Deliciously Ella is one the biggest healthy foodies on Instagram and her recipes always look super delicious – but what’s her diet all about?
Ella Woodward, now Ella Mills after she tied the knot with partner Matthew last year, decided to change her diet and lifestyle after she was diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, and her health started to deteriorate.
In a bid to manage her illness, Deliciously Ella, as she’s known on social media, decided to cut out processed foods from her diet and started to follow a whole-foods, plant based diet.
‘Overnight I adopted a natural, plant-based diet and said goodbye to gluten, dairy, refined sugar, processed food, additives and meat’, she says in the introduction of her first book.
She has since published another three recipe books – Deliciously Ella Everyday, Deliciously Ella: Smoothies & Juices, and Deliciously Ella with Friends.
What are Deliciously Ella’s recipes all about?
Ella Woodward follows a plant-based diet, so her recipes are vegetarian. They’re also free from wheat, which means they’re gluten free, and free from refined sugar.
Deliciously Ella’s recipes are also dairy-free, so they could be a good option for you if you’re lactose intolerant, or are avoiding dairy.
Rather than encouraging deprivation, Ella says she wants to help people find new delicious ways to incorporate more vegetables and fruit into their diets.
‘It’s not about diet or deprivation, there’s no one size fits all, and everything I do can be adapted to suit you’, she writes on her website.
Here are some of our favourite Deliciously Ella recipes
Deliciously Ella’s lunch recipes
For a nutritious lunch, one of Ella’s suggestions is sweet potato noodles with a creamy peanut satay sauce. Packed with complex carbs that will keep you going for the rest of the day, the noodles are a great replacement for pasta, or even courgette noodles that can leave you feeling hungry.
The peanut sauce is a tasty alternative to shop-bought pasta sauces too, and it’s also a source of protein.
Get the recipe: Sweet potato noodles
Deliciously Ella’s snack recipes
Ella doesn’t encourage deprivation and her books are filled with delicious snack ideas, made with natural ingredients such as dates, oats and chia seeds – like i this recipe for orange and cardamom cookies.
To sweeten this healthy cookie recipe, Ella uses honey and raisins, so you’re still satisfying your sweet tooth but with sugar from natural sources.
Get the recipe: Orange and cardamom cookies
Deliciously Ella’s dinner recipes
For a healthy and filling dinner, try Deliciously Ella’s recipe for a three bean stew. With protein-packed beans and plenty of veg, this bean stew is a delicious vegetarian dish perfect for a chilly winter night or to share with friends if you’re having people over.
Get the recipe: Three bean stew
What’s your favourite Deliciously Ella recipe? Let us know in the comments!