December 30, 2019

Top Posts of 2019 (+ Life Update)

Hello! I’ve missed you all. It feels so good to be back! I’ve taken the past two weeks off from blogging to be fully present for my college graduation and Christmas.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this blog, but the past two weeks have been such a joyous, restful time. My heart is so full. And now I’m ready to celebrate the end of an amazing year and run full force into next year.

The point of this post is to share with you the posts you most enjoyed this year (in case you missed them). But I also want to take a couple paragraphs to update you on what’s been going on in my life. If you’re just interested in the posts, skip down a couple paragraphs — I won’t be offended.

For those who are still reading this, thank you. You all are my friends and family, even if I don’t know you personally. And I’m grateful that you support me.

Life Update

Well the big news is that I graduated college!! This semester was my last semester of undergrad. I spent 3.5 years at IU and now have a degree in Economic Consulting and Business Analytics with a minor in Mathematics. What a journey it has been!

When I started college I didn’t like it at all, but now I love it and am so sad that it’s over. So I decided to stay… at least for another semester. I’m excited to spend another few months in Bloomington. While I’m there I’ll be working at a vegan bakery (!!), searching for a full-time job that I’m passionate about, blogging (of course), and having fun with my friends as (most of them) finish their senior year.

The Lord has been so good to me in 2019 and I can’t wait for what the He has in store for me in 2020.

Now, enough about me. Let’s get to my top 10 of this year. Starting from the bottom, we’ll go through the top posts of 2019.

#10 Plant-Based Banana Bread

Ahh Banana Bread. It’s such a delicious way to eat bananas. And if you know anything about me, you know I love bananas. This banana bread is the perfect combination of light and dense and it’s sweetened only with fruit. The perfect healthy breakfast or snack.

#9 Crispy Baked Tempeh

If you haven’t tried Tempeh, you definitely should. It’s made with fermented soybeans and is absolutely packed with protein. It’s also delicious, especially when you make it extra-crispy like in this recipe.

#8 Vegan Elimination Diet: Week 3

Apparently my elimination diet was pretty popular this year, as you’ll see from the rest of this list. I’m not entirely sure why week 3 was particularly interesting, but if you’re curious, I suggest you check it out. I’ve got some useful tips for you that could help you no matter what your diet looks like.

Roasted Japanese Sweet Potato Rounds

#7 Why I Stopped My Elimination Diet

If my elimination diet wasn’t interesting enough, why I stopped is probably the most intriguing part. I spent a few months over the summer on an elimination diet but something happened that caused me to stop. And it’s not what you think.

#6 Sweet Potato Brownies

I can talk about my elimination diet for hours, but this is a food blog after all. I’m glad you guys enjoyed these Sweet Potato Brownies! These are one of my favorite treats to make, they are cakey but still moist and no one will ever guess that the texture comes from sweet potato. Healthy and delicious!

#5 10 No-Meat Meals for Lent

I’m extremely pleased to see that this made the list. Lent is a beautiful time of anticipation and penance. It is great to see people embracing the sacrifice of not eating meat. This roundup post has some of my favorite recipes, like Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventure’s Ultimate Healthy Vegan Black Bean Burger.

#4 Roasted Japanese Sweet Potato Rounds

Yaassss. This is my all-time favorite recipe. I make Japanese sweet potato rounds literally every week. I love to dip them in peanut butter, tahini, hummus, peanut dressing, or just eat them plain. They are a staple in my kitchen and I’m so excited that you guys got on the sweet potato train too!

#3 Oil-Free Sautéed Spinach

This was one of my first recipes of 2019 and I’m glad it’s become popular. Spinach is so healthy for you. Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you that I always recommend spinach when they get sick. It works miracles! But don’t wait until you get a cold to make some of this spinach. It’s just spinach, onions, and garlic, but it is a great side dish for any meal.

Oil-Free Sautéed Spinach

#2 Vegan Elimination Diet

Aanndd we’re back on the elimination diet train. This post explains all about an elimination diet and outlines my plan for my diet before I started it. If you’re considering an elimination diet for yourself, this is a must-read.

#1 Vegan Elimination Diet: Week 1

You guessed it. My top post of 2019 was indeed about my elimination diet. In this post I walk you through the first week of my diet. This week was particularly hard, especially the first day when I fasted completely, and the next couple days when when I ate nothing but sweet potatoes and spinach. I hope through my struggles during my elimination diet, I can help you be more successful in yours.

And that’s 2019 for ya! I hope you tried some of these recipes and read some of these posts. If not, take a few minutes and go through them!

Here’s to a great 2019 and an even better 2020. Wishing you blessings in the new year!

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