A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Oxo Tower by John Lewis for an evening of smoothies and Pilates. The idea of the evening was to promote wellbeing, which I think is really important. For me, wellbeing isn’t just about being fit or healthy, I think it’s about everything – your mental health, your physical health, and how well you look after yourself.
The first part of the evening was a talk by nutritionist Hayley Pedrick, who focussed on nutrition pre and post exercise. I found this really interesting, as for someone who has done quite a lot of long runs as part of marathon training, I definitely do not have my nutrition down!
I don’t have a specific thing I always go to post exercise. When I was marathon training or after a long run I used to like having a very cold lucozade in the fridge, and really looked forward to it, especially if it had been hot during the run. However, whilst lucozade probably does have some benefits post exercise, (no idea what though!), Hayley’s talk made me think getting in a smoothie is probably much more beneficial. If you get the mix right, they can provide a good mix of nutrients and ingredients to help aid recovery.
After Hayley’s talk we put what we learnt into practice and made some smoothies. Besma and I paired up and we decided to make Hayley’s recovery shake. We were both intrigued by the addition of the tumeric. Perhaps we didn’t add enough because I couldn’t really taste it, or maybe that’s a good thing! However tumeric is meant to be a great anti-inflammatory which definitely makes it good for post exercise. We also added in whey protein and coconut milk which made the smoothie really thick and creamy. Here’s the recipe for Hayley’s smoothie and I’ll definitely be making it again!
(Serving size: 1 glass)
1/3 can coconut milk
100ml coconut water or plain water
1 scoop whey protein powder
1⁄2 cup frozen berries
1 handful cos or romaine lettuce leaves (not iceberg as this is the lowest in nutritional value)
1-2 tsp Manuka Honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
Place everything in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.
Adjust the amount of coconut water or water to get the desired consistency.
The second half of the evening was a Pilates class with Lottie Murphy. I have to admit I hadn’t heard of Lottie beforehand, but I will definitely be visiting her YouTube channel. Not only was Lottie really nice but her class was so tough. I haven’t done a Pilates class for ages and Lottie’s class was so good, and there were definitely some shaky ab moments!
The evening was really lovely and the Oxo Tower setting was fantastic. The Pilates class was done in a big warehouse space with fantastic views over the Thames. I don’t often go to blogging events as it’s not the easiest for me to get to a lot of them during the week with work, so it was actually really nice to also meet some other bloggers and have a chat about all things blogging and fitness. It made me realise I should probably start making more of an effort to get out there and meet more people!