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The Best of GoodFoodMama 2016

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It’s the last day of 2016! Time to reflect on a year that for some was pretty rough, but instead of delving into the negative I’m going to end this year on the positive and bring in the new like I did some 365 days ago, with “Gratitude.

I have so much to be thankful for: my health, my family and friends, my business and you my amazing followers! I’m grateful for you and I am looking forward to motivating and inspiring you and for some even working more closely with one-on-one health coaching in 2017.  It’s going to be a great year!

This is also the time that I like to look back at the most popular posts on GoodFoodMama (Twitter and Instagram) so that you and I get one more look at the favorites and to give you an opportunity to read posts you might have missed.

Here’s a look back at 2016…

GoodFoodMama is growing we had over 20,000 visitors and over 15,000 views!

Here are the top 2-blog posts that got the most views in 2016!

  1. Once again, this post from Oct. 23 2013 – To Eat or Not To Eat Before Your Early Morning Workout? continues to be the most popular post on my blog third year in a row – 2,761 views this year alone! What do you think?
  1. Cooking Guides for Using Herbs and Spices had 1,421 views! Check it out for great cooking tips!

Most popular post on Instagram…See it here and follow me!

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 Most popular post on Twitter…See it here and follow me!

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The Best of GoodFoodMama 2015

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Wow 2015 is almost over! Are you taking some time to reflect?

The last week of December is one that I embrace while reflecting over the year. I ponder about my successes and things I might want to do differently in the coming year. It is also at this time that I like to look back at the activity of GoodFoodMama including the most popular posts so that you and I get one more look at the favorites and to give you an opportunity to read posts you might have missed. This year I am also adding some of the most popular posts from GoodFoodMama’s FB page!

Here’s a look back at 2015…

These are the top 5 posts that got the most views in 2015!

  1. This post from Oct. 23 2013 continues to be the most popular post on my blog – 2,347 views this year alone! What do you think? To Eat or Not To Eat Before Your Early Morning Workout?

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  1. Are you eating your greens? 
  1. Check out these Thanksgiving Fruit and Veggie Platters – so much fun!
  1. Healthy Halloween Treats Kids (and Parents) Will Love!
  1. Best Food Quotes #17

Honorable mentions:

Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & Canada were not far behind.  
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The busiest day of the year was November 23rd and the most popular post that day was Mindfully Fit Holiday Health Challenge.

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Check out the top two post on GoodFoodMama’s FB page:

On Feburary 20 – 4,542 people viewed “Your food choices are very powerful

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On Feburary 23 – 7,804 people viewed this post “Relationship with Food Healthy vs Unhealthy

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This is just a taste of the activity at GoodFoodMama in 2015! Take some time and peruse and like www.facebook.com/goodfoodmama and subscribe to GoodFoodMama.com to receive new posts, newsletters and giveaways by email.

Thank you for following, liking and subscribing to GoodFoodMama in 2015!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!

Donna aka GoodFoodMama!

My 10 Most Popular Posts for 2014!

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Hi Everyone! I just wanted to say THANK YOU for a great year at GoodFoodMama! The list below represents what posts you found most interesting this year. The first two are from 2013 and they got the most views in 2014!

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1. CHECK OUT THESE THANKSGIVING FRUIT AND VEGGIE PLATTERS – SO MUCH FUN! #1 Most Views

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2. TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT BEFORE YOUR EARLY MORNING WORKOUT? #2 Most Views

3. HOW TO PACK YOUR LUNCH (NOT JUST FOR KIDS)

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4. SOME THOUGHTS FOR A HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

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5. KIDS WHO COOK – INTERVIEW WITH 9-YEAR-OLD EMILIA GAJANO-BLYTHE

6. HOW TO MAKE YOUR BREAKFAST – POST THIS ONE ON THE FRIDGE TOO!

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7. HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY EATING FUN FOR KIDS

8. TOP 10 SOURCES OF VEGETABLE PROTEIN

9. GREAT TOOL! COLORFUL CHART OF HEALTH BENEFITS FROM EATING FRUITS AND VEGGIES

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10. HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS KIDS (AND PARENTS) WILL LOVE!

 

I would love to hear from you in the comments on what you’d like to see more of or less of in 2015.

 

Favorites List – Some of My Favorite Things About Fall and Winter

Whoa it has been quite a few months since I posted a “Favorites List” so here it is, some of my favorite things about Fall and Winter!

Soups

I love soups year-round, but even more so during the colder months of Fall and Winter! I’ll make (and eat) everything from chicken garlic to black bean soup. Here is a really useful infographic 10 Easy Homemade Soups from Shape.com

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Artichokes

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I heart Artichoke Hearts! This yummy vegetable has appeared on many of my favorites list, but I am really in to artichokes right now so here it is again. Besides being absolutely delicious artichokes are low in calories and fat and it’s a rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. I am so happy that they are available during the fall and winter. This article from Ocean Mist Farms “All About Artichokes” is super informative! They have tips on selecting and handling to preparing. Really good recipes too! You must check them out!

Holiday Parties and Get-togethers

I love getting together and celebrating with friends and family during this time of the year! I always try to spend quality time with the people in my life throughout the year, but it always feels a little more special during the holidays.

Fall Fashion

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I think the one thing I like most about colder weather is Fall Fashion in particular: boots, scarfs and cozy sweaters! I love boots! All you need are some leggings and long tees and you are good to go!

Getting Cozy

The weather during the fall and winter makes me feel warm and toasty inside. It brings a different feeling in the air when the leaves start falling and the weather is crisp and cool. Everyone who knows me knows I love warm weather, but there’s nothing like cozy nights by the fire with a good book and a cup of tea or relaxing with my two girls and Coco (chocolate lab)!

Favorites List – March/April 2014

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Here are some of my favorite foods to eat and things to do.

The most favorite thing for me, starting in the month of March is spring!

 What I love about spring – it’s like a summer tease! I love sunshine and warm weather, so with spring I get both without the heat of summer.

 Here are some Fun Facts about spring:

  • In spring, the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun, increasing the number of daylight hours and bringing warmer weather that causes plants to bring forth new growth.
  • The first spring flowers are typically daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris and lilacs.
  • Spring fever is not just a myth – the body may experience physiological changes due to changes in diet, hormone production and temperature.

and a really cool poem about spring…

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Now on to food…

It is artichoke season, yay! I have fond memories of eating artichokes as a child, peeling those leaves one after the other anticipating the artichoke heart. Besides being absolutely delicious, one large artichoke contains only 25 calories, no fat, 170 milligrams of potassium, and is a good source of vitamin C, folate, magnesium and dietary fiber.

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Artichokes are in season March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December.

Read “How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke” from SimplyRecipes.com

To Do

Like I mentioned in my Favorite List from February, I have a passion for creating art! I have created two of soon to be four pieces of art from recycled metal, newspaper and acrylic paint! I am excited about these pieces and you can view them on Etsy here. I am working on two more for this four part series using recycled metal. My art is part of Re-Up Arts, which I started with a friend,where we create art using discarded materials. We also provide summer camps and after-school classes for kids to explore using and re-using the available resources around them to create “art with purpose.”

Visit our FB page: www.facebook.com/ReUpArts or follow us on Pinterest!

Well that’s it for now. What have you all been up to? What are some of your favorite things?

Favorites List – February 2014

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The most favorite thing for me in the month of February is celebrating my oldest daughters birthday. She will be turning 11 this month. Happy Birthday Mi Amor! Now on to food…

To Eat – I have been on this lettuce wrap kick for a while now.  They are super easy to make and my kids like them too!  Here are three of my favorite recipes:

Turkey Lettuce Wraps  from The Food Network

Thai Lettuce Wraps Recipe (Vegan) 

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe from Taste of Home

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe photo by Taste of Home

To Do – Next to helping people be healthy (writing about food and nutrition, going in to schools or communities and teaching children and adults about ways to eat well or teaching indoor cycling classes), my most favorite thing to do is create art!

I love all kinds of art, like paining, collage, crafts, and jewelry design, but my favorite is taking recycled or discarded items and transforming them in to beautiful “art with purpose”.  A friend and I started “Re-Up Arts” where we explore the many ways to use otherwise discarded materials to make art. We also provide summer camps for kids ages 6 to 11 to discover using and re-using the available resources around them to create “art with purpose” thus creating generations of artists who are more environmentally conscious. Visit our FB page: www.facebook.com/ReUpArts or follow us on Pinterest!

To Read – I have truly been enjoying reading about Joy The Baker’s travels in Uganda. THINGS I LEARNED IN UGANDA BIG AND SMALL

That’s it for February’s Favorites List, short and sweet, just like the month!

Favorites List – January 2014

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Here are some of my favorite foods to eat, things to do and books/articles to read for January 2014!

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To Eat

Love, love love me some kale!  Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables around loaded with potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, iron, and calcium. You also get 2 grams of protein per serving.  Here is a really good Kale and Caramelized Onion and Grilled Cheese recipe from Cooking Light. Eat Seasonably also has some great recipes for kale.

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Oh how I adore Green Tea!

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I drink green tea at a minimum 3 times per day in one form or another. Green tea soy latte is my morning fix; Green Tea Smoothie is for the afternoon, and a simple cup of green tea at night. Green tea is the least processed and thus provides the most antioxidant polyphenols, notably a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to green tea.

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To Do

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

I can’t stand clutter! I am no neat freak, but I do like some organization in my home and life. When I can’t find what I am looking for or I open a cabinet and things start falling out I become one frustrated and stressed out mama. Decluttering is one of my favorite things to do in January! I actually declutter twice a year (January and June).  I’ve already started with my kitchen! Declutter 101: How To Cut Clutter At Home from Organized Home has some great tips on decluttering your home. I also like Changing Habits to Keep Your Home Clutter-Free from Decluttering.org.

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To Read

CookedI am really enjoying “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” by Michael Pollan. In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores his own kitchen and the use of the four elements—fire, water, air, and earth— to cook delicious things to eat and drink.

Read more about it here Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

 

This beautiful poem is just right for the beginning of 2014  New Beginnings Poem  author unknown.

GoodFoodMama’s Most Popular Posts of 2013

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Here are links to my most popular posts for 2013! This was great to look at because it gave me an idea of what some of you like to read!  Read them again or share them with your friends!

Thanks for following and reading my blog and here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!

To Eat or Not To Eat Before Your Early Morning Workout?

Reducing Your Child’s Sugar Intake – Why and How?

IF YOUR GOAL IS TO EAT WELL AND/OR LOSE WEIGHT STAY CLEAR OF THE CAN’T LIST AND FOCUS ON YOUR CAN LIST!

 Eat Seasonably! Cool Infographic on Seasonable Eating

FAST FOOD COMPANIES – STILL EXPLOITING OUR KIDS WITH THEIR FOOD ADS 

Favorites List – November 2013

4 Tasty (and healthy) Breakfast Smoothies Recipes 

MY TOP PICKS FOR FUN VEGETABLE RECIPES FOR KIDS

ARE YOU COMMITTED TO PRIORITIZING YOUR HEALTH?

 Favorites List – December 2013

 

 

Favorites List – December 2013

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Here are some of my favorite foods to eat, things to do and books/articles to read this month!

To eat:

One of my favorite things to eat is Sweet Potatoes in every which way possible. Baked, boiled, roasted, mashed, as hash browns, chips, fries, soup and pie.  Here are two of my favorite recipes.  Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions from MyRecipes.com and Spicy Sweet Potato Soup from Allrecipes.com

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My daughters recently gave me a waffle iron for my birthday and I have been putting it to good use.  Weekends have been even more special because of homemade waffles.  Love this “Whole Wheat Waffles” recipe from 100 Days of Real Food.

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To do:

I love music, all kinds of music. One of my favorite songs to listen to is Adele’s “One and Only” over and over again.  In the car, while I’m cooking and when I’m blogging.

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Hill walking with my Chocolate Lab Coco and one of my BFF’s and his two Chocolate Lab’s is a trek I look forward to twice a week.  We average 5 miles each hike, but sometimes we go for a 7-miler, woo-hoo!

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To read:

What To Eat” by Marion Nestle is by far one of the best guidebooks on food I have ever read. She tells you everything you need to know about food so that you can make informed food choices.

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I am always preaching about eating real food, good food so I really enjoying reading through the posts at “100 Days of Real Food”  a blog dedicated to cutting out processed food while attempting to consume strictly real food.

Favorites List – November 2013

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Here are some of my favorite foods to eat, things to do and books/articles to read this month!

To eat:

persimmonFuyu Persimmons are one of the reasons why I love the fall. They are sweet and tasty, crunchy little bundles of joy. I enjoy eating fuyus persimmons fresh or as in a salad Spinach Salad with Fuyu Persimmon, Jicama & Avocado with Miso Dressing from Cookin’ Canuck.

Soup. I tend to cook and eat more soup during November, than any other month.  As the days get shorter and the nights get longer nothing makes me feel all warm and toasty as a good bowl of homemade soup such as, this deliciously simple Chicken Noodle soup from Simply Recipes  or this yummy Autumn Vegetable soup from Fine Cooking.

 

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To do:

Oh how I enjoy walking around kicking the fall leaves and being totally amazed by the beautiful colors and shapes. Now it is even more enjoyable, because I am experiencing it with my daughters.

Hanging out with family and friends during Thanksgiving and reflecting on what we are thankful for.

Teaching indoor cycling classes at the new Ride Oakland a dedicated indoor cycling studio. Deb and Helen (co-owners) are great! Opening day is November 25th!

To read:

Food Rules An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan. Oh how I love reading this book over an over.

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That the FDA has finally banned trans fat – GOOD NEWS: FDA BANS TRANS FATS (PLUS TOP 5 TRANS FAT OFFENDERS)