10 Turmeric Smoothie Recipes That Will Beat The Heat!

10 Turmeric Smoothie Recipes That Will Beat The Heat!

Adding turmeric to your smoothies can have some big benefits for your health.

This wonder spice has long been a popular staple in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine due to its healing properties but you may know it as a major ingredient in a lot of curries.

It is a compound called curcumin (which gives it the traditional yellow color that you’ll probably associate with curries) that delivers most of the benefits.

Turmeric is highly anti inflammatory and also has antibiotic qualities. It is linked to improved digestion, detoxing the body, better wound healing, pain relief and lower cholesterol levels, to name but a few of the benefits.

It can also improve immunity, help to manage skin conditions such as psoriasis and may even protect against Alzheimer’s Disease and some cancers.

And that’s not all … it’s also weight loss friendly too!

By now, you’re probably really excited about how you can get more turmeric into your life, especially through smoothies.

Read on for some ideas for turmeric smoothies and more information on some of the health benefits of turmeric.

Superfood Turmeric Smoothies

1. Turmeric Banana Smoothie

Turmeric Banana Smoothie

This is a great choice for a breakfast smoothie as it’s packed with fiber and protein.

It’s also got strong anti inflammatory benefits thanks to the spices. With banana, honey and vanilla extract, it’s got a naturally sweet taste that will appeal to both kids and adults and with almond milk and banana, it’s also super creamy too.

Honey and vanilla really offset the spiciness of the turmeric, cinnamon and ginger.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ​1 medium banana (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 ​tbsp hemp seeds
  • ​½ tsp turmenic
  • ​¼ tsp ginger
  • ​¼ tsp groud cinnamon
  • ​¾ tsp honey
  • ​½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ​6 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • ​3-4 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. ​Prep the banana.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

2. ​Turmeric Smoothie for Inflammation

​Turmeric Smoothie for Inflammation

Turmeric is famed for its anti inflammatory qualities and you can take this even further by adding other anti inflammatory ingredients.

This smoothie also includes pineapple, chia seeds and ginger to supercharge the anti inflammatory effects. 

It uses black pepper and coconut oil to help your body to absorb turmeric more effectively so you can make the most of the anti inflammatory benefits.

Technically it’s a green smoothie but it tastes refreshing and has a tropical vibe thanks to the pineapple. 

It’s also a fairly low calorie smoothie and contains a decent amount of fiber and protein to keep you feeling full.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ​¾ cup frozen pineapple
  • ​¾ cup spinach
  • ​½ apple (peeled, cored and chopped)
  • ​1 tsp coconut oil
  • ​1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ​​1 inch ginger (peeled and chopped)
  • ​¼ cup turmeric powder
  • ​¼ tsp black pepper
  • ​8 ounces almond milk

Instructions

  1. ​Prep the apple and ginger.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Depending on your blender, you may find it easier to add the spinach and almond milk first and blend this, before adding the other ingredients.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

3. ​Turmeric Blueberry Smoothie 

Turmeric Blueberry Smoothie

If you’re looking for a simple but super healthy smoothie that can help with inflammation, this is a great option. With blueberry and turmeric, this smoothie is a delicious combination of sweet and slightly tart.

Blueberries provide plenty of antioxidants and are highly anti inflammatory. If you can use wild blueberries, this will maximize the antioxidant and anti inflammatory effects. There is also green tea in this smoothie. It’s also a filling smoothie thanks to the cashews, which provide healthy fats and protein.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ​1 cup blueberries
  • ​½ frozen banana
  • ​4 ounces raw cashews (unsalted)
  • ​1 tsp turmeric
  • ​8 ounces green tea

Instructions

  1. ​Put all of the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

4. ​Turmeric Green Smoothie

Turmeric Green Smoothie

This smoothie is great for detoxification, as well as being highly anti inflammatory. Kale ticks both of these boxes and provides a lot of nutrients too.

Pineapple and mango are a perfect complement to offset the taste of the kale and also provide fiber, vitamins A and C and anti inflammatory bromelain.

Lemon and ginger are also detoxing and ginger increases the anti inflammatory benefits of this smoothie too.

Black pepper helps to increase absorption of turmeric. There are even healthy fats from the coconut milk, which also help with absorption.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ​1 cup kale
  • 1 ​cup pineapple
  • ​½ cup mango
  • ​1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • ​½ ​tsp turmeric
  • ​¼ tsp black pepper
  • ​Juice from ¼ lemon
  • ​4 ounces coconut milk

Instructions

  1. ​Blend the kale and coconut milk until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue blending.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

5. ​Turmeric Ginger Smoothie

Turmeric Ginger Smoothie

Ginger, banana and pineapple make for a smoothie that has powerful anti inflammatory benefits and it’s also pretty low in calories.

It is naturally sweet, with a slightly tart edge and there’s also a kick from the ginger. It’s a vibrant orange color that is sure to brighten your mood. For those of you on a gluten free or vegan diet, it’s suitable for both.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ​1 cup carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • ​½ frozen banana
  • ​½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple
  • ​¼ tbsp fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
  • ​½ to 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ​½ ​tsp lemon juice
  • ​6 ounces water
  • ​4 ounces almond milk

Instructions

  1. ​Freeze a banana before you make this smoothie.
  2. ​Blend the carrots and 6 ounces of water to form a carrot juice.
  3. Strain the carrot juice to separate it from any remaining pulp.
  4. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

​6. ​Turmeric Pineapple Smoothie

Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie is delicious and refreshing. The acidity of the pineapple dials down the spicy flavor of the turmeric and adding in cucumber and gingers makes for an even fresher taste.

And if you use coconut milk, you can even replicate the taste of a pina colada! There’s plenty of vitamin C in this smoothie.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ​½ pineapple
  • 1 ​frozen banana
  • ​½ cucumber
  • ​1 small piece of fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
  • ​1 tsp turmeric powder (or 1 small piece of fresh turmeric root if you have it)
  • ​½ tsp black pepper (to telp to absorb the turmeric)
  • ​8 ounces coconut or almond milk
  • ​Optional - 2 to 3 ice cubes if you're not using frozen banana

Instructions

  1. ​Freeze a ripe banana before making this smoothie if you plan to use frozen banana. If not, peel and chop up a fresh one.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

​7. ​Turmeric Carrot Apple Smoothie

Carrot, apple and turmeric are a dream combination in this smoothie. They also make it highly nutritious too and add some strong anti inflammatory benefits (along with the compounds in ginger and the bromelain in pineapple).

Carrots contain beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant. As well as being anti inflammatory, this smoothie is also good for your skin, immunity and mood.

The only downside is that it’s not got a lot of protein so it won’t keep you full as a breakfast smoothie. It’s great as a healthy snack smoothie though.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ​1 large carrot (peeled and cut into pieces)
  • 1 apple (peeled, cored and cut into pieces)
  • ​1 frozen banana
  • ​​½ cup pineapple chunks
  • ​​½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ​1 tsp ginger
  • ​½ tsp black pepper
  • ​​2-3 ice cubes
  • ​6 ounces almond milk or coconut water
  • ​Optional - 1 tsp honey to sweeten

Instructions

  1. ​Freeze a banana before you make this smoothie.
  2. Prep the carrot and apple.
  3. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

​8. ​Turmeric Protein Smoothie

banana nut smoothie

There are lots of healthy fats in this smoothie from the avocado and seeds, which also offer anti inflammatory benefits. It’s also got plenty of protein, which makes it a great choice as a filling breakfast smoothie.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ​1 frozen banana
  • ​½ avocado (peeled and pitted)
  • ​½ tsp nut butter
  • ​1 tbsp chia, flax or hemp seeds
  • ​1 tsp cinnamon
  • ​½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ​Dash of black pepper (to help to improve absorption of turmeric)
  • ​​1 scoop protein powder
  • ​8 ounces of dairy free milk

Instructions

  1. ​Prep the avocado.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

​9. ​Turmeric Vanilla Smoothie

With turmeric and cinnamon, this smoothie has a great taste along with its anti inflammatory qualities. Throw in some vanilla, dates and almond milk and it’s a deliciously sweet and creamy smoothie, with a hint of spice.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ​1 frozen banana
  • ​2 dates (pitted)
  • ​1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ​1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ​1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ​8 ounces unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. ​Freeze a banana before making this smoothie.
  2. Pit the dates.
  3. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve and enjoy

​10. ​Turmeric Ginger Mango Smoothie

Tips to Freeze Mangos for Smoothies

This smoothie is packed with nutrients and it’s also incredibly delicious. It’s a great choice as a breakfast smoothie as it’s super simple to make and will keep you feeling full all morning.

Oats and Greek yogurt help with this. With turmeric, mango and ginger, it’s also full of anti inflammatory ingredients.

Mango also provides vitamins A and C. Using frozen fruit creates a creamy and ice cream style texture, which will go down a treat with kids (and plenty of adults too, probably!).

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ​¾ cup frozen mango
  • ​½ frozen banana
  • ​¼ cup oats
  • ​2 ounces Greek yogurt
  • ​½ inch piece of ginger (peeled)
  • ​½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ​½ tsp black pepper (to help turmeric absorption)
  • ​6 ounces unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • ​Optional - 3 to 4 ice cubes if you're not using frozen mango
  • ​Optional - ​½ tsp honey to sweeten

Instructions

  1. ​Freeze a banana before you make this smoothie.
  2. Prep the ginger.
  3. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Turmeric FAQs

Is turmeric spicy?

Turmeric is a spice so you can expect it to give a bit of a kick to your smoothies - although not as much as a lot of other spices.

Taste wise, it is fairly mild and adds a warming and pepper-like vibe. This means that it won’t be a dominant force in your smoothies and you’ll get the health benefits without it affecting the overall taste too much.

Is turmeric a blood thinner?

Turmeric is thought to be a natural blood thinner that can help to prevent blood clots, although its effectiveness for this hasn’t been widely tested in comparison to prescription blood thinners.

Some studies have suggested that curcumin could affect platelets so that blood clots are less likely.

Is turmeric good for the liver?

The curcumin in turmeric is thought to fight back against oxidative stress, which can be a factor in liver problems. Oxidative stress occurs when there are more free radicals than the body can easily eliminate.

Studies have indicated that curcumin can reduce oxidative stress and metabolic markers of liver disease. It may even be able to protect against cirrhosis of the liver.

Is turmeric good for skin?

The antioxidants in turmeric can be great for glowing skin, as can the anti inflammatory benefits.

This is one of the reasons why turmeric is often used topically in homemade face masks but you can also get a lot of the benefits by consuming it orally.

It can also help to keep the symptoms of psoriasis under control. The antioxidant qualities can also potentially be anti aging.

Is turmeric good for acid reflux?

Turmeric has traditionally been used to treat stomach and digestive problems but there isn’t a lot of scientific research as to whether it can improve symptoms of acid reflux.

There is anecdotal evidence that it may work to relieve heartburn. Some studies have linked acid reflux to inflammation and oxidative stress, and as turmeric is anti inflammatory, this may be why it can improve acid reflux for some people.

Is turmeric good for gout?

Turmeric has been put forward as an anti gout remedy in recent years. One study suggested that curcumin may improve gout symptoms by inhibiting xanthine oxidase, which is involved in production of uric acid.

Is turmeric acidic?

Like a lot of spices, turmeric has an alkalizing effect on the body.

Curcumin is actually a pH indicator in itself and can be used to measure the acidity of other foods. When turmeric is added to foods that rank below 7.6 on the pH scale, it will turn yellow. For foods that rank above 8.6 on the pH scale, it turns red instead.

Does turmeric stain teeth?

The vivid yellow color of turmeric may make you wonder whether it will stain your teeth. Turmeric has actually been linked to whiter teeth, although the evidence is anecdotal. Turmeric may also have other benefits for dental health, including protecting against gum disease and reducing dental/tooth pain.

Does turmeric cause gas?

Turmeric is often used as a natural remedy for digestive problems, including bloating and stomach pain.

Taking high strength turmeric supplements can sometimes cause gas and other gastrointestinal problems but most people won’t experience gas by adding turmeric to your smoothies.

Which Recipes Did You Like Best?

Turmeric is a great way to make your smoothies more anti inflammatory. If you’re looking for ways to reduce inflammation through your diet, adding turmeric to your smoothies on a regular basis is an easy way to get the benefits.

As always, please feel free to share this piece with your friends and family so they can learn more about the benefits of turmeric and how to use it in your smoothies.

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