Top Ten Most Popular Posts of 2018

I can’t believe I’m already sitting down to write another one of these posts. It seems like a month ago I was writing my top posts of 2017 and looking back on it makes me realize how far I’ve come in just one year. Yes, I get totally nerdy and over-analytical when it comes to stuff like this.

Blogging can be hard sometimes. It’s this weird balancing act of wanting to create something that resonates with readers and provides a lot of value while also writing about topics that light you up personally. Sometimes those things are not one in the same.

In reflecting over the past year I think I’m finally starting to find my groove and creating higher-quality work that feels good to me and also performs decently well. I was lucky enough to be featured in several national publications this year which means more eyes and and a wider reach. You can see a list of those publications here!

Now for the part you really want to read, my top ten blog posts of 2018 based on number of page views in Google Analytics!

 Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018 on LeanneRay.com

10. Blueberry Farro Salad with Creamy Fresh Herb Dressing

This is one of three recipes on this list in which tahini is a major ingredient - does that speak to my favorite pantry staple of 2018?! This wholesome grain salad makes for a delicious light lunch (or dinner side) and I love the mix of textures and contrast of flavors.

9. Some Thoughts on Alcohol + Mocktail Ideas

Alcohol is one of my favorite topics because it’s one that many people struggle with when trying to make some healthy lifestyle changes. In this post I shared some newer research along with how I usually approach questions about alcohol fitting into a healthful eating plan. Read to the end for some non-boring mocktail ideas too!

8. How to Make Kombucha at Home

My friend and fellow-dietitian Maria wrote this guest post and it was hugely popular! Kombucha is certainly having a moment and I think many people are intrigued that you can make it at home. Have you tried it?

7. Perfect Roasted Vegetables + 5 Ways to Use Them

This might be the most practical post on the list! I’m a huge fan of roasting vegetables because they can be repurposed in so many ways (read: you aren’t eating the same thing for three nights in a row). Check out this one for some creative ideas.

6. Spiced Chickpea & Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Tahini Sauce

This post actually talks about three different ideas for stuffing sweet potatoes (a favorite throw-together meal in my house) with a full recipe for the one named in the title. The texture and flavor pairing is unreal.

5. Maple Tahini Snack Balls

This might be the recipe I personally make most often from the blog. I’ve passed these out at several events in the last year because they are the perfect combination of salty and sweet, are simple to make and a nice change from your usual snacks (I love them pre-early morning workout).

4. How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

There’s a lot of information floating around about protein, so I wanted to set the record straight on how much most people actually need along with what foods you can eat to meet that need. This was a great kick-off to my protein at breakfast challenge back in September.

3. The Easiest Mason Jar Sangria

This recipe is so easy and makes summer entertaining a breeze. The storage container doubles as the glass and it uses ingredients that you’ll actually want to keep on hand (aka no Brandy).

2. Spring Strawberry Salad with Orange-Champagne Vinaigrette

This salad is a must-make once you see strawberries starting to come back into season in the Spring. I love this one for an Easter dinner, but really you can make it all summer long. The ingredients are simple and the homemade dressing really takes it over the top.

1. Breakfast-Worthy Apple Crisp

Oh, the apple crisp! This is my {super delicious} take on apple crisp that is lower in added sugar and higher in fiber from oats, whole wheat flour, walnuts and flax. Because of these add-ins I refer to it as “breakfast-worthy” because I use this as more of a snack than a dessert. You should too! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you keep coming back for more! I want to keep making the blog bigger and better in 2019 and I can’t do it without you. Have something in specific you want me to cover? Let me know in the comments and I will do my best to make it happen!