This turmeric tonic, from David and Luisa of Green Kitchen Stories’ new book, Green Kitchen Smoothies, is a soothing and sweet drink based on an Indian Ayurvedic home remedy.
David and Luise from the hugely popular blog, Green Kitchen Stories, have just released their second book, Green Kitchen Smoothies – Over 50 Ways to Create a Healthy Smoothie.
Scroll down for the recipe for Turmeric Tonic!
David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl from Green Kitchen Stories are such an inspiring duo. They bring creativity and passion to healthy cooking and I’ve been a big fan of their blog for years, so I was delighted to receive their latest book – Green Kitchen Smoothies.
I start every morning with a smoothie, butI will fully admit that I can get into my morning-zombie rut of making the same ones over and over again (spinach, spirulina, banana and water usually!). However, this beautifully-photographed book has completely inspired me to vary my smoothies with their lovely recipes including an Acai Bowl packed with oat milk, banana and berries (I loved it and it made great use of the bounteous strawberries that I’ve been getting), and Mocha Morning Buzz.
The book has smoothies for every occasion, from breakfast and showstoppers to post-exercise drinks, quick smoothies and even desserts. It isn’t just smoothies, but also has amazing recipes for nut milks, juices and snacks like nut pulp crackers, which is a really great way to reduce food waste! You’ll need a high-speed blender to really make the most of the recipes and to make it easier, but they give lots of practical advice and tips, including ingredients to keep on hand and ways to tweak the smoothies so they’re just how you like them.
My kids went nuts (pardon the pun) for the Banana Snickers Shake – which really did taste like a healthy version of a Snickers bar. On their suggestion I added pea protein to mine and although it tasted like dessert, it was a nourishing lunch smoothie that kept me full until dinner.
They have a section of ‘Showstoppers’ that are pretty special: Peanut Butter & Jam Milkshake, breakfast Kefir Bircher with Middle-Eastern Citrus Salad or an indulgent Mango & Chia Parfait.
Green Kitchen Smoothies’ aim is to ‘inspire you to incorporate more liquid blends into your weekly or monthly routine and help you feel energised from the inside and out’.
Green Kitchen Stories was the winner of the Saveur Best Special Diets Blog in 2013. Luise is a qualified nutritionist with a passion for developing wheat-free and sugar-free recipes and David is the photographer and design-eye behind their work. They are also authors of The Green Kitchen & Green Kitchen Travels.
Get the recipe for Turmeric Tonic
- 150 g (5 oz/1 cup) mixed raw almonds and cashews (plus filtered water for soaking)
- 4 teaspoons fresh turmeric, grated (or 2 teaspoons ground turmeric)
- 2–4 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated (or 1–2 teaspoons ground ginger)
- 1–2 tablespoons quality raw honey (manuka if possible)
- 2 teaspoons rosehip powder (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 litre (1¾ pints/4 cups) filtered water
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- pinch black pepper
- Place the nuts in a bowl, cover with filtered water and soak for
- –12 hours in the morning or overnight.
- Drain and rinse the nuts, discarding the soaking water. Add them to a
- blender along with the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend on a high speed until completely smooth. Taste and adjust the
- spiciness and sweetness to your liking by adding more ginger and/or
- honey, if necessary.
- Strain the turmeric milk through a nut milk bag (see tip on page 106),
- a piece of cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve and store in the fridge in
- a large glass carafe with a lid/stopper (as featured in the photo*). The
- tonic can keep for a few days in the fridge, if sealed.
- When ready to serve, pour into medium-sized glasses. Alternatively,
- pour the milk into a saucepan, bring to a gentle simmer, remove from
- the heat and store in a thermos to take on a picnic.
Recipe from GREEN KITCHEN SMOOTHIES: Healthy and colourful smoothies for every day by David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl (Hardie Grant, £15.00)
Disclosure: I was sent a book to review. All opinions are my own. The recipe and photo for Green Kitchen Stories’ Turmeric Tonic are reprinted by permission.