What is Yummly (and why you should use it!)

What is Yummly

Since taking the plunge and working on my blog full-time since October 2015, I have been serious about increasing my traffic. That is when I discovered Yummly. 🙂 

I like to think of Yummly as a “smarter” Pinterest specifically for food. That is, like Pinterest, you can “Yum” (like “Pin”) all your favourite recipes you find on the web and organize them into specific categories (or “collections” as Yummly calls them). It’s “smarter” than Pinterest because once you Create an Account, you can set your Taste Preferences to your unique allergy requirements. 

Honestly, I was only interested in using Yummly to increase traffic to my blog and wasn’t really concerned about using it for myself (that’s what I used Pinterest for) but after “Yumming” recipes a few recipes that I found, I can firmly say I am a believer. 

What is Yummly? Yummly For Foodies 

Yummly is awesome. It is awesome, in my opinion, for 2 main reasons. Number one is that it is incredibly beautiful to look at. I love the layout! I have all of my recipes organized by my desired categories nicely laid out evenly. I love Pinterest (which food blogger doesn’t?!) but my only issue is that it isn’t incredibly easy to navigate. I use my boards on Pinterest (and now my collections on Yummly) to quickly check out recipes on food blogger sites and then navigate back to Pinterest. Since Pinterest doesn’t evenly lay out it’s Pins, I don’t find it incredibly easy to keep track of which Pin I’m on in Pinterest. Yummly, on the other hand, is beautifully laid out, making it’s navigation super user-friendly. 

See my Pinterest Board

What is Yummly
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Compared to my Yummly Collection

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Reason number two of why Yummly is awesome is because of it’s smart taste preferences feature. Because I have dietary restrictions myself (vegan & gluten-free) and often cook for friends and family with further restrictions (nut free, paleo, etc.) this feature is incredibly useful!

What is Yummly
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I am now able to quickly search for dishes based on the dietary restrictions I am cooking with! 

Once you sign up, you can add the Yum extension to “Yum” any recipes you come across on the web. When you “Yum” a recipe it automatically gets saved in your recipe box like so:

What is Yummly
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After your recipe is saved to your Recipe Box, you can log into Yummly and organize all your recipe into collections as you like! 

What is Yummly? Yummly For Food Bloggers 

Now if you are a Food Blogger, this is the good stuff. I am happy to announce that since using Yummly, I have been getting traffic from Yummly! Woohoo! How did I do this? Two way. First I “Yummed” my own recipes and categorized them into my recipe collections accordingly. This way, Yummly knows I exisit!  

Second, I added the Yum button to my blog. This way I make it super easy for my readers to add my recipes to their recipe box directly from my site. 

To add the Yum button to your blog you can add it directly, via the Yummly recipe plugin, or via social sharing plugins like AddToAny, Shareaholic, or Simple Share buttons.

There’s also an opportunity to get featured on Yummly. Check out this post for more info. 

Check out my Yummly Publisher Page to see all that I Yum across the web. Also, if you like any of my recipes on my site, please Yum them and spread the love. 🙂 Let me know if you too are a food blogger, and I’d be happy to Yum your yummy recipes as well!

Questions about Yummly? Let me know and I’ll try my best to answer them! 🙂 

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What To Eat With Almond Butter

What To Eat With Almond Butter

Recent Questions, “What To Eat With Almond Butter?”

I’ve helped a number of friends and family members throughout the years get healthy. One of my favourite and go-to healthy snacks that I love and recommend is almond butter! I often get asked though about what to eat with almond butter.

The good news is that there is no shortage of ways to eat almond butter! At the bare minimum, you can replace it for any dish you would eat peanut butter with. See the list below for some suggestions:

What To Eat With Almond Butter – 10 Ideas

  • Almond butter in your smoothies – there are no shortage of options here
    • A quick recipe – handful spinach, 1 cup of (dairy-free) milk, 1 spoon of almond butter, 1 apple & 1 tbsp maple syrup
    • See my list for Breakfast Smoothies with Protein for more smoothies that have almond butter.
  • Almond butter with your cereal – add to your hot or cold cereal
    • Hot or cold oatmeal with some fruit & almond butter is a delicious breakfast –
      see here for a recipe
    • Add almond butter with your packaged cereal for some added nutrition
    • Add almond butter with some fruits & milk to make your own cereal
  • Almond butter with vegetables – use almond butter with carrots, celery, etc.
    • Remember aunts on a log? Use almond butter instead. Spread some almond butter on to your celery and add some raisins.
    • Dip your carrots into some almond butter for a quick healthy snack.
  • Almond butter with fruits – spread almond butter on apples, pear, bananas, etc.
    • Cut an apple in half, core it and spread some almond butter for a healthy nutritious snack
    • Dip your banana in almond butter for some added protein and delicious taste
    • Dip your dried fruits (i.e. apricots, prunes, mangos, etc.) in almond butter for a sweet snack/dessert
  • Almond butter with some type of “bread” – spread on toast, muffins, pancakes, waffles, bagels, rice cakes etc.
    • Use almond butter instead of peanut butter and make it an almond butter sandwich
    • Make an almond butter and banana toast/sandwich
    • Spread some almond butter with some honey on toast/rice cake for a delicious treat
  • Almond butter in savoury/tangy dishes – almond butter, because it can replaced peanut butter, works great in thai dishes
    • See here for a thai inspired sauce with almond butter
  • Almond butter in dips & sauces – use almond butter for a nutty and creamy dips and sauces.
  • Almond butter as dessert – just like peanut butter, almond butter can be an instant dessert
  • Almond butter in baked goods – almond butter, because of it’s creamy and binding texture, works great in baked goods
  • Almond butter by the spoonful – this is how I regularly have almond butter. 🙂

Do you have other ways that you use almond butter? Let me know in the comments below 🙂






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Hemp Seeds in Hindi

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Recent Question: “What do you call hemp seeds in hindi?”

I’ve recently gotten the question of what are hemp seeds in hindi. There seem to be two possible answers:

  1. Sun Dil” –> this means heart seeds (“sun” meaning seeds and “dil” meaning heart)
  2. Bina chilke ka bhang” –> this means hemp seeds without outer shell (“bina chilke” meaning without shell and “bhang” meaning marijuana)

One of these two terms should help you find hemp seeds.

After doing some research and calling my Hindi speaking mother-in-law, this is what I found out. Unfortunately, there is no clear difference between the term cannabis/marijuana from hemp seeds (as there in in English).

The basic difference between hemp (in it’s English term) and marijuana is it’s use. Both are derived from the Cannabis Sativa L plant. Hemp (that which is legal and industrial) contains a very small amount of Tetrahydrocannabinoids (or THC) which is what causes a person to be high. Marijuana, on the other hand, has a significantly higher content of THC which is what causes the physical and psychological changes.

Hemp is grown for a number of different of forms (hemp seed, hemp oil & hemp fibre), for a number of different uses ranging from auto parts to carpeting and, more recently, for its dense nutritious value. Hemp is a rich source of both fibre and protein and contains an abundant amount of Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. It’s also a great source of vegetable protein. It has almost the same amount of protein of soy but is more easily digestible because it closely resembles protein in your blood.

I personally use hemp seeds all the time: in salads, smoothies, baked goods and anything else I can think of.

You can see my post on Breakfast Smoothies with Protein which have many protein smoothie recipes with hemp seeds. 🙂

Are you currently in India? Are there any other/better terms for hemp seeds in hindi? Let me know in the comments!






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