These past wintery months I’ve been drinking large volumes of my favourite herbal tea combination, ginger and turmeric tea. Ginger and turmeric have lovely warming capacities, but now that outside temperatures are rising, I discovered they also work wonders in refreshing summer drinks, such as this mango and turmeric smoothie. I first made this as a try-out flavouring of my homemade almond milk and at the moment, it’s my favourite drink!
Besides their fresh and zingy flavour, ginger and turmeric share some powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which makes their use in this smoothie not only delicious, but also quite healthy. Used on its own, turmeric can taste slightly bitter, but combining it with banana, mango and lime pares down the bitterness and brings out its friendly, citrussy flavour. Using freshly grated turmeric root gives the freshest-tasting result, but if you can’t get hold of that, the smoothie will also be delicious made with ground turmeric.
If your blender or food processor can take it, you can make this drink with both frozen banana and frozen mango chunks, for the ultimately refreshing, milkshakey or nicecream-like smoothie. If you want to spare your kitchen equipment a bit, though, you can combine frozen banana slices with fresh mango cubes. The result will be lovely and cool, beautifully golden and frothy.
Enjoy straight from the blender, or served extra cold with some ice cubes.
Happy summer days!
Golden mango and turmeric smoothie – makes 2 glasses
- 1 mango, peeled and diced – fresh or frozen
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 cm fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 2 cm fresh turmeric root, peeled and sliced (or 1-2 tsp. ground turmeric)
- 300 ml unsweetened almond milk, shop-bought or freshly made
- pinch of salt, optional, if your almond milk is freshly made and you haven’t added some already
Very simply, mix everything in a food processor or blender and whizz until smooth and frothy. Enjoy immediately, while it’s at its freshest!