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2018 in Review: Salads for Lunch’s Top 10 Blog Posts of the Year

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This has been quite a year for Salads for Lunch. I’ve published 45 recipe and fitness posts that have included easy instant pot recipes, breakfast recipes, party food, DIY Christmas gifts and of course salad recipes. As the year comes to a close, I thought I’d offer up a useful round up of the Salads for Lunch top ten blog posts of the year.

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1. I Ran 4 Times a Week for 3 Months, This is What Happened

Last year I made the decision to see what would happen if I ran four times a week. I had read articles about people who did Yoga everyday, did a plank everyday, gave up alcohol for a month, or did 10 minutes of strength training everyday so I was curious what consistency with my running could do for me. As the title suggests, this blog post is a summary of my results and has served as motivation for over 100,000 visitors!

2. Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli Cheesy Rice Casserole

I think you’ll like this “casserole” recipe. It’s kind of an all in one meal…veggies, starch and meat all in your Instant Pot. This was my most popular recipe of 2018. If you are looking for a quick and easy Instant Pot meal that will please even your smallest eaters, you’ll like this recipe. This one is so yummy and ridiculously simple – it’ll blow you away.

Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli Cheesy Rice Casserole – it’s cheesy, it’s comforting and it’s made in an instant pot. It’s the perfect comfort food dinner! #instantpotrecipe #comfortfood #chickenandbroccoli #chicken #broccoli

3. I’ve Been Using a Menstrual Cup for 10 Years, Here’s Why

In this post I shared why I started using a menstrual cup, tips on how to use a menstrual cup, and 10 reasons why I’ve been using a menstrual cup for 10 years. This post was viewed over 7,000 times! I’ve been using menstrual cups for so long because generally they don’t leak.

4. Simple Zesty Lime Salad Dressing

This is recipe was shared by Greatist in the post “7 Meal-Prep Dressings So You No Longer Have to Eat a Sad Desk Salad“. This simple homemade zesty lime salad dressing is guaranteed to get you back into the salad making mood again, it really will. I promise it will brighten up any winter blues that might be starting to settle in. Use this fresh and delicious Zesty Lime Salad Dressing as a marinade for grilled chicken or seafood, or a dressing for your next salad.

Use this fresh and delicious Zesty Lime Salad Dressing as a marinade for grilled chicken or seafood, or a dressing for your next salad. So Tasty! #saladdressing #vinaigrette

5. Peroneal Tendonitis – A Do-it-Yourself Rehab Plan for Runners and Other Athletes

In this post I put my Athletic Therapy certificate that I earned from York University to good use and shared a comprehensive rehab plan for a common, yet debillitating running injury: Peroneal Tendonitis. I shared this post because I had managed to injure myself and thought others may find the overview of this injury and my rehab plan useful. This post has become quite popular so I’m wondering if injury rehab posts like this one would be something you would like to see more of here on Salads for Lunch?

Peroneal Tendonitis Rehab Plan

6. The Best Shepard’s Pie You Will Ever Eat

This recipe is a simple version of the classic meat and vegetable comfort food casserole topped with cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, this is the best Shepherd’s Pie recipe you’ll ever make. Shepard’s Pie is one of those things that is easy to grab from the frozen food section, then pop in the oven to bake so you may be saying to yourself, why would I ever make this from scratch? Well I’ll tell you why: Frozen Shepard’s Pie tastes like cat food compared to this.  Yes, my Shepard’s Pie may LOOK like cat food, but I assure you it’s delicious!  

Best Shepard's Pie

7. How to Use Google Docs to Track and Display Your Weight Loss

In this post I shared a great way to create a spreadsheet tool using Google Docs, that tracks your weight loss progress that also allows you to share your progress with your blog readers in a nifty little chart.

How to Use Google Docs to Track and Display Your Weight Loss - Here's a great way to create a spreadsheet tool using Google Docs, that tracks your weight loss progress that also allows you to share your progress with your blog readers in a nifty little chart. #weightloss #weightlossmotivation

8. 5 Tips for Preventing Running Injuries

I think all runners have encountered an injury (or two)…..I know that I’ve definitely had my share, so I summarized the 5 leading causes of running injuries. The thing with injuries is that each and every one makes us smarter – they teach us things about our bodies, and if we’re paying attention to our bodies, most of our injuries won’t be repeated.

5 Tips for preventing running Injuries

9. How to get Back to Running (or get started with running)

After spending many years running consistently, training for and completing marathons, I swore I would never fall back into my old couch-potato ways. Building endurance is hard. Unfortunately I found myself having to rebuild my endurance. My running posts were quite popular this year. In this post I shared tips on how to start running again.

How to get back to running - Looking to return to running? Here's some great tips! #runningtips #beginnerrunner #startrunning #runningmotivation #running

10. Throwback 90s Workout and Running Playlist

Running is always better when you’ have a great beat to match your pace. In this post I share 35 of my favorite fast paced 90s songs to help you get your best run or workout.

Throwback 90's Playlist - 35 popular songs from the 90's to power you through your next workout.

I hope you enjoy my 10 best posts of the year!

What was your favourite post on Salads for Lunch this year?

Meal Prep Keto Sausage, Egg, and Spinach Breakfast Casserole is the perfect quick and easy make-ahead, meal prep dish with cheese, sauteed onions, and peppers. This dish is keto friendly and perfect for keto diets. Serve this dish for your holiday breakfasts and brunch! #KetoBreakfast #KetoFriendly #BreakfastCasserole #MealPrep #MealPrepBreakfast #MealPrepCasserole #HealthyBreakfast
Meal Prep Keto Egg Bake Breakfast Casserole
Say goodbye to crunches and hello to a stronger core with this 10 minute no-crunch core workout! Work ALL the muscles in your core to relieve back pain, improve posture and develop strength for day-to-day chores, by doing the 10 minute no-crunch core workout below three times a week. #weightloss #flatbelly #sixpackabs #abs #coreworkout #fittnessmotivation #strongcore
10 minute no-crunch core workout
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