20 Best Articles of 2016

Plant-Smart Living has seen some tremendous growth in our community and online offerings. In 2016, we renovated our website and began to produce a large quantity of high quality content intended to entertain and promote better health. Consider this a little retrospective of some of the most popular articles from the past year! 


20 Most Popular Plant-Smart Living Articles of 2016

1. The 20 Benefits Of The Healthy, Plant-Based Lifestyle I Harvest Every Day

No one would want to follow a plant-based diet if they were not able to see results in action. Farmer Fred adopted a whole food, plant-based diet several years ago, and has continued to reap many amazing benefits. 

2. From Fat And Sick To Healthy And Trim – Personal Success Story

One of the most popular pieces on our website is a simple telling of Farmer Fred's story. In the embedded video, he covers some of the reasons why he decided to make the change, and how it has positively influenced his life. Very inspirational if you're feeling down and need some encouragement! 

3. What Is A Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

Many people seem to be asking this one simple question: what is a WFPB diet? We put together a nice introductory article on this topic. 

4. The 24 Biggest Lies About Weight Loss You Need To Know About!

Many people who turn to a plant-based diet are looking for a path out of disease. Given that a good chunk of the US population is overweight or obese, it is important to separate fact from fiction when you are looking for a solution that will help you actually lose weight. 

5. 10 Great Vegan Milk Substitutes To Support Your Whole Foods, Plant-based Diet

A struggle for many people who are transitioning to a plant-based diet is learning how to give up on foods they are used to eating. No doubt, cutting out milk can be tough for some people, especially those who have become accustomed to a tall glass every day. We provide a good look at some milk alternatives that can make this transition easier. 

6. Why Milk Life Should Not Be A Sponsor Of The 2016 Summer Olympics In Rio

One of my favorite site articles was this investigation of Milk Life - and the larger dairy industries influence on our lives. Some of the publicly available information uncovered was fairly stunning. 

7. How To Build A Backyard Fountain For Your Garden Or Patio For Under $65 Dollars

I find DIY projects to be a lot of fun, and had a good time sharing info with you about constructing your own simple backyard fountain. We replicated this just to show how simple it can be follow some of Farmer Fred's advice on this topic! 

8. The Purpose Of A Greenhouse For The Perfect Garden

This became a much more intensive piece then I expected when I started to write it - diving into the functional use and history of greenhouses. Considering I constructed a lean-to greenhouse on my property, I was able to tie in my own personal experience with greenhouses into the mix as well. 

9. How To Loose Weight Fast With A Whole Foods, Plant-Based Lifestyle

A unique look at losing weight on a whole food, plant-based diet. We took a page from some Shakespeare to help guide the process of "loosing" weight. 

10. Success Story: Finding Strength Without Cruelty With Australian Powerlifter Jonno

Our first interview was this back-and-forth with Australian Powerlifter Jonno. He runs the website Strength Without Cruelty and has a great story that advocates a plant-based diet, and goes to show that building muscle mass is possible with this diet. 

11. How To Cook Delicious Apple Crisp In An Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

We have a lot of great Instant Pot cooking instructionals - and they have turned out to be some of our most popular pieces of content. 

12. My Instant Pot Ip Duo60, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker - Review

Of all the kitchen appliances I use, the Instant Pot is one of the most memorable. I have been using this device for a few years at this point and have had no problems. It works like a charm, makes creating good food easy, and prepares food quickly. You can check out the full review or buy now if you have been wanting one yourself! 

13. The Top 12 Olympic Athletes Who Are Plant-Based Vegans And Vegetarians

The 2016 Olympics in Rio made for some great content last year as we looked at a few big names in Olympic sports that also followed plant-based diets. 

14. 21 Kitchen Tools As Recommended By McDougall Friend's Group

I have become more and more active on many online groups. One of my favorites has been the McDougall Friend's group on Facebook. The users there often post really great and useful content. In one conversation, members discussed must haves in the "plant-based kitchen." I put these together in a simple article to share with you! 

15. The Starch Solution By John A. McDougall - Book Review

The Starch Solution holds a special place in my heart as it is one of the books I read early on before adopting a WFPB diet. It contains some really powerful information, and if you are looking for some insight into this diet, it is an excellent starting point. 

16. 10 Reasons Why A Lean To Greenhouse May Be Right For You

I found the installation of my lean-to greenhouse to be quite easy, and to add another gardening option for me year round. These 10 reasons might just provide you with some motivation to install on yourself! 

17. How To Prepare Your Garden For The Winter Months

We have been experiencing some bitter winter cold here in Pennsylvania, and it got me to thinking about some ways you can prep your garden for the winter months. Simple and informative. 

18. 15 Great Benefits Of Raised Garden Beds

You may notice in many of my gardening videos that raised garden beds rule a good deal of my backyard garden - and for a good reason. There are many benefits that come from raised bed gardening. 

19. How To Make A No Cost Mini-Greenhouse

One of the easiest DIY projects you will come across online is this mini-greenhouse. It makes for a great project to do with kids - and you can actually reap real results from your creation, too! 

20. 100 Vegan Celebrities To Inspire Your Plant-Based Journey!

This article received a lot of attention online, and took quite a while to put together. It was fun to see many recognizable and popular people pop up that have adopted a plant-based lifestyle. 

I hope you enjoy this retrospective of some of 2016's best and most popular content. We aim to provide a diverse range of content that is educational and useful.

If there is ever something you'd like to see more about on our website, leave a comment and let us know! You can help shape the future of Plant-Smart Living!