|Cock tails on arrival - beetroot juice laced with vodka. Healthy, right?!|
Just incase you haven't heard of this twenty five year old blogger sensation - where have you been?! Creator of must-read food blog, www.deliciouslyella.com, Ella Mills first began to assess her own eating habits after being diagnosed with a rare condition called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome in 2011. When traditional medicine failed her, after reading up about the effects of diet and lifestyle on your health, Ella took the plunge to revamp her entire food philosophy and focus on a wholefood, plant based diet. As her symptoms improved rapidly, Ella began to share her experiences on her blog... and the rest, as they say, is history. Now, with a recipe app listed top on the iTunes favourites, two deli's located in the heart of central London, a natural beauty/skincare range with Neil's Yard, her own range of 'Energy Balls' stocked in the likes of Wholefoods, Waitrose, Ocada, Planet Organic and many more, this ambitious entrepreneur is continuing in her world domination with the launch of her FOURTH book, Deliciously Ella with Friends.
"But I'm not vegeterian?" I here you say. Don't worry, me neither!
Whilst Ella's recipes are all vegetarian, wheat and refined sugar free, what I love about Ella's philosophy is that she doesn't believe in fad diets or deprivation. Whilst she eats the way she does in order to manage her illness, she encourages her readers to adapt her recipes to suit them and their lifestyle. For example, as a highly active individual, whilst I am aware I would be able to fulfill my daily protein requirements with a vegetarian diet, I personally don't believe it would be the most beneficial lifestyle for me - and that's OK. After being slammed by many readers for offering fish and meat on the menu at The Mae Deli, I fully back Ella's decision. As she said herself, she wants to open up healthy food to the widest possible audience and, as far as I believe, there's no reason lean meats and proteins can't be a part of this.
It was the deserts, however, that stole the show! As a self confessed sweet-tooth, Ella certainly doesn't deny herself a little of what she fancies, but focuses on healthy substitutions, such as honey, maple syrup and dates to configure her sweet treats. Although the Chai-seed jam Victoria Sponge was the most picture-esque out of the lot, it was the brownies - the richest, gooiest, most nourishing brownies I ever tasted - that were the clear winner! So delicious that I may just have to return for more. On a daily basis. Perhaps hourly :P