Radiance loves... the new Hemsley + Hemsley cook book

by Rosie Guest,

The Hemsley sisters, Melissa and Jasmine, create organic, nutritious and delicious homemade food, free of grains, gluten, high starch and refined sugar.

Radiance were pleased to attend the launch of their first recipe book ‘The Art Of Eating Well’. We have chosen three of our favourite recipes to share on our blog. Here is the first of our top picks. Why not start with a breakfast dish! We love chia and its nutritional benefits are well known, so get your day off to a great start with this delcious combination. 

Chia Chai Butternut Breakfast Pudding

This is an overnight breakfast or make-ahead dessert. We’ve infused omega-3-rich chia seeds with our favourite rooibos chai breakfast tea and together they turn the usually savoury butternut squash into a sweet start to the day. Gently heating up the pudding before layering with the Mango Cashew Cream is our favourite way to breakfast and warm our bellies in the autumn.

This is so yummy that you’ll also fancy it as a cool, creamy dessert. We love it with summer fruits, such as blackberries, grapes, figs, plums or peaches, which are just in season as butternut comes in. In the winter months, try apple chunks, chopped clementines or blood orange.

If you bake the butternut squash the night before, then it's ready to go in the morning. Don’t forget to chew well in order to get the most goodness out of the tiny chia seeds.

Ingredients - serves 2-4

1 large butternut squash (enough to make 400 g cooked butternut squash purée)

2 rooibos chai tea bags or 2 tsp rooibos chai tea leaves

4 tbsp white chia seeds (we used white chia to keep the pudding’s bright orange colour, but black also works – and is cheaper and easier to find too!)

3 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp raw honey


Coconut yoghurt and goji berries, to serve

1. Preheat the oven to fan 180°C/Gas mark 6 and roast the butternut squash in the oven for 40–50 minutes until cooked through and tender. Scoop out 400g of the squash flesh and mash well. Any leftover squash can be frozen and used in a soup or smoothie.

2. Add the squash to a saucepan with 350 ml water, the coconut oil and the tea leaves (or the contents of the tea bags, if using). Bring to a medium simmer, then remove from the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.

3. Stir in the chia seeds, continuously whisking at first to avoid lumps, then add the honey.

4. Leave to sit for at least 20 minutes to an hour for the chia to swell (unless you like it crunchy). Alternatively, transfer to a flask and by the time you get to work, you’ll have a nice warm chia breakfast pudding.

5 Add the coconut yoghurt and goji berries, if using, and enjoy.

To make a creamy dessert, take a jar or glass and layer up the Chia Chai Butternut Breakfast Pudding with Mango Cashew Cream and scatter 2 handfuls of seasonal fruit, such as blackberries, between the layers. Top with more fruit and enjoy.

Source: The Art Of Eating Well by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley (Ebury Press, £25) Photography by Nick Hopper ©Ebury Press.

Radiance Summer Recipe Picks

by Rosie Guest, , link

Kim Parsons of the Retreat Cafe shares with us two of her favourite summer recipes. These recipes make an ideal pre and post cleanse treat.


Tangy Summer Salad with Toasted Pistachios 

Ingredients - Serves 4

  • 2 lebanese cucumbers, julienned
  • 90g bean sprouts 
  • 1 red capsicum, julienned 
  • 1 orange, skin & segments removed, finely sliced in half lengthways
  • 30g chives, chopped into 2cm lengths 
  • 2 handfuls rocket leaves 
  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger 
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 4 tbsp olive oil 
  • 130g raw pistachios, toasted & roughly chopped  

Put the cucumbers, bean sprouts, capsicum, orange, chives and rocket into a large serving bowl and toss to combine.

To make the dressing, put the ginger, honey, lemon juice and olive oil into a small bowl. Stir well to combine the ingredients and season with a little sea salt and cracked pepper.

Pour dressing over the salad and toss together. Scatter the pistachios over the salad and serve. 

Post-cleanse guilt-free Banana Bread (gluten, dairy & sugar free)


There is something magical and comforting about banana bread served lightly warm and toasted.  

What’s good about it:

Bananas are a terrific energy food and a great source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.They add moisture and sweetness to baked goods, which means you can reduce the amount of sweetener and oil considerably.  Almonds are packed full of protein + heart healthy  fats that  are kind to your arteries and can help lower cholesterol as well as keep blood sugars stable. This makes a nice change from typical store bought and cafe style banana breads that are generally high in refined white flour, sugar and saturated fats.

Ingredients - Makes 1 loaf:

  • 300g smashed ripe banana
  • 3 free range, organic eggs
  • 60g raw honey or organic maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 60g cold pressed olive oil
  • ½  tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½  tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 200g almond meal
  • 25g ground flaxseed (linseed) or chia seed

Preheat your oven to 160 C. Line a loaf tine with baking paper.

Combine smashed banana, honey, oil, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, bicarb and lemon. ( the lemon activates the bicarb).

Add the almond meal and flaxseed/chia seeds and mix well.

Spoon batter into the tin and bake for  45  minutes to 1 hour ( a skewer inserted into the centre should come out dry).

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before turning out the loaf.

Q&A with Anjhe Mules, creative director at Lucas Hugh

by Laura Gomersall, , link

In 2010 Anjhe Mules founded Lucas Hugh and creates designer female sportswear that not only looks good inside and outside the gym but is also versatile, functional and eye-catching.

We asked Anjhe some questions to find out a little more about her healthy lifestyle and summer body advice.

What are your top 5 tips for health and wellness?
1. Good quality sleep and being at peace
2. Fresh good quality food and lots of water on regular basis (standard!) 
3. Exercise – a mix of cardio, resistance and stretching or walking
4. Having fun
5. Getting out in the fresh air and sunshine 
What does your daily diet include?
When I am working out, which is about 5 days a week and a mixture of cardio and resistance 
training, I try to eat some protein with every meal and lots of fresh salads and vegetables. On 
the days I am not working out I generally try to eat vegetarian, including fresh salads and juices and 
Are you a fan of juicing? 
Absolutely, I think it’s a great way to pack in lots of nutrition in addition to eating healthy meals, 
especially while travelling. 
Who is a typical Lucas Hugh woman?
She is someone who appreciates that working out is part of her life, and because she is 
interesting, smart and on the pulse she needs clothes to reflect that. She is also busy and 
requires more versatility from her gym wear. She needs clothes that can transcend the treadmill to 
meeting someone for lunch or stopping at a store. 
Do you have any health role models?
Not really, I follow lots of fit people on Instagram!
What's your number one tip to get 'summer body' ready?
Eating well! A three-day juice detox is a great start. I find it resets my metabolism and 
following on from it I am more aware of what I eat. Exercise is part of my life throughout the 
year but sometimes I step it up before a beach holiday.

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