Meet Ellie Bullen, the foodie and creative genius behind Elsa’s Wholesome Food. Ellie showcases her plant-based approach to health and wellbeing with the most amazing, wanderlust inducing photography and incredibly colourful, delicious recipes. Be warned, you will definitely crave a smoothie bowl after reading this post! We adore Ellie and her work and are so excited for her new book which is out in Aussie stores and filled to the brim with drool-worthy plant based healthy food.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself – who you are and what you do.
My name is Ellie, I am an Australian nutritionist and dietitian, social media influencer and blogger from Elsa’s Wholesome Life, and most recently, a published author! Currently I am on the road lots travelling to many new countries for recipe inspiration.
2. What was the ‘uh ha’ moment that inspired you to get in to health and wellbeing?
During my gap year between school and uni I joined the army, and I really missed having access to the healthy fresh foods that I loved, I began reading health and fitness magazines and becoming interested in cooking and nutrition.
3. Talk us through a typical day in your life…
At the moment I am living in Bali (between travels) so usually my day would consist of getting up, first things coffee! I make a warm coffee with fresh homemade coconut milk. Then I usually head to the gym with a big bottle of water (mixed with super greens powder- great way to sneak in extra green vegetables), after my workout I always make a big smoothie for breakfast (my favourite is the Balinese Dragon Smoothie – on my blog and in my book), then I usually get some work done, which varies, I might need to go shoot some photos for my Instagram, create a new recipe, meetings, blogging, emails etc.
I usually head out to lunch to a new café in Bali or one of my favourites. For lunch its usually a salad/Buddha bowl with tempeh and loads of veggies (or some kind of delicious veggie dish). In the afternoon I usually cook dinner, which lately has been a different recipe from my new cookbook each night (my sister and I have been working our way through it together) and then get stuck into some more work with a cup of ginger tea before bed.
The countdown is on 😏 Elsa's Wholesome Life the cookbook is coming soo soon! 4 weeks until my book hits Aus stores & online 💫 I'll be writing a blog on all the places you can find it before it's out ✨ this is my Moroccan Spiced Burger Tower with cauli-mayo & ketchup 🤤🍔 you'll find this + over 100 more plant based recipes inside #elsaswholesomelife
4. Coffee or tea?
Coffee first, but I also LOVE tea.
JOIN ME for the next Cocobella Presents on the Gold Coast! ⋆☆ I'll be chatting to you about my passion for living a wholesome life! + learn how I build my community of you guys around this, + tips and tricks for Instagram. It's on Saturday the 1st of October at the Currumbin SLSC. And best of all it's FREE, you get a goodie bag, and we will be making epic smoothie bowls thanks to @purecocobella 👅🙌🏼☼ but! you must sign up to get yourself a spot 😏 head to the @purecocobella page and click through the link in their bio! #cocobellapresents I cannot wait to meet you! ⚬❥✧
5. What is your indulgence of choice?
I am pretty obsessed with vegan carrot cake.
It is time to release my BIG NEWS to the 🌏 I am releasing my first published COOKBOOK with the most incredible team at @plumbooks 🌟 This is a dream that will come true very soon! I have poured so much love and passion into creating this and I am soooo excited that I can finally tell you all (I've been keeping this a secret for over a year now!!) all recipes, styling and photography by me! More details to come • #elsaswholesomelife #cookbook
6. Three foods you can’t live without?
Avocado, banana and broccoli.
7. What’s your go-to snack for those days on the run?
Probably a smoothie, they’re really quick and easy and digest well when I am busy.
8. … And any last words of advice or tips for those starting out on their health journey?
Make small changes, and keep adding new changes on. If you jump into it too hard and fast it can seem way to difficult. Set small goals and work towards them.
Bananas 🍌🍌🍌 these guys would fall into my top 10 foods. Why? Bananas are probably the most versatile fruit! Freeze and blend to make whole fruit "ice-cream", sweeten baking mixtures, or the variety called plantain can be cooked In savoury dishes . I also find it interesting that 🍌's come from a 'herb' plant and the 🍌 is actually a berry. The first 🍌 species were inedible (full of seeds) but due to many years of selective breeding of the plants for their desired traits they have perfected it- smooth and seed free. Nutritionally they contain lots of fibre and potassium (plus much more) 🍌's make you happy: they contain tryptophan + B6 which help your body form serotonin (the neurotransmitter involved in regulating and elevating your mood) 😯🍌 did I mention I love 🍌🍌's? 😌✨🍌 #EatMorePlants