Top Nutritioulicious Recipes & Posts of 2016

Say goodbye to 2016 with a roundup of the top Nutritioulicious recipes and posts of the year! 

Say goodbye to 2016 with a roundup of the top Nutritioulicious recipes and posts of the year @jlevinsonrd.

Well, we’re finally here at the end of 2016. It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by and another new one is starting. I haven’t quite figured out my professional goals for 2017, but one thing I definitely plan to do is continue to share quality recipes and nutrition tips with you.

To help me provide you with everything you want to cook, read, and know about, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line over email to ask for what you want. I will also be putting together a short survey to get your feedback directly at the start of the New Year, so be on the lookout for that.

I wanted to take this opportunity on the last working day of 2016 to share with you my top Nutritioulicious recipes and posts of 2016. If you want to see what came out on top last year, check out my 2015 Nutritioulicious Year in Review.

This year’s top Nutritioulicious recipes included some of my personal favorites as well as some recipes I was surprised to find so high up on the list. The top nutrition posts are also interesting and show me that people are looking for ideas of what to feed their kids and that you all love recipe roundups!

Before we get to the top Nutritioulicious recipes and posts of 2016 I wanted to share a couple of fun facts with you!

  • Over the past year, my blog audience grew over 200 percent! I’m thankful to each and every one of you who takes the time to come visit me here at Nutritioulicious. I know how saturated the blogging world is and I appreciate you making my site one of your most visited.
  • I launched my Nutritious Food, Delicious Life newsletter in August! If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here.
  • I finally got on the Facebook Live bandwagon and shared my top 3 meal planning tips in my first one on December 1st. If you missed it, you can check it out here.
  • I posted 43 new recipes in 2016 – the exact same number as last year!

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Drumroll please…..

Top Nutritioulicious Recipes of 2016

#1 Valentine’s Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Dark chocolate, creamy greek yogurt, and sweet strawberries are the perfect combination in this frosty, heart-healthy Valentine’s Day Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie.

This decadently delicious and heart-healthy smoothie (which was developed for Nutritioulicious by Kaleigh over at the Lively Table blog) is also the #1 pinned recipe from Nutritioulicious this year with over 17.5K pins!

#2 Ricotta Berry Oatmeal Cups

Ricotta Berry Oatmeal Cups | Whole grain oatmeal cups are studded with wild blueberries and full of low-fat dairy and warming spices. A good source of protein, fiber, and calcium, making them the perfect way to start the day! Get the gluten-free, egg-free, vegetarian recipe @jlevinsonrd.

I always have a batch of these oatmeal muffin cups in my freezer for those mornings when we’re rushing out the door. Clearly this idea resonates with many of you as well!

#3 Three Bean Vegetarian Chili 

This gluten-free and dairy-free Three Bean Vegetarian Chili is filled with protein- and fiber-rich beans, vitamin C-rich vegetables, and antioxidant-rich herbs and spices. It will warm you up and nourish you throughout the cold days of winter. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd

There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of this hearty chili filled with veggies and plant-based protein. This recipe is also my most popular on Yummly this year!

#4 Watermelon Mojito

A delightfully refreshing, no-sugar-added Mojito gets a summery twist with the addition of fresh watermelon! @jlevinsonrd

Of course you all loved this refreshing and gorgeous mojito! Watermelon also happens to be my favorite summer fruit!

#5 Cinnamon Apple Noodle Kugel

Cinnamon Apple Noodle Kugel is a sweet and comforting side dish traditionally served at Jewish holiday meals. Also known as noodle pudding or noodle casserole, this kugel can also be enjoyed for a sweet weekend breakfast. This version is a dairy-free, nut-free lightened up version of the classic. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.

This noodle kugel recipe is a healthier makeover of my mother’s and grandmother’s family recipe. I’m honestly surprised it made it to the top 5, but that goes to show what food memories are made of!

Honorable mentions go to the other five top Nutritioulicious recipes in the top 10: 5-Ingredient Orange Maple Salmon (#6, this is my go-to easy dinner), Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Skewers (#7), Peaches & Cream Overnight Oats (#8), Grilled Avocados Stuffed with Black Bean Salsa (#9), and Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes (#10)

Top 5 Nutritioulicious Non-Recipe Posts of 2016

#1 Why You Should Love Pulses

Find out all the reasons to love pulses and join the celebration of the International Year of Pulses by taking the Pulse Pledge! @jlevinsonrd

2016 was the International Year of Pulses, so it’s no surprise this was my most popular non-recipe post! I have no doubt we’ll keep seeing pulses on trend in 2017, so be sure to get some pulse recipes in my roundup!

#2 Quick, Easy, & Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Packing a healthy school lunch for your kids is quick and easy with these five kid- and mom-approved ideas (plus 36 recipes to put them into action)! Get them @jlevinsonrd.

All parents need healthy lunch ideas for their kids!

#3 40 Quick & Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Back to School

40 Quick & Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Back to School | Give your kids - and yourself - a nutritious start to their school day with these quick and healthy breakfast recipes @jlevinsonrd!

Once lunch is packed, figuring out a quick and healthy breakfast to give the family on school days is next on the list! You can never have too many ideas!

#4 Why It’s Okay to Eat Non-Organic Strawberries & 40+ Strawberry Recipes to Enjoy

Whether you choose to buy organic or not, strawberries are safe to eat. Find out why you shouldn't be afraid to eat non-organic strawberries @jlevinsonrd.

The question of whether you should buy organic or conventional comes up all the time. Clearly this post was an important read for many of you.

#5 Chicken Myths & Truths + Healthy Chicken Recipes

Find out the truth about some common chicken myths about how chickens are raised and how to cook chicken safely. Plus over 35 healthy and delicious chicken recipes @jlevinsonrd.

Food labeling and news about our food supply leave many of you (rightly) confused over what you should buy and how you should prepare food. Myth busting and shedding light on what you need to know is one of my goals. Plus, I gave you over 35 healthy chicken recipes in this post!

So there you have it, the top Nutritioulicious recipes and posts you all loved in 2016. Before I sign off for the year I also wanted to share with you my favorite recipe from 2016 – Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu. Cauliflower rice was hot in 2016 and it looks like cauliflower in all forms will continue to be on trend in 2017, so I hope you give my favorite recipe of the year a try!

Happy new year and see you in 2017!

What was your favorite Nutritioulicious recipe and post in 2016?

Share with me in the comments below!

Say goodbye to 2016 with a roundup of the top Nutritioulicious recipes and posts of the year @jlevinsonrd.
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17 Responses to Top Nutritioulicious Recipes & Posts of 2016


  1. Laura says:

    These all look so yummy!! I totally want to make valentines smoothies for my kids!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Laura! It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day is almost here – enjoy those smoothies!

  2. Hmmm, I better try out that chocolate smoothie now, just to make sure I have it perfected for Valentine’s Day 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Haha…that sounds like a good plan!

  3. Congrats on such an amazing year! So many great posts in 2016 and I know there are so many more to come. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us. I know I need to follow your lead on the video thing…hopefully soon. Happy New Year- have fun tonight!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Sonali! I’m not 100% sure what 2017 has in store yet – I better get to figuring that out though! Hopefully some more video and definitely more delicious recipes!! Can’t wait to tackle it and appreciate your support when I do! Happy new year!

  4. Love the chicken myths and truths, it’s great to remember that no food is perfect

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Amanda! “No food is perfect” – love that! Thanks!

  5. Kerri Olkjer says:

    Congrats on an awesome 2016! Happy New Year! I’m so excited for 2017.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Kerri! Happy New Year to you too. Hope 2017 is great!

  6. Chelsey says:

    Congrats on another year of important posts, delicious recipes and so much fun! Happy New Year to you and your family!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Chelsey! Happy new year to you too!

  7. Kaleigh says:

    Congrats on such a successful year! 200% is amazing! I’ve still got to get around to FB live!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Kaleigh! You’ll get there, I know it!

  8. Sara @sarahaasrdn.com says:

    Oh that kugel! I remember when you posted that one! So delicious! Love all that you do and excited to see what 2017 holds for you!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Sara! Happy 2017!

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