Six months ago I brought you my recipe for Golden Milk Turmeric Tea. It’s a fantastic anti-inflammatory drink that tastes lovely and has great medicinal benefits. Now that the weather has turned, I don’t crave a warm drink in the afternoons like I do in the colder months. It got me to wondering if I could create a drink with the same benefits as turmeric tea, but in a smoothie form. I tried it and it worked beautifully! This smoothie has all the benefits of turmeric tea in smoothie form. Bonus: it tastes fabulous, too.
I don’t want to spend the whole post repeating myself about why turmeric is an incredible anti-inflammatory spice. Instead, go back and read this post if you didn’t have a chance or aren’t familiar with turmeric. For everyone else, let’s talk about this turmeric smoothie!
First you need to make your turmeric paste. Don’t worry; it only takes a few minutes and if you do it once and have enough paste for plenty of smoothies. This is an important step because black pepper greatly increases the bioavailability of the turmeric. Just throwing some turmeric in your smoothie won’t have the same effect. I also add some coconut oil to the smoothie as the added fat also helps with absorption.
I had some questions on the turmeric tea post asking if we could go ahead and mix the sweetener and other spices right in the turmeric paste. I couldn’t think of a reason why not, so I did that here. This keeps the amount of ingredients needed when you’re making the actual smoothie minimal, which is always a win in my book.
Another thing I did was freeze some of my turmeric paste. If you don’t think you’re going to have a turmeric smoothie everyday (although I do think that’s a good idea), freezing the paste will help ensure it doesn’t go bad before you use it up.
This turmeric smoothie is a great smoothie to drink daily if you have joint pain or any other inflammatory conditions. Not only is the turmeric anti-inflammatory, it calls for fresh ginger which is another powerful anti-inflammatory food. It’s refreshing with a nice bite, and a tropical sweetness from the pineapple and mango.
Ready to get your smoothie on?! Let’s do this.
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1-1½ cups cold water
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon peeled, chopped fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon turmeric paste (recipe below)
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until super smooth. Enjoy!
1/4 cup turmeric powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon black pepper
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
1-2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Mix the turmeric and water in a pan over low heat, stirring until a paste is formed.
- Once you have a paste, remove from heat and stir in the black pepper, honey, cinnamon, and ground ginger.
- Cool and store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze. This can be used for the smoothie or add to hot nondairy milk for turmeric tea