Creamy? Check. Deliciously tropical tasting? Check? Full of healthy ingredients like turmeric, coconut oil, and maca? Check! These tropical turmeric smoothies will do more leg work than squats at the gym.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which, as you’ve probably heard, brings an array of anti-inflammatory benefits [source]. Smoothies are an excellent way to add a daily dose of the spice to your diet, especially since cooking with heat diminishes turmeric’s effectiveness.
To make morning life a little easier, pull together your smoothie ingredients the night before. Round up all the dry ingredients in one place (a freezer bag, food storage container, or a pint glass). In the morning, take the measured ingredients from the night before, add them to the blender with the wet ingredients, and be on the way to a successful day.
1. Coconut + Turmeric Smoothie Recipe
Shannon Vaughn of Pursoma clay detox baths created this beauty-boosting recipe that’s full of healthy fats, anti-inflammatory properties, and energizing maca.
—1 cup hemp or coconut milk
—1/2 cup frozen pineapple
—1 frozen banana
—1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
—1/2–1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
—1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
—1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
—1 teaspoon organic chia seeds
—1 teaspoon organic maca powder
2. Turmeric + Mango Smoothie
Another beauty booster is our creamy, delicious golden smoothie. A dose of maca powder gives extra nourishment and hormone-balancing support for women [source]. A combination of coconut flakes and chia seeds adds texture and fiber, while its sweetness comes from the dates and mango.
—1 cup organic unsweetened coconut milk
—1/3 cup unsweetened organic coconut flakes
—1 tablespoon organic chia seeds
—1 teaspoon organic virgin coconut oil
—1/2 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
—1/2 teaspoon organic maca powder
—2 pitted dates
—1 fresh or frozen mango
—1/4 cup ice cubes
3. Turmeric + Pineapple Smoothie
This smoothie combines hydrating coconut water with skin-loving pineapple and turmeric for a healthy and happy morning wake-up. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that fights inflammation and prevents cancer while giving a powerful immune system boost [source].
—1 cup frozen pineapple
—1 cup coconut water
—1-inch fresh ginger
—1/4 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse together. Serve immediately, topped with a squeeze of lime.
4. Turmeric + Chocolate Smoothie
Turmeric is surprisingly good paired with chocolate. Cocoa is an excellent antioxidant that protects nerves from injury and the skin from sun damage. And, as you may have already experienced, it has also been shown to help your mood [source].
This smoothie packs a healthy dose of curcumin, the component that gives turmeric its bright color [source]. So even if you don’t apply it to your t-zone, turmeric will leave you with a golden appearance, especially when you try out this recipe.
—1/2 banana, frozen
—1-1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
—3 tablespoons organic cocoa powder
—1/2 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
—2 teaspoons honey
—Handful of spinach
—Pinch of black pepper
5. Turmeric + Triple Berry Smoothie
Consuming a few berries a day is a great way to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are packed with fiber, which offsets their naturally occurring sugars.
Anthocyanins, the flavonoids in berries, provide color, and they also help shrink fat cells, reduce blood-sugar swings, and ease inflammation [source], while their antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage [source].
—1-1/2 cups frozen raspberries, blueberries, and/or strawberries
—1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
—1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
—1/2–1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
6. Turmeric + Minty Green Smoothie
Lime and mint add vitamin C, freshness, and a tropical taste to this smoothie, while avocado adds numerous beneficial compounds and plenty of good fats [source] to hydrate and plump your skin.
—1 cup baby spinach
—1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
—1 tbsp fresh lime juice
—1 cup vanilla-flavored coconut milk
—1 tsp organic turmeric powder
And if you are not quite ready for a smoothie in the morning but still want to get that turmeric into the early part of your day, check out this golden elixir.
Can’t get enough turmeric? Try these tasty turmeric recipes to calm inflammation and promote healthy gut flora: Ginger Turmeric Water Kefir, this Turmeric Golden Milk, or this Chai-Spiced Turmeric Latte.
Want More Turmeric Beauty Benefits?
Turmeric’s beauty benefits don’t seem to end. While turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory, disease-fighting properties when ingested [source], it also has numerous beauty benefits when applied topically. Turmeric helps to reduce acne scars, regulate sebum production [source], and calm inflammation in the skin [source].
Ready to try a DIY? Here’s everything you need to know about doing a turmeric face mask without turning orange!
6 Anti-Aging Tropical Turmeric Smoothies
- 1 cup organic unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/3 cup unsweetened organic coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon organic virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon maca powder
- 2 pitted dates
- 1 fresh or frozen mango
- 1/4 cup ice cubes
Anti-Aging Coconut-Turmeric Smoothie
- 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 teaspoon)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
Turmeric + Pineapple Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 inch fresh ginger
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Turmeric + Chocolate Smoothie
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp honey
- Handful spinach
- Pinch black pepper
Turmeric + Triple Berry Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, blueberries, and/or strawberries
- 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 - 1 tsp turmeric powder
Turmeric + Minty Green Smoothie
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 cup vanilla-flavored coconut milk
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy cold.
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Taylor @ The Girls on Bloor says
Love the addition of the pineapple here! I’ve been wanting to incorporate turmeric into a smoothie for a while now – I hear it’s very good for your immune system and I’m trying to do everything in my power to keep from getting sick during the flu season here in Canada!