Meet Food Blogger Wendy Purviance

Updated: Apr 15

Writer Name: Wendy Purviance

Location: Shell Beach, California

Years of Experience: 10+

Available for writing projects: yes

Niche/Beat/Genre: Nutrition, Paleo, AIP, Eat to thrive, No deprivation/always a swap, Keto, family

Website: Whole Living with Wendy Purviance

e-Books: Paleo Holiday Homegrown Traditions Remade, Summer Salad Extravaganza

Favorite food: Veggie stir-fry topped with avocado

Writing tip for fellow writers: Keep doing what you love and don’t give up.

Wendy Purviance runs the blog Whole Living with Wendy Purviance, where she focuses on whole, healthy foods that nourish body, mind and spirit.

She's a National Board Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach and yoga instructor who learned how to use food to heal her own autoimmune health condition.

How did you get started writing?

I started blogging while pregnant, sharing my love of healthy living mommy-style.

What area do you currently specialize in?

Nutrition, lifestyle, health, and recipes.

How is your relationship with food affected by you being a writer?

I love food. I consider myself a foodie, and when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition I needed to recreate all of my favorite foods.

At first, I was frustrated, and couldn't find anything to eat. In the end, I decided that I loved food too much and I was going to live and enjoy it. I eventually figured out how to bring both together.

Tell us about your e-books.

My books are meant to inspire those who love to cook along with those who have never cooked before. Summer Salad Extravaganza helps bring wonderful meals together that are simple, healthy and delicious. Paleo Holiday Homegrown Traditions Remade recreates beloved traditional recipes with a healthy twist.

How do you describe your blog?

My blog is about all things health and wellness.

What’s your advice for struggling new writers or bloggers?

Keep going. Don’t give up. Set aside a chunk of time to do what you love.

What has been your biggest professional struggle over the years?

Time. I have so many ideas and there's never enough time to do everything in my head.

Any favorite kitchen products?

My Vitamix and KitchenAid are used daily.

Favorite food writers or chefs?

I love Giada and her home-cooked meals, Barefoot Contessa is another favorite.

What do you snack on when you’re on deadline?

Roasted veggies, nuts, and lemon water

Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share?

My Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Apples.

butternut squash soup in a white bowl
Wendy's healthy and delicious butternut squash soup

Butternut Squash Soup


2 large butternut squash, baked and cubed

4 apple skins, peeled and diced

1 large sweet onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. coconut or olive oil

2 tsp. sea salt + more sprinkled on squash before baking

1 tsp. ginger, ground or 1 Tbsp. grated

2 tsp. cinnamon or to taste + more sprinkled on squash before baking

2 Tbsp. ghee, or olive oil for drizzling on squash

6-8 cups chicken or vegetable broth


Preheat oven 400 degrees. Cut squash lengthwise and remove seeds. Place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt, cinnamon, and drizzle with olive oil or divide ghee between squash and place in the cup of cleaned squash. Bake 50-60 mins. depending on the size of the squash.

Meanwhile, in a large stockpot over medium heat, add oil of choice, onion, and apple. Let cook, stirring for approximately 15-20 mins. Add the ginger, salt, cinnamon and broth. Simmer.

When butternut squash is fork tender, remove from oven, let cool, then remove skin and cut squash into cubes before adding to stockpot. Cover and simmer for 10 mins. until apples and onions are cooked and ingredients start to thicken. Remove soup from heat, add mixture to blender, puree, and serve. Serves 6.