Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2012

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Good morning! I hope your day is off to a great start. Murphy‘s day definitely is. Check out how I just found his bowl:


I guess breakfast was really delicious this morning! Haha!


Yesterday’s breakfast was my usual French Toast Breakfast Scramble with a couple of scoops of freshly ground honey-roasted peanut butter from Fresh Market and a glass of decaf French vanilla iced coffee with almond milk. Thanks to the honey-roasted peanut butter, which is now gone (I didn’t buy all that much, but still… I have a nut butter problem), it was an especially delicious breakfast.


Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of the Year

Over the weekend, I was playing around and checking the Google Analytics for CNC. I wanted to know what kind of posts garner the most traffic, and I was surprised to see which ones received the highest number of pageviews. It turns out 7 out of my 10 most viewed posts on CNC had images that ended up on Pinterest, which just goes to show you the power of it. Mental note: Use Pinterest more.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 most viewed CNC posts of 2012!

1. So Cheesy

My most viewed post of the year was for a recipe that wasn’t even mine! I blogged about Jessica’s Cheesy Sweet Potato Crisps back in 2010 and one of my photos was pinned (and repinned) all over Pinterest.

cheesy sweet potato crisps

2. “Oatmeal” Minus the Oats

People loved “Oatmeal” Minus the Oats in 2012! This post/image ended up on Pinterest and got pinned around a lot as well.

oatmeal minus the oats

3. Paleo Pumpkin Walnut Muffins

Another popular pin-able recipe! These muffins were a big hit on Pinterest, but I have to admit, I prefer my Paleo Morning Glory Muffins, which I still think are the best muffins I’ve ever made.


4. Life Advice from Murphy

This post ended up on StumbleUpon and went crazy with click throughs. It’s probably my most favorite CNC post of all time, so I’m glad a lot of people got to read it. Murphy is one smart pug.

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5. No More Excuses: Motivational Quotes to Get Your Butt In Gear

Pinterest loved this post because it had tons of motivational quotes and images. Need a little fitness inspiration? This post is for you!


6. 7 Low-Calorie Cocktails You Need to Try

Who doesn’t love a good cocktail? Again, this post was really popular on Pinterest.


7. Paleo Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Paleo was all the rage last year, so this post did well””both on Pinterest and via Google/search.

gingery beef and broccoli

8. 45-Minute Treadmill Workout

In addition to recipes, Pinterest loves workouts! I’ve pinned all sorts of workouts on Pinterest, but this one was by far the most viewed. It is an awesome treadmill workout”” probably my favorite ever.


9. My Top 10 Favorite Foods

This post is so random… and old. I still can’t believe it was one of my most viewed of the year. It must have some really great SEO because people find it all the time and still comment on it. If you want a good laugh, read some of the comments on the last page related to “pug meat.” Haha!

top 10 foods

10. How 3 Months of CrossFit Changed My Body

I guess people wanted to know how CrossFit might change their body. Lots of web searches turned up this post.


Weekly Workouts

  • Sunday: CrossFit
  • Monday: CrossFit
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Hot yoga or CrossFit
  • Friday: Hot yoga or CrossFit
  • Saturday: Off

Questions of the Day

Bloggers: What are your most popular posts?

Do you use Pinterest? If so, what do you primarily use it for?

What was your favorite CNC post from last year?

P.S. I saw this card trick on Ellen the other day and just wanted to share. It’s pretty cool and you can do it at home. Of course, Mal and I broke out a deck of cards to see if it worked. (It did!)



  1. Your making me realize I need to work in my Pinterest skills! I’m not surprised you get a lot of web traffic to your post on crossfit. Most of my google searches involve people looking for before/after using Jillian Michaels dvd’s!

  2. My most popular posts have also been some of my most controversial. I get that though and expect it. Sometimes, I think it shows a lot of dynamic to open up and show a more serious side of blogging, but for the majority, I like to keep it light hearted and fun. A better reflection of my personality. 🙂

  3. I’ve never used pinterest. I tend to shy away from whatever is “in” online and just do my own thing. After hearing about the couple that named their baby daughter hashtag, I’m thinking maybe that was a good idea. LOL

    Glad you reminded me about the morning glory muffins. I’ve been wanting to try those for a while now!

  4. I’m working on getting into Pinterest…trying to avoid another time-suck. When I post a recipe or link to a recipe, I put on Pinterest.

  5. Good Morning!
    I love Pinterest, but I use it mostly to explore new recipes and DIY projects. I have found the site extremely useful to finding new blogs and sites of interest. When I try a new recipe and find it successful I post it on Pinterest to share with my friends and followers.

    Question: I notice that a lot of your recipes combine both whole eggs and egg whites. Do you tend to use whole eggs for egg whites or do you buy the boxed? Curious if you find one better than the other when cooking/baking? Thanks Tina!

      1. @Tina: I have found them to be pretty much the same..yet when baking a full egg with the yolk always provides more fluffy goodness! Thanks for the response and HAPPY TUESDAY!

  6. I got into Pinterest recently. I mainly use it for workouts, recipes, and fitness inspiration/motivation. (I think your fitness inspiration board was the first board I followed Tina.) A total time suck, but it’s fun!

  7. I made “oatmeal minus the oats” (great recipe!) this weekend for breakfast and added a scoop of sweet potato puree. OMG, drizzled with a touch of maple syrup and scoop of nut butter = DELICIOUS 😀

    Thought of you after I made this paleo bread ( the other night courtesy of a link off of It makes a MEAN egg sandwich and tastes fantastic with sliced banana, pb, & raspberry jam on top. Just thought you might like to check it out. I wouldn’t clog the comments with a link if it wasn’t worth the share! 🙂

  8. I go through love/hate phases with pinterest. Sometimes I love it and pin a bunch of things I can’t wait to try or am inspired by…and other times I’m just like eh, who cares, I’m never actually gonna make that. I love the Murphy post…but my favorite post for the whole year? That’s too tough to pick!

  9. I loved those paleo pumpkin walnut muffins! They were delcious and they led me straight to your blog. 🙂 I might try your morning glory if they’re better than the pumpkin walnut!
    I wanted to ask how you were able to see your top read posts? Did you need to download a plugin?

  10. I definitely just saved Murphy’s Life Advice post and the Motivational quotes post to keep for the future. Both will be great for me to look at regularly!

    He is literally the cutest dog ever by the way. Makes me smile seeing all the pictures and captions you put up of him! (is it bad that i much prefer pet pictures over baby pictures?!?!)

  11. I’m just starting out in the blog world so I dont have a popular post (though one that does get a lot of views is one for a recipe on protein snack balls!) I LOVED your series on Crossfit Q&As. I just recently took a couple of intro classes at different boxes and will start fundamentals in February! (shame January was full already). Your confidence about joining Crossfit when you were uneasy gave me the confidence to try it myself! Thank you so much!

  12. my most popular post is actually up today! it’s a 2min YouTube video called: “Why Did Women Suddenly Stop Fainting?” ..i put it up at 7am and it already has more traffic than i’ve ever had in an entire day lol my personal favorite (“anxiety & the bible”) never really took off but i wish it would! i just started a StumbleUpon account and i have nooooo clue what i’m doing lol ..loved murphy’s advice and the quotes 🙂 i finally have pinterest figured out, so i think i’ll share on there! 🙂

  13. Oh, Pinterest. How I love to hate you so. I am good about keeping up on FB, Twitter and Instagram but I have not been on Pinterest in weeks (or maybe even months). I realize this would help my blog stats so I guess I will add that to my goals for 2013.
    As for my most viewed post EVER on my blog, a tutorial on How to Make Oatmeal. Seriously. It might be because I acutally pinned this tutorial on Pinterest!

  14. My favorite post of yours from the past year was the paleo pad thai — definitely one of my favorite recipes. I also always really enjoy your posts on Crissfit. Seeing your progress always motivates me to keep at it!

  15. This was kinda fun/cool to read. I agree–Pinterest is very powerful, and something I need to use a bit more for sure!

    Some of the searches that lead people to my site are workouts from Pinterest, info on BodyPUMP or Zumba (I teach both), disordered eating or eating disorders FYIs & info on being done with amenorrhea, and HIIT info. All of this makes sense, because I probably blog the most often about these topics!

  16. I love Pinterest and use it mainly for recipes and decor inspiration! I am not sure if your Paleo Pad Thai recipe post was from 2012 but I go back to that one very frequently!

  17. I get at least a couple dozen hits daily on my Inanity Review: Month 2 & Final Results post. Last week, my review of Wild Squirrel Nut Butter blew up after they were on Shark Tank! That was cool.

    My favorite posts of yours this year I guess would have to be all the paleo recipes, especially your banana/egg pancakes. I have used it many a time (the one with the nut butter and vanilla in it too) but now have the ratios memorized!

  18. Thanks so much for this post! For one, now I get to read about Murphy’s sage life advice. 😉 And, two, as a newer blogger it’s so helpful to see what works for the bigger, successful bloggers like yourself. 😀

  19. I love Pinterest 🙂 I use it all the time for recipes and decoration ideas. I also use it when I attempt to be crafty! I love reading about your Crossfit workouts and all of your recipes!

  20. Pinterest is so fantastic, but SUCH a time suck!! I bookmark all kinds of things, but will I get to them myself? Honestly, probably not… 🙂 Bring on more healthy cocktail recipes! And cheers to a good Tuesday.

  21. Hi Tina,

    I have a quick question I know you really like the fitmixer vanilla protein powder, which one do you like the best? I know they have a few different kinds, Vanilla Slim or Milkshake? The only reason I am asking is because I am not a huge fan of protein powder that tastes like protein powder if you know what I mean but I would love to make a small shake for an afternoon snack from time to time to hold me over until dinner.

    Let me know what you think!


  22. I loveee Pinterest, although I hardly ever do/ make/ or use any of the fabulous things I pin 😛

    P.S. Charlie has stacked his water + food bowls before but we’ve never caught him doing it- have you ever seen Murphy do it? I was in total disbelief the first time I came home and saw them perfectly stacked haha 😛

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