National Vegetarian Week top picks

by Olivia Cartwright,

In support of National Vegetarian week we are shining the light on some of favourite vegetarian and vegan products both in and out of the kitchen! 

A vegan wine - who knew wine wasn’t vegetarian? We were surprised to learn that of the animal products used in wine include eggs and a protein called casein, which is derived from fish bladder. We like Solara Orange Cramele Reca, it’s a super trendy orange wine. According to red magazine, "The colour orange is said to be associated with joy and happiness, which is exactly what you’ll feel when drinking this".

Ilia beauty products - Often in the search to live a sustainable and eco friendly life we have to make some compromises especially in the beauty category. Not any more! Introducing one of our favourite beauty finds to date: Ilia. Ilia stands up against and trumps some of the larger name brands and is sustainable, vegan, responsible & eco-friendly. We urge you to try their Super serum skin tint and its SPF 30.

Let's not forget the animal products we wear daily! Veja trainers have changed the game when it comes to luxury casual footwear. Veja has ben fighting the good fight since its launch in 2005. Made with innovative materials such as recycled polyester, organic cotton canvas or C.W.L, corn upcycling you can look great and feel good in your Veja’s. 

Esse Skincare is our top tip for all things skincare and their entire range is vegan friendly and cruelty free. We have partnered with them for our Natural Beauty cleanse as we love their products so much.  The cleanser is a joy to use and their serums are amazing.  

Green Goddess Gazpacho

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Green Goddess Gazpacho

  • 2 large cucumbers, cut into chunks, plus extra thinly sliced cucumber for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt (can also use dairy free)
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus extra for serving
  • 10-12 large basil leaves
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • thinned out Greek yogurt or half and half for serving* (can also use dairy free)

1. Combine cucumbers, Greek yogurt, avocado, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, scallions, dill, basil, jalapeño, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar in a high powered blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

2. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and blend again to combine. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.

3. To serve, top with thinly sliced cucumber, chopped fresh dill, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and a drizzle of thinned Greek yogurt or half and half. Serve immediately.

*To thin out Greek yogurt, just mix it with a little water or milk until it's pourable,

Radiance Recommends - Podcasts

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Spring is our favourite season and such a lovely time of year to go for a nice long walk.  Finding a new podcast you love can be like making a new friend, and we love getting outside and listening to a podcast. 

Podcasts are also a great opportunity to learn. If you are looking to educate yourself about a specific topic or are open to expanding your mind, there is always a podcast on the matter. 

Here’s our roundup of some of our go-to podcasts:

On Purpose - Jay Shetty 

Jay Shetty is quickly becoming a household name and for good reason! He has set out to “make wisdom go viral.” He has really insightful conversations from some of the most influential people in the world. With 2 episodes coming out a week you’ve got plenty to catch up on.

Fearne Cotton’s - Happy Place

With 20 years of interviewing to her name, Fearne Cotton is an expert at extracting insights, reflections and actionable self-care tips from her fabulous guests.

Oprah’s Supersoul Sundays 

While it’s a given that everyone knows Oprah but not everyone has tuned into her podcast! Oprah delivers insight and inspiration from renowned international thought leaders. It’s a truly inspirational listen.

Unlocking Us, with Brené Brown 

With over 2 decades of study about emotions, Dr. Brené Brown, is highly qualified to be discussing the importance of relationships. Brene doesn’t just speak to her friends, she includes conversations with the people who are teaching her, challenging her, or even confusing her! In Brene’s words “We don’t have to do life alone. We were never meant to.” This podcast is a really interesting insight into human connection from a real expert. 

How To Fail with Elizabeth Day

We all want Elizabeth Day as our new best friend but listening to her is the next best thing. Her thought provoking and engaging conversations with women at the top of their game had us gripped from the first episode! We have taken so many life lessons from this series. 

We are always on the hunt for some podcast inspiration so let us know if you have any recommendations! 


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