Radiance Recommends - Podcasts

by Olivia Cartwright,



Radiance Recommends

Podcasts are an amazing resource to have you learning on the go! Here is our round-up of our favorite ones to listen to morning, noon and night. 

Happy Place - Fearne Cotton interviews a round-up of celebrities, authors, actors, and musicians to collect their tips to happiness. We could not recommend this podcast enough, there is something here to bring good, simple happiness to your every day…

The Doctors Kitchen - Intelligent and accessible advice from doctor and author Rupy Aujla. Helping everyone live happier healthier lives using food and lifestyle, it’s a great one to sink your teeth into. 

Happier with Gretchen Ruben - Author of the Happiness Project Gretchen Ruben has dedicated her adult to discovering the life hacks to daily happiness. Gretchen has got us waking up to music first thing in the morning,  decluttering before bed along with other tips and tricks to have you living your best life.

Ted talks Health - Most of us are familiar with Ted Talks, it’s the same principle but under the umbrella of health. Doctors, scientists, and medical researchers weigh in on health care, diet, and lifestyle. 

The High Low - Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes present the one completely unrelated to health podcast we couldn’t leave off our list. We spend all week looking forward to every new episode for our Tuesday commute. It’s the weekly pop-culture/news podcast that provides us with exactly the light-hearted relief we need first thing in the morning. 

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi

by Olivia Cartwright, , link



150g of cooked and mashed sweet potato (about 1 medium potato)

60g of buckwheat flour (plus extra for rolling)

30g of tapioca flour (or arrow root powder)

Large pinch of salt

1 pinch of grated nutmeg (optional)

50g of pine nuts

4 garlic cloves

1 handful of basil leaves

1 tbsp of coconut oil

2 tbsp of olive oil



To make the cooked mashed potato grab one medium sweet potato, peel, steam (until cooked through) then mash by hand or with a hand blender.


Mix the flours together with the salt and nutmeg (if using). Place the mashed potato in a bowl and add half the flour to it, kneed with your hands until no flour streaks remain, then add in the rest of the flour, again kneading until mixed through. The mixture shouldn’t be sticky, if it is add a tbsp. of buckwheat flour and ½ tbsp. of tapioca until it looses its stickiness but is still very soft. Divide the mix into 4 equal balls.


Sprinkle some buckwheat flour on top of a clean surface to create a snake like appearance 15cm long and 1.5-2 cm wide. Cut into 3cm long rectangles with a knife, then place to the side.


Boil the kettle and pour the water into a large pot, boil the gnocchi for 5 minutes then drain and leave to the side.


Heat a pan with 1 tbsp of coconut oil, crush the garlic and add it in with the gnocchi, be careful the garlic doesn’t burn. If it starts to crisp up add a tbsp. of water to the pan. Throw in the pine nuts and a pinch of salt, sauté for a few minutes until the gnocchi is bronzed both sides.


Serve on a plate with a handful of chopped basil and a sprinkle of sea salt.


Hygge tips to get through winter

by Olivia Cartwright, , link

Hating winter is kind of like hating your job. Since we spend most of our lives in the cold and rain living in Britain, if you don’t like it, change it (or at least change your perspective). Winter gets a bad rep but it is inevitable, it comes around every year and if you're not careful we find ourselves wishing way half our lives.

Now Nordics and Scandinavians seem to be considered to be aspirational in every way. Our idealised impression of them is that they are all 6 feet tall, with long, blonde glossy hair in their gorgeous minimalist homes and sitting by roaring log fires. Whether it's their interiors, style or food you are coveting everyone wants a little Scandi in their lives at the moment. But their climate is certainly less desirable. So what is their secret to getting through the long, dark winters with a bit of positivity? The answer is HYGGE (pronounced hoo-ga).

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you will of heard the term HYGGE - whether it was pronounced correctly is less of a cert! It is the Danish word that cannot quite be translated to English but it loosely means all things cosy and is the best way to make winter significantly more pleasurable!

Here are our top HYGGE tips to see you all the way through to spring and actually really enjoy it

1. Nesting
Make your home your winter sanctuary, think candles, blankets, dim lighting, a log fire if you’ve got one.  This is your safe space and it needs to be a pleasure to be in.

2. Comfort
Invest in some seriously great loungewear that you actually look forward to getting into.  This is all about actively taking pleasure in relaxation not feeling guilty for it.

3. Mindful indulgence
Cooking is the perfect winter activity, its warming and social and it makes you feel happy. We would highly recommend our cookies to be shared with friends

4. Don’t isolate yourself
Invite friends over, go for a winter walk, have long dinners and drink hot chocolate together. Winter always temporarily stints our social life but communication and interaction are more important than ever to beat the winter blues. Togetherness is key.

5. Be present
Put down your phone, get off Instagram and avoid Netflix in bed all day. Try reading a book, doing a board game with your family, have long baths! Being present makes such a difference rather than frittering your days away online.

In short, winter is so only bad because we've been doing it wrong, so make like the Danes, get your HYGGE on and enjoy the winter season. Try these tips and let us know how you get on!

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