Whole30 with Deliciously Ella

I’m back on whole30 for my 4th attempt and I’m past the 20 day mark! I quit on my third attempt and how much I’m enjoying it this time round proves I made the right decision! I decided to freshen things up a bit; it’s easy to get stuck in a rut cooking the same old recipes over and over again. So I updated my cookbook library and decided to take inspiration from each book on a weekly basis.

For the first part I used Hemsley & Hemsley; The Art of Eating Well.

The next book I am took inspiration from was Deliciously Ella

Deliciously Ella book cover

I haven’t been fully immersed in the story of Deliciously Ella, nor followed her blog before so I wasn’t sure what I was in for. The first thing I realised was that all the recipes were vegetarian. I added some fish and meat to my food order and off I went…

My favourite recipe from the ten days or so was the brazil nut and avocado pesto. The recipe created a huge batch which I’m still making my way through. I slapped it onto zoodles and served them with some oven baked salmon.

Other recipes I tried included the simple banana smoothie, green smoothie and a butternut squash and olive salad which I also served up with baked salmon.

There wasn’t really much else for me to experiment with that was whole30 compliant. I also felt a lot of the recipes were indulgent / sweet treats / SWYPO …for example the first smoothie recipe I tried for the book said to use 2 medal dates which for me was far too sweet. My personal taste means that when there is banana, there is no need for another sweetener!

What have I taken from the last 10 days? 

The book did inspire me to get creative with smoothie making though. I was keen to try out the Bio-Synergy Paleo Protein (pure egg whites) that I had too! Here’s one recipe I shared last week…

…and I have a couple more that I can share soon too! I know whole30 are fully in support of drinking your food but a) sometimes I just don’t want another egg for breakfast and b) post work out I just need to get something down me as soon as possible to get my recovery kick started!

The next book I am taking inspiration from is the new Whole30 Book released in April.

I had a sit down with the book and browsed all the recipes to pick out what I like the look of trying first! I planned out my meals for the week, put together a shopping list and everything is now in my fridge ready to finish this whole30 strong!

Are you considering a whole30? What is holding you back? What’s your favourite whole30 recipe?!

Check out my whole30 Pinterest board for inspiration! Beware though, I’m not afraid of a little SWYPO (google it!)




  1. Simone
    May 10, 2015 / 18:18

    I love the Hemsley and Hemsley book. It has lots of good things in there that can easily be converted to a whole30 compliant recipe and since I'm gonna start tomorrow…. I need all the inspiration I can find! And of course I got the new whole30 book as well!

    • Elle Linton
      May 11, 2015 / 11:41

      Hope your first day is going well Simone! Although first day is probably the easiest huh?! I am LOVING the new whole30 book so you are in for a treat inspiration wise! Let me know how you get on! I'm just a few days away from day 30 but I think I will continue a little longer!

  2. Meredith
    May 7, 2015 / 10:35

    Glad you're still going strong! It's definitely easy to get ideas for Whole30 compliant recipes from their own books and/or from other paleo cookbooks. There are some delicious recipes out there!!

    • Elle Linton
      May 7, 2015 / 15:33

      I just wanna be able to eat what I would've eaten anyway (using books I would've used) if not on whole30! shows thats its not all that hard too! I'm loving the new whole30 book at the moment though 🙂

  3. CARLA
    May 7, 2015 / 09:04

    ZOODLES AND SALMON ARE MY DREAM FOODS…when someone else is making and cleaning up 🙂

    • Elle Linton
      May 7, 2015 / 15:31

      hahaha! food always tastes better when someone else is cooking and clearing up!! I love that salmon and zoodles are so quick and easy to make too!

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