works any time of the year. I can have this for breakfast in April, July, or January (though it may be a bit cold for that). I think this recipe is really easy and tastes amazing. I am not surprised to see that people like it due to how simple it really is.
2016 was a fun year and I love all the recipes I made for the blog. I am hoping for even better in 2017: better recipes, better photos, better posts, better everything! I have learned so much and I plan on making 2017 a great one! Hope you stick with me!
What was your favorite recipe on 2016?
I can’t believe it took 21 days into October for me to finally post a pumpkin recipe!
Well, I guess I just thought that there are already plenty of pumpkin stuff on the internet. Do we really need or want one more?
Everyone loves caramel apples…right? Well, I have something new for you to love: my caramel apple smoothie!
Welcome to day 2 of the 13 Blogs of Halloween!
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include some form of caramel apple recipe in this series. Fortunately for all you caramel apple lovers out there, you may just get 2 recipes…wink wink.
Remember in my Success in School post when I said that I don’t drink coffee?
Well, it’s true that I don’t.
Why am I sharing a coffee smoothie?
Well, just because I don’t love coffee, doesn’t mean everyone else is the exact same as me.
I know that there are many coffee lovers out there, and I would hate to leave you all out! Especially since I know how easy it is to make a healthy coffee drink that still tastes like Starbucks. I’d hate to keep that a secret. So I won’t: Here is my Caramel Mocha Smoothie.
You’ve mysteriously put on 5 pounds.
You are constantly tired and nothing will make you feel better.
Everything makes you upset.
You feel a bit depressed.
You’ve randomly broken out and nothing has changed in your diet or skincare.
All you want is chocolate cake and ice cream.
You are starting to feel some pain in your back and gut.
Fall is approaching….the weather is starting to cool down, football season is here, sweaters have taken over the store.
But yet, it still kinda feels like Summer for some of us. Fortunately, there is the happy medium: my peanut butter banana smoothie bowl!
You ever have those days (weeks…months…) where you keep indulging, and after awhile, it starts to take its toll.
That’s been my entire Summer. I haven’t put on any weight or anything like that, but I have noticed that I just haven’t been feeling my best all the time. As delicious as Veggie Grill, Oreo caramel apples, or all the delicious, indulgent treats I share on the blog (that’s only happened one, two, three, four, five, six times), it is important to take a step back and remember how important overall health is. It’s great to indulge…I do it once a week at least! However, if we do it all the time, we might pay some long-term consequences. Weight gain, feeling sick all the time, lots of stuff that just isn’t fun.
Sometimes, it just feels nice to hit the reset button and start fresh.