Hello there and Happy Friday!  Did you get a little taste of Winter in your area this week?  It’s supposed to be cold and chances of snow here for most of the weekend so I’m sure I’ll be drinking warm beverages, eating comfort comfort foods, and budding up or spending cozy nights indoors.  Be sure to follow all my weekend food, fitness, and fun on Instagram.

Since it’s the first week of 2017 I thought I would reflect back on 2016 blog posts.  I feel like Sweet and Strong really started to grow throughout 2016 as I had more opportunities to work with brands, page views increased each month, I attended Blogfest, and by the end of the year I was consistently posting about twice a week.  I hope to continue to see my blog grow throughout 2017 and would love for you to comment on what you would like to see more of, workouts, healthy recipes, favorite comfort foods, or more lifestyle tips.  Let me know in the comments below!  But now lets get to 2016’s most popular posts based on page views in each category:  Food, Fitness, and Lifestyle.




Favorite Recipes:

Breakfast Power Oatmeal

I still eat this oatmeal almost daily and highly suggest it if you’re trying to increase your protein intake in the morning.

Turkey Taco Sloppy Joes

One of my favorite quick and easy dinner recipes that certainly does NOT lack in flavor!

Broccoli Slaw with Greek Yogurt Dressing

Love this healthy dressing and sweet and crunchy combo.


Beachbody On Demand

Favorite Workouts:

Cardio & Abs Circuit Workout

This workout requires no equipment, I often complete it on days I want to do more cardio or when traveling.

Lower Body Circuit Workout

Ready for a complete LEG BURNER!  Give this workout a try!

Totally Body Cardio and Strength Workout

This is a great workout when you need to be constantly changing moves.  All the cardio and strength circuits make the time go by super fast.


Favorite Lifestyle Posts:

10 Tips for Waking up Early to Workout

This was actually a post from 2015, but it was my most viewed post of 2016.  I know for many people it makes life easier to wake up and get a workout in before work and these are some great tips to get you started or to stay motivated.

What I Ate Wednesday on the 21 Day Fix

This past year I did my first 21 Day Fix and loved it so much I became a Beachbody Coach.  I am so passionate about these programs and love the meal plan that goes along with them.  You are certainly not lacking in food and have plenty of options for healthy meals.

Soul Cycle Class Review and Weekend Highlights

My Weekend Highlights posts are always very popular, in this weekend recap I talked about my first Soul Cycle experience and all the yummy food from the Weekend.

A look back at all the popular recipes, workouts, and lifestyle posts from 2016… Click To Tweet


Vega Probiotics

Thanks to Heather for today’s Friday Favorites link up.  You can see previous Favorites Posts Here.

What do you want to see more of on Sweet and Strong in 2017?

Did you make any resolutions or set goals?

Tell me one of your favorite things you’ve been loving lately.

14 Comments on 2016 Favorite Recipes, Workouts, and Lifestyle Posts

  1. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    January 6, 2017 at 2:33 pm (2 months ago)

    Congrats on a great year! Just keep doing what you are doing! Love your stuff!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      January 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm (2 months ago)

      Thanks Julie, that means a lot coming from one of my fav bloggers =)

      Reply
  2. Susie @ SuzLyfe
    January 6, 2017 at 3:29 pm (2 months ago)

    So much great content! From recipes to workouts to the life in between, you have it covered!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      January 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm (2 months ago)

      Thanks Susie, I like posting the variety!

      Reply
  3. Jen
    January 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm (2 months ago)

    Congrats on a great year! I just recently found your blog, but I am loving it so far- keep it up!!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      January 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm (2 months ago)

      Thanks Jen, that means so much! =)

      Reply
  4. Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    January 6, 2017 at 10:01 pm (2 months ago)

    I love reading your blog! I just wish it was more than twice a week! I’d love more lifestyle posts–healthy living tips are always a favorite of mine to read!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      January 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm (2 months ago)

      When I first started I thought people would be more interested in recipes or workouts. I’m always shocked that lifestyle posts are always the MOST popular!

      Reply
  5. Emily
    January 7, 2017 at 3:13 pm (2 months ago)

    Your blog is so simple, colorful, and I love that you do simple recipes and life style posts. I would love to do more of your workouts; so many workouts to try and so little time. That’s wonderful that you grew so much this year, and are you going to Blogfest this year?

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      January 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm (2 months ago)

      Thanks Emily! And YES, right now I definitely plan to go. I learned so much last year and it was awesome meeting so many fellow bloggers. Are you?!?

      Reply
  6. Sarah @ BucketListTummy
    January 10, 2017 at 12:33 pm (1 month ago)

    I need to check out the post about getting up early to work out. I’m trying to do better but it’s not going well. And that broccoli slaw looks amazing!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      January 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm (1 month ago)

      It is HARD! But after about 10 minutes of being up I’m awake and always happy when the workout it done.

      Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      January 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm (1 month ago)

      You’re so sweet, thanks Laura!

      Reply

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