Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

Tropical Turmeric SmoothieThis smoothie exemplifies one of my favorite aspects of smoothies. Creating an absolutely delicious drink containing a number of healthy ingredients that you wouldn’t normally consume individually, unless you like to gag :)

Turmeric is a “super spice” in my book, with health benefits that are vast and various. While I’ve been cooking with it for years, I just recently started adding it into my smoothies, with much success.

Here’s why “hiding” a little turmeric in your smoothies is such a great idea.

  • Potent Anti-Inflammatory – At the root of most health issues you’ll find inflammation, whose reduction goes along way in alleviating symptoms.
  • Aids Weight Loss – By helping increase the flow of bile, an important factor in digesting dietary fat. Also helps the liver detoxify.
  • Anti-Cancerous Properties – Turmeric helps prevent and destroy cancer cells.
  • Powerful Antioxidant – Potent free-radical quencher.
  • Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, and Anti-Fungal – Perfect when colds or the flu strike.
  • Skin Health – Promotes healthy skin and can reduce skin problems.
  • Helps With – Turmeric has been implicated in helping relieve and stave off: Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, and depression.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric responsible for much of its health promoting properties, in case you were curious.

Turmeric has a slightly bitter taste. By blending it with sweet fruit and/or a sweetener and not using a ton, you won’t even notice it in your smoothie. I used turmeric from a spice bottle, but fresh turmeric will work just as well. Enjoy!

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 fresh or frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • A dash of sea salt
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/3 cup coconut shreds/flakes
  • 1 tablespoon maca

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Simply place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend away for around 30-45 seconds or until your desired consistency is achieved.

Let me know what you think of this tasty tropical turmeric smoothie by leaving a comment below. Happy Blending!

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37 Responses to Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

  1. Angie #

    I just made this smoothie (I am addicted to smoothies!) and it is amazing! But, why the coconut oil?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Angie, I’m glad you liked this smoothie, thanks for sharing. I have a “healthy” addiction to smoothies too :) The coconut oil adds a little healthy fat in a form that’s easy to digest and use for energy. Coconut oil is also good for digestion, especially fat soluble vitamins, good for the immune system, rich in antioxidants, good for your hair, skin, and cardiovascular system – basically it’s a superfood. I use copious amounts of coconut oil in smoothies and cooking in general.


      • John #

        Hi, if I can add to your comment Ryan…
        Coconut oil is the single best oil you can consume. Without using long words that most people do not understand, it simply is the most easiest oil to for your body to absorb either orally where it does not require help from the liver and it is simply passed into the blood OR through the skin.

        I stumbled upon your site from Google, I was looing for a recipe specifically a smoothie with turmeric and your recipe has all the ingredients I wanted to see including ginger!

        Holistically your recipe above is perfect for anyone who is not well or who wants to improve their health.

        I have someone who has cancer and I will use this recipe.

        Finally I might just add that you might want to show people how easy it is to make almond milk and how healthy fresh almond milk is. Cheaper than buying the “dead” almond milk in a carton.

        Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!



        • Ryan Carmody #

          Hi John,

          I couldn’t agree more on how wonderful and health promoting coconut oil is. I buy it by the gallon and use quite liberally, internally and externally. Was actually just reading about how the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are basically impossible for the body to store as fat, and perfect for energy production.

          Kudos to Google for leading you to my site, and this recipe in particular. I’ve been using more and more spices like turmeric and ginger in my smoothies for taste and health benefits.

          Coincidentally, a holistic practitioner friend of mine recently advised someone with liver cancer to start tacking turmeric, and to drink kombucha (great for liver detox)…I supplied the scoby.

          I’ll have to put together a post possibly including a video showing people how to make fresh almond milk. You’re right about it being much better than anything you can buy in the store.



          • John #

            Hi Ryan,

            Thank you for your reply.

            Kombu and green tea in general are very good for health and excellent in treating diseases such as cancer. My mother inlaw has lung cancer and we are giving her tumeric and green tea amongst many other changes in lifestyle.
            Certainly, green tea might be an interesting base for a smoothie. I know the Japanese have green tea *everything* and this along with Soy products probably explain their low rates of cancer. Yes – contrary to popular belief – non GMO (preferably organic) say is not dangerous to our hormone levels. Being plan based, our bodies work with this plant based hormone in a similar way to our body works with vitamin D we receive from the sun (it stores it! until required or until it expires).

            However in your recipe above, the MACA powder is great for both energy and rebalancing hormones (in men too! think baldness! this is *often* hormonal).

            I hope and pray more people will find this wonderful site as I did and thanks to Google!



            • Ryan Carmody #

              Hi John,

              I agree completely with you on green tea and its health promoting properties. There are currently three recipes on my site that call for green tea as the base of your smoothie, including one I think you’d like, Spicy Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie.

              It’s my understanding that fermented soy products such as natto, miso, and tempeh are perfectly fine, but unfermented, soy protein is hard to digest, and then there’s the problem with 90% of the soy being GMO here in the US.

              Maca is an ingredient I end up adding to just about every smoothie, for energy, strength and endurance. It’s very helpful for women with hormonal issues as you stated. Here’s my post covering everything you could ever want to know about maca:


              Thanks for the kind words about my site. It’s been a labor of love. I still have loads of content to add, when I find the time of course.



          • I would like to know how to make fresh almond milk. Awsome!


      • sandra #

        I read coconut oil will help turmeric absorption since tumeric is oil

        • Ryan Carmody #

          Hey Sandra, I’ve heard that as well. Both are anti-inflammatory and good for the brain.

      • Hi Ryan;

        Just tried the Turmeric Smoothie, and I thought it would be bitter but its fantastic, I have gained weight for no apparent reason, I eat healthy and my doc says my blood is good, were not sure what has triggered the weight gain but I am hoping these shakes everyday will help my metabolism and energy levels rise.


      • Nizam Ali #

        I want to firstly thank Almighty God for discovering you. I have had golfers elbow for some time now. Whilst asleep I would experience pain in both elbows whilst turning. I had your smoothie last thing before bed and this morning praise god that my elbow pain is not there. I think I’ll have it every night from now on, God willing. Thank you again

        • Ryan Carmody #

          Hi Nizam,

          That’s the best news ever! So glad to hear about your relief from elbow pain. Hopefully this smoothie continues to do the job. My Spicy Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie is another good option:


        • Nizam Ali #

          Well guess what. I tried it last night and got up this morning with no elbow pains. Thank you Almighty God. And thanks to Ryan.

          • Ryan Carmody #

            Beautiful, Nizam! You’re welcome.

  2. Lori #

    Just made this for my hubby- who has tingling joints – inflammation I am pretty sure – love it :) thank you – for finding another way to get this super food in him!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Lori,

      Awesome! Glad you found another (delicious) way to get more turmeric into his diet. I’ve been sprinkling it on my scrambled eggs lately with black pepper – the two compliment each other very nicely and potentiate the health effects of each.



  3. Kay #

    Just tried this smoothie with fresh turmeric and fresh ginger. Just great!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Awesome, Kay! This is might be the most popular smoothie on my site :)

  4. Natasha #

    Ryan – I have heard that turmeric only helps with inflammation if it is heated. Is that true?

  5. Jessica Byrne #

    Should the coconut oil be heated before adding it to the smoothie or will it be chopped up as the smoothie gets blended?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Jessica, no need to heat the coconut oil. Although if it’s liquid I would avoid it coming into contact with the frozen mango chunks. Might want to blend everything, then add the coconut oil last to avoid clumping. Cheers!

  6. Ann #

    Hi Ryan,
    This smoothie is really good! Thank you for posting!!! My 8 year old really liked it too!

    I have a neighbor who is going through chemo and I thought I could make a few ready to blend packs of your smoothie and freeze it. So, when she wanted to have one she could just put it the blender. Do you think all these ingredients would freeze ok?

    Again thanks for posting.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Ann,

      It must be a tasty smoothie if your 8 year old liked it :)

      Ready to blend frozen smoothie packs is a great idea! All of the ingredients this smoothie calls for will freeze just fine. I actually have a post that touches on preparing smoothie ingredients for future use that you may find helpful:

      Happy Blending!


  7. Candice #

    I substituted macadamia nut oil for the coconut. It has many of the same benefits and less calories, also the coconut oil solidifies when it turns cold and I didn’t like the lumps

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Brilliant substitution, Candice! I love macadamia nut oil.

  8. Spicegirl #

    Hi there,

    Since I have experienced a second attack on my health I have since then become addicted to smoothies. In any given month if I miss making them five times that is too much. I have tried the tumeric and I must say I do love it. I even find my skin tone seems more rich although am black over the years I became a bit paler. I have even gotten a few of my co-workers to the smoothie world. And they have had remarkable results. Even my son has to. Coconut oil is amazing when I took a tbsp in the morning the energy I had for the day was amazing. But after reading about eating for my blood type this is not recommended but I still use in moderation.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Spice Girl,

      A healthy addiction to smoothies is certainly a good thing :) Turmeric and coconut oil are two tremendously healthy foods that I consume copious amounts of and often add to my smoothies. Great to hear you’re having success with both. Also awesome to hear you’re turning others onto smoothies….the ripple effect can change the health of the world :)


  9. Chris #

    Do you use extra virgin coconut oil? Where do you buy from?

  10. Magi #

    Wow. I just had to write to tell you this may be the best smoothie I’ve ever had. I found this from googling ‘turmeric in green smoothie’. I was actually looking for something that incorporated turmeric and coconut oil since I knew they went to well together and have read that coconut oil had many health benefits of its own along with increasing the bioavailability of the turmeric. Even though that’s not what I typed in for my search, I guess google read my mind. I bought a vitamix in April and have become hooked on green smoothies, having one almost daily for the last 8-9 months. I rarely follow recipes anymore, as I’ve grown accustomed to various ingredient combinations and can concoct a smoothie in my sleep. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your recipe! I’ve been looking for a way to add turmeric into my daily routine and I just can’t thank you enough for this deliciousness. Cheers!


    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Magi,

      This smoothie is a fan favorite, but best smoothie you’ve ever had, now that’s quite the endorsement :) Cheers to Google for helping you discover this recipe ;)

      I love hearing about people who’ve jumped on the healthy smoothie train and haven’t looked backed. Good for you! Following recipes is necessary when you get started, but once you get the basics down creating your own unique creations is what it’s all about.

      To your continued smoothie success!


  11. Panama #

    Thanks for posting this recipe. I had no idea how to use turmeric and/or ginger in smoothies so this gave me a jump-off point. Mine had those two, flaxseed, frozen papaya, frozen banana, almond milk, cinnamon, and agave. Absolutely delicious! I was tempted to add more stuff to it but thought it made sense not to “fix it if it aint broke!” :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Panama,

      Your version of this smoothie sounds fantastic! Great to hear you enjoyed it and are now incorporating turmeric and ginger into your smoothies.


  12. RACHEL Smith #

    Loved it! I included chia seeds & kale.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Awesome, Rachel! Can’t go wrong with chia seeds and kale.

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