It’s no secret that Ella Woodward, aka Deliciously Ella is one of the leaders of the new generation wellness warriors. The success of her recipe App has spread globally like wild fire, her blog is read by celebrities, her first book isn’t out till next March, but pre-orders are going nuts, she has 220K fans on Instagram (220 THOUSAND!), she’s in every top UK media publication and did I mention that Ella is drop dead gorgeous? Probably didn’t even need to mention that part, but I met her for the first time over lunch at Tanya’s Cafe, no make-up, casual gear, she was effortlessly stunning in every way.
Meet our October’s Master of the Month…
Describe your typical day of eating and drinking.
What I eat in a day changes all the time depending on what I’m doing but for breakfast I love porridge as its so cold at the moment! Recently I’ve been having a hot bowl of porridge with almond milk, sliced banana, fresh berries and almond butter – it’s so delicious! In the summer when it’s warmer I like having smoothies for breakfast though.
I find that lunch varies so much, I’m writing my second cookbook at the moment, which means I’m always recipe testing so lunch is nearly always different. If I’m not trying something new though I’ll have something like a quinoa bowl with mixed veggies or a marinated kale salad with avocado, homemade hummus and seeds.
For dinner I nearly always have something warm, I love warm dinners. At the moment I’m really into veggie curries and stews. I made an aubergine coconut thai curry last week, which im pretty obsessed with. I also love brown rice pasta with homemade pesto and sautéed green veggies.
What (or who inspires you to eat well and stay healthy?
I find that feeling awesome is the most inspiring thing to stay healthy! I love waking up every morning feeling energized, positive and happy and that feeling is too amazing to want to compromise on!
What is your biggest weakness when it comes to food and how do you deal with that?
I love having a positive relationship with food and don’t feel that there’s an area of the way I eat to feel is a weakness. I love dessert but it’s all made of awesome ingredients so I feel great enjoying it!
My top tip for:
Improving your diet is… eat more veggies and enjoy your food, it’s so important!
Staying healthy while travelling is… being prepared, I always travel with a mini travel blender so that I can make smoothies. Plus I bring snacks like trail mix and raw energy bites with me so that I always have something to eat.
Detoxing is… not something I totally believe it, I think life is about balance and we should aim to nurture our bodies everyday.
Immunising is… taking care of your self – sleeping well, exercising, meditating and eating nourishing food.
What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
That I changed their life, it’s a pretty crazy thing to hear but its so humbling and inspiring to know that you’re truly helping people.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a happy and positive influence in the people I love’s life.
If you got to keep only 3 of your belongings: 1 thing from your kitchen, 1 thing from your garden and 1 thing from your bookshelf- what would they be?
From my kitchen I would take my kitchen shelves, they’re made of such beautiful wood and they’re filled with amazing glass jars that I’ve been collecting for years. I sadly don’t have a garden so I wouldn’t take anything from there, but from my house I’d take my photo albums as they’re full of awesome memories. Finally from my bookshelves I’d take the first copy of my book as it’s something that I’m really proud of.
If you could host a dinner party for 3 guests (dead or alive)- who would they be and what would you serve?
I’d invite Kris Carr as she inspired me to change my diet and eat plant based goodness; Jo Tastula, as she’s my favourite yoga teacher, I’ve been doing her online classes for years and they’ve inspired me so much and finally I would invite Gabrielle Bernstein, I love her books on self love so much and would love to meet her. I’d probably serve my aubergine thai curry since I’m so obsessed with it at the moment, plus a marinated kale salad with sweet potatos and some chili beetroot brownies with a coconut glaze!
Why do you believe that life is Better Raw?
I love mixing raw food and cooked food. There’s so much goodness in raw food so I try to include it in every meal, often I eat fresh berries and bananas in my morning porridge. slices of avocado in my lunch and a kale salad with my dinner – so there’s some raw in everything! I find this gives me amazing energy as it’s such an influx of vitamins and minerals.
Our Master of The Month shares her favourite raw food recipe…
THE ULTIMATE GLUTENFREE DAIRYFREE ENERGY BITES
Makes 15-20 balls
1 cup of medjool dates
3/4 of a cup of almonds
3/4 of a cup of walnuts or any other nut
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 tablespoons of ground flax seed
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of hemp protein powder
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
-Start by placing the almonds, walnuts, ground flax seed and chia seeds in your food processor. Blend for 1 minute, until the a flour forms and the nuts have crumbled.
-Then add the remaining ingredients, pitting the dates before adding those. Blend for another minute until a stick dough forms.
-Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls, place in a bowl and store in the fridge.
-Bite and enjoy! Just try not to eat them all at once!
For more on Ella Woodward, visit www.DeliciouslyElla.com