March 19, 2016

Deliciously Ella's Cookbook | A Look Into Plant Based Cooking

I have a major sweet tooth which means I treat myself to cookies, chocolate and lattes on the daily! I recently came across the blogger Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella and was so inspired by her perspective on a nutritious lifestyle that still excites you with wonderful flavours of your old time favourite snacks and meals. Because it really is a lifestyle not a diet, this is long term whole food goodness that you need to feed your body and mind so you can be your best.

This of course isn't a new concept or anything but her cookbook has been really great at sparking the enthusiasm in me to cook healthy meals. In the last year I've been really enjoying cooking so this was just a natural progression for me to work on swapping out certain ingredients for better choices whenever possible. Ella, like me, was also a sugar fiend but it wasn't until she was diagnosed with an illness that she discovered the power different types of food have on her/our bodies. In her book she highlights simple foods that have big impacts on our bodies such as nuts, seeds, fruit and veg and how they should make up the bulk of our diets. Though, Ella is very relaxed and doesn't like anything too strict and encourages people to just make small changes and not to feel overwhelmed to overhaul their meal structure all at once! For example she eats primarily a plant based diet but for me I enjoy including salmon, chicken and eggs into my meals. She has inspired me to drastically reduce my consumption off wheat, processed sugar, dairy and caffeine whenever possible. Ella's book is filled with wonderful recipes that enable you to still enjoy a sweet treat like these Chocolate Chia Cookies I made this weekend! I tweaked her recipe slightly to work with what I had in my cupboards, so the ingredients I used were:

  • Ground Walnuts
  • Buckwheat Flour (Despite what the name suggests, it doesn't actually contain wheat)
  • Medjool Dates (My new favourite thing! They add stickiness and a natural sweetener)
  • Pure Maple Syrup (also a natural sweetener but has to be pure so that it doesn't have any funny additives!)
  • Raw Cacao Powder (this is what makes them chocolaty but it has so much nutritional benefits! Not to be confused with Coco Powder)
  • Chia Seeds
  • Ground Flax Seeds
  • Coconut Oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

The cookies turned out great and really reminded me of gingerbread! I'm also a big fan of her Hummus recipe and Energy Bites Recipe, which I've made repeatedly. They're so easy and making your own Hummus is so satisfying and really economical. The Energy Bites fill any chocolate craving I have but are packed with really nutritious ingredients which really give me a boost, instead of  making me crash which a chocolate bar would have done. 

I really recommend checking out her book and blog, there is a recipe for everyone! Ella also is releasing a second cookbook that hasn't launched in Canada yet, (that I know of?) and I can't wait to get my hands on it! 
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