If you haven’t heard of Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, let us introduce 2 of the hottest names in London to you. Two weeks after launching their wellness blog in 2010, the beautiful sisters were snapped up by vogue.co.uk to share their grain-free, gluten-free and sugar-free recipes. The rest is history. They now regularly consult for celebrities, cater for high-profile events (from Louis Vuitton to Chanel and Vivienne Westwood) and have their own books, international TV series and product line to boot. Radiating a beautiful, unique presence; The Chosen Club UK caught up with the girls to find out what are the products they can’t live without at home. Just in time for the holidays, we also wanted share 10 of their healthy takes on the traditional over-indulgent feasting favorites.
Egg Nog Green Smoothie
Enter the day with a refreshing, alkalising and hydrating green smoothie. 'For a festive edge, we've created a green smoothie version of egg nog - creamy, lightly sweetened and power packed. We love this for breakfast or you can turn it into a celebratory drink by adding a splash of cognac or brandy (that’s what the aristocracy did in the 1880s).’
Mini mince pies
Not only is this festive treat gluten-free, it's free from refined sugars. We make use of the natural sweetness of dried fruits, fresh apple, orange and lemon in our mincemeat, no need for even a drop of honey. Our other twist is coconut oil in the mincemeat to keep it moist.
Dark Chocolate Salted Clementines
These sweet little treats make a great festive canapé or after dinner chocolate.
Kombucha Fizz Mocktail
A blend of kombucha, lime, sparkling water and mint, this delicious fizz is not only bursting with probiotics, vitamins and minerals it is also very low in sugars.
“For a quick canapé with a festive twist we love to make parmesan stars. Salty crispy crunchy stars of parmesan - made from parmesan and that's it! - unless you fancy some spice of course.”
White Wine Miso Gravy
Normally with miso, an Asian flavour, we pair it with ginger, garlic and toasted sesame oil - but we wanted to keep it as "British" tasting as possible. Like all good gravy recipes you can change it up and make it your own - thin it with a splash more water, thicken it with more cooked onion or another blended vegetable such as parsnip, add in your own secret blend of spices or throw in a couple of peeled garlic cloves when cooking up your onion.
Roast Duck With Cranberry and Orange Jam Sauce
Our Roast Duck with Cranberry and Orange Jam Sauce is a favourite, the meat is so juicy that it can be cooked in advance, left to rest and then served at room temperature.
'A dauphinoise is the perfect comfort food on a cold, autumn night. As always we like to make a classic dish much healthier - we've replaced half the cream with a nutrient-dense, homemade bone broth and swapped the high-starch potato for something more unusual - the delicious Kohlrabi.’
Coconut Roasted Sprouts with Cranberries
Brussels sprouts are part of the brassica group of vegetables along with broccoli and cauliflower. Besides being flavoursome (especially when roasted in coconut oil), they're rich in antioxidants.
White Chocolate & Coconut Mint Truffles
We've taken some of nature's finest ingredients - coconut, cacao and raw honey - and packaged them up in the form of soft and creamy truffles.