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We Need To Talk.  Again.
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Top 10 Recipes of 2013

Yes, yes, I know.  I expect for most of you 2013 is a rapidly fading memory already, but before it disappears entirely from view I wanted to share last years Top 10 Recipes of 2013 – the most popular sane recipes and Top 5 most popular non-recipe posts.  I think it will be a good place to start for all you lovely new readers who have joined in the last few weeks since Jonathan’s book burst onto the New York Times Bestsellers List.

For me, 2013 was an interesting year: I changed day jobs twice and bosses thrice – not an approach I recommend although it certainly added some color, not to mention drama, to the proceedings; I travelled to California, Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia;  JB and I reached over 2 million listeners on our Smarter Science of Slim Show; Mr. McHenry joined the Brown house; JB and I shot a two-day creativeLive Smarter Science of Slim workshop, and I published my first 3 delicious and nutritious cookbooks (now 4!)  Phew.  I was also diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder, but decided early on that I wasn’t going to let any silly old chemical imbalance take me down.

All things considered, it was a most fantastic year and a wildly exciting year and a most exhausting year all at the same time.  Some of the very best bits of 2013 were brought about by you, and I thank you – hand on heart – for all your support and cheering and love and laughter that you add to my life.  There were a few times when you totally pulled me through, and at the risk of sounding a little sappy, I heart you.  2013 would not have been half the year it was without you in it.  Thank you.

It seems you lovely readers were all about breakfasts and snacks in 2013 – staying sane on the go was what you needed – if the Top 10 most popular recipe posts were anything to go by.  Here’s the Top 10 Recipes of 2013.

2012-10-21 Green Smoothie - Strawberry and Avocado-4981

Green Smoothie – Strawberry Milkshake

2012-11-3 Hot Seed Cereal-5088

Hot and Nutty Cereal

2012-11-4 Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies-5100

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

How to cook a pork chop | Top 10 Recipes of 2013

How To Cook A Pork Chop

2013-6-16 Peanut Butter Ice Cream-7852

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

2013-7-20 Green Smoothie - Chocolate Raspberry-8185

Green Smoothie – Chocolate Raspberry

2012-10-28 Cheesy Scones (Biscuits)-5034

Cheesy Scones (Biscuits)

2013-2-10 Cranberry Almond Protein Bars-6003

Cranberry Almond Protein Bars

2013-5-27 Lemon Shortbread Cookies-7567

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

2012-12-9 Chocolate Yogurt Supreme-5563

Chocolate Yogurt Supreme


And then there were the most popular non-recipe posts of the year, which don’t have pretty pictures but do offer up oodles of tips and tricks on living a sane life.


Top 10 Recipes of 2012 – proof if any were needed that “Top 10” posts are well-read and useful!

Smarter Science of Slim / The Calorie Myth ——>> Start Here! – a great page to get you started if you’re new to what SANE means and how to do it.

What are those strange ingredients and where do I get them? – ah those strange ingredients.  Soon you’ll be wondering how you ever cooked great food without them!

It Can Be One Hell Of A Struggle – a lot of you found this post resonated with your own or a loved one’s journey.  Living SANE doesn’t exempt us from trials along the way!

8 Tricks That Make Being Sane At Home Easy – half the battle is won if your home is on your side.


What were your Top 10 Recipes of 2013?  What tip helped you the most to stay sane?






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  • IngridHi Carrie, I stumbled upon your and Bailor’s Calorie Myth podcasts about two months ago, and from there I have been submersing myself in all of it — your recipes, the websites, older podcasts, blogs, and now the Calorie Myth book. I want to thank you for your energy, which is truly contagious. Also, you openness and authenticity, and human-ness. Truly admirable characteristics that you bring to this whole movement of uncovering the simple(ish!) truths about eating and exercising and life. Not to mention, your creativity. Such beautiful creations with wholesome, healthy food! I would love to ramble on and ask a ton of questions, but mostly I wanted to thank! Your energy is truly contagious. I am grateful. Best, IngridReplyCancel

    • carrieIngrid, thank you! You made my day – it is great to hear that my work resonates with people and even helps them. It’s why I do what I do :-)ReplyCancel

  • ErinI can’t believe your leek and cauliflower soup is not in this top 10 list. So simple, yet so divine. I have shared that recipe maybe 10 times now. Never any leftovers. Thanks for creating so many yummy SANE foods. :)ReplyCancel

  • SarahI have read the Calorie Myth and listened to a couple of the podcasts. I love the Chocolate Yogurt Supreme!ReplyCancel

  • Top SANE Recipes 2014 » Carrie Brown | Life in the SANE lane[…] Super fascinating to me this year is that the Top SANE Recipes of 2014 are almost identical to the Top SANE Recipes of 2013.  Now that may be because I wasn’t able to do a lot of recipe developing this year and […]ReplyCancel