Wellness

Two Minutes with Elana’s Pantry

By Kim Barnard - 29 Aug 2013

There are food blogs and then there are FOOD BLOGS. Elana's Pantry is the latter. Setting the benchmark for paleo/gluten-gree/grain-free/dairy-free recipes, this blog is seriously respected in the Paleo community and the website gets nearly 450,000 unique visitors a month! Throw in 70,000 Facebook fans and you've got yourself a pretty big deal.

Because Paleo is so hot right now, and we are always interested in people telling us what we should (and shouldn't!) be eating, we caught up with Elana Amsterdam from Elana's Pantry to chat about the diet that's taking the world by storm and . . . ice cream.

TUL: Describe in one sentence what you do for work? 

I write books and run a website both of which promote healthy living and healthy eating.

TUL: What is the best part of your job?

Baking cookies.

TUL: What does a typical day look like for you?

No day is typical, each one is different and full of surprises. I do walk an hour every day and lift weights or do yoga 3-5 times per week as well. Gentle exercise helps me to stay happy and healthy.

TUL: What motivated you to start a blog?

I did not want to pass out pieces of paper with my recipes on them in the parking lot of the school that y children went to, so I launched my blog in 2006.

TUL: What do you want people to take away from Elana's Pantry?

A love of food and healthy recipes to make for their family and friends.

TUL: Why Paleo?

I can't digest grains, corn, rice potatoes, quinoa, etc. I haven't eaten those foods since 2001, and the 700 recipes on my website are completely grain-free as well, as are the recipes in my 3 books.

TUL: You've just released a cookbook. Tell us about it.

Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry is a collection of close to 100 gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nightshade-free recipes ranging from dinner to sides to desserts and beverages.

TUL: Do you have a favourite food?

Ice Cream is hands down my favorite food and my all time favorite ice cream is the high-protein dairy-free Coffee Ice Cream from my new book Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry –it's made with hemp seeds and coconut milk.

TUL: If you weren't working in your profession, what other career would you choose? 

I'd go back to school to get a graduate degree in European History.

TUL: Best way to spend $50?

Locally grown food.

TUL: And the best way to spend $500?

Locally grown-food.

TUL: 3 great reads?

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

Yoga Bitch by Suzanne Morrison

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

TUL: The best gift that you have ever received?

Foot rub from my children or husband.

TUL: The best gift that you have ever given?

Homecooked meals every night for my children and their friends.

TUL: What would you request for your last meal on earth?

The Honey Lemon Chicken and Sesame Kelp Noodles from my new book Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry.

TUL: Favourite city in the world?

New York, I lived there for 17 years.

TUL: What is your biggest indulgence?

Sleeping late. Daily exercise.

TUL: What's next for you?

Just taking it day by day.

Image credit: Elana's Pantry

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