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Write for The Daily Meal’s Travel Page

Write for The Daily Meal’s Travel Page

Here’s your chance to show the world just how much you love food, and traveling for food

Write about food and travel for The Daily Meal!

You may snap a ton of photographs on your travels, but how often do you actually sit down and look through them? In this post-photo album age, the most effective way to make sure your memories of travel never leave you is by writing about them. If the travel memories you never want to let go of consist of food — and if you want to store them somewhere more permanent and more shareable than your diary — you are in the right place. The Daily Meal’s Travel channel is looking for contributors.

We are currently accepting submissions for anything and everything related to food and travel, be it travel guides, personal narratives, photo essays, or an ode (in prose, please) to a particular dish at a particular dining establishment in a particular city that everyone who reads your article must add to her or his bucket list ASAP.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any monetary compensation for your writing. However, we will offer you press meals and press passes to events in your city. In other words, you get to eat delicious food for free and write about it. You might even get the chance to travel (on a jet plane!) for free.

Interested? Please email your pitches to [email protected]


Meal Train: Making Meals for Neighbors in Need

When neighbors are in need, sharing food with them can be one way to show you care. So many life events offer opportunities to be generous to our neighbors. A birth, an illness, a hospital stay -- or maybe just a neighbor up to her elbows remodeling the kitchen. Bringing over a home-cooked meal is just about the most neighborly thing a person can do.

And when friends join in to help, you multiply the generosity. Ask friends and neighbors to help by making meals, too, and you&aposve started a dinner tree -- or meal train. Get on board!

How to Create a Dinner Tree

First, line up some meal-making friends and neighbors. You can use free online meal-sharing calendars like Meal Train, which is interactive and includes a built-in invitation feature, email reminders, and more.

But a simple spreadsheet works, too, and helps organize meals into categories (main, side, dessert, for example). It allows you to coordinate who&aposs doing what, when and lets everyone see what&aposs happening at a glance. The spreadsheet is also helpful for listing food allergies and dietary preferences. Have someone assume the role of Keeper of the Spreadsheet, and share your spreadsheet with the group.

Coordinate with the family to make sure you&aposre taking into account any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Then organize the group so the family in need gets a balanced meal. If one generous cook provides a savory casserole main dish, another goes in for the salad and some rolls, and another bakes a pie. Or maybe it&aposs several days&apos worth of main dish recipes, coordinated to allow variety -- lasagna one day, enchiladas the next, and a batch of chili with cornbread after that.

Quick Tips for Picking Recipes

  • Try to avoid meals that require a lot of extra assembly. Be sure to include reheating instructions and any assembly directions in a note.
  • Pick dishes that reheat and/or freeze easily (lasagnas and casseroles are big winners).
  • For families with kids, consider kid-friendly foods like baked ziti.
  • Vegetarians in the house? You know what to do. Here&aposs our collection of Vegetarian Recipes.
  • Choose meals that travel well -- cheese and eggs help hold together pre-baked casseroles.
  • For delicate salads, include a separate container of dressing to be mixed in just before serving.

OK, let&aposs get to the recipes! Here are some family-friendly favorites for your dinner tree:

Pasta Casserole

Pasta casseroles are easy to make, they travel well, and are easy to reheat or freeze for later.

"A delicious side or main dish with beef, basil and lots of cheese. You can substitute the beef for Italian sausage or add a combination. Serve with crusty warm bread and a green salad, if desired." -- VERDIEIIIS

"This easy-to-make old-school macaroni and cheese has a perfectly crispy crust." -- Chef John

Enchiladas

With enchiladas, it&aposs nice to bring garnishes like sour cream and guacamole and even a Ziploc bag with chopped lettuce.

"These enchiladas are made with a fresh green salsa, just like you would find in a Mexican restaurant or better yet, in a Mexican home." -- PattiVerde

"Simple and quick beef enchiladas. Ground beef and onion are wrapped in flour tortillas, topped with Cheddar cheese and black olives, then baked. This is also great with leftover chicken, shredded beef, or turkey. Serve with a green salad or beans and rice." -- Becky

Vegetable Casseroles

Look here for broccoli casseroles, potato and Tater Tot casseroles, and other casseroles -- some with meat some without.

"This is a great, easy to make, and nutritious casserole. You can add some macaroni pasta or try seasoning the potatoes before you bake. Put this dish in the freezer and bake whenever! Can also be made with leftover cooked chicken." -- SURELEE

"This is my go-to recipe when my evening is running late and I still have to make dinner. I top off the dish with colby jack or mozzarella & freshly grated Parmesan and panko bread crumbs." -- melmeow79

Savory Pies

This category includes savory pies like chicken pot pie, taco pie, and shepherd&aposs pie, along with vegetarian options.

"Baked barbeque beans and ground beef with a crust. This pie is perfect for any occasion." -- CHRYSTALP1981

"A delicious chicken pie made from scratch with carrots, peas and celery." -- Robbie Rice

Pasta and Potato Salads

These picnic and potluck staples are also great side dish offerings for dinner trees.

"This is a great make-ahead pasta salad!" -- Behr

"This is a great twist on 2 all-American favorites -- the potato salad and the loaded baked potato. Served cold, this has been a crowd-pleaser at our many family functions and is often requested." -- spicejenmom

Salads

If you make a casserole, add a simple side dish to round out the meal, like an undressed tossed salad, maybe with a jar of dressing on the side, or a dozen dinner rolls.

These salads do it with quinoa, barley, wheat berry, farro, bulgur, and more.

Here are the top-rated recipes for hree bean salads, bean and corn salads, and every kind of bean salad you can imagine.

Sweet Pies

Featuring all your favorite fruit pies, plus nut and chocolate pies, custard pies,and other sweet pies.

"This recipe is a family favorite because it is so fudgy and rich-tasting, and at the same time it is also very easy to make." -- Nancy Sabatino

Explore this collection of classic fruit pies like cherry and apple, plus recipes for peach, pear, and berry pies.

Brownies

You can&apost go wrong with these easy-to-bake treats, from classic chocolate brownies to blondies and peanut butter brownies.

"Very easy recipe and comes out nice and rich. The semi-sweet chips keep it from being too sweet. The "topping" nearly doubles the thickness so cut them small." -- Abbee

"These brownies are magnificent! I mean &aposmelt in your mouth&apos and I didn&apost even make the frosting. I doubled the recipe and it still won&apost be enough." -- CRBOWLES

A Note on Getting Dishware Back

Neighbors in need have lots on their minds, of course. And remembering to return a casserole dish? Maybe not the highest priority. And if they received several casseroles and a variety of dishes, sorting out whose dish belongs to whom might be challenging. To ensure your friendly gesture results in returned dishware, label it with your name -- write it on masking tape with a Sharpie -- and then have one dinner train team member gather all of the dishware up weekly and redistribute, so the family doesn&apost have to. Another option is to present your dishes in inexpensive glass or recyclable foil pans, so you don&apost need to retrieve it.

For more, check out our complete collection of Casserole Recipes -- including noodle casseroles, rice casseroles, breakfast casseroles, side dish casseroles, and more.


Lunch/Dinner

Making a sheet pan dinner is a simple way to get dinner on the table and reduce food waste by transforming wilting veggies into a delicious meal. Experiment with different vegetables, protein foods, and seasonings!

This recipe helps you make use of leftover bits of food and is a perfect dish to make when you’re cleaning out the fridge. Add your favourite vegetable and serve with a drizzle of chili oil.

These lentil nuggets make the perfect finger food for dipping into a dip like tzatziki, and make a great addition to any meal or snack!

Who said fish tacos needed to be complicated? These delicious tacos are easy to prepare and really fun to eat! Cabbage also works well to replace lettuce if you prefer.

Pair these tasty greens with a protein food (like chicken, beef, fish, tofu) and a whole grain food (like quinoa or whole grain pasta)!

Whip up a batch on the weekend to enjoy throughout the week for a quick breakfast, dinner or snack.

These cheesy broccoli toasts are quick, easy and super delicious!

This coleslaw will keep for one week in the refrigerator.

A delicious, hearty soup. You can use any type of canned or dried beans in this recipe.

A Middle Eastern dish that is both delicious and budget-friendly!

This simple recipe is great to pack in your lunch for school or work

This flavourful, bright soup makes for a comforting lunch or delicious starter.

Get a healthy dose of delicious with this colourful salad. Look for quinoa in the grains, organic or natural section of your grocery store. Store this whole grain in the freezer to keep it fresh for a long time.

A hint of curry and cilantro takes this soup up a notch, making it a hands down favourite. This go-to recipe is versatile, so sub in other vegetables to transform it into a brand new soup.

This version is sure to please as it's simple and fast for a weeknight meal. Moist, succulent chicken thighs take this great tasting soup to a whole new level of comfort.

Give mac and cheese a makeover by adding bite-sized vegetables into the creamy sauce. This ooey gooey recipe is sure to be a favourite. Don't have time to cut the vegetables into small pieces? No worries. Cook larger pieces a bit longer until they are tender.

Apples, with their touch of sweetness, are a perfect complement to pork chops. This is a delicious weeknight meal that comes together with little fuss. Serve these pork chops with mashed sweet potatoes or brown rice.

Get a plateful of colour from this comforting casserole made with quinoa and vegetables. The melted cheese topping with its crispy edges makes it simply irresistible.

This sandwich gives leftovers a new lease on life with some serious crunch factor. Use the turkey mixture to make an equally delicious salad. Add a splash of rice vinegar and enjoy.

This tasty recipe is a fun finger food. Using high-fibre breakfast cereal adds the right amount of crunch to the turkey fingers.

These delicious drumsticks are coated in heavenly homemade barbecue sauce. Sweetened with Medjool dates, this is guaranteed to be your go-to sauce. Use it with grilled meats and turn up the heat factor if you like things extra spicy.

This version is sure to please with its fresh taste and colourful hues. Make this salad a day ahead to let the zippy dressing soak into the beans.

Transform an all-time lunch favourite with a little extra colour and crunch. Keep hard-cooked eggs handy in the fridge to whip up these easy sandwiches.

Make the packets the night before or in the morning before going to work. That way, they're ready to place on the grill when you come home.

You can't go wrong with this sizzling combination of steak and veggies. Slice it thinly across the grain so that every bite melts in your mouth. Balsamic vinegar gives beef a rich flavour.

The fresh taste of lemon elevates this chicken sandwich to a whole new level. The taste sensation continues with crisp red pepper and fresh cilantro. This lunch standby goes from ho-hum to hello there.

Add some magic to tofu with this punchy citrus marinade. For an inspired twist to everyday foods, tuck the grilled tofu into a sandwich, serve it up on a bed of greens or add it to soup or pasta salad. The options are endless.

A perfect way to use tomatoes, this refreshing salad is versatile enough to enjoy for lunch, on a picnic, or dinner on the patio with family and friends. Serve it over lettuce leaves for added colour and crunch.

Creamy and colourful, these wraps come together in very little time.

Jump on the whole grain wagon with this flavourful salad. Barley's chewy texture and the nuttiness of wild rice make this salad a win.

This flavourful, colourful salad can be enjoyed any time of year. It's sure to be an instant hit at any picnic or potluck.

These fajitas are so flavourful and fresh.

This flavourful soup is perfect for those rainy days.

Enjoy the sweet hint of honey and fresh thyme in this easy salmon grill with asparagus.

Get your comfort food craving filled with this meal. Get ready for your kitchen to be filled with the rich, mouthwatering aroma of simmering tomato sauce!

Using hard cooked eggs in sandwiches adds protein and a creamy texture to this filling. Switch up your cheese.

This east coast favourite makes for a delicious starter. Or pair it with a salad for a satisfying lunch.

Fill your kitchen with the fragrant aroma of Indian spices and dig into this hearty vegetarian stew.

No one will guess that the secret ingredient in this creamy pasta dish is ricotta.

Let your slow cooker do the work and come home to this heartwarming meal.

Change up pizza night by using whole grain tortillas. Tortillas bake up nice and crispy, and are sure to become a favourite.

This must-try chili is so versatile, the possibilities are endless. It can be enjoyed on its own or transformed into other dishes.

These burritos are a great way to enjoy fish. Everyone will love customizing their burrito with colourful veggies.

Here's a fun and colourful recipe! This customizable dish is a tasty and healthy meal that is sure to please.

The smell in your kitchen from this aromatic recipe will be enough to have the neighbours running over for dinner.

Complete the field to table experience with this easy to make hearty stew.

The warm aromatic spices will bring the whole family running into the kitchen for dinner.

This chicken dish is tender and full of flavor.

Corn, beans and squash make this a hearty soup to keep you warm on those cold nights.

The ginger and sesame flavour of this stir-fry will work well with a variety of vegetables.

This makes a tasty meal year round.

This shepherd’s pie is made with ground turkey and lentils.

This dish is made with simple ingredients and is a fun twist on eggs.

This curry is loaded with vegetables and is great for lunch or dinner, especially on a chilly day.


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Digital Meal Planners for iPad or Android Tablet

Are you looking for a way to make your meal planner go digital? These digital meal planners are made just for that. Choose the one you like the best and download it to upload planner to your iPad or Andoid tablet to enjoy convenient planning already today. Make sure you have pre-installed note-taking app on your tablet in order to use one of these.

Digital Meal Planner for iPad (Light Theme) Digital Meal Planner for iPad (Dark Theme)

BACKPACKING SNACKS

22. Energy Chews. Chews usually have a gummy bear-like consistency. Some are caffeinated, loaded with electrolytes, whatever you fancy.

23. Energy Gels. Similar to chews, the options for gels and goos are endless. Super convenient energy boost for quick calories.

24. Fruit Leather. A good source of natural sugar and tastes like candy. Called "leather" because it can be thick and chewy like leather.

25. Pork Rinds. The best thing about pork rinds is the texture. So much backpacking food is mealy and dense. Pork rinds are ultra crisp and crunchy. Their "puffy" volume can take up more space. But, they are loaded with protein.

26. Seaweed. Ready-to-eat dark greens? Practically unheard of. I don't know of a lighter or easier green to eat while backpacking. Seaweed is the ultimate trail superfood. Try it out.

27. Peanut (or Almond) Butter. The king of backpacking food. Crammed with calories, fat, sodium and protein. Ready-to-eat and can easily be incorporated in most backpacking meal ideas. See Peanut Butter and Co.

28. Honey. Let peanut butter be the food of choice for the savory loving backpacking community. But, give the sweet award to honey. Sweeten up your tea or crackers or eat it straight.

29. Granola Bar. Too many options to name. There are protein bars, energy bars, snack bars, nutrition bars, food bars - you name it. Ready-to-eat and usually high in nutrition. Keep it natural and minimally processed.

30. Hummus. A lesser-known backpacking superfood. Like peanut butter, it can be lathered on almost anything. On top of the yummy taste, hummus is dense calories, carbs, protein, and fiber.


How to Start a Food Blog (and Make Extra Income on the Side) in 2021

Do you want to start a food blog and make money from your recipes? Starting a new food blog can be challenging for beginners, specially when you are not a techy. Having helped over 100,000+ users start their own blogs, we are often asked about how to start a food blog and successfully earn money from it. In this step by step guide, we will show you how to start a food blog and make money from your recipes without any technical skills.

We have broken the process down, so it’s easy to follow whether you’re 20 years old or 60 years old. However if you need help, our expert team will help you setup your blog for free. → Click Here to Get Your Free WordPress Blog Setup! ←

What do you need to start a food blog?

There are three things you need to start a food blog using WordPress:

  1. A domain name (this will be your blog’s name that people will type to find your site e.g. wpbeginner.com)
  2. A web hosting account (this is where your website files are stored on the internet)
  3. Your undivided attention for 30 minutes.

Yes, you can start a brand new food blog in less than 30 minutes, and we will walk you through the whole process, step by step.

In this tutorial, we will cover the following:

  • How to Register a Domain Name for Free
  • How to Choose the Best Web Hosting
  • How to Install WordPress
  • How to Find the Perfect Theme (website design) for Your Food Blog
  • How to Write Recipes with SEO Friendly Formatting
  • How to Make Money from Your Food Blog
  • How to Get More Traffic to Your Food Blog
  • Resources to Learn WordPress and Grow Your Food Blog

That being said, let’s get started.

Step 1. The Right Setup

The biggest mistake new users make is starting off with the wrong blogging platform. You’ll not be making this mistake since you are already here.

We recommend using WordPress.org for your blog because it gives you access to all the WordPress features, and most importantly you can make money from your blog without any limitations.

It’s important you don’t confuse WordPress.org with WordPress.com. They are actually two different platforms. WordPress.com, which is a hosted blogging platform and WordPress.org is a free self-hosted platform. (See our comparison of WordPress.com vs WordPress.org for more details)

Now you might be wondering, why is WordPress.org free? What’s the catch?

There truth is that there’s no catch. It’s free because you have to do the setup and host it yourself.

In other words, you need a domain name and web hosting. See our guide on the difference between domain name and web hosting to learn more.

A domain name is what people type to get to your website. It’s your website’s address on the internet. Think google.com or wpbeginner.com.

Web hosting is where your website files are stored. It’s your website’s house on the internet. Every website needs web hosting.

A domain name typically costs $14.99 / year and web hosting normally costs $7.99 / month.

That’s a lot for beginners who are just starting out.

Thankfully, Bluehost, an official WordPress recommended hosting provider, has agreed to offer our users a free domain name and over 60% off on web hosting.

Bluehost is one of the largest hosting companies in the world, and they host millions of WordPress websites including some of our own.

They’re committed to giving back to the WordPress community since 2005. They have promised us that if you cannot get your blog setup within 30 minutes by following this tutorial, then our expert team will complete the process for you without any cost. They will compensate us, so you don’t have to. Simply contact us for free blog setup help.

NOTE: At WPBeginner we believe in full transparency. If you sign up with Bluehost using our referral link, then we will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you (in fact you will save money and get a free domain + free SSL). We would get this commission for recommending just about any WordPress hosting company, but we only recommend products that we use personally use and believe will add value to our readers.

Now that we have covered that, let’s go ahead and purchase your domain + hosting for your food blog.

Open Bluehost website in a new window and follow along.

First thing you need to do is click on the green ‘Get Started Now’ button.

On the next screen, you need to select the plan that you want (basic and plus are the most popular).

After that, you will be asked to enter the domain name for your website.

Tip: Make sure your domain name is brandable. It’s also a bonus if it uses keywords you think your users will search for. This will help you get more traffic from search engines like Google. For more details, see our guide on choosing the best domain name for your blog.

Once you have selected your domain name, click on the next button to continue.

Now, you will need to add your account information and finalize the package information to complete the process. We recommend going with the 36 month plan because that’s best value.

On this screen, you will see optional extras that you can purchase. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you purchase these, but we generally don’t recommend purchasing them right away. You can always add them later on, if you decide that you need them.

Once completed, you will receive an email with details on how to login to your web hosting control panel (cPanel). This is where you manage everything from support, emails, among other things. But most importantly, this is where you install WordPress.

Step 2. Install WordPress

In your hosting dashboard (cPanel), you will see small icons for different hosting features and services. You need to scroll down to the website section and click on the WordPress icon.

On the next screen, click on the Get Started button. You will be asked to select your domain name. Choose the domain from the dropdown and then click Next.

After that, you need to enter your Site Name, username, and a password for your site. You also need to check all the checkboxes and then click Install.

The QuickInstall will start installing WordPress. You will be prompted to browse WordPress themes, while WordPress is being installed.

No need to do that right now. We’ll show you how to find the best WordPress theme for your food blog later.

Once WordPress is finished installing, you will see the success notice in the top header bar.

Click on the Installation Complete link, and it will take you to the screen with your WordPress login URL and password.

Congratulations, your WordPress website is now ready. You can continue login to your website by visiting the WordPress admin area.

Don’t forget to replace yoursite.com with your own domain name. Once logged in, you will see the WordPress admin dashboard.

Now you are ready to customize your food website’s appearance and start adding recipes.

Step 3. Choosing a Theme for Your Food Blog

WordPress themes control your website’s design and appearance. There are thousands of free and paid WordPress themes that you can install on your website.

However, not all of them are suitable for a food blog. You will need a theme that matches the look and feel of a food blog. Our expert team has hand-picked the best WordPress themes for recipe and food blogs that you should try.

Once you have found a theme that you like, head over to our guide on how to install a WordPress theme for step by step installation instructions.

Step 4. Choosing a Recipe Plugin that’s SEO Friendly

If you want your recipes to get traffic from search engines, then you need to make them search engine friendly.

The best way to write recipes is by using Schema.org formatting. Schema.org formatting allows search engines to display extra information like rating, preparation time, etc.

Now, we know this might sound a bit too geeky for beginners. Don’t worry, we will make it super easy for you to add recipes in schema.org formatting without any special skills.

First, thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Recipe Maker plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

You can also use the premium version of the WP Recipe Maker plugin to take full advantage of its extensive features like enhanced SEO, ingredient linking, user ratings, taxonomies, and more.

Once you have activated the plugin, you need to create a blog post or edit an existing one. On the post edit screen, click on the WP Recipe Maker button.

This will bring up a popup where you can enter your recipe details. You will start by adding an image for the recipe, recipe name, description, serving, duration, and other information.

After adding general information, click on the ‘Ingredients & Instructions’ tab and start adding ingredients and instructions.

You can add ingredients and instructions as plain lists, or you can divide them into groups as well for different parts of the recipe.

Next, you need to switch to the Nutrition Facts tab and click on the calculate nutrition facts button.

The plugin will now fetch Nutrition facts for matching ingredients. Once you are satisfied, you can click on the calculate nutrition facts button again, and it will calculate the values.

Now if you are satisfied with the recipe, you can go ahead and click on insert and close button.

The plugin will now add the required shortcode to your post editor. You can now save or publish your post and then click on the preview button to see your recipe in action.

The plugin comes with extensive settings including several styles and templates to display your recipes. You can go to WP Recipe Maker » Settings page to change the appearance of your recipes and other settings.

Step 5. How to Monetize Your Food Blog

After you have added a few of your best recipes, it is time to start making money from your food blog. There are plenty of ways to monetize your food blog and start earning from your recipes.

Here are some of the most effective ways to monetize your food blog.

1. Selling eBooks with Your Recipes

The most effective strategy to make money from your recipe blog would be to sell your own products or digital downloads. These products can be physical goodies and merchandise such as t-shirts, printed books, mugs, or they can be digital downloads such as ebooks.

To sell things from your WordPress blog, you will need WooCommerce. It is available as a WordPress plugin and will add an online store to your existing food blog.

You can also sell memberships on your website, allowing paid members to download ebooks, videos, secret recipes, or submit their own content. If you want to go the subscription route, then you will need MemberPress. For detailed instructions, see our guide on how to make a membership website.

2. Display Ads Using Google AdSense

The easiest way to instantly start earning from your website is by using Google AdSense. It allows you to display advertisement on your food blog and earn money when your users click on those ads.

Adding Google AdSense to your website is super easy and requires no coding skills at all. See our guide on how to properly add Google AdSense to your WordPress blog for step by step instructions.

3. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is another way to generate an income stream from your food blog. Basically you add links to affiliate products from your recipes and blog posts. Every time someone purchases those products using your link, then you will earn a commission.

You will need to find food related affiliate products first. Many top websites in the food industry offer affiliate programs. You can also join Amazon’s affiliate program and start recommending products from the world’s largest eCommerce store.

See our list of the best affiliate marketing tools and plugins that you can use on your food blog to boost your affiliate earnings.

For more monetization tips, see our article on how to make money online from your WordPress blog.

Step 6. How to Get More Traffic to Your Food Blog

Your food blog’s earnings directly depend on your website’s traffic. More users visiting your website means more earnings, brand recognition, and success for your website.

Here are some tips to get more visitors to your website.

Start Building an Email List

More than 75% of visitors who visit your website, will not come back again. There is nothing wrong with your website. It’s just that there is so much content on the internet that your website disappears like a needle in the haystack.

Email marketing allows you to capture those users as subscribers, so that you can reach them via email and bring them back to your website.

See our guide on why you should start building your email list right away. Once you set up an email marketing solution, then check out our guide on how to do lead generation in WordPress. It will help you grow your email list like a total pro.

Create a YouTube Channel

When it comes to food, videos are a lot more engaging than text. This is where YouTube comes in. It is not only the largest video sharing website in the world, it is also the second biggest search engine and the second most active social media platform in the world.

Creating a YouTube channel not allows you to add video recipes to your blog, it also helps you find new users who can become active subscribers, and your most engaged fans.

Utilize Instagram to Drive Traffic

Food pics are instant hits among Instagram viewers. The popular photo and video sharing platform is rapidly growing and has very high engagement.

Upload your food photos and use hashtags, so that Instagram users can discover your photos. Easiest way to grow your Instagram following is by sharing your Instagram photos in WordPress.

There are many ways to bring more users to your food blog. See more tips to drive traffic to your new WordPress blog.

Step 7. Learning WordPress with More Resources

As you start using WordPress, you will quickly discover new things. Some of these new things may look too technical or complicated. That’s where we can help.

WPBeginner is the largest free WordPress resource site in the world for beginners.

Our goal is to provide helpful content that is easy to understand for beginners, business owners, and bloggers.

To expand your WordPress knowledge, you should check out:

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How To Write Travel Journals: 5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Journaling

You don’t need to be traveling to Timbuktu to write a travel diary. Your writing can start with a family vacation or a weekend getaway. All you need is a destination and your holiday journal can begin!

1. Use your journal to plan your trip

Your trip journal can begin before your trip has even started. Use your journal to start planning the things you want to do. It can be anything from a cool restaurant you want to eat at, a hike you want to go on or different sights you want to see. Write down whatever is on your trip check-list, so you don’t forget it.

Once you know what you want to do, do some research and figure out the best way to do it. If you want to go see a special monument, figure out the best way to get there and put it in your journal. If you want to do some cool activities, write down the contact information of the people, places or tours that facilitate them. Your journal is also a great place to keep the contact information of your accommodations and transportation.

2. Write about what you imagine it will be like

Sometimes when you travel, your destination is wildly different than what you expected. Maybe you expected the local food to be bad and it turned out to be delicious. Maybe you imagined the town to be smaller than it actually is. Maybe you thought you would be more comfortable with the language. Whatever it is, think about writing it down before you arrive. It will be interesting to compare these predictions to what you actually experienced.

3. Write during your trip

It is always easier to remember things when they are fresh in your brain, so try and write as much as you can while traveling every day if you can. Your journal entries don’t have to be long, but let them highlight what you feel was most important or exciting. How did you feel during your visit to the local market? What did you smell, taste and hear? Did you learn something new from the person you spoke to at the bar? Were you surprised by the clothes people were wearing? What was the view from the top of the mountain like? Before you go to bed, try and recall what you did that day, what you thought and how you felt. This will serve as a great way to remember more from your trip, but will also help you reflect and grow from what you encountered.

4. Add pictures to your journal

Even though your journal is meant for writing, pictures are still worth a thousand words. Combining pictures with your first-hand accounts of what they represent, or what happened when they were taken, will make for an even more comprehensive narrative of your travels. Don’t worry about glueing or taping anything either. Penzu allows you to upload pictures straight into your online travel journal, so you can keep your pictures and words connected and organized.

5. Write about your trip after you leave

Since you write about your trip before you arrive, you should also write about it after you leave.

  • What was it like?
  • What did you learn?
  • What surprised you?
  • What disappointed you?

It is important to reflect on your travels, so you can retain new understandings and apply them to future adventures. This is also a great way to learn about yourself, other people you may have travelled with and how you can grow. Step back from all the things you did and try to see the big picture. It may surprise you.


FREE Printable Food Journal

In today’s world of “go, go, go”, with convenience foods everywhere, eating healthy is never easy. Whether it is the vending machine at work, a much needed happy hour, or frozen meals at the grocery store, there is always something to tempt you. Not to mention the pitfalls of the holidays – yikes!

No one can eat healthy all of the time. Sorry, it simply can’t be done. However, we can strive to eat healthy more often than not. (Yes, even during the holidays). That’s where helpful tools like this free printable food journal come in handy.

Look, the truth of the matter is that you can’t do better if you don’t learn from your mistakes, and you can’t learn from your mistakes if you don’t realize you’re making them. To put this in the context of food and eating habits, in order to eat better you have to recognize when you eat poorly. This free printable food journal is an easy way to do that.

Tip: The point of the free printable food journal is not to immortalize your mistakes or punish you! Its purpose is to document what you’re eating and spot trends.

So how can you put this free printable food journal to use as effectively as possible?

Start by committing yourself to honestly documenting your daily eating habits using the food journal. You may be tempted to leave small things off such as if you only have a bite or two, but to get the most out of the journaling, you should write down everything you eat and drink. This document is just for you no one will be judging you, so there’s no reason not to be 100% honest.

Next, print off several of the free printable food journal sheets.

Tip: If you want to save paper, print front and back.

Then simply start writing down what you eat in your free printable food journal. Keep your journal with you, so that you can write down what you’re eating as you’re eating it or immediately after. Don’t rely on your memory! In addition to writing down foods, make an effort to document nutritional information such as calories. If you do not know the nutritional value of a particular food, a quick Google search will almost always provide a good answer.

Finally, at the end of each day, analyze your free printable food journal to determine how you did. Did you eat way more sugary or high fat foods than you thought? Did you drink less water than you thought? Look for patterns in your free printable food journal sheets. For example, if you consistently find yourself skipping breakfast, take steps to remedy that such as purchasing protein bars or making foods that you can eat on the go like this healthy breakfast smoothie.

Save past free printable food journal sheets, so that you can see the progress you’ve made.

Ready to get started on the path to a healthier life? Download your Free Printable Food Journal now.

Once you get the hang of using the free printable food journal, take things up a notch. Instead of just writing down what you eat each day, plan what you will eat each day ahead of time. Pair it with this free weekly menu planner printable, and get ahead of the game. Plan to eat healthy for the week and then check yourself using what you’ve written down in the journal.

Last but not least, if you have a “bad day”, don’t get discouraged! Stick to eating healthy and remember, each day is a new day. Each day is a new chance to eat better and be healthy. If you are feeling down, try filling out one of these free self esteem worksheets to brighten your day.

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Your 1-Week Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan

Here's exactly how to start this plant-based, heart-healthy plan.

A panel of nutrition and weight-loss experts at U.S. News & World Report have named the Mediterranean diet the best overall diet for four years running, most recently crowning it the very best diet of 2021. While other top diets are often quite specific &mdash the DASH Diet, for example, focuses on cardiovascular health and blood pressure &mdash the Mediterranean diet can seem less structured. That's because it's more of a way of eating than it is a strict weight loss program. Stefani Sassos, MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian in the Good Housekeeping Institute, says she thinks of the Mediterranean diet as more of a lifestyle inspired by cultures in Greece, Spain, Italy, France, among others: "It's an approach to cooking that emphasizes vegetables, naturally leading to a ton of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in your diet," she explains.

Unlike other fad diets, the Mediterranean diet doesn't require you to completely cut out any of your favorites (yes, red wine included!). The diet is rich in produce, whole grains, and lean protein, supplying tons of antioxidants and heart-healthy unsaturated fats (think: olive oil rather than butter). You'll find that those following the Mediterranean diet enjoy plenty of fatty fish (especially salmon, which is considered a staple) alongside whole grain sides like farro, plenty of rich, crisp vegetables, and a dash of supercharged legumes, nuts, and seeds.

The Mediterranean lifestyle quickly rose to fame among doctors back in 2013 after a team at the University of Barcelona studied more than 7,000 participants that drastically improved their heart health after adopting the diet. The scientific evidence of the diet's effectiveness has piled up since then a study published in the BMJ journal Gut found that elderly individuals may vastly improve brain function and their own longevity by adopting the Mediterranean diet. Evidence suggests that this dietary routine can fight inflammation as we age, stopping the production of chemicals in the body that are known to contribute to cognitive decline. Plus, the diet may also prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes.

If you're already sold on giving the Mediterranean diet a try but don't know where to start, this collection of heart-healthy recipes is for you. Here's how to start the Mediterranean diet, with R.D.-approved ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What makes the Mediterranean diet so great is that it&rsquos a lifestyle, not a traditional weight-loss plan. This meal plan won't have you counting calories or measuring portions (snooze), nor should any Mediterranean diet you attempt. You&rsquoll fill up on tons of veggies, fruit, 100% whole grains, and beans choose lean protein like seafood and eggs and enjoy sweets and alcohol as indulgences. The benefit of eating this way is that it emphasizes real, whole foods and limits ultra-processed ones, which tend to be higher in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar. Since the Mediterranean eating style prioritizes the fun and enjoyment of your whole dining experience, flavorful ingredients are at the forefront &mdash so you&rsquoll never feel deprived. While this diet is renowned by nearly all leading experts, it's always best to talk about the pros and cons of a longterm diet with your doc &mdash be sure to bring this up at your next check in if you decide to stick with it.

Start the day with this flavorful and vibrant Shakshuka recipe, known as a staple breakfast dish throughout the Middle East. Serve with two slices of sprouted grain bread.