Jan 01

Top 13 in 2013

You guys like dessert.


I guess that’s why we get along?

Happy New Year!!!

As I looked back at the top posts of 2013, I knew there would be a lot of sweeter dishes.  But whoa.  Of the top 13 2013 posts, 6 were sweet recipes.  What I didn’t realize was that the Work It Out posts are popular too!  I’ll do a better job to writing more of those in 2014 – I’ve been pushing it at the gym, but slacking on the writing.

Thank you to everyone for all of the visits, comments, and many, many laughs in 2013.  I’ve loved getting to know so many awesome people this year, and look forward to continuing these relationships for years to come.

Enough much!  Here’s the lucky (top) 13 to start out ’14…

Top 13 in 2013

13. Work It Out: Gym Confessions


I’m not sure if this was popular because of the announcement or because it was funny… I think both.


12. My Morning Cocktail

My Morning Cocktail

We all know I love a good drink.  Why not start the day with one?  I’ve had this every morning for at least 2 years now.  It’s so energizing – it has eliminated the need for coffee!


11. Strange But Good: Beefy Oatmeal with Blackberry Salsa

Beefy Oatmeal with Blackberry Salsa

This is the most controversial post of 2013.  I literally got hate mail.  This makes it my favorite post.  It’s just savory oats… ;)


10. Microwave Protein Carrot Cake

Microwave Protein Carrot CakeCarrot cake is one of my favorite desserts, so I was excited to see this healthy, protein-laced recipe hack make it to the top!  I still make this all the time.


9. Work It Out: The Ab Edition

Bad diet

Everyone wants the “secret” to abs.  There is no secret.  It really is about what you put in your mouth.  I got a little more specific in this post… actually, I need to re-read these tips…


8. The “No Shit” Diet

No Shit Diet

My favorite post ever.  It’s not rocket science – diet is common sense.  I also list some of my food staples and flavor adds.


7. Oatmeal Cookie Shake

Oatmeal Cookie Shake

I went on a bender with this protein shake.  It really does taste like a cold glass of dough.  Don’t be afraid of the nutritional yeast. ;)


6. Work It Out: Save Your Knees


I hate it for ‘ya, but it seems – like me – many of you struggle with knees issues.  This post is a round-up of exercises to strengthen your leg muscles without stressing your knees.


5. Protein Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Protein Oatmeal Cookie Bars

These are the bars that Lee Haney, 8x Mr.Olympia, claimed to be “delicious.”  I grinned for days.


4. Strange But Good: Chocolate Avocado Cookies

Chocolate Avocado Cookie

Avocado is a great (vegan!) way to add healthy fats in baking.  I’ve done it here, in scones, and in a cake… and no one was the wiser!


3. Red Velvet Protein Bars

Red Velvet Protein Bars

These bars are from a guest post by Kammie.  You should make them.  Immediately, if not sooner.


2. Spaghetti (Squash) Pie

Spaghetti Squash Pie

The second most popular post of 2013 was the only “dinner” recipe.  This is one of my personal favorites.  It is a healthy version of the pie my mom made growing up.  I’ve made it repeatedly, and created a Mexican version.


1. Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal

Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal with Icing

This was the most popular post of 2013, and the recipe I’ve re-made the most.  I am NOT a morning person (that’s putting it mildly).  I made these to keep in the freezer for a quick breakfast as I’m running out the door.  It’s really good with pumpkin or banana too!

And that’s what I ate in 2014. Don’t forget to check out Jenn’s link up!


I thought 2013 flew by… but some of these posts seem really far away!  I guess it wasn’t faster than any other year.

What are some of your favorite posts from 2013?  Feel free to share a link!

What posts do you most enjoy?  Anything you’d like to see more (or less) in 2014?



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  1. Court Star @ StarSystemzFitness

    I love this post, its nice to see all that you have created and wrote this year! I have to try your version of the ACV, I am interested to see how I react with it, it looks so delish and a nice way to tackle that shot cause we both know its a TOUGH one to chug! Happy New Year Laura! Lots of Love and Health in 2014! C

    1. Laura

      Let me know if it works for you! I’m so immune now that I can shoot it… not sure if that’s good or bad… ;)

  2. lindsay

    the no shit diet, still my fav. Mainly cause Calee chimed in. haha, pun not intended.

    1. Laura

      That was one of the best interactions of the year – Calee rocks.

  3. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    I pinned the red velvet protein bars immediately after your post and it got so many repins! And I still didn’t make them! Unacceptable.
    Also, the Protein Oatmeal Cookie Bars look perfect – I missed those! Thanks for sharing again!!
    Happy New Year!!

    1. Laura

      I finally made them this weekend – 100% must-try. I can’t believe it took me so long as well.

  4. Alicia at Poise in Parma

    LOVE rule #3 of the “no shit” diet. GOLDEN.

    The “Save Your Knees” post is so important – people don’t realize how important it is to take care of that part of the body.

    Great offering of posts here!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! #3 was my favorite too. ;)

  5. Linz @ Itz Linz

    your commentary is the best lol

  6. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    I love this post, a reminder of so many great posts! Now I really want to make that spag squash pie tonight.

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Now I want it too… good cold weather food!

  7. Alex @ therunwithin

    those red velvet protein bars still look to die for. hope you have a great new year’s day !

    1. Laura

      I FINALLY made them this weekend – they are, indeed, to die for. :)

  8. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    So you + me need to collab on something EPIC this year. Just saying. ;)

    Happy New Year HOTTTTTT STUFF!

    1. Laura

      Totally agree!!! I want to be famous in a GiGi video.

      1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

        HAPPENING – lets talk ideas!!! Seriously ;)

  9. Jody - Fit at 56

    I enjoy you period no matter what you write! :) You got hate meal over a recipe???? Holy crap! Happy 2014!!!!

  10. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Isn’t it fun to look back at the popular posts? It always surprises me, too. Happy New Year!

  11. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Happy New Year!! I remember every single one of these posts, and the No Shit diet is one of my favorites too. I’m sad to see your asparagus love didn’t make the list though. It should have. People don’t know what they’re missing.

    1. Laura

      I guess people aren’t as fascinated by my pee as I am. *shrug*

      1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets


  12. Kim

    Fun recap!!
    I’m so excited to see the spaghetti squash pie recipe – that (spaghetti squash) is on my list to finally try this year and I’m on the hunt for recipes – this might be the perfect one!!!
    Happy 2014!

    1. Laura

      Thanks! I hope you let me know when you try it – I’d love to hear what you think!

  13. Karla

    So much GREAT content! I always love seeing your recipe experiments, Laura, and especially can’t wait to try #1, 2 and 10. :) Happy 2014!

    1. Laura

      I need #10 tonight – it’s so cold! And I made a pumpkin version of #1 to have for the week. It worked well!

      1. Karla

        Yum! Such a smart idea!

  14. AmyC

    Love the no shit diet ;)

  15. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I just love that I remember almost every one of these posts – yay! :) I’m ready for an amazing 2014!!!!

  16. purelytwins

    wahoo no shit diet! love it!!

    Happy new years !

    1. Laura

      That’s forever my favorite. :) Happy 2014!!!

  17. Tess Moore

    GREAT posts!! Keep ‘em comin’ for 2014!!!!

  18. RavieNomNoms

    Love all those! I just love keeping up with you in general! I cannot wait to see what you come up with in the next year!

    1. Laura

      Awwww… thanks! I think that Pumpkin Beer Bread should have made top 13 too. Genius idea you had! :)

  19. Missy

    I had forgotten all about that spaghetti squash pie…..

    it is SO ON.

    1. Laura

      I had too! I’ll join you. :)

  20. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    I am fascinated by your morning cocktail!
    I just started giving my dogs a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar 2 times a week – I did not think that what worked for them would work for me too – Thank You Laura!
    Happy New Year Fellow Atlanta Blogger!

    1. Laura

      It has SO many benefits! It’s also great for heart burn.

      P.S. Are you freezing right now?!

  21. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    I love that your favorite post was the one you got hate mail from. Haha you’re a riot.

    Happy New Year girl!! xoxo

  22. Hannah

    Even though I’d love to eat allllll of these (edible) things, what I want most is to curl up on the couch with a real cocktail and you.

    1. Laura

      Can you keep me warm? My Southern blood is half frozen.

  23. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    These are all good ones! I don’t think I can pick a favorite….

  24. Stacy @ Stacy Eats

    Happy New Year! Your gym confessions cracked me up. Hilarious!

    1. Laura

      Happy New Year to you too! We need to have another meet up very soon!

  25. Fran@BCDC

    I keep saying I’m going to try the morning cocktail. Gotta get the glutomine and aminos. Does the Fitmixer cover both? I need to order it. Thanks, Laura, have a great day!

    1. Laura

      I have a separate glutamine, but you may no need it unless you’re doing some hard core working out. It’s really good for soreness/muscle recovery. Fitmixer and I had to break up – their customer service was terrible and they had some questionable ingredients. Still trying to find one I love… but your local nutrition store should be able to help out!

  26. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    You seriously got hate mail over the beefy oats? Omg, people seriously need to get.a.LIFE!!

    I’m definitely looking forward to more of your work it out posts since I’m FINALLY able to do more with my knee! Oh…guess what! The other day, I diddddddddddddd JUMPING JACKS!!! I just decided to give it a try and I didn’t have a single bit of pain! Whoop WHOOP!

    Oh, and WHAT would 2014 be without much much more #strangebutgoodness?! ;)

    1. Laura

      It was insane. People have WAY too much free time.

      Jumping jacks rock – not too hard on the body and they keep your heart rate up. I’m so glad you’re finally healing up!!!

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