Best of 2018

Well here we are, the last day of 2018. What. A. Year. 

This year was a big one for me both personally and professionally. It was my first full year as a self-employed freelance nutrition consultant, writer, and content creator, and frankly? I think I rocked it.

I worked with individual nutrition clients to help them meet a range of goals. I worked with a nutrition startup as a recipe developer and nutrition consultant. I worked with a premium sportswear brand as a content marketer. I wrote dozens of articles as nutrition contributor for Hello Glow and Hello Veggie. I took on many writing projects, both big and small. 

In May 2018, after much, much work behind the scenes, I re-launched this little ol’ website as Hey Nutrition Lady, and I’m so, so happy with the results. I think you guys are as well? Because traffic is up a cool 28% from 2017. 

I’ve been working on this website since June of 2010, but I got really, really serious about it in the last year. There was the re-brand, a professional SEO audit, and I’ve been doubling down on fixing old content. I’ve still got lots of cleanup work to do in 2019, but I’ll also be focusing my energy on creating amazing new healthy and delicious recipes, and digging into the nutrition subjects you want to learn more about. 

I internet-stalked and made friends with Sarah, which has been a super smart thing to do, both personally and professionally. She helps, motivates, and supports me, and has been integral to the success of this website this year. 

In 2018 I travelled to Mauritius, New York (by myself!), Paris, London, Spain (a few places), Canada, and Canada again. We said goodbye to some good friends who moved across the globe, and I leaned in hard on my incredible circle of girlfriends. 

In October 2018 I became a mother of two, when we welcomed little Odin Mattias into our family. It’s been a steep learning curve and a whole lot of sleep deprivation and a whole lot of fun all at once. 

I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running in 2019 and bringing even more great content to you all. This little corner of the internet wouldn’t be what it is without you, who stop in here and read my babbling, make my recipes, send me emails, share my posts, and leave awesome comments. A heartfelt thank you for being along for the ride. 

Let’s wrap up the year with a look at the top recipes (as chosen by you, via Google analytics) of 2018, as well as a few of my favourites from over the last year. 

1. Mung Bean and Coconut Curry

Mung Bean and Coconut Curry! This easy vegan curry is packed with Indian flavours, coconut milk, cilantro, and lime. It’s incredibly easy and can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stove top (instructions are provided for both!) {Pin this}

2. Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps

A metal bowl with chickpea wraps on a grey background

These Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps are a healthy, spicy make-ahead meal! Easily vegan and gluten-free, made with warming Indian spices, these wraps are freezer-friendly to boot! {Pin this} 

3. Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos

vegetarian black bean burrito on a piece of foil with foil-wrapped burritos in the background

Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos! These make-ahead vegetarian burritos are super easy to make, loaded with beans and veggies, and are freezer-friendly. Perfect for healthy lunch on the go or planning for busy times. {Pin this}

4. Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie

close up of chocolate smoothie with black beans, dates, and bananas in the background

A rich and creamy healthy chocolate smoothie loaded with protein thanks to a secret ingredient that you totally can’t taste – beans! Naturally sweetened with just banana and dates, and vegan thanks to plant-based milk, this is a smoothie the whole family will love. {Pin this}

5. Tempeh Bolognese 

This easy vegan Tempeh Bolognese sauce is made with crumbled tempeh, nutritional yeast, and flavourful spices. Done in under 30 minutes but with all-day flavour and packed with plant-based protein, this vegetarian bolognese sauce is the perfect quick and healthy weeknight dinner. {Pin this}

6. Turmeric Latte Mix

turmeric latte in a black mug with oat milk and turmeric latte mix in the background

You can make your own Turmeric Latte Mix in a matter of minutes! It’s as easy as whisking together a basic turmeric latte recipe in bulk – it’s inexpensive, and it makes for a fabulous homemade gift. {Pin this}

7. Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry

An easy, heathy, and delicious Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry. Loaded with vegetables, warming spices, and coconut milk, this is nourishing comfort food at its best. {Pin this}

8. Carrot Apple Smoothie with Ginger

two glasses of carrot apple smoothie on a grey background garnished with apple slices

A zippy Carrot Apple Smoothie with a touch of ginger and lemon for extra zing. This easy vegan recipe takes just a few minutes to whip up in your blender and will load you up with antioxidants and healthy plant-based fiber and protein. {Pin this}

9. Berry Cream Pie Overnight Oats

jars of overnight oats topped with strawberries on a grey background

Berry Cream Pie Overnight Oats – Get your breakfast ready the night before and you’ll be in for a treat in the morning! Naturally sweetened with banana, and gut-friendly with yoghurt and a long soak to ferment the oats, these overnight oats are creamy, dreamy, and packed with good nutrition. {Pin this}

10. How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Purée

three glass jars of pumpkin puree on a grey background

It’s easy and inexpensive to make and freeze your own Homemade Pumpkin Purée! With these simple step by step instructions you’ll have a stash of pumpkin puree in your freezer to use in soups, cakes, pies, muffins, and more! {Pin this}

And a few of my favourites

These one didn’t necessarily top the carts, but are a handful of recipes that are near and dear to my heart. 

Warm Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes and Halloumi

a blue bowl with warm zucchini noodle salad with tomatoes and halloumi

This Warm Zucchini Noodle Salad with fried halloumi and burst tomatoes is a delicious, low-carb, and healthy alternative to a traditional pasta dish. It’s quick and easy to make, naturally gluten-free, and a great way to get in extra veggies!

Healthy Cherry Muffins 

a tray of cherry muffins on a grey background with fresh cherries scattered around

Healthy Cherry Muffins made with fresh cherries and dark chocolate chunks! This muffin recipe is easy to make and uses good-for-you ingredients like yoghurt, oatmeal, and wholegrain rye flour. It’s a cherry muffin the whole family will love!

Baked Zucchini Fries

A tray of baked zucchini fries with a pot of dip and a squeezed lime

These Oven Baked Zucchini Fries are a healthy alternative to deep fried, and they’re super easy to make! Nice and crispy on the outside thanks to panko breadcrumbs, these are a tasty, crunchy treat. 

Coconut Banana Granola

coconut banana granola in a white bowl

Use up your brown bananas in this healthy Coconut Banana Granola Recipe! Easy to make, vegan, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, this homemade granola is perfect for breakfast or afternoon snacks. 

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