Happy almost new year! The last twelve months have been amazing for us here at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition: we raised over $10,000 through our charity e-cookbook From Scratch (keep an eye out for the 2018 version coming in January), celebrated our third birthday, held a knowledge-packed online culinary nutrition conference, and welcomed hundreds of students to the Culinary Nutrition Expert program. We now have more than 1,500 graduates in 53 countries around the world.
Another main component of what we do is share culinary knowledge, nutrition and recipes with all of you here on the blog. And so, as we get ready to ring in 2018, we are taking a look back at the most popular posts of 2017.
We wish you the happiest and healthiest new year, along with our best wishes for 2018!
Top 10 Posts of 2017
The DIY Guide to Making Dairy-Free Elixirs
When we think of ‘power drinks’, smoothies or green juices usually are the ones that spring to mind. Here at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, we love our dairy-free smoothies but we also like to make homemade dairy-free elixirs. They’re wonderful in cool weather, and also make a great morning pick-me-up or an evening soother depending on the nutritional power we pack into them. And it turns out you love them as much as we do!
Anti-Inflammatory Diet + Lifestyle Guide
Forgive the pun, but inflammation is a ‘hot’ topic. Unfortunately, for many of us inflammation is a constant, chronic problem – and many of you wrote to tell us how much you appreciated our comprehensive anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle tips. We know that anti-inflammatory eating is wonderfully tasty, and we’re glad that you all do too.
How to Make Tinctures and Tonics
Homemade tinctures and tonics are actually not as complicated as you might think and when you learn the common methods to formulate them, the possibilities become endless. It seems like you all are down with culinary and herbal alchemy – and we wish we could sample all of your concoctions.
31 Best Health Podcasts
With thousands of podcasts available, how do you choose which ones to listen to? When we rounded up a mishmash of healthy podcasts that cover food, wellness, fitness, lifestyle and mindfulness, you subscribed and raved about all of the fantastic choices. You can never have too many awesome podcasts on your playlist, so if you haven’t checked this one out yet we highly recommend it!
How to Start a Cooking Cooperative
Want to eat healthier next year? Don’t do it alone – grab a few friends and begin a cooking cooperative. The concept is simple: by working together, many hands make light work of preparing healthy meal components and transforming whole foods into staples or meals. One of our culinary nutrition experts, Maya Henry, walks you through the process with great tips and recipe inspiration.
Your Guide to Culinary Adaptogens
We are living in a stressful time, and adaptogens are plants that help our bodies adapt to mental, physical and emotional stress. They bring our bodies back into balance, supporting the adrenal glands (tiny glands that make our stress and sex hormones) and often improving the central nervous system, mood, energy and cognition. While it’s not optimal that so many people are feeling stressed, it warms our hearts that our guide to adaptogens is helping you to lighted the load.
21 Ways to Get More Protein in Your Diet
Protein is an important macronutrient for healing, growth and repair and many of us aren’t getting enough of it. We’re thrilled that this post by Culinary Nutrition Expert Ashleigh Grange helped you boost your protein intake in an easy, stress-free way.
Roasted Sweet Potato + Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Tahini Drizzle
Brussels sprouts can be one of those tricky vegetables to love if they’re not prepared in the best way. This roasted salad recipe by Culinary Nutrition Expert Abigail Hopkins definitely created some Brussels sprouts lovers! Plus, the maple tahini dressing has become one of our staples that we can basically use on anything.
Healthy Batch Cooking 101
During a busy day, it can be challenging to cook three nutritious meals plus snacks from scratch. While healthy batch cooking may take some extra time at the beginning of the week, spending a few hours on meal prep will actually save you time later. We were happy to know that you were so eager to learn about our healthy batch cooking tips!
How to Brew + Flavour Kombucha
We adore consuming fermented foods like kombucha, but fermentation can be a tricky beast. One of our culinary nutrition experts, Melissa Torio, is a rock star fermenter and we were very excited when she shared her step-by-step guide to brewing and flavouring kombucha. It’s actually quite simple, and we love that there are now kombucha brews growing around the world!
We have a plethora of fantastic content and recipes coming in your way in 2018, so there is a lot to look forward to! Happy New Year, and we can’t wait to bring you more culinary nutrition inspiration that will help you live your best and healthiest life.