Radiance loves... Piña Colada Smoothies by the Hemsley Sisters

by Rosie Guest,

Here's a recipe to spruce up your weekend! We at Radiance can't get enough of this summery smoothie.

Piña Colada Smoothie

Ingredients - serves 2 (350ml each)

½ large pineapple, peeled and cut into blendable chunks

about 300g or 200ml full-fat coconut milk

½ large avocado, peeled, about 100g

 1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp ground turmeric


1½ tsp baobab powder

1½ tsp raw honey

1 egg yolk

coconut water, to replace the water if preferred

We love this for breakfast. Sunshine in a glass, this is an enzyme-rich meal thanks to papaya, and it is full of vitamin C. The delicious piña colada flavours of coconut and pineapple envelop the anti-inflammatory turmeric, so you don’t have to rely on curries to enjoy this spice.

Add a raw egg yolk if you need more oomph and a little honey if you have a sweet tooth. Full of antioxidants, baobab powder is also a great addition, adding a delicate sherbert flavour. Grate a little fresh nutmeg over for a true piña colada taste!

1. Blend everything together with 150 ml water or coconut water until smooth, adding more liquid if necessary.

2. Drink immediately or pour into a glass jar or stainless steel flask and keep in the fridge for up to 48 hours.

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

Radiance loves... Flower Power Pizza by the Hemsley Sisters

by Rosie Guest, , link

The Hemsley Sisters have spruced up your average pizza and given us a healthy alternative. The light healthy cauliflower base is the perfect summer option!

This is not quite as simple as our Socca Pizza, but no pancake skills are required for this. We sneak some cauliflower (the flower!) into the pizza base and then use protein-rich ingredients like almonds, egg white and buckwheat – that’s the power part.

If you plan to cover your pizza with lots of protein in the form of meat, we recommend using more ground almonds rather than buckwheat flour for better food combining. 

Double the recipe to make two pizzas, then you can freeze one of the pizza bases or freeze a constructed pizza ready to pop in the oven later that week. Stick the leftover egg yolk in a smoothie, bake it on top of your pizza or make a mayo or tartare sauce.

Ingredients - 1 pizza

For the tomato sauce (make this up in advance or use passata if you're in a rush)

3 garlic cloves, or diced

1 tbsp ghee

12 large tomatoes, roughly chopped

2 tsp dried oregano or 1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves

sea salt and black pepper

1 fresh or dried chilli, finely sliced or chopped (optional)

For the pizza base

140g cauliflower (about ¼ of a head without the stalk)

1 egg white, beaten

50g ground almonds

40g buckwheat flour

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1. Preheat the oven to fan 190°C/Gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and lightly grease with butter, ghee or coconut oil.

2. Make the tomato sauce: gently heat the ghee in a pan over a medium heat and fry the garlic for 1 minute, then add the chopped tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper and a little chilli, if you like.

3. Cook the tomatoes down to a thick sauce over a medium heat, lid off, which will take about 15 minutes, then mash the tomatoes with your spatula or blend to a paste if you like things less rustic.

4. While the sauce is cooking, grate the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces using a hand grater or food processor.

5. Put all of the pizza base ingredients into a bowl and mix well with a spoon, or add to the food processor and blend, to form a sticky dough.

6. Spread the dough out with the back of the spoon on the prepared tray, shaping it into a 30 cm-diameter.

7. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping it over after 15 minutes to cook the underside.

8. Choose your pizza topping and cook as instrusted.

9 Serve the pizza with a big green salad and drizzle over some Brazil Nut Pesto if you like.

For a parma ham and rocket topping spread the tomato sauce over the base of the pizza with the back of a spoon. If you’ve made the sauce in advance and it’s cold, rebake the tomato-topped pizza for 5 minutes before adding your toppings. Top with 4 slices of Parma ham torn into small pieces, 2 handfuls of rocket and some Parmesan shavings. Add chilli flakes if you like.

For a tomato and mozzarella topping pull apart 1 medium mozzarella ball into small pieces and arrange over the base of the pizza. Slice 2 handfuls of fresh tomatoes into 1 cm-thick slices (a mixture of colours looks good) and arrange over the pizza. Add chilli flakes, if desired. Bake for 10 –15 minutes until the mozzarella is melted and bubbling.

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

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

by Rosie Guest, , link

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.

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