Mango, pineapple, turmeric and orange smoothie: this thirst-quenching smoothie is perfect for rehydrating after exercising. Recipe in collaboration with John Lewis, images courtesy of Charlie Richards.
My relationship with smoothies runs a bit hot and cold. I will make them practically daily some months and forget they exist the rest of the year. Think this has a lot to do with what seasonal produce is available and also the time of year. So I was happy to be invited to a John Lewish smoothie making event to get some tips and inspiration. The event was hosted at the Waitrose test kitchen and included a Q&A with Madeleine Shaw (pictured below). Madeleine is the epitome of fresh and glowing and her motto ‘eat better not less’ is certainly something we can all get behind!
After the Q&A we got our hands on the abundant fresh produce available to us to come up with original smoothie recipes. I was drawn to the fresh pineapple, mangoes and oranges – think I needed an injection of vitamins on that grim winter’s evening!. I blended them with coconut water, fresh mint, turmeric, ginger and chia seeds to create a really fresh and thirst-quenching smoothie.
After that it was over to photographer Charlie Richards and prop stylist Cynthia Blackett, who managed to style and photograph numerous smoothies for all the attendees. I must admit it was really hard for to not be in charge of the photography, but it was lovely chatting with Charlie and picking his brain (we have the same camera so I instantly felt a bond!). Make sure you check out all the amazing smoothie recipes we developed that evening, there’s something here for every taste and occasion! And should you need to invest in a blender, John Lewis has an extensive range, including my own Sage blender.
- 120ml | ½ cup chilled coconut water (or as needed to thin the smoothie)
- ½ a small ripe mango, peeled and sliced
- ¼ pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
- juice of ½ orange
- half an orange, peel on
- small cube peeled ginger
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 3 mint leaves
- handful ice cubes
- Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender and process until liquidised.
- Taste and add more coconut water to achieve the right consistency.
- Serve garnished with fresh mint leaves.
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